Friday, August 7, 2009

Ferris Finds a Link between Community and Culture with Host Family Program

Ferris State University Opens its Arms to International Students

BIG RAPIDS – Leaving the world they know, international students take a leap out of their comfort zone to take advantage of educational opportunities at Ferris State University. However, like any new experience, they might not know what to expect upon arriving in Big Rapids.

This is why beginning this fall, Ferris Family Links (Links) will fill in that gap by providing a link between new international students on campus and the Big Rapids community.
An informational orientation session for those interested in becoming a host family to a new international student will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 in FLITE Room 404.

The purpose of a program such as Links is to connect international students with faculty and families in the Big Rapids community. Once entered into the Links program, one international student will be matched up with one host family. Although it is encouraged, host families need not have a traditional family structure, and can even consist of just one member.


For the complete story, check out the Ferris State University News Services Web site: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/detail.cfm?ID=848

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