Family Friendship Program

Issa Family Friendship Program


For more than 25 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 (FFP) 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.

ISSA launches the annual program each fall with a kick-off dinner on the Notre Dame campus. Following the dinner, participants are encouraged to meet at least once per month to take advantage of the many activities offered on campus as well as throughout the community. Birthdays, holidays, sporting and cultural events, or a simple family dinner—all these, and more—are activities that participants can enjoy together. There is no cost to participate in the program.

Applications will open for families and students in Fall 2018. 

Questions? Contact issa@nd.edu