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International Student and Scholar Services

International Friendship Program

About IFP

Mission Statement

International Education and Global Engagement (IEGE) has identified a need to strengthen the University’s support system for international students by focusing not only on academic support, but by providing opportunities for interpersonal growth, cultural exploration, and connection to our local community.

The Chico State International Friendship Program seeks to provide opportunities for international students to increase their knowledge of American culture, practice English language skills, and ease the effects of cultural adjustment by matching them with Chico State faculty/staff members for social or family activities.


  • To integrate new international students into the Chico and campus communities
  • To provide students with opportunities for English language development
  • To support campus internationalization
  • To facilitate cross-cultural friendships and global understanding


The primary purpose of the IFP is to promote cross-cultural friendships.  This is facilitated by pairing international students with University staff or faculty hosts for social or family activities for the duration of a semester.  Hosts provide an informal introduction to life in the United States through conversations and activities.  Students can help their hosts learn more about the cultures of their home countries. 


IEGE will match students and faculty/staff members based on information collected on the program application form. Participants will be required to attend an orientation, at the beginning of the semester, to learn about expectations and program requirements. 

Participants may choose to sign up for either a one-time shared activity or for a full semester.  Of course, participants can sign up for a number of shared activities, but the difference between the semester-long commitment and a number of shared activities is the degree of consistent commitment to one person or group of people.

At the end of the semester, programs participants will be asked to provide feedback on their experience, which will be used for future program enhancement.

Information for Student Participants

Information for Staff/Faculty Mentors

Program Coordinators

Cindy McKay
International Student/Scholar Advisor

Tasha Alexander
International Student/Scholar Advisor