Programs and Activities
Friendship Family Program
The Office of International Programs sponsors the Friendship Family Program (FFP). The FFP is an NDSU-based program that seeks to provide Fargo/Moorhead residents with the opportunity to learn about other cultures by developing friendships while helping NDSU international students adjust to and learn about American culture.
Friendship Family hosts are matched with international students for one academic year beginning in the fall, or for the remainder of that period if made mid-year. It is suggested that the host and student get together at least once a month to keep their friendship growing. The student does not live with the host; the host merely acts as a contact and resource for the student. Hosting may include a variety of activities, such as an invitation to dinner, sightseeing, asking the student to join in the participation of local events or celebrations, or whatever else may be helpful for the student to understand life in the United States.
The Speakers' Fair is a special event held annually at Fargo elementary and junior high schools in which NDSU international students give mini-presentations about their cultures and home countries to one or more classes. The NDSU students really enjoy this event as it provides them the opportunity to share aspects about their cultures and countries. The Speakers' Fair is usually held during Spring break.
International Speakers' Bureau
The International Speakers' Bureau is a group of international students who give presentations about their cultures and home countries on a request by request basis. Various community organizations or university instructors sometimes want people from other countries to visit a group/class to provide information about aspects of life in their own countries. If you would be interested in having an NDSU international student speak in one of your classes, contact the Office of International Programs.