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First Friends Program

The Office of Global Affairs will match incoming international students with an ECU student who will be assigned for one academic year or one semester (for short-term exchange students).  This program strives to create connections between current students and new international students.  For more information please contact Dr. William Mallett at (252) 328-1939 or mallettw@ecu.ecu.

The goals of this program are to:
• Introduce new international students to current ECU students and to create mutual exchange of culture and friendship.
• Assist international students to adjust to life at ECU and the United States as quickly and smoothly as possible.
• Enhance international students’ satisfaction with their academic and social experience.

What can the First Friends Program offer me?

• New international friends!
• More involvement in the university!
• Improve cross-cultural communication skills.
• Gain leadership experience and develop interpersonal communication skills.
• Have a unique and impressive experience to add to your résumé.
• Enjoy the satisfaction of using your skills to help others.

If you are interested in applying, you can print out the following form and submit it to the International House: First Friends Domestic Student App 2014.pdf