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Friendship Families Group

Being away from friends and family can be a difficult part of studying abroad. As a Lander international student, you have the option to get connected with a host family through the university's Friendship Family Program.

As part of this program you will:

  • Be connected with an individual or family in the community.
  • Have a family support system away from home, while getting an immersive look at the American experience off campus.
  • Join family members for dinner, holiday celebrations and cultural and athletic events.

The Friendship Family Program was developed to assist our international student population in their quest to learn more about American culture. The Office of International Programs matches international students with local families and individuals that have expressed an interest in International Students. The goal is for our students to learn about, and experience, American culture outside of Lander. Additionally, it is our hope that each student will share his or her culture with their Friendship Family.

The National Association of Foreign Student Advisors states that programs such as these are "the start of what could be a lifelong relationship where families and students will learn from each other and grow together. We hope that this experience will encourage people to break stereotypes, discover their own city, and continue the international experience once the student returns to his/her home country. Hosting is a small but essential step in contributing to world peace, tolerance, and understanding - it happens one relationship at a time."


Interested in Becoming a Friendship Family?

Please fill out the Friendship Family Program sign-up form (PDF), or contact Jeff Constant, Director of International Programs and Scholar Services. Return completed form to:

Office of International Programs
Lander University
320 Stanley Ave.
Greenwood, SC 29649

You may also send the completed form electronically to After we receive the form, your name will go on a list, and we will match you with a student as soon as one is available.