The Friendship Program is an opportunity for UT international students and scholars to interact with the Austin community and share experiences, traditions, and customs. Your host will help you become acquainted with the city and the American lifestyle.
Who can apply? Any international student or scholar who is currently enrolled or affiliated with the University.
- Must have the intention to remain in the program for one semester once matched
- Be willing to engage in a monthly activity with your host
- Be open and willing to engage in new experiences, and share your culture and values
How do I apply? Submit the online application. Once submitted, we will work on matching you with a host. You will receive a notification by email.
Here’s what a participant has to say about the Friendship Program:
“I would like to thank the ISSS for offering the Friendship Program. I joined to learn about the customs of a new country and was matched with the Flores family. Johnny and Nelly have been accommodating and hospitable. I was delighted to be invited to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with them. Those memories and our discussions about travels and life in the country are the ones I cherish the most. I also enjoyed meeting their son and daughter-in-law and not to forget TJ – their adorable dog who does not like horses! I hope my association with the family continues. Looking at life from a different perspective has broadened me as a person, and this would not have been possible without this wonderful program!” -Saurav
Mark your calendars and attend our Kick-Off event for the semester:
Friendship Program Kick-Off
Sunday, Sept. 20
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Share your intercultural experience with us in the comments below!