International Friends and Family Program
Stony Brook University’s International Friends and Family Program (IFFP) creates opportunities for Stony Brook University international students and the surrounding community to establish mutually rewarding relationships. It provides a chance for international students to interact with local community members and provide a cultural exchange of country, culture and language.
The program is NOT a homestay program and does not offer housing or financial support for students.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to build meaningful personal relationships that celebrate cultural diversity by connecting international students with neighbors and community members.
Our vision is to create a welcoming, inclusive environment for our international students during their time at Stony Brook by providing a unique way to engage in American life and culture to complement and enhance the student’s educational experience.
We aim to promote diversity by increasing multicultural awareness and understanding.
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~ T E S T I M O N I A L S ~
Eugenia Soroka, Ukraine
"It is an exceptional opportunity for sharing cultures, moments, memories, and building new friendships."
Tej Gorde, India
"Great for cultural exchange. They are welcoming. It feels like having a new family. Amazing experience!"
Gurveen Saluja, India
"It is a great exposure for international students. It helps to understand the American culture and also give us an opportunity to share our culture as well."
Pamela Murphy, Community Member
"I hosted a Graduation Party at my home for several international students. It gave these kids a sense of family on their special day, photo opportunities, cake, presents and memories for a lifetime."
Dee Hensen & Dave Hensen, Community Members
"We've been doing this for ten years, great program. We've made friends from around the world. Helping students and having fun at the same time. Life doesn't get better than that!"
Jeannie Guglielmo, Community Member
"I have had the privilege of mentoring Stony Brook students in my various roles in teaching, advising, or directing them over the past 20 years. Imagine you had the opportunity to share your enthusiasm for Stony Brook and all of the amazing opportunities it has to offer, while having individual contact on a level that would offer support to someone away from their family and friends and thrown into a new environment. The IFFP has given me this new experience and that is something I celebrated in "thanks" with my new Friend and family this past Thanksgiving."