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Programs & Events » The Link: International Friendship Program

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Coordinated by the Office of International Education, The Link’s purpose is to foster an appreciation for how others live and view the world. This is achieved by matching international students and scholars with families and individuals from the Arlington Community.

Ideally, Friendship Partners will meet at least once a month for a year. Although it will be up to the partners to arrange activities together, the OIE will send occasional E-updates that include announcements about upcoming events and short surveys for feedback purposes.

Common activities shared by participants include:

  • Having conversations over coffee or tea.
  • Going grocery shopping and preparing dishes from each other's cultures.
  • Celebrating a birthday or holiday.
  • Packing a picnic and visiting a local park.
  • Attending a local festival, museum or film.

Prior to being matched, Friendship Partners must complete an application. Following a brief orientation by phone or in person, participants will be matched with a friendship partner. In addition to a short bio of your partner, you will be given an overview of your partner’s country and culture and a practical guide for Friendship Partners.

International students apply here:

International Student/Scholar Application

American students/community members apply here:

Community Friend Application