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Missouri State University, International Programs

International Friends Program matches you/your family with international student for 3-4 mos/1 semester similar to HS exchange, but students remain living on campus and hosts are not responsible financially.

International students have left friends/family/support system to come to study (in a second language). They enjoy building a friendship with someone from the US to visit with once or every other week, or once a month to share dinner, and simply to enjoy time together. Visits might be sharing lunch, letting them cook their food for w/you, going to local festival, enjoying a shared hobby, or celebrating holiday/birthday. These students are eager to get to know you and share cultures. Consider if you had a son/daughter, niece/nephew, or anyone in your family/life that were to travel to a new country, wouldn't it be nice to know that someone was there for there to help them adjust and learn about that new culture?

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Arts & Culture Community International


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301 S. JeffersonSpringfieldSpringfield, MO 65806



  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Farming
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Faith-based Leadership
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Orientation or Training
  • Individualized, but visit 1-2x a month
  • Complete online application and reference check

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