C-ville Host Program

The C-Ville Host Program matches you with a local American from the Charlottesville Community for friendship, mentoring, and cultural exchange.

A little about the C-Ville Host program:
International Students Inc (ISI) has been matching UVA international students with local Americans for the past 27 years through the C-Ville Host Program (also known as the Friendship Partner Program). C-Ville Hosts are knowledgeable, welcoming volunteers who enjoy meeting new friends from overseas.
Please confirm that you would like to participate in this Program by filling out the form linked below. Once confirmed we will be reaching out within the next month letting you know the family that you have been paired with for the C-Ville Host Program.​

Participating in this program allows you to:

  • Get better acquainted with American families, culture, and beliefs
  • Receive practical assistance as you organize your life in a new place
  • Receive mentoring, which will benefit your academic, business, and career pursuits
  • Exchange uniqueness of your culture with your Host
  • Enjoy meals, special events, and outings with a local family
  • Establish a warm relationship that can last for many years
  • Hosts and their international student friends usually call or text back and forth about once a week to establish a relationship that allows them to check in with each other, provide updates, and offer advice
  • Meet with your Host periodically during the semester as time permits typically once per month.