We are looking for American friendship
partners/families who are interested in getting to know international students and are willing to offer
the gift of friendship.
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP PROGRAM?
The International Friendship Program is a matching program between international
students at Fresno State with area community members. The sole purpose of the program is to develop cross-cultural friendships.
It is NOT a live-in program. Participants are simply asked to meet together a few times during the course of the semester
for coffee, a meal, movies, shopping, etc. to develop their cross-cultural friendship and to share about their respective
cultures. Students who choose to participate in the program are those who are genuinely interested in developing
ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS A PROGRAM PARTICIPANT?
simply asked to:
- Get together
a few times throughout the semester
- Maintain regular contact via phone and email.
- Respect the other person's culture, beliefs, religion, customs, etc.
is no financial obligation (meaning you may go "dutch treat")
You will benefit in countless ways including:
- Broadening your horizons
- Gaining a new level of understanding about yourself and the United States
- Knowing you helped an international student understand more about Americans
and the American culture (as a type of "cultural ambassador" or "bridge")
Other benefits could include learning a new language or brushing up on a foreign language, traveling to visit your
new friend in his/her own country, and the rewards of friendship throughout the years.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF COMMITMENT?
are asked to maintain the cross-cultural friendship for one school year (August - May). However, if circumstances change which
would prevent you from keeping this commitment, please notify both your international friend and the program coordinator.
- Fill out an application
to become a friendship partner - see links below
- Once your
application has been received, you will be invited to attend an Orientation Session where all your
questions will be answered
the Orientation Session and then wait for an information packet with your student's name and contact information
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