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.

Fall 2022 Update

ISSS is planning to match international students this fall with hosts for the first time since February 2020! Thank you to all of the hosts and students who expressed interest in our wonderful program. Our first matching event this fall will take place on Saturday, October 8, 10 am-12:30 pm. To those students and hosts who were matched for this event, look out for your email invitation coming very 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.

How do I get involved?

Only those students who have already attended one of our FIS student information sessions on Zoom last spring or this fall will be matched with a host and invited to our matching event on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Look out for your email invitation to this event coming very soon!

Are you still interested in learning more about the FIS Host Program at Middlebury College and hope to be matched with a host in the future? If so, please check back here soon regarding student information sessions hosted by ISSS later this fall or early winter.

Once you have attended a Zoom 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.

 

When is the next FIS Host Program matching event?

Our next matching event is on Saturday, October 8, 2022. You must have received an email invitation from ISSS saying that you’ve been matched with a host in order to attend the event.

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.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: Middlebury College policy requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines unless they have approved religious or medical exemptions. In accordance with CDC guidance, “up to date” means that the person is fully vaccinated and that they have received a booster dose when eligible.

When is the next FIS Host Program matching event?

Our next matching event is on Saturday, October 8, 2022. You must have received an email invitation from ISSS saying that you’ve been matched with a student in order to attend the event.

How do I get involved?

We expect all potential new hosts to attend an information session and complete a host questionnaire. Experienced hosts will just need to submit the questionnaire but they are welcome to join us for a meeting as well so they can share their experience with new hosts.
**NOTE: Our host information sessions for our October 8th matching event have already occurred. Are you still interested in learning more about the FIS Host Program at Middlebury College and hope to be matched with a student in the future? Please check back here soon regarding host information sessions hosted by ISSS later this fall or early winter.

Once you have attended an information session and you decide to host a student, please fill out a 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 and how can I learn more?

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. Want to find out more about the country that your host student calls home? Check out these great web-based resources!

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