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Global Friends Program

Welcome to the Global Friends Program! The purpose of this program is to promote friendship across cultures within the University of Denver community by matching international students with a member from the DU faculty, staff or alumni community.  

who are the community members and partners?

The DU Community Members (DUCM) are faculty, staff or alumni who come from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of the United States.

The international student population makes up about 11.5% of the total DU student population, with over 1,400 international students from 91 different countries. The ten countries most represented in this community are China, Saudi Arabia, India, Canada, Kuwait, Libya, South Korea, Iran, Angola and Norway.

what are the commitments?

This program is a commitment for the 2016-2017 academic year. Participants are asked to attend the "Meet and Greet" event (from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30th) and meet at least 2 times each quarter (4 times per semester for law students).

what are the activities?

There will be a Meet and Greet Luncheon (from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30th) to meet your program partner and get to know each other. Additional activities outside of ISSS will be arranged between the international students and DU Community Members.

Activities can range from a wide variety of different social interactions. Events do not have to be elaborate or costly. They can be as simple as, but not limited to the following suggestions:

Activity Suggestions
  • Coffee chats
  • A meal
  • Going to the movies
  • The Farmer’s Markets
  • Outdoor activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Visit local museums
  • Local concerts
  • Holiday events
  • Athletic events in Denver or on TV
  • Exploring neighborhoods or parks in Denver
  • Events that are taking place around the city of Denver

Recommendations for ticket and free events in Denver can be searched for here.

The ISSS office can make recommendations for events if program partners need suggestions

applications

The application is a series of questions regarding your background, personal preferences, and areas of academic and social interests. This will help with the matching process and keep track of which DU students and community member are participating. The Office of International Student & Scholar Services will do its best to match applicants; however, due to availability some applicants may not receive a match. Applicants will be notified via email by September 23rd about whether or not they received a match for the 2016-2017 academic year.

International students may include their spouse and children in the application. International students will need to answer whether they are willing to be matched with an individual, couple or family. International spouses and family members are eligible to participate if they are part of the application of an international student.DU Community Members can state whether they are willing to host an individual, couple or family. 

Faculty and staff can also indicate if they will be applying as an individual, couple or family. DU Community Members can state whether they are willing to host an individual, couple or family. Faculty, staff and alumni can also indicate if they will be applying as an individual, couple or family.

All requests will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed based on the pool of applicants. Please note that priority will go to first-year International Students. The paired DU Community Member and International Student will meet at the "Meet and Greet" and review expectations and guidelines for the program.

The Global Friends Program is full for the 2016-2017 academic year. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be accepted during Summer 2017.

Expectations and Requirements 

For the DU Community Member (Faculty & Staff)

  • Contact your match within the first week of being matched.
  • Attend the initial Meet and Greet Luncheon from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30th. 
  • Maintain contact with international student. Keep an open mind about your partner's culture, language ability, and time.
  • Show interest in your partner, ask questions, and choose good conversation starters.
  • Expect to meet 2 times each quarter with student partner (4 times a semester for law students).

For the International Student:

  • Respond to email and phone messages from your match in a timely manner.
  • Attend the initial Meet and Greet Luncheon from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30th.
  • Only share information about yourself and your culture that you are comfortable sharing.
  • Be open about activities that your DUCM suggests.
  • Invite your DUCM partner to activities of events on and off campus.
  • Expect to meet 2 times each quarter with DU Community Member (4 times a semester for law students).

For all participants:

  • This is not a dating service.
  • This is not a tutoring service.
  • Please respect each other's personal and religious beliefs. There should be no intent to proselytize or to convert anyone.
  • Please remember to keep an open mind about your program match and understand that there will be cultural differences. This is a great opportunity to have an open cultural exchange.
  • The host is usually expected to pay for the meal or activity. However, if hosts would like their student to pay for something, they should explain their expectations of payment in advance to the international student. Communicating is important to clarify expectations and the student and DU Community Member should discuss financial arrangements if necessary.

Questions?

Questions should be directed to the Senior International Student Advisor, Marlene Arnold, at:

intloutreach@du.edu

303-871-4912