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Community Programs

Office of International Programs


Friends of International Students (FIS) is a community-based hospitality program. The goal of the program is to promote international friendship and understanding, and to encourage learning between international students and our community through various activities. Completing this form will add you to our Friends of International Student Listserv that will keep participants up to date on events hosted by the Office of International Programs where you can engage with our international student population.

Please complete this information form to sign up. 


Friendship Families is a program that matches international students with local families. The program can help ease the transition to college life for new students, meaningfully connect students and community members, and offer international students a view of American life and culture.

To accomplish the above goals, the program matches a member of the community with a student and encourages periodic communication, interaction, and meetings. The Office of International Programs sponsors a few events throughout the academic year for hosts and their students, but what happens beyond these events is up to the pair. Examples of activities shared by hosts and students include: professional or college athletic events, holiday celebrations, religious experiences, outings with families, or dinners at home or a restaurant. While the friendship family program allows for periodic interaction, students remain on campus and do not live with host families.

Please note community members are required to pass a background check before their application can be processed. Applications are processed on a rolling basis, however, Friendship Families may not be matched with an international student immediately depending on current student applications and needs.

Want to be matched with an International Student?

You can apply to be matched with an international student by filling out this form. If you have any questions, please contact OIP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..