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LIFE Student Application
LIFE Community Application
Program Overview

Leaders in International Friendship Exchange (LIFE) is a program that connnects JMU international students with local friendship families who are interested in connecting with international students. Its purpose is to facilitate friendship and cultural understanding.

Program Information

Non-matched participants can begin participating in the program once their application is approved. For matched participants, participation starts when you receive your match. There is a social event scheduled at the beginning of each semester so that families and students/scholars may meet. Attendance at this event is strongly encouraged as you will receive information about your match, as well as information about the program and upcoming events. Generally, community members and students/scholars will be matched through the end of the academic year (May) regardless of start date.

Student/Scholar Information

We're glad you're interested in joining the LIFE Program! This is a wonderful opportunity for our international students and scholars to share their culture with local community members, and have a chance to explore Harrisonburg and learn about American culture. Please make sure to read the Life Student/Scholar Guidelines before submitting your application.

If you have any questions about the LIFE Program, please feel free to contact Emma Lundeen, the LIFE Program Coordinator.

Community Participant Information

We're glad you're interested in joining the LIFE Program! It's a valuable way to make our international students/scholars feel connected to the Harrisonburg community, and a great opportunity to share your culture and learn about a new culture. Please read over the information below prior to submitting your application.

  • We do conduct background checks on all community members who apply. The application process includes requesting information on all adults in your household, such as name and email address. This information is necessary to complete the background check. All background checks are kept strictly confidential.
  • LIFE Community Participant Guidelines: This lays out the basic expectations for participating in the LIFE Program. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to these guidelines.

If you have any questions about the LIFE Program, please feel free to contact Emma Lundeen, the LIFE Program Coordinator.

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