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Participating in a cultural exchange program is a unique way for individuals and families to share in another’s culture and traditions as well as introduce positive impressions of Americans. The primary requirement for participating in any of these programs is a genuine desire to share your language and culture with others, and a willingness to learn from them as well.
If you are interested in sharing your culture and language with others, consider one of the programs below.
During a Conversation Group session, you will meet students enrolled in the Intensive English Program. Each session begins with a conversation question, with the freedom to follow its lead or direct the discussion elsewhere. Conversation Groups help international students improve their conversational English and increase their knowledge of American culture, which is an invaluable asset as they transition to UD. Students and staff are welcome to bring their own lunches, and the CIP happily provides guests with lemonade and cookies are provided.
Whether you're an international or American student, the informal setting and dialogue raised in Conversation Groups are a great way to connect with a diverse group of peers across the UD community. The level of commitment is up to you, and pre-registration is not required.
Fall 2013 days and times
Tuesdays, 12 to 1 p.m., Rike Center 108
Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., Rike Center 108
Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m., Rike Center 108
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Rike Center 108
Contact email@example.com for more information.
Breaking Bread is an intercultural program that brings international and American students together through the sharing of food. Breaking Bread is comprised of three interconnected events:
- Dinner #1: American students demonstrate how to prepare traditional U.S. foods. Students share a meal.
- Dinner #2: International students demonstrate how to prepare traditional foods from their home countries. Students share a meal.
- Dinner #3: Participants will share in a meal in a student neighborhood house.
First Fridays give students enrolled in the Intensive English Program (IEP) a chance to explore the Dayton community with their peers and faculty members. On the first Friday of every month, students meet in outside the Rike Center (by St. Mary's) and leave for the historic Oregon district for an evening of shopping, sightseeing, art gallery hopping, and a delicious locally-prepared dinner at one of Dayton's finest downtown restaurants. Don't miss this opportunity to meet other students in your program, practice your conversational English and experience all that downtown Dayton has to offer!
Make sure you sign up in advance for this fun and popular outing.
This program pairs current American students with incoming international students through e-mail. Our goal is to pair every new international student with a University of Dayton "buddy." These pairings then communicate through e-mail prior to the new students' arrivals on campus. For our international students, it's a real treat to have someone to talk to before they arrive. Many international students use this opportunity to practice their English, ask questions about the University and the city of Dayton, and get to know American students. For American students, this is an opportunity to communicate with international students before they arrive to the University of Dayton and serve a cultural ambassador.
To assist with the buddy program, we ask you to:
- Connect with your buddy during the summer break: Email your International Buddy during the summer to introduce yourself.
- Campus Tour: Give your buddy a brief campus tour when he/she arrives in August.
- Groceries: Many students will need to purchase personal items and food within their first few weeks in the U.S.. If possible, invite your buddy to go with you to Meijers, Kroger's, Target, etc.
- Books: Show your buddy where the bookstore is located and help him/her learn about buying textbooks in the U.S.
- Welcome Party: Attend the international students’ welcome party with your buddy on Saturday, August 24 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in McGinnis Center.
- Meet once a week during the first month of arrival
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
International Friendship Families
International Friendship Families (IFF) is a cross-cultural mentorship program developed by the Center for International Programs (CIP). IFF gives new international students the opportunity to acquaint themselves with University of Dayton (UD) faculty and staff. This exchange is facilitated through groups known as International Friendship Families. International Friendship Families consist of a faculty or staff member and his or her immediate family.
International Friendship Families help international students adjust to life in the United States and at the University of Dayton through occasional visits to Friendship Families’ homes, participation in campus and local events, and participation in IFF-sponsored events. Faculty and staff who wish to support international students’ cultural and social integration on a deeper level will find that IFF provides a structure to do so but with more flexibility and less obligation than a traditional host family program.