Thanksgiving Program

 

International Students/Visiting Scholars (Student/Visiting Scholar Application)

Thanksgiving is a unique holiday that dates back to early North American history. It is a secular holiday intended as a time to celebrate the fall harvest and to give thanks in general. Families may celebrate the holiday in a number of ways, but as with many holidays, food is often the focus! In celebrating Thanksgiving with a local community member/family or SCSU Faculty/Staff member, you will likely enjoy many delicious foods: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and other family favorites!


As an international student or scholar, surely one of the reasons you chose to come to the United States is to learn more about the culture. We encourage you to take advantage of any opportunity to interact with members of the SCSU community as this allows you to not only learn more about the way of life in the U.S., but to teach others about your own country and culture.

 

If you are interested in participating in the Thanksgiving Program, complete the application from the link below and return it to the Center for International Studies. Students and scholars will be matched and emailed according to their preferences.

 

To sign up for the Thanksgiving Program, please submit an application to:

Center for International Studies
Lawrence Hall 101
720 4th Ave. South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Community Members/Families and SCSU Faculty/Staff (Host Application)

Consider this opportunity to share your Thanksgiving holiday traditions with SCSU international students and scholars! More than 1000 international students/scholars come to St. Cloud State University from more than 80 countries. National statistics suggest that only 25% of these students will ever be in an American home during their time of study in the United States. By extending your hand of friendship to one or more international students or scholars this year, you can change that!

 

Whether your Thanksgiving tradition includes a feast with extended family and friends or you celebrate it as a quiet day alone, sharing this day helps international students and scholars understand how Americans give thanks on this traditional cultural holiday, while allowing you to the opportunity to meet new people and learn new things as well! No special arrangements are required to make the day special. Set a few extra places at the table and invite students and scholars to help prepare the food, participate in your family’s traditions, and get to know the meaning behind this unique North American holiday.

 

To sign up for the Thanksgiving Program, please submit an application to:

Center for International Studies
Lawrence Hall 101
720 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

You will be contacted regarding placement. Hosts are also asked to provide transportation, whenever possible. Thank you for considering this request for hospitality.

 

Read about one local family’s experience with the Thanksgiving Program in this 2010 STYLE Magazine article.

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