MU’s International Student and Scholar Services runs the American League of International Friendship Encounters program, which pairs community members with international students who are new to Columbia and the United States.
After filling out an application and attending a 45-minute orientation session, participants are paired with an international student.
ISSS recommends participants meet with their students at least once a month. The service suggests sharing meals with students, taking them to cultural or sporting events and including them in outdoor, music and civic activities.
About 20 international students are not matched with community members.
For information or to sign up for the program, visit the MU International Center Web site, contact the center at 882-6007, or e-mail ISSS@missouri.edu.
— Dan Nejfelt