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IPO Office

phone: (208) 885-8984
fax: (208) 885-2859

Mailing address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1250
Moscow, ID 83844-1250

Physical address:
901 Paradise Creek Street
LLC Bldg. #3
Moscow, ID 83844-1250

A Chinese Student Shows Calligraphy Skills

Cultural Sharing for Students and the Community

Many community members enjoy opportunities to interact with international students while learning about other cultures. Similarly, students enjoy sharing their culture with others.

  • Culture Kits
    A culture kit is a collection of materials that represents both traditional and modern aspects of a culture. Kits include items such as clothing, maps, stamps, coins, small flags, art objects, crafts, games, dolls, toys, photos, etc. The items in each kit are meant to be touched and used. The kits are designed to provide a hands-on educational experience and support the International Baccalaureate program.

    If you have historic or contemporary items from another country (or your home country) that you would like to donate to this program, we welcome your contributions for any of our Culture Kits. For more information or if you would like to help, contact

    Learn more information about borrowing Culture Kits here.

  • Friendship Families
    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. 

  • International Student Chef Scholarship Dinners
    These catered dinners allow students to use their talents to raise money for the International Scholarship Endowment. Area hosts can choose a country, and international student chefs provide the cuisine! For parties from 6-20 people, these dinners allow small groups to learn about and enjoy cuisines from around the world.

    An appetizer, main course and dessert are brought to the group (within 20 miles) in disposable serving containers by the student chef, who can speak briefly about the significance of the foods. The tickets, transportation and materials are taken care of by the International Programs Office, and half of the ticket proceeds goes to fund the International Scholarship Endowment. To host a dinner or volunteer to prepare a dinner, or if you have questions, contact
  • International Student Speakers
    Do you need an international speaker from a specific region for your area classroom, business or civic organization? To request a speaker, or if you have questions, contact

    Students: You can volunteer to respond to requests from area business and civic organizations requesting international speakers. Opportunities occur sporadically throughout the year. You may also get to speak to classrooms in the Moscow School District. Contact for further details.