Center for International Studies and Programs

International Guest Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can participate in the Thanksgiving Holiday Host Program?

Any current University of Toledo international student/faculty, staff or scholar interested in celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday with new friends is welcome to participate in this event. Guests must fill out and submit an online request form located on the CISP Thanksgiving Holiday Host Program website. Signing up does not guarantee that you will be connected with a host to celebrate Thanksgiving. The earlier you sign up, the better chance you have to participate.

How are international guests matched with Hosts?

By filling out the online application, guests and hosts are matched on a first-come first-serve basis. There is no guarantee that a student will be matched. Matching depends on the number of families available.

How will I know if I am matched with a Thanksgiving Holiday Host this Thanksgiving?

After submitting the online application form, you will receive a notification as soon as we have a host family for you. Our UT Explorers team will provide an orientation to outline the program and the holiday traditions. Please know that submitting the request form does not guarantee a Thanksgiving Holiday Host.  Please note that the program operates on a first-come first-served basis. Matches are mainly based on the number of hosts we have available. Individual requests are taken into consideration.

When does the Thanksgiving Holiday Host Program take place?

This year the Thanksgiving Holiday is on November 25, 2021. However, the event may be scheduled for another day depending on the host’s tradition and customs. For example, instead of Thursday, a holiday host may invite guests to join his/her family for Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. Your family will communicate a dates and time for your dinner.

I do not have transportation to my Thanksgiving Holiday Host' event but would still like to be hosted. Is this possible?

Yes. Many hosts offer to provide transportation for their guest(s) to and from the Thanksgiving event even though it isn’t required. For Guests who do not have transportation to the event, our specialists will do their best to match them with hosts who can provide transportation. 

picture of a pieWhat are the expectations of a Thanksgiving Holiday Guest?

By signing up for the event, we asks you to be sure to attend the Thanksgiving holiday event that your host has invited you to.  It is expected that guests contact their host family to make arrangements for the Thanksgiving event.  Thanksgiving holiday events occur at various times depending on the host’s plans. 

Should I bring anything to the Thanksgiving holiday event?

The choice is yours whether to bring something or not. However, it is tradition to bring a small gift as a token of your appreciation to your Thanksgiving Holiday Host like flowers, or a pie.

How should I dress for the event?

Your family will indicate on their application the dress for their dinner.

Will my Thanksgiving Holiday Host provide housing for me overnight?

Hosts are not expected to provide overnight housing for Students but all plans and arrangements should be discussed prior to the event.







Last Updated: 6/27/22