Host Family Program

Overview
Denison Host Family Program

Denison is fortunate to be able to offer international students a chance to get to know a family from the local community. The program is voluntary for both host families and international students, therefore it is expected that those who get involved have a genuine interest in getting to know one another.

There is a great deal of evidence to support the claim that students with families make the adjustment to their new culture much more successfully than those students who try to go it alone. Many relationships between host families and international students last long after the student has graduated from Denison.

Local families offer their hospitality for the duration of your stay at Denison, not merely upon arrival. Host families welcome the chance to share in student activities. Several complimentary activities are sponsored by the International Student Services Office, and a welcome dinner for the students and their host families is scheduled at the beginning of orientation in August. In September, host families are invited to join us for Parent's Weekend. In the spring, ISS has a widely anticipated picnic.

The Host Family Program has a long history at Denison and because of this many wonderful relationships have developed beyond the college campus.