Family Programs for International Students Announced

Attention Sioux Falls-area families interested in learning about new cultures, languages, traditions, faiths and global perspectives: Augustana College has your answer!

Augustana will be home to 54 new international students from 20 different countries this fall. In an effort to provide a warm and welcoming 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
Seven new students from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Pakistan will be arriving Aug. 14, several weeks prior to the start of the school year, as 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 from Aug. 14-30. Augustana will provide a $100 weekly stipend to offset costs of room and board. The UGRAD students will move into their on-campus residence halls Monday, Aug. 30.

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.

Seventy-nine Augustana students will represent the following countries during the 2010-2011 school year: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Bulgaria, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Burma, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Canada.

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