WHAT DOES LSUIB STAND FOR?
LSUIB stands for La Sierra University International Buddy program.
WHAT IS THE LSUIB PROGRAM?
While many students have extensive experiences working, traveling in the United States, La Sierra University understands that for others, coming here may be their first experience outside of their home country. The International Buddy Program pairs an international student with a national-sibling for one year. International Buddy help facilitate their sibling’s transition and experience here at La Sierra University according to their needs.
Through this program the National Sibling plays an important role!
- Friend: Many international siblings are overwhelmed by the change of environment, may feel homesick, and have feelings of loneliness. Building a friendship is one of the simplest and most effective ways to help your International Buddy. Taking them out to lunch or offering a word of encouragement when needed can go along way towards making them feel more at home in a new place.
- Share information: It is important to understand that what may be considered “common knowledge” to us will most likely be completely foreign to your International Buddy. It is your task to assist your buddy with their questions bout La Sierra University and Riverside in general, whether about classes, the weather, or fun places to visit, can be extremely helpful in their adjustment to life in the States.
- Culture Sharer: The ability to be culturally sensitive is one of the most important characteristics of a National Sibling. Depending on where your sibling comes from, they may have a set of customs and values that are different from those in the United States. It is important to come to the understanding that their values and customs are just as valid as the ones we have here. It is your responsibility to create an awareness of these differences and help your Buddy understand the reason behind certain American customs.