International Friends welcomes TTU's newest international students

thumb DoheeTennessee Tech University is welcoming about 200 new international students to campus this fall.

The International Friends program links international students to local host families with the aim of opening the doors to cultural understanding and fresh perspectives through communication and friendship.

International Friends is not a home stay program. Students live on campus and visit their host families for special events and occasions. Host families can meet with the students as often as is convenient and comfortable, but monthly contact is suggested.

To sign up to be a host family, contact Heide Weidner at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

International Friends will have an ice cream social on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 524 N. Dixie Ave to give local families a chance to stop by and meet the new international students.