The International Student Scholar & Faculty Services invite new international students and community members to participate in the Friendship Family Program.
Friendship Families are families, or individuals, from University of Idaho and/or from the surrounding community who have expressed interest in the success and happiness of the international students who come to the University of Idaho area to study. Quite often, the Friendship Families are familiar with diverse cultures, having visited other countries themselves. The role of the Friendship family is to welcome new international students to the community by offering friendship and assistance with the numerous aspects of adjusting to a new living experience such as: locating special foods, securing warm clothing and explaining customs unique to the United States. In addition, Friendship Families make a special effort to reach out to to students during the holidays when the campus is closed to most students. Through this family/student connection the Friendship Family Program hopes to ease the student's feelings of loneliness and homesickness.
This 'flexible relationship' can take many forms like a family dinner, a phone call, going shopping, attending a concert, movie or a campus activity, visits with a student in his or her apartment or residence hall, or a talk over coffee or tea in a campus facility. Students are encouraged to invite their Friendship Families to the campus for many events like the 'Cruise the World' event and any other international festivities. At a minimum, it is hoped families & students connect once a month.
We ask the commitment of each family to be one year. However, we do encourage that the families maintain the relationship with their student(s) throughout their time at the University of Idaho. We have found that it is very common for the families and students to keep in contact even after they leave the University of Idaho due to the strong relationship that grows into a life-long friendship.
Learn more about Friendship Families and how to request a match.