Welcome! ¡Bienvenida! Bienvenue!

Program Goals:

  • Make St. Thomas community a home away from home for international students
  • Provide cultural experience for community members
  • Create cross-cultural exchange among our International students and the St. Thomas community


  • International students and UST community members (non- students)

Program Description:

Program Description for Families

Program Description for Students

Program Application Forms:

Thank you to all who applied for the spring 2014 semester. At this point, we are no longer accepting applications for spring. If you would like to apply for fall 2014 please fill out the applications below.

Family Application

International Student Application


"The Friendship Family Program is one of the most unforgettable memories of my experience at St. Thomas. The program helped me integrate myself into a larger community than just being on campus. While being thousand miles away from my family at home, I had a family in Minnesota that was always there for me. Thank you very much for giving international students such an unforgettable experience."
- Gulbahar Abdurasulova, Undergraduate Student, Turkmenista

" Participating in the Friendship Family program has been an exciting experience for me. I have been given a first class ticket to travel the globe. My Friendship Family partners have shared their language, culture and passion to learn. This has been a memorable experience as I have broadened my horizons and made lifelong friendships."

- Artika Tyner, Law Faculty, Minnesota

Useful Links

Friendship family Top Right Photo

Contact Us

ASC 218
Mail Box
Mail #5014
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm