International Friendship Families

Center for International and Cultural Education

The International Friendship Families is a program that matches each Gustavus international student with a host family in St. Peter community. The friendship program offers the possibility of a mutually rewarding relationship between an American family and an international student, giving each the opportunity to learn from each other. Students do not live with their friendship families, but they usually have an opportunity to have some meals in the home of their friendship family, attend events, or go on area trips. It is up to each family and student to arrange get-togethers, and you are free to do as much or as little together as you and your friendship family are comfortable with. 

"I used to think that going to Gustavus, in a foreign country with no connections, meant that I would never feel at home. But it wasn't like that. The Friendship Family are very caring of me and always help me engage in more local and family activities so that I never feel lonely in St Peter. They showed me how I could live like a Minnesotan by taking me to the independence fireworks, state fair, to their cabin in northern Minnesota, and so much more. I would say the IFF experience is my biggest takeaway from Gustavus so I would suggest it to any international student." Jenn Dao, '20

To sign up for a family, contact Carly Overfelt