Become an international host family through UW-Richland

By UW-Richland

(Richland Center, Wis.)  University of Wisconsin-Richland has one of the strongest international programs in the UW Colleges, with nearly 57 international students expected on campus for the 2017/18 academic year.  International students bring unique perspectives and a taste of new cultures (sometimes literally, with delicious new foods) to their communities.

This fall, there is one student in need of a host family - Samuel from Switzerland.  Samuel (18 years old) will attend UW-Richland for one semester, and loves skiing, photography and movies.  He has strong English language skills and is eager to live with a family and truly experience American life.

Anyone can be a host parent if they are open to new experiences and they have an extra bed in their house and a place at their table. Bringing an international college student into a family can have enormous benefits for both the host and the student.  The experience offers families the chance to learn about another culture, practice a new language and broaden world views. Traditionally, international students share favorite meals and recipes from home and will often invite their American hosts to visit them after they return home.

Any commitment, interaction and relationship helps the international program at UW-Richland succeed. Opening a home to an international student for a dinner, a holiday, a semester, or a year offers an international friend for life.  

For more information about the international program at UW-Richland, contact International Student Coordinator Jessica Vodvarka for more information at or (608) 647-6186 ext. 246.  For more information about UW-Richland, visit 


Photo: Samuel



Jessica Vodvarka
608.647.6186 x246