Friendship Family Program

Friendship Family Host and iFriends

The Friendship Family program is a long term program that matches international students and scholars with individuals and families of all types in the Northwest Arkansas community for social relationships. This is not a home stay program. Friendship Family hosts are requested to meet with their students or scholars at least once a month and keep in touch between meetings throughout the school year. Hosts share their traditions, holidays, events, and everyday life with their students or scholars. Students and scholars are encouraged to share their cultures and join their host families for various cultural events if possible. These relationships can last well beyond the school year. Many participants of Friendship Family program find that they truly become families.

Participants Will Need to Do the Following

  1. Application

    Apply to be a part of the iFriend Programs

  2. Orientation

    You will need to attend an orientation session to be a part of the program.

If you run into any issues during this process, please email us at

If you are interested in the Friendship Family program, find more information at the links below: