Cross-Cultural Programs


House-to-House Program

Student with Horse House to House Event

This program fosters cross-cultural relationships between members of the community and international students and scholars. The goal is to encourage local residents, faculty, and staff to invite international guests to join them in many kinds of local activities such as hiking, backyard barbecues, fishing, kayaking, visits to museums and historical sites, local volunteer projects, movies, holiday celebrations, bowling, and more.

This program is “good ole’ Southern hospitality” at its finest! On a day and time determined by the American hosts, 6-10 international students are invited to experience an evening out as guests of two American host families. Guests arrive at the first American home for hors d’oeuvres or appetizers, warm conversation and sometimes a short tour of the home. After approximately an hour, everyone packs-up and moves to the home of the second host for desserts and more conversation.

International Wives Group

Visiting Scholars and Postdocs

International Wives Group visiting Scholars

This group offers a weekly point of connection among wives whose husbands are enrolled as full-time students at Auburn University. American wives are welcome as well. The group provides friendship, exposure to opportunities, excursions to local events and participation in community volunteer activities. It is directed by Rhonda Cattley (

The purpose of this program is to support visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows at Auburn University. It is our desire that all visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellows be able to enhance their academic and social lives while at Auburn University. And it is our hope that their experiences as members of the Auburn Family will translate into an advocacy role when they return to their respective home countries.

Auburn Family Friends

International Buddy Program

Three Fans International Buddies

This program facilitates cross-cultural relationships between members of local American families in the Auburn-Opelika community and international students and scholars. It is a program that fosters hospitality and creates the opportunity for lasting friendships to develop. Introductions between host and visitors are initially made electronically. After that, local host families and students are on their own to forge a relationship that best fits their mutual interests and schedules.

This is a student-to-student program that provides a way for newly arriving international students to form meaningful friendships with local students who are already familiar with life in Auburn. This facilitate a smoother transition into student life on campus and in the local community. The goal is to spend face-to-face time at least twice a month and stay in contact at other times via email, phone, or text.

UNIV 7000

Students attending UNIV 7000 class

The goal of UNIV 7000 is to help newly arriving international students transition more smoothly into life at Auburn University, deepen understanding of basic American values, and facilitate experiences that lead to a more culturally integrated life while here. This is a 0-credit hour course that won't affect tuition fellowship hours. See the syllabus for details.