Flagstaff International Friendship Program (FlagFRIENDS)
The Flagstaff International Friendship Program offers
community members from Flagstaff and the surrounding areas the opportunity to
extend their friendship to international students who are studying at Northern
Arizona University. Please note that this is not a home-stay program.
The image of the United States that international students
take back to their countries may depend largely on their day-to-day experiences
outside their academic schedule. At the same time, Americans can broaden their
knowledge of other countries by having international friends. Personal
encounters between individuals of different nations are important keys to the
development of understanding between cultures.
International students are assigned to a family or single
individual of the same sex. The host/student connection may last for a semester
or for the whole time the student or professor is studying or working at Northern
Arizona University. Many times the friendship lasts for a lifetime.
We attempt to match you according to your profession, interests,
Information for Flagstaff area resident participants
Most international students at Northern Arizona University are
enrolled in graduate or undergraduate degree programs. Some are here as
exchange students for an academic semester or two, and others attend the
Program in Intensive English.
When we assign you to an international student, you will
receive information about the student and he or she will receive your name. It
will be your responsibility to contact the student and introduce yourself.
At least once a month, you should invite the student to join
in activities such as:
- Family dinners
- Holiday celebrations
- Sports activities
- Musical events
If you're interested in applying to be a host, or perhaps
finding more information about the responsibilities, check out the application packet.
If you’re an international student and want to join
FlagFriends, please complete the student application.
If you have any questions about this program, please e-mail International Student Scholar Services.
Assistance to hosts is also available from the community
program coordinators and the Center for International Education.