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What is it?

Welcome to the International House Davis Friendship Program! The Friendship Program matches international students/scholars or visitors with a Friendship local host (a family, couple or individual) from the community to form a “Friendship Family.” Friendship local hosts provide international students/scholars and visitors with an introduction to life in the United States and the city of Davis, while learning about their new friends culture and country. This is not a host family program and does not involve home stays. The Friendship Program aims to build long lasting cross-cultural friendships between international students/scholars/visitors and members of the Davis community. Building bridges across cultures and making students and visitors feel welcome to Davis are the primary goals. Please review the guidelines and expectations described in the Friendship Program Information Packet.

How does it work?

Both local hosts and international students/scholars 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 interested in the program is always higher than the number of Friendship Families willing to participate, it’s likely that not all international students will be able to be matched. The goal is to match as many new international students as possible. Matching is based on hobbies, special interests, etc. that students and families have in common based on their application forms. A successful Friendship Family – student/scholar or visitor relationship is dependent on a shared effort between both sides. If the friendships don’t 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, see the Community Guidelines for more information.t other cultures and viewpoints, which often results in 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.