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International Friendship Families

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International Friendship Families

At the University of Dayton, we educate in the “family spirit.” You can support this mission by extending a warm welcome to a current international student through our International Friendship Families program.

Friendship Families connects an international student with a family or individual in the local community for a semester-long cross-cultural experience. These partnerships do not involve home-stay. Instead, Friendship Families and students simply meet at least once a month for activities that they both enjoy - from sharing conversations around the dinner table and celebrating holidays, to participating in campus and community events.  

Why join? Research shows that friendships within the local community often help international students develop stronger language skills, greater academic achievement, lower levels of stress and better overall adjustment to U.S. culture. At the same time, students have the opportunity to share their culture, language and traditions with the local Dayton community – and find a place to feel “at home” in Dayton.

How does it work?

Community members and international students agree to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure that all participants get the most out of their experience. Families and students are expected to attend a short orientation meeting before they are matched for the semester-long partnership.

For complete details on the program schedule and expectations, please download our guidebook:

IFF Guide for Friendship Families
IFF Guide for International Students

Apply Now

If you are interested in joining the International Friendship Family Program, please take a few minutes to fill out the application below:

Family Application
International Student Application

Sponsored by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. For more information, contact


Center for International Programs

Rike Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469
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