"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

TIS & Reed College Student Host Program

The Office of International Student Services at Reed College has teamed up with The International School to seek interested families to participate in a Host Family Program for international students and language scholars.  The Host Family Program is a non-residential friendship program. The goal is to introduce international students and scholars new to Reed  to a local family who will befriend them, introduce them to the local community, support their student or scholar's experience at Reed, and enjoy the opportunity for cultural exchange.  

While a non-residential hosting program, families seek to provide a "home away from home" for students whose families are often very far away and often play an important part in helping international students adjust to Reed and the U.S.  The relationship begins when families and students and scholars communicate over the summer and coordinate welcoming their student or scholar to Portland by picking them up from the airport, bringing them to campus, and helping them settle into their residence halls.  During the school year, host families and students/scholars establish and define a relationship that works for both sides. 

Most get together at least once per month, and the International Student Services office also organizes three structured on-campus events to bring international visitors and their host families together as a group.  We will likely host an event or two at TIS as well, and enable the Reed students to visit our classes to share about their cultures. 

To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit here (The June 1 deadline has been extended for TIS families). For further questions, please contact Dana Lawson at International Student Services at iss@reed.edu.  Please be sure to mention that you are a family with The International School!