Posts in Community
70 years of FIUTS

Since 1948, FIUTS has helped build a global community, tied to the Pacific Northwest, in which people are connected through friendship, mutual respect, and a commitment to international understanding. As we celebrate our 70 years, students and alumni reflect on what community, growth, dialogue, leadership, celebration, and connection have meant in their FIUTS experience.

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Welcoming Pen Pals to Campus

This past quarter, 95 University of Washington students from around the world wrote letters with 156 local elementary school students from Martha Lake Elementary and Beacon Hill International School through the FIUTS Pen Pal program. Through these letters, local kids got to learn about other parts of the world, and international students gained insight into what it's like to grow up in the Seattle area.

 This past quarter, 95 University of Washington students from around the world wrote letters with 156 local elementary school students from Martha Lake Elementary and Beacon Hill International School through the FIUTS Pen Pal program. Through these letters, local kids got to learn about other parts of the world, and international students gained insight into what it's like to grow up in the Seattle area.

On Wednesday, December 6 and Friday, December 8, the Pen Pals from these local schools took field trips to the UW campus to meet their UW student Pen Pals in person! Everyone had a great time engaging in many different activities and getting to know one another face to face.

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FIUTS Connections 2017

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.

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FIUTS Thanksgiving 2017

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.

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