Studying in Japan offers foreign exchange students a range of unique and exciting opportunities for academic and cultural growth, but the adjustment to daily life in Japan can be a complex and sometimes difficult process. The University is well aware of the challenges facing students who come to Meiji Gakuin on the ISP and UC programs. In order to enhance the study abroad experience at the University, IC recruits 160-170 full-time Meiji Gakuin students for its “Buddies” Program. The staff matches each UC/ISP student with three or four Buddies who will help their foreign counterparts acclimate to life at Meiji Gakuin. Many of these students plan and/or assist IC with the orientations and other events for international students. At a more personal level, on any given day a Buddy might guide an ISP student through the library, or show a UC student the easiest way to reach the campus from the dormitory in Totsuka. The program invariably extends off-campus as well, because Buddies take it upon themselves to acquaint students from abroad with Japanese culture. The program benefits every participant, and the initial pairings often result in strong friendships that continue long after the foreign students complete their program at Meiji Gakuin.