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The UNC-Chapel Hill International Friendship Program is designed to match an international student with a family or individual with whom he or she can visit, enjoy an occasional meal, celebrate holidays, participate in community events and simply enjoy the exchange of international friendships. Housing and financial needs have already been met through other sources.

The separation from family and familiar culture patterns often can be a difficult and frustrating experience for the international student. However, by helping the student understand American culture and offering friendship, a host can ease the international student’s adjustment to a new life in a new land. The University of North Carolina International Friendship Program provides a rewarding and enjoyable experience of cultural exchange for local families or individuals and international students. Besides making new friendships, host families gain insight and greater understanding of other countries, cultures and customs.

If you are an international student wishing to be partnered with a host, please complete the one of the following applications. **Please note that applications are currently closed at this time due to the community impacts of COVID-19. We will update the website when applications are live.**

International Student/Scholar Friendship Program Application (works best with Microsoft Edge or FireFox).

If you would like to be a host, please complete one of the following applications:

Friendship Program Host Application

  • Requires Microsoft Excel
  • Download, complete and save form on your local machine.
  • Email a copy of the completed form to

Friendship Program Host Application

  • Requires Adobe Acrobat
  • Please download and print the form
  • Complete the form by hand
  • Mail or bring the form to ISSS

More information on the International Friendship Program can be found here: