International Friendship Program

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What is the International Friendship Program (IFP)?

Welcome to the International Friendship Program – a joint program brought to you by International House Davis and UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars. IFP matches international students/scholars/visitors with local hosts (families/couples/individuals) from the community to form Friendship Families. Local hosts in the program provide international students/scholars/visitors with an introduction to life in the United States in general and the City of Davis and surrounding areas in particular, while learning about their new friends’ cultures and home countries.

IFP aims to build long-lasting cross-cultural friendships between international students/scholars/visitors and members of the local community. Building bridges across cultures and making students/scholars/visitors feel welcome are the primary goals.

This is not a host family program and does not involve home stays.

Please review the guidelines and expectations described in the International Friendship Program Information Packet in their entirety.

How does it work?

Both local hosts and international students/scholars/visitors go through the same application process. Participants may make specific requests about matching preferences but an important part of the program is open mindedness and flexibility. Thus, if requests cannot be fulfilled, participants are asked to be flexible.

Since the number of students/scholars/visitors interested in the program is always higher than the number of local hosts willing to participate, it’s likely that not all international students/scholars/visitors will be matched. The goal is to match as many new international students/scholars/visitors as possible. Matching is based on hobbies, special interests, etc. that students and local hosts have in common based on their application forms. If the friendships do not work for any reason, the participants may need to be re-assigned.

The cornerstone of any friendship is respect, so we ask participants to please respect each other’s religious, cultural and political beliefs, and refrain from trying to change them, Successful matches between local hosts and students/scholars/visitors are dependent on shared efforts on all sides, often resulting in mutual cross-cultural exchanges and life-long friendships.

To participate as a visitor or as a local host fill out the appropriate form by clicking the links below.

If you have any questions about this form please contact us at friendship@internationalhousedavis.org.


International Friendship Program Information Packet

Please read the Information Packet before applying!

Local Host Application

Fill out online using the link above or download the PDF Version and return to I-House.  Applications are also available at International House Davis.

International Visitor Application

Fill out online using the link above or download the PDF Version and return to I-House.  Applications are also available at International House Davis.

Upcoming Events

The Friendship Program Spring Welcome BBQ potluck will be at International House Davis on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 starting at 5:30pm. It will be a great opportunity for all local hosts and international students/scholars/visitors to get together and renew old friendships and establish new ones. Please RSVP by April 4th via email to let us know how many will be attending. 
Contact Shahzana Ali at: friendship@internationalhousedavis.org