Become a Friendship Family and Connect With New International Students St. Thomas Newsroom July 23, 2012 International Student Services at the University of St. Thomas invites members of the St. Thomas community to join the Friendship Family program. This program connects new international students with American families. Only a minimum time commitment is needed.The program promotes cultural exchange within the St. Thomas community by helping international students adjust to life in the United States. Friendship families have the opportunity to learn about various countries, world cultures and traditions. To apply click here; the deadline is Monday, July 30.For more information e-mail International Student Services or call (651) 962-6650.