The UCIE International Friendship Program-International Student/Scholar

Through the UCIE International Friendship Program, you can get connected with an American friend and experience local outings, American culture, American holidays, and more. Join today!

How do I apply?

  • Step 1: Submit an International Friendship Program Application.
  • Step 2: Once your application is approved, attend an orientation session on campus. 
  • Step 3: Enjoy getting to know your American host! 

Choose between these two programs: 

  • Semester Long Hosting- Meet with your American host once a month throughout the semester. Deadline for Fall 2018 Semester Long Hosting: Friday, August 31, 2018.
  • One Time Holiday Hosting-Meet with your American host once a semester during a holiday (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc.). Deadline: 2 weeks before each holiday.

What is not expected of me?

  • Attending events that conflict with your schedule.
  • Attending any event that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Asking for housing. Please note this is not a live-in program. 
  • Asking for financial assistance. Your host is not expected to help you financially in any way.
  • Asking for academic support. Your host is not expected to tutor you. If you need any support, please contact the UCIE office.

How long is the commitment?

  • One semester, but can be extended.

 What’s in it for me?

  • Learn more about American culture.
  • Get connected and network with the local community.
  • Make American friends.
  • Practice your conversational English skills.
  • Share your culture with your American host.

*Please be advised, submitting an application does not guarantee you a spot in the UCIE International Friendship Program.