Have you ever...

...been alone, away from home, and wished for someone to talk to? Wanted to know more about another country or culture? Wanted to make friends with someone from another country? Wished you could do something to promote understanding between cultures?

Consider becoming a friend to a UNK international student through the International Friendship Program!

The window for Spring 2023 student applications is closed. All new student applications will be considered beginning the week of May 22, 2023.


For Families: Who's It For?

Hosts and student in home

For Families: What's my commitment?

Student and hosts at event

For Families: More FAQs

Student in kayak

For Students: Who's it for?

Students Kayaking

For Students: What's My Commitment?

For Students: More FAQs

About IFP

The International Friendship 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.

If you are ready to get started, please complete the host/student application form or contact Dr. Chance Bell.


"This has been the most important experience for me in the U.S. because I have learned a lot about the culture and English language.  My family is the best, and they always make me feel at home."

Carlos Andres Rodriguez Tavera