This program connects new international students with American students in a relaxed and pleasant manner as they discover what comes “next” for the purpose of friendship and cultural exchange. Domestic students tend to serve as a big brother or big sister to their new international student friend. Newly arriving international students, may face various challenges, such as culture shock, building a social life, language issues, etc. Having a friendly partner as they deal with these transitions, will make the experience more enjoyable, improve persistence and student engagement while helping international students understand how important they are to our campus community. American students will learn about other countries and various aspects of other cultures with the help of their international partner, practice/learn another language and gain a better understanding of the world. For both partners, the experience will offer an exciting exchange of knowledge, friendship and fun.

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