International Friendship Program | Office of International Student Affairs | Kent State University

International Friendship Program

The International Friendship Program pairs international students and scholars with Kent State faculty and staff members, along with their families, for the purpose of exchanging culture in a unique and fulfilling way.

What is the International Friendship Program?

  • Faculty/Staff and students/scholars build relationships with each other through occasional visits to the home of faculty/staff for meals, going on outings in the region, attending Kent State events, and spending special occasions or holidays together.
  • Faculty/Staff support students'/scholars' adjustment to college life at Kent State and transition into the U.S. by creating a welcoming environment and a "home away from home," although students will not be living with the faculty/staff partners.
  • Through the program, both international students/scholars and faculty/staff engage in intercultural dialogue, learn about a culture outside of their own, and, hopefully, create life-long friendships that extend beyond national borders.
  • The International Friendship Program is open to international undergraduate and graduate students attending Kent State University as well as scholars.
  • At this time this program is open to faculty and staff at Kent State University. Kent State faculty and staff, as well as their families, will have the opportunity to learn about a new culture from the international student/scholars and develop an international friendship.

How Do I Get Involved in this Program?

  • Faculty/Staff have the ability to sign up for the International Friendship program at any time throughout the year using the application form below, and will be matched as soon as we are able to find an interested international student.
  • International students/scholars will have the option to sign up for the International Friendship Program at any time throughout the year using the application form below, and will be matched as soon as we are able to find an interested Faculty/Staff member.

What Happens During the Academic Year/Semester?

  • Faculty/staff and students/scholars arrange to spend time together as often as mutually desired (both on-campus and off-campus).
  • Faculty/staff may invite their student/scholar to family events, informal meals, regional outings, holiday celebrations, athletic events, or anything that would enhance the student’s experience in the U.S.
  • Students/scholars may invite their faculty/staff partner and their families to attend on-campus events or meetings that are open to the public, especially if the student is involved in a campus organization.
  • Initially, the commitment for to be in the International Friendship Program would be for the one semester or for a full academic year, depending on the length of the student’s program. Ideally, faculty/staff and students/scholars would be able to stay in touch with each other for the remainder of the student’s/scholar's academic experience, and beyond.

Apply Today

International Student & Scholars Application Kent State Faculty/Staff Application

If you have any further questions about the International Friendship program, or have any difficulties with the application forms on this website, please direct your inquiries to Eron Memaj, Director of the Office of International Student Affairs at ememaj@kent.edu or email KSUInternationalFriendship@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest in the International Friendship Program. We look forward to meeting with you soon!