Towson University's International Initiatives

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During June 2016, Towson University will be welcoming 26 students from Max Planck Gymnasium (High School) in Delmenhorst, Germany.  Towson University has been welcoming students from Max Planck for nearly two decades.  The program introduces students to higher education in the U.S., provides them with English language instruction and  the opportunity to explore U.S. culture through visits to nearby cities and a week-long homestay experience with a local-area family.   

 We are actively recruiting families to participate in the homestay component, which will be take place from June 17th through June 24th (Friday through Friday).  During weekdays, students will have structured classes and or off-campus excursions during the 9 to 5 time frame.  Families will bring them to campus in the morning and pick them up in the evening.   Attached /linked is our homestay application form for families (a similar form is completed by students).  Completing this form provides us with information about you and your family and allows us to make the best student-family pairings.  Ideally we would like families to host two students as it helps to ameliorate the stresses of plunging into a new environment.  However, we fully understand that this may not be possible and are appreciative of all families who host any number of students.  If you have interest, please complete the form and email us a scanned copy or send it to us via post at International Partnerships; 8000 York Road; Towson, MD 21252.

 During the 2016 summer, we will be welcoming students from South Korea, Peru, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Turkey and China.  Our TUFI Host Family Dinner program provides the opportunity for local-area families to welcome short-term international visitors for a meal/s at their home.  If you have interest in this type of exchange, please write to us and we will follow up with more information.  

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about either experience.  Our most urgent item is to place all German students with families, but we are actively building a contact-list of potential families, even if you are unable to volunteer in June, as we will be regularly welcoming small cohorts of students from around the world throughout the years ahead. 

We hope your family is able to participate and we would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word to other families that would also enjoy this unique international-exchange program experience. We deeply appreciate that you might consider opening your hearts and homes to young people visiting America for the first time, while also introducing your family to the wider world.

Please see our portal on Facebook, at which you can review and download an application!