Host For the Holidays

The Host for the Holidays program is a fun and unique opportunity for international students to enjoy a traditional holiday celebration with members of the university and the local community.

This program allows international students to experience Canadian culture and helps ensure that no one spends the holiday season alone.

If you are interested in participating in this program please fill out one of the online applications linked below. Please pay close attention to ensure that you have selected the right application, as there are separate links for Students and Hosts.

Host a Student

If you are a local host and would like to invite an international student to your home for a Canadian holiday experience, complete the online HOST FORM.

Here’s what one of our hosts had to say about her experience:

“Our Thanksgiving celebration includes both sides of my family which adds up to close to 30 people. The two students that attended are wonderful young men who fit in perfectly with our family. They shared stories and traditions from their culture and families and learned all about our families and traditions. When we went around the table to say what we were thankful for, there was a common theme of friends, family, and good health. We're not so different after all. My entire family commented that this was our best Thanksgiving ever and that was solely due to the addition of our new friends. Thank-you so much for this opportunity!” - Lori Powers 

Go to a Holiday Dinner

If you are an international student at the University of Windsor and want to take part of this program by attending a holiday dinner with a Canadian family, complete the online STUDENT FORM.

Here’s what one of our student participants said about their experience:

“It was the best experience in Canada so far! I made some great connections with a lot of people, spent time getting to know about their culture and enjoyed their food to the fullest! Besides, I also made friends with the student accompanying me and now have valuable connections in this great big country. I wish to say a huge thank you for this wonderful opportunity! Thank you very much indeed.” - Rahul Lyer