An international student and his local host pose together.

The Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program matches Middlebury College international students in Vermont with family in the Middlebury area.

Spring 2022 Update

ISSS will revive the FIS Host Program this fall! ISSS is planning to match international students with host families for the first time since February 2020! For details about our upcoming student information sessions and a link to register for a session, see the “For Students” section below. We will post upcoming host information session dates here in the coming weeks. Please check back soon!

Read an Addison Independent feature story about our program.

For 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 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.
 

FIS Student Information Sessions

Are you a student from the Class of 2024, 2024.5, 2025 or 2025.5? Are you interested in learning more about the FIS Host Program at Middlebury College? Please check back here soon regarding upcoming student information sessions hosted by ISSS. 

Once you have attended an information session and you’d like to be matched with an individual or family from the Middlebury area, we invite you to submit our FIS Questionnaire.

 

For Hosts

The 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. 

If you are interested in hosting a student, please email isss@middlebury.edu for more information.

When is the next FIS Host Program matching event?

We are planning to have our next matching event in fall 2022.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to be matched with a student, please fill out a questionnaire.

We expect all potential new hosts to attend an information session and complete a host questionnaire. Experienced hosts will just need to update their previous questionnaire. We will post the dates of our next information sessions here. Please check back soon.

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?

Our international students are 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.

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