EVERY STUDENT NEEDS A SENSE OF HOME, WHEREVER THEY ARE FROM.

Who We Are

International Friends provides opportunities for international students and local hosts to develop close friendships and an understanding of and appreciation for each other's cultures. We offer activities through which international students may participate in the life of the community. We subscribe to the national guidelines set forth by NAFSA: Association of International Educators on the rights of international students.

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What We Do

Our goal is simple but important. We bring people together to share their cultures, interests, and life experiences. International students and local hosts are matched with the intent of them meeting at least once a month during the school year for socializing, activities, and fun. International Friends is not a live-in hosting program, and we have no religious affiliation. Participation is open to international students attending the University of Arizona and to Southern Arizona residents.

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Why Host?

  • Learn about other countries and cultures
  • Participate in activities with interesting and eager students
  • Help international students adjust to American culture
  • Have fun!
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What is Expected?

  • Commit to participate for one academic year
  • Hosts and students contact each other within one week of being matched
  • Students and hosts get together at least once a month during the school year for activities that both would enjoy
  • Hosts and students share ideas, customs, and cultures
  • Follow the International Friends Guidelines for hosts and students
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Get Involved

Make a “world of difference” in the lives of international students and local hosts. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it changes lives.