The Office of International Students and Scholars invites members of the St. Thomas community to join the Friendship Family program. This program connects new international students with the broader St. Thomas community through invitations to family dinners and other various family activities. Only a minimum time commitment is needed. The goal is to not create additional activities for your student, but to invite them to join you and your family for previously scheduled events (such as a child’s play or sporting event, holiday dinner or movie night).
The Friendship Family program exists as a way to help international students adjust to life in the United States while promoting cultural exchange within the St. Thomas community. Inviting an international student into your families’ life is a fabulous way to learn about various countries, world cultures and traditions right here in your backyard.