Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program

Students

  • Are you interested in experiencing life with a U.S. family?
  • Do you wish to experience life outside Middlebury College?
  • Would you like to meet people in the local community?

If so, we invite you to participate in the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program. The FIS Host Program matches Middlebury College international students in Vermont with family in the Middlebury area. The program also offers local hosts a chance to learn about another culture. Hosts are not expected to provide students with a place to stay, but rather to invite students to explore life outside the campus. Hosts may be individuals, couples, or extended families. Our hope is that you will form a friendship that will last beyond your first year at the College. Read an Addison Independent feature story about our program here.

If you are interested in being part of this program, please complete the FIS Student Questionnaire. (Questionnaire is temporarily unavailable--check back tomorrow!)

Hosts

What is the Friends of International Student Host Program?
The Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program offers Middlebury College international students a chance to connect with an individual or family from the Middlebury area.  It is a friendship program that provides an opportunity for hosts to share experiences in the local community with international students through invitations to join the host for a meal, a community event or simply to explore life outside the campus.

ISSS typically matches students with hosts twice per year (Fall and Winter) at an informal "matching event" hosted by International Student and Scholar Services.  From that point on, the program is what you and your international student make of it. Some families and students meet weekly, while others meet periodically throughout the year for meals, campus events or holiday celebrations. Our hope is that you will form a friendship that will last far beyond the student's time at Middlebury. Read an Addison Independent feature story about our program here.

When is the next FIS Host Program matching event?

  • Fall 2019 FIS Matching Event: Saturday morning, September 28, 2019.

How do I get involved?

1) Attend an Information Session: We expect all potential new hosts to attend an information session.  Sessions are held during the summer for Fall Term matches, and by appointment for Winter matches.

    2019 FIS Information Sessions will be held on:

  •   Monday, July 22: 5:30-6:30 pm
  •   Tuesday, August 6: 12:15-1:15 pm
  •   Friday, August 16: 12:15-1:15 pm
  •   Monday, August 19: 12:15-1:15 and 5:30-6:30 pm
  •  Thursday, September 5: 5:30-6:30 pm

2) Complete the FIS Host Questionnaire.


Can I ask for a student from a certain country?
While we cannot guarantee that you would be matched with a student from a particular country, we will consider special requests.  All potential hosts will fill out a questionnaire in which they can provide detailed information regarding their interests and expectations.  ISSS will use this information as well as the students' questionnaires to arrange the best matches possible for all involved. 

Where do the students come from?
The incoming class includes over 70 international students from more than 25 countries, including some U.S. students who live abroad. We also match students who are at Middlebury for a year-long exchange program.

 

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Service Building - Second Floor
84 South Service Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
P: 802 443-5858
F: 802 443-2063
isss@middlebury.edu