International Student Services – Culture Connect

Culture Connect

Every semester, a new group of international students arrives at USF. These students will face all of the same challenges as a student from the US, as well as facing the challenges to dealing with life in a new country.

Through Culture Connect, USF students and the USF Community can help to welcome and ease the transition for these incoming international students. The program creates opportunities for international and internationally-aware American students at USF to connect on a more personal level and develop a friendship that will help foster greater global awareness for both students.

Culture Connect Friendship Families

Culture Connect Mentorship Program (for USF students)

USF Students can become mentors to our new international students. Develop friendships from students all around the world and help them ease into life in a different country!

  • Culture Connect Student Mentor Information Sheet
  • Cultural Connect Student Mentor Application

    Culture Connect Friendship Family Program

    The Friendship Family program pairs international students with American families. Students can spend time with families during holidays, weekends, or any special outings. These arrangements can create a feeling of a true “home away from home”.

  • Friendship Family Information
  • Friendship Family Application/Interest Form 

    International Student Application form

    If you are an international student at USF and would like to apply for a student mentor or friendship family, please complete the application below and return it to the International Programs Office, Motherhouse, 2nd Floor, or email it to

  • Culture Connect International Student Application 
    For more information or to apply, please email