International Friends is governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of past and present hosts, graduate and undergraduate international students, and a representative from International Student Services. The Board organizes and coordinates International Friends activities.
Information about group activities and other items of interest are communicated through International Friends emails and website.
There is no fee associated with International Friends. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations in support are always welcome.
Yes! Many International Friends hosts request being matched with two or three students, and some even host more.
International students describe International Friends as an invaluable asset for learning about American life outside the academic environment. Southern Arizonans who have hosted students have expressed tremendous gratitude for the pleasure these relationships bring, and the goodwill generated affects both students and hosts for the rest of their lives.
Students and hosts are matched for one academic year. Although the relationships may continue well beyond this time period, we hope hosts will make themselves available for matching with other first-year students in upcoming years.
Any student inquiries regarding the following should be referred to the University of Arizona’s International Student Services office at 520-621-4627: