TU Friends of Internationals

The Office of International Partnerships provides Towson University students and local-area families opportunities to develop friendships, share culture, and improve language with short-term international program participants.

TUFI Picnic

Towson University Friends of Internationals (TUFI) Peer Mentors

Adjusting to a new culture and language is not easy.  TUFI Peer Mentors have the unique opportunity to meet international visitors, expand their world view, practice foreign languages, gain valuable leadership skills, and develop lasting friendships.  Short-term International Program participants appreciate the diverse and welcoming student body at TU as they explore their new temporary home.

Towson University Friends of Internationals (TUFI) Host Families

One of the best ways to learn about U.S. culture is to interact with U.S. families.  Participating families invite one or two students for a home-cooked meal (typically dinner) at a mutually convenient time.  Additional opportunities may include invitations to informal meetings and events off campus.  Families are invited to join students for cultural events on campus too.  Often rated as a program highlight, these enriching experiences allow families and their international hosts to engage in cross-cultural sharing without a long-term commitment.