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 prerequisite is the desire to make an international student feel comfortable in a strange and new setting. For more information contact the Graduate School.

The International Student Organization

International Student Organization (ISO) supports international students and encourages engaging in meaningful experiences at Stony Brook University. ISO strives to help international students have more opportunities to experience American cultures and to get involved on campus. ISO gives a helping hand to incoming students in their transition from their home life to the new atmosphere at SBU. Click here for more information.

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 vero_abreu@yahoo.com 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 January 28. For further information contact Martha Fink mgfink@attglobal.net
  • 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. Click here for more information.
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