CRISP Frequently Answered Questions for Families

 

Does participating in the program mean that I will host an International student to live with me?

No, participating in the CRISP program does not mean the student will live with you. The goal is for you to spend time with your International student at least once per month through participating in local events together, spending holidays together, and inviting them to your family gatherings so they can experience firsthand how an American family interacts.

What is the commitment for participating in this program?

Participants are asked to maintain contact throughout one entire school year (September to April) through spending time together at least once a month, and communicating regularly through email and phone conversations. The more time you spend together, the better the experience you will have with the program!

What are the requirements for participating in CRISP?

In order to participate in CRISP, you need to be a part of the Edmond/Oklahoma City community. It is also important to open minded and respect other cultures, beliefs, religion, customs, etc... 

How much does the CRISP program cost?

There is no financial obligation to join the CRISP program. However, the activities you choose to do with your International student are up to you. There are many free and cheap activities you can do with your student. You can also attend one of the CGC's organized monthly CRISP events. They are convenient and fun for all ages! Just remember it is not about the money you spend on your student, but more about the quality time you spend together. This program does not have to be expensive; in fact it can be completely free! Inviting students over for dinner and to family holidays is a common activity.

How will I benefit?

Through participating in the CRISP program you can learn about another culture through a firsthand experience. You will widen your global knowledge, and at the same time be able to share American traditions to curious and eager international students that are excited to learn about the American culture. You are meeting a basic but vital need to an international student by giving them a "home away from home" while they are living in another country. Other benefits could include learning a new language or brushing up on a foreign language. You can develop friendships that will last a lifetime.  

How do I sign up to be a part of this wonderful program?

The easiest and quickest way to sign up is to fill out an online application form located on the bottom of the CRISP home page, or you can come by the Office of International Services at UCO in the Nigh University Center, Room 137, to speak with someone in person.

What happens after you apply to be a part of the CRISP program?

After sending in your CRISP application we will use the information you submitted to pair you with an international student. You will then receive detailed information on the kickoff event in September where you get to meet your CRISP student for the first time!

Please submit any other questions to blehman@uco.edu