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The goal of the International Programs are to assist international students in developing friendships with other students, NNU faculty, and American families living in the area, and to facilitate a rewarding and enjoyable experience of cultural exchange.

Friendship Partners

The Friendship Partners matches international students with an American family living near NNU. International students will enjoy meeting with their host family occasionally to share a home-cooked meal, celebrate American holidays, participate in community events, and take part in recreational outings. As friendships grow, American families will also enjoy gaining insight and greater understanding of other countries, cultures, and customs. Host families do not provide permanent lodging or ongoing meals for an international student, as these needs are met through other sources.  

NNU is partnering with International Students Incorporated (ISI) to connect local church, family and individual vollunteers with international students. For American families who are interested in hosting an international student, please contact Joe Willey Director of International Student Programs and Services.

Conversation Partner Experience

Conversation Partner Program is designed to match international students and English language learners with an American student with whom they meet once a week to practice English skills, share culture, and have fun building a friendship.  American students or English language learners who are interested in being a conversation partner should visit NNU's Cross Cultural page to sign up for a Level 1: Conversation Partner experience. After you sign up and enrolled in the lab, a partner will be assinged to via email. Please make arragements to connect at a time and place that works for both of you. 

Other Opportunities

NNU's Multi-cultural department, Multi-cultural club, and Student Government Association often organize gatherings and outings that are designed to draw international students together, raise awareness of the cultural diversity represented in the student body, and provide opportunities for cultural learning and interaction. Please contact Multi-cultural Affairs for upcoming opportunities!

Area Activities

Northwest Nazarene University is located 20 minutes from Boise, the state capital of Idaho. Boise offers all of the conveniences and entertainment of a metropolitan city with small-town friendliness, allowing the opportunity to become immersed in American culture. The Treasure Valley, which includes Nampa and Boise, enjoys a mild climate year-round. The surrounding landscape of mountains, rivers, forests, and canyons offers diverse and unique recreational opportunities.

Historical Sites & Museums

  • Idaho State Capital (Boise)
  • Train Depots (Nampa & Boise)
  • Old Idaho Penitentiary and Bishop's House (Boise) 
  • Idaho Black History Museum (Boise)
  • Basque Museum and Cultural Center (Boise)
  • Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial (Boise)
  • World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and Museum (Boise)
  • Boise Art Museum (Boise)
  • Idaho Historical Museum (Boise)
  • Hyde Park District (Boise)

Annual Treasure Valley Events

  • Boise Holiday Parade
  • Local Farmer's Markets
  • Idaho State Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Basque Festival
  • Community walk/run events
  • "1st Thursdays" in Boise
  • Wednesday Night Live

Day Trips

  • Bogus Basin Winter Sports
  • McCall
  • Idaho City
  • Sun Valley 

The Arts

  • Idaho Center Concerts 
  • Boise Philharmonic 
  • Idaho Ballet 
  • Morrison Center Concerts and Musicals
  • Idaho Shakespeare Festival 

Outdoor Recreation

  • Boise Botanical Gardens
  • Boise Zoo
  • World Center for Birds of Prey 
  • Jump Creek 
  • Lake Lowell 
  • Lucky Peak