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Host For the Holidays

Please note that, due to Covid-19, the Host for the Holidays Program will be cancelled for Fall 2020 and will resume in Fall 2021. We are no longer running the Host for the Holidays Christmas Program.

Thank you for your continued support!

International Student Centre


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 their experience:

“It was great seeing the joy in the eyes of a visitor to Canada. All of our traditions that we take for granted seemed so special and important when someone who has never experienced them tells you how amazing they are.” -Lisa Burke

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.

To be eligible to participate you must first complete the online STUDENT form AND pay the $5 reservation fee at the ISC Front Desk (Only cash and exact change will be accepted)

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