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 friendships. 
  
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS A PROGRAM PARTICIPANT?

Participants are simply asked to:
  1. Get together a few times throughout the semester
  2. Maintain regular contact via phone and email.
  3. Respect the other person's culture, beliefs, religion, customs, etc.

There is no financial obligation (meaning you may go "dutch treat")

 

HOW WILL I BENEFIT?

 
You will benefit in countless ways including:
  1. Broadening your horizons
  2. Gaining a new level of understanding about yourself and the United States
  3. 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?

  

Participants 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.

 

WHAT'S THE PROCESS?

  1. Fill out an application to become a friendship partner - see links below
  2. Once your application has been received, you will be invited to attend an Orientation Session where all your questions will be answered
  3. Attend the Orientation Session and then wait for an information packet with your student's name and contact information 

  

DOWNLOADS & EMAIL LINKS


 

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The International Friendship Program is a volunteer operated program sponsored by:

International Student Services & Programs 

California State University, Fresno

Joyal Adminstration Room 256

5150 N. Maple Avenue, M/S JA 56

Fresno, California 93740-8026

Phone: 559.278.2782