Social Events and Programs

OISS provides a wide variety of programming and social events to help students feel welcome in the St. Thomas community.


International Student with a local family

Friendship Family Program

Friendship Family is a program that matches international students with local Twin Cities families. Founded on the belief that we should learn from each other, the program provides cultural experiences for community members and helps international students experience true Minnesotan/U.S. culture in American families. 

Connect with a local family or friend for one academic year or semester. You and your friendship family will meet regularly, have intercultural experiences, engage in cultural learning opportunities, and attend various international events at St. Thomas. You will have a unique chance to learn about American life and traditions while also sharing your life and traditions with the family/friend.

Group around a table at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Program

This program matches international students with local families to provide opportunities to experience traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner.

Additional Events

international students posing and smiling

Global Experiences

Participate in the yearly GT Excursion.

Two students kayaking

Minnesota Adventures

Take fun trips with OISS to explore Minnesota.

Students at a job fair

Career Series

Presentations to learn how to apply for jobs in the U.S.

Dancers during the international fair

International Fair Celebration

An annual celebration of international students, study abroad travel.

Contact OISS

Murray-Herrick Campus Center
MHC 212 (2nd Floor)
Mail #5014

Monday–Friday, 8:00-4:30pm
(651) 962-6650