Friendship Family

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.

"A fun way to learn more about another culture!" - Margaret Brandes, Friendship Family partner & OISS Office Coordinator

“If you are not sure about the Friendship Family program, just do it! It is a great way to welcome a new student to life here in the U.S., and you can have a big impact by helping to create a positive experience them. I have really enjoyed being a part of this program.” - Brad Pulles, Friendship Family partner & Assoc. Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion Services

Program Goals:

  • Enhancing the American cultural and social experience of international students
  • Increasing global awareness of the St. Thomas community
  • Instilling in students and families a stronger sense of belonging to the St. Thomas community


  • International students and St. Thomas community members (non- students)

Program Description:

Program Description

Program Application Forms:

Please fill out the following applications for our 2017-2018 academic year: