Friendship Program

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.

Family Application Information

Thank you for your interest in participating in the International Friendship Program. You will find this to be an incredibly rewarding experience. Many families who participate in this program develop life-long friendships with their students.

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 students and families will connect once or twice a month. You are free to get together more frequently if you like.

The students want to experience American family life and culture, so here are some ideas of things you could do with them: invite them to your home for meals, games, movies; let them experience holiday traditions with you such as carving a pumpkin, Thanksgiving dinner, decorating Christmas tree; attend cultural and athletic events in town; attend school programs; visit historical places such as Archway, Trails and Rails, Pioneer Village; participate in outdoor activities such as crane-viewing, biking, walking; attend campus events with them; give them the opportunity to share food, history, culture of their country with you.

Please complete the attached application form and submit electronically. When I have students who have completed the application process that I feel would be a good match for you, I will contact you to set up a time to meet your student and begin this exciting adventure!

Application Form


If you would like additional information, feel free to contact:

International Outreach Coordinator
Welch Hall 108, 2504 19th Avenue
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849-5220

308-865-8939 phone
308-865-8160 FAX
ffp@unk.edu

Student Application Information

Thank you for your interest in participating in the International Friendship Program. You will find this to be a rewarding experience that will great enhance your education at UNK and your enjoyment of the community.

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 students and families will connect once or twice a month. You are free to get together more frequently if you like.

Please keep in mind that 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.

Please complete the application form that you will find on this page. Once you have completed the form, bring it to my office in Welch Hall 108, or email it to ffp@unk.edu. When your application is received, you will be contacted to set up a meeting. Once the application process is complete, you will be matched up with a family so you can begin this exciting adventure!*

*While it is our desire that every student have a family or individual through the International Friendship Program, due to the popularity of this program amongst students and the limited number of families and individuals who participate, we regret that we cannot guarantee a family or individual for short term students.

Student Application Form

If you have questions, please contact:

International Outreach Coordinator
Welch Hall 108
308-865-8939
ffp@unk.edu