What is the Host Family Program?
The Host Family Program provides new international students with an opportunity for friendship and involvement with an American family. The student would NOT be living with the family. The Host Family Program was developed to ease the transition for students coming to the U.S. for the first time and adjusting to college and American life. Everyone involved has the enriching experience of a cultural exchange and a new perspective about the world.
Why Join the Host Family Program?
Host families are interested in you! They want to share their culture and learn about yours. The program offers you the unique opportunity to see American life from the viewpoint of a family rather than observing it from the distance of the campus.
Who are the Host Families?
The host families range from single individuals to young couples with small children to retirees with grown families. Many of the families are connected to Roger Williams University. In many families, both adults are working, yet they find time to host a student and are eager to help you understand American society and to learn about your culture.
How Do the Host Families Get Involved?
Host families would like to share with you the experiences they enjoy as a family. They might invite you for dinners, holiday celebrations, cultural events, sporting events or family outings. They are there to answer your questions and help you adjust to your new surroundings. What activities you participate in are up to you and your host family.
How do I sign up?
If you are interested in being a host family or if you are student interested in joining the program, please contact the Intercultural Center for an application.