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Friendship Connections

Details about the FIUTS Friendship Connections Program.

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For those who don’t have the extra space for a homestay, Friendship Connections are an excellent way to help international students.

About Friendship Connections

FIUTS Friendship Connection volunteers have regular contact with their assigned student throughout the school year and occasionally invite their student to participate in a variety of social activities. Most Friendship Connections meet once or twice a month.

When students first arrive, they can be overwhelmed with being in a new place. The comfort of a connection to their Friendship Connection can help in this transition.

Goals of the Friendship Connections Program

Our goal through the FC program is to build international understanding. We see the relationship between Friendship Connections and students as a two-way process in which both have much to offer each other in terms of cultural knowledge and exchange. Friendship Connections share basic cultural information, acting as a de facto cultural ambassador. They also ask and learn from your student about his or her culture.

FIUTS provides all new Friendship Connections with program guidelines, tips for a successful Friendship Connection, and suggestions for activities that you can do with your Friendship Connection student. Check out the handbook here (PDF).

To apply to be a Friendship Connection, fill out the FIUTS host application.

Questions? Contact Manager of Community Programs Bea Chang at or (206) 616-7025.


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