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International Students

Friendship Program

Want to become friends with students from all around the world? The friendship program is designed to pair international and domestic students with the goal of developing lifelong friendships and helping students feel at home in a country other than their own. After filling out a survey, participants are paired based on compatibility and then introduced at our Reveal Mixer!

After the Reveal Mixer, participants are expected to attend two additional Friendship Program Mixers during the semester to spend time with their partner and engage in a fun activity together. In addition, partners are expected to meet up outside of official mixers at least once every two weeks in order to continue developing the friendship and forming a bond. Suggestions for these meet ups include (but are not at all limited to) going on American Cultural Experience trips together, stopping by International Coffeehouse, or even just hanging out in the I-House lobby to chat.

Friendship Program Application

To participate in the Fall 2019 International Friendship Program, please complete the form below. While we do our best to match each student with a program partner, we cannot guarantee enough students will apply to match everyone. You will be notified by Friday, January 24th if selected for the program. Friendship partners will be announced at our Reveal Party. More details will be emailed to you closer to the event, but please plan to attend the MANDATORY Reveal Mixer at the I-House (in the Great Room) on January 30th, 2020, from 6:00-7:30 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Evan at ihousega3@utk.edu or 865-974-4453.
  • Please enter your U.S. phone number if you have one.
    If you would prefer to self-describe, please enter information into the "other" field.
    The Friendship Program is for respectful friendship and mutual cultural exchange, NOT for romance. This preference should be indicated based on who you feel most comfortable interacting with.
  • Example: Chemical Engineering, English, Supply Chain Management, Nursing, etc.
    If you wish to be specific about what academic program you would prefer your partner to have, please enter information into the "other" field.
    This list is not comprehensive, but some of the more common languages of past participants.
    This list is not comprehensive, but some of the more common languages of past participants.
    Reminder, please be sure to have only selected your top three interests.
  • While we will do our best to match you according to your preference, we may be unable to accomodate all your wishes.
    I understand that I will consistently meet with my partner (at LEAST once every two weeks) and will send a photo of proof into the Friendship Program GroupMe. I also understand that the Friendship Program is for respectful friendship and mutual cultural exchange, NOT for romance.