International Friendship Program

This program connects international students with Kearney area families or individuals for the purpose of communication, cultural sharing and enjoying activities together. It gives students the opportunity to meet and enjoy the friendship of area community members and to experience American culture and customs in a family setting, which helps them gain an understanding of these things more quickly than they would otherwise. It also gives students the opportunity to share about their country and culture and practice English language skills.

Families who have participated have found it to be a wonderfully rewarding experience. They expand their knowledge of the world and experience other countries’ culture and customs without leaving Kearney! They also have the opportunity to share a bit of their lives with students, which is often one of the students’ most cherished experiences in the U.S.

The International Friendship Program is a visitation program, NOT a home-stay. Students attend classes at UNK and are responsible for their own housing.

The duration of the commitment is one year. However, most often the friendship lasts throughout the student’s stay in Kearney and even beyond. The time commitment does not need to be great. It is our hope that the students and families will connect once or twice a month. You are free to get together more frequently if you like.

Thank you for your interest in participating in the International Friendship Program. By completing this form, you are committing to be in contact with your student(s) once or twice a month to involve them in family and cultural activities.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the International Friendship Program Coordinator at 308-865-8939 or coffmanb2@unk.edu.

Welcome to Kearney! We are glad you chose to come to the University of Nebraska at Kearney and we know you will have a great experience here.

We would like to offer international students the opportunity to meet and enjoy the friendship of a family or individual in the Kearney area through the International Friendship Program. You will have the opportunity to experience American culture, family life, and holiday traditions by participating in activities with a Kearney area family, and will also be able to teach them about your country and culture. You must be willing to make time once or twice a month to meet with your family. 

This program does not involve financial support, transportation or housing. If you ask your family to provide these services, you may be asked to leave the program.

If you are interested in this program, please fill out the application form below. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the International Friendship Program Coordinator at 308-865-8939 or coffmanb2@unk.edu.

 

By completing this form, you agree to the following statement: "As a student participant in the International Friendship Program, I promise to keep in touch with my host family and to inform them of my current address, phone number and email address. I give International Education staff permission to share all information on this form with my host family. I hereby give my permission to the University of Nebraska at Kearney to use and publish my direct quotes, my name, or my image (photograph/video) in any University of Nebraska at Kearney printed materials or on the website; and I hereby release the University of Nebraska Kearney from any and all claims there from."