The Buddy Programme was founded the academic year 2010-11 on the initiative of the International Relations Office of the Faculty of Economics and Business in order to promote internationalization at home and encourage the contact between the students of the Faculty and the international ones who are completing an exchange period at our institution. From academic year 2013-14 and on, the program allowed the recognition of credits for Faculty students, who can get up to 3 ECTS for their participation in it.

For international exchange students, the program enriches their international experience during their academic exchange at our Faculty, promoting their cultral immersion and making as smooth as possible their stay at our center, our city and our country.

For the students of the Faculty the program offers the possibility to take part in the internationalization that our centre is experiencing, although they do not participate personally in the programme of international mobility. Students will also be able to approach and experience cultural diversity, get to know and help students with different cultural backgrounds, improve their language skills and gain new experience. Finally, it may also extend the participation of the students in the International Mobility Programmes of the Faculty.

Students of the Faculty: Local Buddies

With this program we aim to promote a process of internationalization at home, bringing together local and international students in order to encourage contact and interaction between both groups. Local buddies local -Faculty students- can guide and advise international students on academic and university related issues during their stay at our faculty (using the library resources, contacting the lecturers and professors, giving help and advice on courses, etc.) and other cultural and daily life issues related with living abroad (for instance, cultural and linguistic immersion).


If you are a student of our Faculty interested in participating in the Buddy programme, please, check the specific information in the Catalan and Spanish versions of this website or contact the International Relations Office directly.

International exchange students: International Buddies

If you are a student who will undertake an international academic stay at our institution, you will be able to contact several students of the Faculty who have decided to be the “buddies”. There is also a Facebook fan page where you can express your concerns, and the “buddies” will take care of that.

Local buddies will guide you through all the academics matters, as well as some other everyday life and cultural aspects and issues related to the city and the country.
Buddies will also be present during the welcoming activities, so you will be able to meet them and start interacting with them then.

It is only up to you to build a relationship with your buddies. You will have the possibility to ask about all the issues that you are interested in via email or through the Facebook fan page of the Office and we can arrange the meetings for you.

We hope that thanks to this programme you will be able to learn and interact with the local students of our university and make the most of this international experience that you have decided to incorporate into your personal background.