Newsletter Archives

  • What Was the Most Rewarding Part of Your FFIS Homestay?

    The FFIS Homestay Program matches international students with local community volunteers for a short-term homestay when the student first arrives in Lane County. Volunteers open their hearts and home to young adults far from home, helping them to get oriented and settled. The friendships built during that brief period often last well beyond when the student has […] Read more

  • FFIS News in 1984 – A Look Back in Time

    The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) has been matching University of Oregon students and scholars with local community members since 1950.  It has a rich and active history building friendships across cultures and borders.  This post takes a look back at what was happening with FFIS in a 1984 newsletter to members. Read more

  • FFIS News for May 2019

    The University of Oregon’s academic year is winding down and so are FFIS’ programs until September.  It’s time for an update on where we’ve been and where we’re headed in 2019-2020. By now you’ve probably received an envelope in the mail from the Steering Committee containing a cover letter, the Falling Sky fundraising flyer, and […] Read more

  • FFIS’ Very First Newsletter – Winter 1983

    The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) was founded in 1950 as the Foreign Student Friendship Foundation.  It has a long and rich history creating friendships with international students attending the University of Oregon.  Read about what we were up to in the winter of 1983 when our first newsletter was published and sent to […] Read more

  • FFIS Homestay Program Creates Friendships That Bridge Time and Distance

    “Hi Dad!  How’s it going?”  That was the Facebook message that I read from an international student that my wife and I hosted six years ago.  I replied with news about what we’d been up to lately.  She answered by saying that she felt close to us and asked if she could visit us next […] Read more

  • FFIS Homestay Students Ride Snowmobiles for the First Time

    Donia from Egypt enjoying snowmobiling for her first time University of Oregon international students don’t know what to expect when they first arrive in Eugene to begin their studies at the University of Oregon.  Donia from Turkey and Yohan from France certainly didn’t expect that they’d be riding snowmobiles for their first time just a […] Read more