Treat yourself to a unique learning experience! Students often say that the Friendship Family program is the most meaningful and influential experience while studying at Ball State.
Our program partners a Ball State international student with an American family (or single person), who can help you understand and become familiar with American culture and establish a support system while you are away from your family and friends in your home country.
Watch the Friendship Family Video
Joining the program is not required, but we recommend it!
Sign up today!
Online Student Form Online Family Form
Upon the completion of your application, please download and complete our waiver and consent forms. Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Friendship Families Are Like
We will assign you a friendship family after you complete the participation form.
American families voluntarily participate in this program and come from all walks of life, economic levels, and religions. Yet they all have a common interest in learning about other cultures and sharing the American way of life with you.
These families may be a traditional family unit (father, mother, and children), single-parent family, a retired couple, or a single individual.
Friendship families are not sponsors and should never be expected to provide financial assistance. They may provide caring emotional support and practical assistance as you settle in and familiarize yourself with Muncie.
You and your friendship family determine together how often to communicate and interact. Types of activities can vary greatly from one family to another.
What You Do with a Friendship Family
You do not need to feel obligated to accept every invitation. For example, if you have classwork to prepare or do not want to attend a religious activity, then you may politely turn down the invitation. However, you should accept enough invitations (or initiate them) to develop a good relationship. If your American friendship family does not make contact with you, please notify the coordinator of the friendship family program.
Examples of friendship family activities include:
- a trip to the grocery store
- going out for coffee
- attending a play or concert
- making a snowman
- watching a movie
- attending local school events
- visiting a park
- cooking dinner together
- carving pumpkins for Halloween
- a basketball game
- a visit to a zoo
All in all, you just have fun!