Friendship Family Program
About the Program
The Friendship Family Program is an International Programs Office (IPO) initiative that matches international students and scholars with a family in the Moscow area to meet once a semester or more. This is an excellent way for U of I's international students to better understand American conversation, culture and our amazing Moscow community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are a local family or an international student seeking to be paired with a family, this program helps build a bridge to mutual understanding by providing enriching cross-cultural engagement.
As international students, this is a fabulous way to better understand and adjust to life in the United States and get more involved with the local Moscow community.
As local Friendship Families, this is a fantastic way to better understand our world and offer hospitality to those who are far away from their home countries.
- Friendship Families must meet with their matched student or scholar for at least 2 hours once a semester throughout their commitment to the program for a full year.
- It is recommended to meet at least once a month during their first semester at University of Idaho to assist with any needs they may have.
- All participants must attend the Welcome Back Picnic hosted by the International Programs Office at the beginning of the fall semester.
Each Friendship Family gets to decide how many students/scholars they would like to be assigned.
We understand that there are often unforeseen circumstances that may cause participants to withdraw from the program. If this happens, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.