International Friendship Family Program
Wake Forest University Center for International Studies
We appreciate your willingness to engage with Wake Forest international students by being part of the Friendship Family program. Most of our students’ families are thousands of miles away so students are eager to have a support system nearby to help them learn about American culture, customs and activities, to turn to for advice or a ride to the airport, or to just hang out with for a home-cooked meal. We trust they will bring as much friendship to your lives as you do to theirs!
Each fall first- and second-year students interested in the Friendship Family program sign up to participate. A “Meet & Greet” is typically held in mid- to late-September where students and families have their initial contact. There are no events managed by the Friendship Family program with the exception of a Family Appreciation Dinner in February. As a Friendship Family, however, you are asked to get together with your student at least once a month, but you are certainly welcome to see each other more often depending on the student’s and your desire. This activity can be a regular family outing or a newly-created activity since cultural and traditional family events help the students acclimate to American life.
The program is generally a 6-7 month commitment during the academic year, but families and students are encouraged to stay in touch beyond the confines of the school year. And, of course, you are welcome to continue being a Friendship Family for your student beyond his/her sophomore year as long as everyone is in agreement.
In order to be matched with a student, please complete the application below. Additionally, the Friendship Family Program requires a criminal background check for all participating adults. We have partnered with First Point, Inc. to provide this confidential service, to which you will find the link at the bottom of this page.
Thank you for your interest in our international students. Your kindness and friendship will most certainly help them feel at home in Winston-Salem and at Wake Forest University!