Family Friendship Program

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For more than 50 years, International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) at the University of Notre Dame has paired international students with members of the local community, allowing participants to learn more about different cultures, traditions, and languages. Today, the Family Friendship Program continues to foster friendships and cultural understanding between students from around the world and community members who represent a wide range of ages, professions, religions, ethnic backgrounds, and family compositions.

The Family Friendship Program is not a homestay program, but rather a chance to get to know a local family or international student by spending time together and participating in activities of your choosing. The Family Friendship Program is a yearly program, and international students are matched with individuals and families in early September.  September 22, 2016, ISSA will host a kick-off event at the University of Notre Dame. Following the kick-off, we encourage participants to meet at least once per month and take advantage of the many activities offered on the Notre Dame campus and throughout the community. Birthdays, holidays, sporting and cultural events, or a simple family dinner—all these, and more—are activities that host families and students can enjoy together. There is no cost to participate in the program.

The application to participate in the Family Friendship Program (FFP) for the 2016/2017 academic year is now open: 

2016-2017 FFP Host Family Application 

2016-2017 FFP New Student Application

You must also review and sign the waiver below and submit it to our office at 105 Main Building or email it to by Friday, September 2, 2016 to be considered for this program. There is one form for students and scholars and another form for families.

2016-2017 Family Waiver

2016-2017 Student Waiver


 Applications are due Friday, September 2, 2016.  Questions? Contact