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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. 

DOWNLOAD FAMILY APPLICATION


APPLY TO BE MATCHED WITH A FRIENDSHIP FAMILY
For international SDSU students.

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

DOWNLOAD STUDENT APPLICATION


MAIL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO:
Office of International Affairs, SDSU
SBL 119, Box 2115 Brookings, SD 57007