Overview and Expectations

New international students are invited to participate in the Marquette International Friendship Program during new student orientation.

Once accepted into the program, you will be matched with a Milwaukee community member who will be your community friend for the academic year, though many of our matches remain friends for life.

Community friends represent the diversity of Milwaukee and may be single young professionals, married couples or entire families from a wide variety of backgrounds.

You will get together with your community friend approximately once a month to learn about each other's culture through social activities. The program does not involve home-stays, but rather involves regular get-togethers at a time that works for you and your community friend. This program provides a unique opportunity for you to experience U.S. culture and learn more about the Milwaukee community.

In order to ensure the friendship works, you will be responsible for responding promptly to phone calls or emails from your community friend. You are also responsible for the upholding commitments you make to meet with your community friends or providing adequate notice if you cannot be present.

To participate, you are required to attend an orientation, which discusses program details and expectations. The Office of International Education then hosts a Meet-Your-Match kickoff event where you will have the opportunity to meet your community friend for the first time. Typically, OIE also hosts a closing event at the end of the academic year.

Key 2019-2020 program dates:

Applications Due:

Monday, October 7, 2019

Student Orientation:

October 23, 4-5 p.m. or October 24,  8-9 a.m.

Meet-Your-Match Kickoff Event:

Saturday, October 26, 2019; 2 to 4 p.m.

End of Year Event:

April 2020

Student application - due October 7, 2019

To participate, complete the online application below.

 Questions? Contact Mike Groen.