The Buddy Project, inspired by international experiences such as the Erasmus program, aims to support international students at the Federal University of Juiz de For a (UFJF) to establish themselves in a new culture and assist in the institution’s bureaucratic processes. The Buddies accompanying foreign students are students of the university who have gone through a strict selection process to be part of the project. The duties of a Buddy are very varied, ranging from being the first friend of the exchange student – a person of trust to them – to helping them with Foreigner Registration, CPF, student card, presenting tourist attractions in the region, among others. Monthly events are also held to interact and show the culture of Brazil and the city to the exchange students. The goal of the project is to give exchange students a more profitable exchange experience.
The Buddy Project offers support not only regarding day-to-day matters, but also helps foreigners find a place to live during their stay in Juiz de Fora.
The foreign student who comes to the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) has the option of living in a home with Brazilians linked to the institution, by means of a rental contract. The Housing Program is a modality of the Buddy Project, a sponsorship program for exchange students, which extends beyond the Buddies (program participants) and includes UFJF’s students, teachers, staff and contractors, who are interested in receiving a foreign student in their homes.
All of these functions can only be performed outside the context of the pandemic that we are currently experiencing. UFJF’s face-to-face exchange modalities are suspended for the time being. When these actions are resumed, the following forms will be made available on this page:
1) Registration Form – for international students who want to participate in the Buddy Project.
2) Housing Form – for international students who request the support of the Buddy Project to find housing in Juiz de Fora.
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