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!


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 Rebekah Anderson.

IFP Mini-Socials


"I learned about this program at a mom’s meeting in a discussion of service activities one can do with young children. We originally signed up because we thought it would be a good way to teach our children about reaching out to others. However, our children have grown so much learning about other cultures, language and being comfortable with people of all nationalities. We have developed wonderful relationships with our students and have been so grateful for the chance to have them as part of our lives."

Tim and Christina Nelms and family