Host an international student for Thanksgiving

November 7, 2018 | UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

The Center for International Studies and Programs is inviting UT faculty and staff to host an international student for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Share in a cross-cultural experience as you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. American families are invited to volunteer and open their homes to share a meal with international students.

“Families and students all enjoyed meeting with new people and learning about different cultures in the past years,” said Xinren Yu, international program coordinator for the Center for International Studies and Programs. “This is the center’s seventh year of coordinating this event. We were able to pair more than 80 international students with 30 families through this program last year, and we would like to see more people from the UT community get involved this year.”

Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 22, and many U.S. families will host a dinner on this day; however, some families may celebrate on another day.

“Even if you celebrate Thanksgiving on another day during that weekend, we would still like to invite you to sign up as a host family,” Yu added. “For many UT international students and scholars, this will be their first American Thanksgiving experience. As U.S. students plan trips home to celebrate the holiday with their families, many international students are unable to do the same. This Thanksgiving dinner experience will truly make a difference in their lives.”

Host families are asked to register online at the Center for International Studies and Programs’ Thanksgiving Holiday Host Program web page by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

For more information, contact Lydia Sims at or call 419.530.5268.

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