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International Friendship Families

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International Friendship Families

Build connections, share traditions, and enjoy cross-cultural exchange!

International Friendship Families (IFF) connects UD international students from all around the world with local families and individuals for a semester-long partnership.  You’ll enjoy the opportunity to build meaningful and lasting cross-cultural relationships, while having fun in Dayton.

For international Students:

  • Attend events with your IFF partner/family
  • Introduce your IFF partner to your culture
  • Gain a better understanding of U.S. English language, culture and values
  • Develop important intercultural skills to help you succeed in your studies and career

For local community members: 

  • Make friends with students from around the world
  • Volunteer and make a difference as you help students adapt to language barriers, culture shock, and a new academic culture
  • Share your favorite traditions and places to go in Dayton
  • Enjoy a flexible cross-cultural experience on your own schedule

How does it work?

Start with our online application, below. All participants are expected to complete a short orientation before we match you with your IFF partner(s). Then, meet your partner at our Kick-Off Celebration!

Friendship Families are matched with students twice a year, in August and January. 

During each semester, we’ll organize 2-3 fun events for all IFF members to connect and share stories. In addition, you’re expected to meet with your partner at least once a month on your own time for activities of your choice. Our email newsletter will keep you connected to all sorts of cultural events for IFF members to enjoy.

If you are interested in joining the International Friendship Family Program, please take a few minutes to fill out the application below.

Questions? Please contact or 937-229-2748 for further information.


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Center for International Programs

Rike Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1701
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