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International Friendship Family Program - Students

Information for New International Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Students can apply here!
Friendship Family Request Form for Students

Why join the International Friendship Family Program?

  • Make the most of your time abroad as a student.
  • Become a special member of a local family and have a family away from home.
  • Experience American culture beyond the student campus life.
  • Attend FFP events with your family and mingle with other FFP participants!
  • Share your culture, traditions, and country with a local family.

How will the International Friendship Family Program improve your Dartmouth experience?

Our goal for the Friendship Family Program is to provide international students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in American culture in a personal, fulfilling, and memorable way.

We anticipate that Friendship Families will include their students in some of their family outings and holiday celebrations, help their students adjust to culture shock, and respond to student questions and observations as they seek to learn more about the United States.

The FFP experience is meant to give international students a unique perspective of American life beyond the hectic life of campus, as well as the opportunity to form meaningful cross-cultural friendships with local Upper Valley residents.

How can you become involved in the International Friendship Family Program?

Participation in the International Friendship Family Program is not mandatory, but we highly recommend it. If you wish to participate in the FFP, you can apply now by filling out a Friendship Family Program Request Form. Requests for a 2017-2018 Friendship Family must be received by midnight on Sunday, September 10, 2017.  Any Request Form received after the deadline will only be considered if additional families are available.

The FFP opening reception where we will introduce you to your Friendship Family will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Please note: Since the number of host families is limited, and a certain level of commitment is required in order for Friendship Families to be successful, we ask that you consider, in advance, whether or not you will be able to dedicate time to getting to know your host family and being an active participant in the program.

What happens when you apply to be part of the FFP?

Once you have completed the Friendship Family Request Form, the information you submit will be used to pair you with a Friendship Family.  All matches between matriculating international students and interested Friendship Families are made once per year prior to the start of the fall term.

In September, you will receive a reply via e-mail informing you of your match, and inviting you to a welcome reception held early in the fall term.  During the reception, FFP families and students will meet for the first time and officially begin the International Friendship Family Program for the year.

Last Updated: 9/7/17