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?
Participants are simply
- 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")
HOW WILL I BENEFIT?
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?
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.
DO I OBTAIN AN APPLICATION?
You may either...
- Download a friendship partner application (see below)
- Request an application be mailed to you by contacting the International Student Services & Programs office (278-2782)
or emailing: email@example.com
WHAT'S THE PROCESS?
- Fill out an application to become a friendship
- Return your completed application
by scanning and emailing it to the IFP Match Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mailing
it to the International Student Services and Programs at Fresno
State. See address 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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