Local university seeks families to ‘adopt’ international students for fall semester

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EDMOND, Okla. – A local university is looking for families to turn to when it comes to making international students feel at home.

The University of Central Oklahoma is offering a unique opportunity for Oklahoma City metro area families to get to know one of Central’s more than 1,200 international students through its Community Responding to International Students Program (CRISP).

CRISP pairs an international student with a local family for monthly fellowship.

The program is not a homestay, rather, a once-per-month commitment to spending time with a student from one of the nearly 80 countries represented at Central.

“Many international students have a hard time adjusting to the United States and become quite lonely. To help welcome them to the U.S., Central has set up the CRISP program to cultivate friendships between international students and American families,” said Heidi McKee, international programming assistant for the CGC.

The program gives the university’s international students firsthand experiences with American families and allows local families to learn about their student’s country, culture and traditions.

CRISP families can spend time together through individually planned activities, or through one of the Centre for Global Competency’s monthly CRISP events like kayaking, pumpkin carving and tailgating.