Augustana Announces Opportunities to Host International Students

Augustana is seeking Sioux Falls-area families who are interested in learning about new cultures, languages, traditions, faiths and global perspectives to participate in a pair of welcome programs for international students.

This fall, Augustana will be home to more than 60 new international students from 30 different countries. In an effort to provide a support network for these students, the International Programs Office (IPO) is seeking Sioux Falls-area families to participate in its Host Family and/or Friendship Family Programs.

Host Family Program
Thirteen new students from Russia, Moldova, Pakistan, Algeria, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Bangladesh will be arriving in Sioux Falls on Sunday, Aug. 14, several weeks prior to the start of the school year. These students are participants of the highly selective U.S. State Department Global UGRAD program, a full-time, non-degree program that combines study with community service, internship and cultural enrichment elements. Augustana would like to pair each UGRAD student with a host family willing to provide room and board; transportation to the college Monday-Friday (The IPO will provide orientation and cultural programming each day, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); and family and cultural activities during the evening and weekends from Aug. 14-28. The UGRAD students will move into their on-campus residence halls Sunday, Aug. 28. Host Families and students can choose to continue their relationship through the Friendship Family Program (description below).

Friendship Family Program
The Friendship Family Program is designed to give a new student a family contact in Sioux Falls. The family does not provide lodging. Instead, the family makes a commitment to befriend a new student and to provide opportunities to have a home-cooked meal once or twice a month or to participate in various cultural or community activities throughout the year. The IPO is seeking 50 area families to participate in the Friendship Family Program, providing support to students from China, Japan, Vietnam, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Burma, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Oman, Algeria, Bangladesh, Moldova, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.

Students will be introduced to their Friendship Family at the Friendship Family kick-off event on Sunday, Sept. 11.

To learn more about these programs and to request application forms, contact the International Programs Office at 605.274.5050.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations