International Friendship Program at SCSU


The International Friendship Program allows international students and visiting scholars the unique opportunity to be paired with local community members/families, SCSU students, or SCSU faculty/staff. Applicants may decide to participate for a one-time event, semester, year, or on a continuous basis.


Through the International Friendship Program, participants are paired to form a “friendship family” which provides international students and visiting scholars an introduction to life in the U.S. while they, in turn, help their American host learn about other cultures.


As part of a “friendship family” you are committing to participate in at least one face-to-face activity with a willingness to share your culture. Participants are not expected to serve as a “host family” as this program does not involve/require a home stay. This activity counts towards the Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship (ACSS). In order for this activity to count towards the ACSS, students are asked to participate in at least one face-to-face activity.


Examples of possible activities may include: sharing a meal, playing board games, attending an event together (religious, family tradition, celebration of milestones- birthday, wedding, retirement, baby shower, etc.), attending sporting events, etc.


The Center for International Studies reviews all applications and matches participants based on similar hobbies, special interests, etc. they have in common based on their application forms. We also remain in contact with all participants to ensure a proper match has been made.




To apply, please complete the appropriate application form and drop it off at the Center for International Studies located in Lawrence Hall, room 101 or via email to