This Fall, international and domestic students at UW had the unique opportunity to participate in FIUTS' intercultural group friendship program: FIUTS Connections. Small groups of students met throughout Fall Quarter to practice intercultural communication, explore Seattle together and make new friends. Each small team of students was lead by two FIUTS student facilitators who planned events and outings for their team. In addition to the team outings, FIUTS hosted activities for all the groups of friends to intermingle, such as a global potluck and making gingerbread houses. FIUTS Connections was a great way for international students to explore Seattle with locals, and for domestic students to meet the international student community and learn about new cultures. Thank you to all of the FIUTS Connections facilitators and participants! You truly helped make this program a success!
The students of the FIUTS Leadership Committee have selected the winner of their quarterly photo contest. Photos were considered on the basis of the quality of the photo and its connection to FIUTS.
Faces of FIUTS is a social media campaign that collects personal stories from individuals who are part of our work. This week, meet Aaron!
Each November, FIUTS connects Seattle-area community members with University of Washington international students to offer students an opportunity to experience the tradition of Thanksgiving. This year, over 80 students were matched with local hosts, and even more hosts invited their past homestay students to join them for dinner.
Below are photos submitted by this year's hosts of friends gathered around the Thanksgiving table to enjoy a meal and share a cross-cultural experience!
Suzanne and Bill Anderson with FIUTS Thanksgiving students Wendan, Camille, and other guests
The Aldred family with FIUTS students Zhihao and Ding
Longtime FIUTS hosts Jeannette Franks, Dick Baker, students and friends
The Swarthout family with Alex K., Sebastian, Tobias, and Alex M.
Donna and John Werner's Thanksgiving group getting ready for a delicious meal
The Leander family with guests Yifan and Jiayi
We are so thankful to all of our hosts for welcoming students to their homes, and to all of the students for sharing their cultures and taking this opportunity to learn about an American holiday.
For more information on getting involved in FIUTS community programs by hosting a student, click here.
FIUTS Facilitators are student leaders from all over the world who welcome new international visitors, help organize events, and lead activities for hundreds of students each quarter. Read on to find out more about the FIUTS facilitator experience from CJay Hon.
International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education across the nation every year.
FIUTS hosted a special field trip for local elementary school students to visit UW and learn about China!
Faces of FIUTS is a social media campaign that collects personal stories from individuals who are part of our work. This week, meet Fia!
Eleven FIUTS students from eleven countries took a day trip to share with and learn from students and community members in Roslyn.
Faces of FIUTS is a social media campaign that collects personal stories from individuals who are part of our work. This week, meet Erickson!
New faces joining the FIUTS office team!
Meet Kailyn Swarthout, our new Education Programs Coordinator!
Eighteen UW students from around the world shared their countries and cultures.
Faces of FIUTS is a social media campaign that collects personal stories from individuals who are part of our work. This week, meet Kao!