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.

Finding a good match

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.

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.

It is the local resident's responsibility to contact the student and introduce yourself.

The expectation is that at least once a month, you invite the student to join in activities such as:

  • Family dinners
  • Picnics
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Sports activities
  • Musical events


If you're interested in being part of the Flag Friends program, check out www.flagfriends.org  

More information

If you have any questions about this program, please e-mail International Student Scholar Services.