A matching program connecting U.S. students with international students from around the globe
Friends Without Borders will begin its second year in 2016-17 and is designed to pair incoming international student arrivals with returning U.S. students interested in making international student connections. It's a great opportunity to be part of an exciting program that offers personal enrichment while also helping to create a more dynamic and integrated campus. All domestic undergraduate students who will be enrolled for the 2016-17 academic year are encouraged to apply for one of the set number of spots.
This program assigns new international students to their U.S. matches in the lead up to the kickoff in October 6, 2016 where most will be introduced for the first time. After this initial mixer/kick-off event pairs are encouraged to keep up the connection by getting together regularly during the semester. As the year proceeds, there will be a calendar of smaller events, email newsletters with activity suggestions and updates on ongoing contests in which pairs compete for prizes.
This program is not designed to require a high level of commitment from students but, rather, offers a light structure of events and resources upon which to grow initial acquaintances into friendships that may go well beyond the one year for which this program is designed.
If you are a returning U.S. undergraduate student interested in joining Friends Without Borders, please complete this short online questionnaire and we will be in touch in the weeks surrounding the start of classes. If you are an incoming international student this Fall, more information and sign up opportunities will given during Orientation Week. Below is an example of one of the ongoing contests among pairs for which prizes were awarded during the 2014-15 year of the program. Similar contests are projected for 2016-17.
Questions about Friends Without Borders? Want to be more involved in program development and leadership? Please contact Kevin Roiseland, International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (319) 335-0335.