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Friendship Family Program

Ajibola Bakare

“I’ve learned what the culture of the U.S. is like, and I have someone I can fall back on if I have a problem or get sick or need to talk with someone. It helped with my transition and made me feel more comfortable living in the U.S.”

—Ajibola Bakare '15, Abuja, Nigeria

An important part of Transylvania University’s culture is the way we become like family. Transylvania’s Friendship Family Program (TFF) extends that caring family experience to Transylvania students far from home. It’s geared toward international and out-of-state students and students who feel a need for additional support.

The main goal of TFF is to build rewarding, lifelong friendships. Local families and individuals with ties to Transylvania as alumni, parents, or university employees join this program as hosts because of a strong desire to befriend and encourage students. Students who apply are then matched to hosts by their common interests. The families or individuals and the students stay in touch throughout the school year and enjoy meals, community events, sharing cultures, and other activities. 

Read how several students and alumni have enthusiastically embraced the Friendship Family Program in "Home Away from Home."

To apply, complete the appropriate form below. For more information, contact Serenity Wright at (859) 233-8805 or swright@transy.edu.


Host family application | Student application

Qinwen Liu

Deana Ison ’95, executive assistant to the president, her husband, Blair Dawson, and their daughter, Morgan, are the Friendship Family for Chinese student Qinwen “Scarnie” Liu. Ison feels that this is a tremendous opportunity for her daughter. “Morgan is fascinated with the global community. It’s an easy way to expose her to someone from another culture without traveling a long distance.”

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