Originally established in 1948, BFIS pairs international students with local families (called hospitality families) in order to create a sense of belonging in the CU and local communities for international students. This program is mutually beneficial for students and families as we seek to enhance intercultural communication through understanding, acceptance, and celebration of culture, traditions, language, education, and religion in an increasingly global world.
Hospitality families and students are expected to meet at least once/month. Typical activities include grabbing a coffee/tea together, going to events on campus, going to a sporting event, hiking, hosting a meal, playing board or video games, family traditions, etc. Basically anything you think would be fun for both parties feel free to try! Matches are made for one year, but often students and families remain connected after the one-year commitment.
BFIS hosts a welcome picnic shortly after students arrive for the fall semester. The picnic is a great opportunity for students and families to come chat and break bread. We'll take requests if you hit it off with someone at the picnic, but if not, no worries! We'll match you with someone based primarily on your common interests, but we'll also take any allergies or other pertinent information into consideration. Our goal for the future is to have all of the matches done by mid-September so students have a chance to connect with their hospitality family and ease the acclimation to life in Boulder. We also match students and families in the spring semester so if you missed the boat for the fall, you can still apply and we'll get you matched in the spring!
BFIS will host multiple events each semester. Events will be posted on the BFIS website and details will be communicated via email. These are fun and easy ways to give students and families a chance to get together.
No problem! Families and students can be involved whether you live in Boulder, Denver, or any of the surrounding communities. We just ask that you be considerate when making arrangements to meet and try to meet somewhere that works for both parties.
Below are the applications for hospitality families and students. We're working on an application that can be submitted electronically, but for now we ask that you please mail or email your completed application. Where to send the application is listed on the application itself.
The BFIS Matching Coordinator will notify both students and hosts when a match has been made.
Matches are based on the hosts' and student's preferences, common interests, food restrictions, etc.