Friendship Families

The International Student Friendship Family Program is a program that links new international students with individuals or families in the Luther College or Decorah community. The goal of the program is to promote international understanding and friendship, develop an appreciation of how others live and view the world, and assist new students in the process of adjustment to Luther College and the United States. Students and their Friendship Families gather in informal settings and learn about life in the U.S., specifically Iowa, and about the home culture of the international student. The friendship that grows between a student and his or her Friendship Family can promote diversity and cultural awareness that will last a lifetime.

Friendship Families are matched from among a pool of new students who have requested a Friendship Family. The matches will be made as early as possible so that you can meet your student shortly after he or she arrives.  

Later in the summer, you will receive basic contact information for your student(s) and an invitation to a first potluck for everyone to meet and get acquainted.

If your family is interested in participating in this program, please fill out our Friendship Family Interest Form.

Thank you for making Luther's international students feel welcome!