Did you know the majority of international visitors coming to the U.S. rarely step inside an American’s home? The Friendship Program is a way to bring international visitors studying or researching at UT more connected to the Austin community and American culture. The International Office will pair you with a local individual or family if you’re an international student or scholar and if you’re applying as a local individual or family you will be paired with one or more international student(s) or scholar(s).
The Friendship Program consists of planning monthly “hang-outs” or activities with your match. You are welcome to meet with your match more often if you wish, but no less than once a month! The International Office will also provide a few events throughout the semester including the Fall Kick-Off Party, where you will meet your match for the first time.
If you’re interested in participating in the program, applications are now available:
Application for International Students and Scholars
Application for Local Austin Community Members
Thank you for your interest!
Hello, I am a new international student at UT. Is it still possible to sign up for the friendship program?
Brittany Palmer says
We may still have some availability! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re still interested!