Holiday Hosting Program for Staff and Faculty

    November 14, 2019

    Although most students have the privilege of going home for the Thanksgiving break to celebrate and spend time with family, international students typically stay in Scranton. 

    “These students stay around Scranton to either catch up with school work, do some short distance travel, do some Black Friday shopping, sleep in and chill and hang out with friends,” Director of Global Education, Huey Shi Chew, said.

    Some international students get invited to homes by their friends to Thanksgiving meals, and if they do not, the Office of Global Education tries to match students with host families.

    “Since last year, the Office of Global Education tries to match the international students who are NOT traveling, with host families, during the holidays. The Office sees this as a win-win situation for the international students and the host family. The international students get to experience an important American holiday and the host family in return, gets to experience and learn from the international guest about his/her culture,” Shi Chew said.

    Because campus is closed over Christmas, many international students who do not go back to their home country have to find a place to stay.

    "For Christmas, it has been a challenge finding families that will host our international students," said Shi Chew.

    Would you like to bring an international student/scholar home this Thanksgiving or Christmas? Sign up to host and experience a different Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, here.

    Questions ? Contact : Office of Global Education X 4841 or X 7575

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