How much time is required?
We ask the families to contact you at least once each month by phone, email or in person.
Is there a fee to participate in the program?
No, the program is completely free.
How are the families assigned?
We take applications from the students. We try to match each student with people who are interested in a particular region or country. We also consider social/cultural norms so that the conversations can be more relaxed. The families are also provided instruction on how to develop a friendship that crosses cultural borders.
When can I apply?
We accept application all year long. The majority of our placements are in August and January so that the family has the entire semester to develop the friendship.
If I become too busy in school, what should I do?
It is okay to express this to your family. Let the International Friends coordinators know if you desire to end the program. This way we can reassign the family.