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Buddy Program

The Buddy Program offers a support network in which NUFS students assist newly-arrived international students. The goal of the program is to facilitate the integration of international students into Japanese society and life at NUFS, and to develop ties between international and local students.

To make the beginning of your stay easier for you, we can connect you with buddies who would like to help you get to know the university and life in Japan. Basically, we will create a group of 2 to 3 NUFS students for each international student. Your buddies can help you answer any questions before and after your arrival in Japan. And by participating in this program, they hope to learn more about your culture as well. Many past students continue to interact with each other even after the buddy program is over, so it's a good opportunity to make friends in Japan.

Prior registration required to join this program. Participation is not mandatory.

Main support from NUFS buddies

Before coming to Japan

Please communicate online such as email and zoom.
NUFS buddies will answer your questions. Providing information about life in Japan and NUFS, etc.

After coming to Japan

Please tell NUFS buddies what kind of support you need.
(e.g.) assistance for resident registration at the city hall, assistance for opening an account at Japan Post Bank, campus tour, explanations on how to use campus facilities, shopping assistance, etc.

* The International Office will support the preparation of documents required for resident registration and opening a bank account after arriving at NUFS.


From one month before coming to Japan, until leaving Japan (1 semester or 2 semesters)

Participation fee



・Be a new incoming international student
・Be active when communicating with your NUFS buddies
・Be willing to learn from your NUFS buddies
・Be respectful of cultural, religious, political, racial and sexual orientation differences
・Be willing to devote time with your NUFS buddies (especially during the first few weeks of the semester)
・Be respectful to one another
・Do not take advantage of your NUFS buddies


・NUFS will provide participants' email address to NUFS buddies for communicating with each other.
・Personal information such as buddy's contact information should be used only for mutual contact, and should never be transferred or disclosed to a third party.
・Please make sure to meet with NUFS buddies in a public place until a sufficient relationship of trust is established.

Registration - Fall Semester 2021-

Please submit the registration form (URL below) by August 2, 2021. [Japan Time]


1. Once applications are submitted, the NUFS International Office will begin the matching process.
2. Once buddies are matched, the NUFS International office will communicate with the NUFS buddies.
3. NUFS buddies will reach out to their international buddy and start communicating.

* For the fall semester 2021, matching will be done after it is decided that international students will come to Japan.


NUFS International Office