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The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Center for International Education's Host Friend Program matches international students with kindhearted and compassionate individuals and families from the Chippewa Valley area. Host friends may be single, couples, retired, families with children, etc.  

As a host, you will be introducing international students to the daily American life and experiences they would have been unable to enjoy without your support.  Hosts provide a weekend homestay to a new international student upon the student's arrival to Eau Claire.  Additionally, host friends keep in touch with their student throughout the student's first semester at UWEC.  Some students are on a semester or year exchange, and others are degree seeking students.

UW-Eau Claire is lucky to have such a diverse community of international students continually representing over 40 different countries on its campus.  We are also very fortunate to have an equally diverse group of Chippewa Valley area community members willing to host an international student. 

As a host you can expect to:

  • Pick up students at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport or Chippewa Valley Airport Service bus terminal
  • Provide a weekend homestay (where the fun starts!)
  • Help with periods of transition & cultural adjustment
  • Introduce students to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, & US culture
  • Learn about your students culture

The Host Friend Program is one of the top reasons why international students choose our internationally esteemed university!  The program is highly regarded and enjoyed by international students and hosts.

As a student you can expect to:

  • Be picked up by hosts as you arrive in Eau Claire
  • Stay in a American house for a weekend home stay
  • Learn American and Eau Claire culture first hand
  • Speak English with native speakers
  • Teach an American family about your culture

Hosts and students come from a variety of religious, cultural, and political backgrounds.  Sharing viewpoints, opinions, and experiences regarding these matters will likely be one of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of the Host Friend Program.  

For more information about the host friend program please visit our Student or Host webpage for more information and to apply.  Also, visit out Highlights page to see videos, quotes, and stories

If you should have any questions, please contact the Community Outreach Coordinator or Center for International Education at 715-836-4411 or

We truly hope you find the program a fun and rewarding experience!