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Our students arrive as strangers and leave as family

UW – Eau Claire is fortunate to have a large community of international students. Our Host Friend Program connects new international students with community members to promote a positive transition to the Eau Claire community. 

Host Friends provide international students a family-friendly environment that allows students the opportunity to adjust to daily American life and to discover new customs in a safe environment outside of the University community. Students bring and share experiences, customs, and culture from around the world to the Eau Claire community!

How Do I Join the Host Friend Program?

To join the host friend program, you must submit the application below (one for Host Friends; one for Students). Once that has been received, the Center for International Education (CIE) will send you next steps.

All Host Friends must successfully complete a background check, phone interview, and reference checks before being admitted to the Host Friend Program.


Application Priority Dates:
  • Fall semester: Application is due July 1
  • Spring semester: Application is due December 1


Please contact if you are unable to access the application link below:


  • Hosts Apply Here
  • Students Apply Here
  • Contact Us:

    Our Host Friend Program Handbook is a great resource for information about the Host Friend Program. You can also contact the Center for International Education at, or 715-836-4411.


    Current, traditional UWEC students are NOT eligible to become a Host Friend. There are plenty of opportunities for students to be involved with UW – Eau Claire’s international student community. Contact if you are interested in connecting with an International Student!

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