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Befriend an International Student

If you enjoy meeting people from other countries and learning about different cultures, consider being a host for the International Friends program at Missouri State University.

The program helps international students at Missouri State to develop quality friendships with American families in the area.

Brenda Stewart, International Friends coordinator, and Dr. Mike Burton, an International Friends host and professor in the department of environmental plant science and natural resources at Missouri State, share highlights about the program.

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To become an International Friends host, complete an online registration form and attend an orientation session in the fall. For more information about the program, visit its website

A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the assistant director in the Office of Strategic Communication. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
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