Rinker Center Friendship Family Application

Please complete this form if you would like to become a friendship family for international students(s).

The Friendship Family Program at Ball State University exists to promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness by matching International student at BSU with a host family in the community. This serves the dual purpose of helping student adjust and learn about American culture, as well as introducing the friendship family to other cultures. The friendship family provides a warm, welcoming environment to students that fosters a mutual exchange of cultures and a respect of cultural differences. The family is expected to take the initiative in building a relationship with the student.


Please understand that, while we make every attempt to match Friendship Family applicants with international students based on their preferences, we cannot guarantee a match with a student from a specific country, language or major. We ask for your flexibility on these criteria, if possible.

Background Information

Name*

Household and Personal Information

Do you or does someone in your household smoke?*

Scenario Questions: Please explain how you would respond in the following situations:

Preferred Student Information

Please indicate if you will accept a student who is currently enrolled in the Intensive English Institute (I.E.I.) at Ball State. These students have varying degrees of spoken English.*
Please indicate if you will accept a student with cultural or medical diet restrictions*
Please indicate if you will accept a student who smokes*

Personal Reference Information

Reference Name*

Confirmation Page

Please review the information below to confirm that all of the information is correct before submitting:

Name: {$38307321-first Name} {$38307321-last Name}
Age: {$46302394 Age}
Gender: {$46302391 Gender}
Adults in household: {$47537126 Adults in household}
Children in household {$47538396 Children in household}
Address: {$38308403 Address}
Phone: {$38308414 Phone}
Email: {$38308417 Email}
Do you or does someone in your household smoke?: {$38316597 Do you or does someone in your household smoke?}
List any pets that you have: {$38308495 List any pets that you have}
Languages spoken in your household besides English: {$46303143 Languages spoken in your household besides English}
What are your interests, hobbies, and/or activities?: {$38308503 What are your interests, hobbies, and/or...}
What activities would you like to do with your friendship student? {$47537437 What activities would you like to do with your...}
Important information not previously listed which may affect placement of students: {$38308523 Important information not previously listed...}
What cross-cultural experiences have you had, and how will those experiences impact your interactions with your friendship student?:{$46303248 What cross-cultural experiences have you had,...}
How do you plan to address conflict with your friendship student?: {$46303257 How do you plan to address conflict with your...}
How would you engage with a friendship student who has limited English and struggles to maintain a conversation?: {$46303270 How would you engage with a friendship student...}
You arrange to meet your student for coffee at Starbucks at 3 PM. You arrive a few minutes early and they are not there yet. Unruffled, you wait until about 3:10 PM, at which time you start texting and calling them. You receive no response. They finally arrive at 3:30 PM with no explanation or apology for being so late.: {$46303304 You arrange to meet your student for coffee at...}
You are matched with two students who speak the same native language, and whose English skills are poor. During your interactions with them, they often revert to speaking in their native language to each other and you are left out of the conversation.: {$46303305 You are matched with two students who speak the...}
You take your Korean friendship student out for dinner at an American restaurant. Their English skills are limited and they have some difficulty ordering their food. Later you overhear your waiter complaining to another waiter about “that Chinese guy who can’t talk in English.: {$46303307 You take your Korean friendship student out for...}
How many students would you like to host?: {$38308643 How many students would you like to host?}
How long would you like to host a student for?: {$38308675 How long would you like to host a student for?}
Gender and family preference: {$38312944 Gender and family preference}
Major preferred: {$38312963 Major preferred:}
Country/Language preferred: {$38312965 Country/Language preferred:}
Please indicate if you will accept a student who is currently enrolled in the Intensive English Institute (I.E.I.) at Ball State. These students have varying degrees of spoken English.: {$46303326 Please indicate if you will accept a student...}
Please indicate if you will accept a student with cultural or medical diet restrictions: {$38312966 Please indicate if you will accept a student...}
Please indicate if you will accept a student who smokes: {$46303365 Please indicate if you will accept a student...}
Reference Name: {$38313045-first Reference Name} {$38313045-last Reference Name}
Relationship to Applicant (non-family member): {$38313051 Relationship to Applicant (non-family member)}
Phone: {$38313057 Phone}
Email: {$38313059 Email}

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