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Friendship Family Program

SDSU international students represent more than 80 countries from around the world. Each student brings fascinating backgrounds and fresh perspectives. The Friendship Family Program helps facilitate connections between these international students and local families, building greater understanding and appreciation for the cultural diversity right here in the Brookings community.


Why Should you be a Friendship Family?

  • Expand your family
  • Learn more about our world
  • Get acquainted with another culture in a personal and unique way
  • Give an international student a family-away-from-home

Suggested Activities

Explore culture and traditions. Share American life experiences as well as embrace unique cultural traditions from your student. Your student becomes a new member of your family. Include him/her at informal family dinners, holiday celebrations, outings and local events. Here are a few ideas:

Fall Activities

  • Pumpkin picking and carving
  • Attend an SDSU athletics event
  • Rake leaves and jump in the piles
  • Visit an apple orchard 

Winter Activities

  • Bake holiday treats
  • Host a board game tournament
  • Sled on Larson Hill

Spring Activities

  • Fly a kite
  • Plant a tree or garden
  • Hike at Oakwood Lakes State Park

Apply to be a Friendship Family

For local Brookings community members.

Applications are accepted year-round. Your application info will be used to match you with an international student.

All local community members are invited to participate, no matter the size of your family. Those who are single, those who are married and those who have children - everyone can apply. As soon as a match is made, you will get your student's contact info. Reach out to him/her and start planning your first meeting. Friendship Family Program FAMILY Application


Apply to be matched with a Friendship Family

For SDSU International Students.

Applications are accepted year-round. Your application information will be used to match you with a Friendship Family.
Friendship Family Program STUDENT Application

For more information please email: Jennifer Wingate.