Programs & Activities

The Host Family Program

The Host Family Program (HFP) provides new international students with continuing friendships and involvement with families in the United Sates. It was developed to offer hospitality to international students by a group of community residents. Both students and host families can have the enriching experience of a cultural exchange and gain a new perspective about the world. Anyone can be a host family: A retired couple, a large family group, a newly-wed couple, or a single individual. The only pre-requisite is the desire to make an international student feel comfortable in a strange and new setting.

The International Spouse Program

The International Spouse Program (ISP) is a support group and social network for the wives, husbands, and domestic partners of Stony Brook graduate students. Run by volunteers, ISP offers non-students an opportunity to socialize with one another through organized activities that will benefit their transition to the Stony Brook community. Weekly meetings are held on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapin Community Center. For more information Contact Veronica at or find them on Facebook.

ESL Classes:

If you are looking for improve your English the following local programs are free of charge:

  • Free English Conversation Group @ Wang Center every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, room 101 beginning August 27. For further information contact Martha Fink
  • Free ESL Class in Smithtown. Registration is held on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9am and 7pm at 26 New York Ave, Smithtown, NY (at the public school located across from the Smithtown train station).
  • Many public libraries offer free ESL classes as well. If you live in Stony Brook you can attend Emma Clark Library's ESOL Conversation Group on Tuesdays at 7:3pm or ESOL Class on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. For more information visit: