Thanksgiving Host Program

Students smiling with their Thanksgiving host

The ISSO connects current Brandeis international students with Brandeis community members (faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Brandeis community) who are willing to open up their homes to international students during their family's Thanksgiving celebrations. Celebrations may include but are not limited to Thanksgiving meals, events and/or family gatherings. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Information for Students

Spending Thanksgiving with a host is a great opportunity for you to learn about how the Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated in the U.S., develop rewarding friendships with the hosts, as well as share your culture with your holiday host.

This year the Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrated on Thursday November 28, 2019; however, hosts do not necessarily have to hold their meal on the day that the holiday is officially observed. For example, a Thanksgiving host may invite students to join her/his family Thanksgiving dinner the Wednesday before, the Friday after, or on the weekend.

If you are interested in having a Thanksgiving host this year, please take a few moments to fill out the online sign-up form. The sign-up deadline will be 12 MIDNIGHT on Thursday, November 14.

Note: Signing up for a Thanksgiving host does not necessarily guarantee you a host. Student-Host matches will be made on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis.

The ISSO will be in touch with you regarding contact information of the host who will be inviting you to their Thanksgiving holiday celebrations.

Information for Hosts

Participating as a Thanksgiving Holiday Host is a great opportunity to learn about the cultural traditions of Brandeis's wonderful international students, develop rewarding friendships with them, and maybe even contribute to their adjustment to life at Brandeis.

This year the holiday is celebrated on Thursday, November 28, 2019; however, hosts that participate in this program do not necessarily have to plan their meal or Thanksgiving event on the actual day that the holiday is officially observed. For example, a Thanksgiving Holiday Host may invite student guests to join her/his family Thanksgiving dinner the Wednesday before, the Friday after, or on the weekend!

If you are interested in sharing your family's Thanksgiving traditions with an international student or two this year, please take a few moments to fill out the online sign-up form. The sign-up deadline to be a Thanksgiving Holiday Host is 12 MIDNIGHT on Thursday, November 14.

The ISSO will be in touch with you regarding contact information for the international student guest who will be joining your Thanksgiving holiday celebrations.

Brandeis only acts as a liaison and is not responsible for the conduct of the parties involved.