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Share your love for Nottingham with our international students

 International Family Link

From the famous Sherwood forest bordering Nottingham to the award-winning museums, galleries, and attractions - Nottingham is, without a doubt, a capital for culture. To help our international students and researchers feel at home in their new country, we are inviting Nottingham's local residents to take part in an exciting cultural exchange. Whether you are alumni, a member of local community or staff from the University, we'd love you to be involved in our Family Link programme!   

What is Family Link? 

The Family Link Programme pairs our international students, academic visitors and their families with local people to help them experience British culture and to give them a warm welcome to their new community. 

What is involved if I take part? 

Locals and students usually meet up once per term across the academic year for around two to three hours, but you are welcome to meet up more often if you would like.

You can choose how many students you host, whether it's 1, 2, 3 or more. We’ve found that people usually prefer to entertain a couple of students, or a student and their family, so that they feel more at ease. It expands the cultural exchange for you too.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 12 November.

There is a meet and greet evening on the University Park campus on Thursday 29th November, where you can meet your students for the first time.   

Once you are paired with your students, it's completely up to you which activities you choose! From a trip to the Peak District, to meeting up for a coffee or inviting your student over for a Sunday roast – there are plenty of ways to create fun shared experiences.  

How do I apply? 

It’s really easy to take part in our Family Link Programme. To apply, please complete an application form and we will be in touch with you to give you more information soon. 


Last year's Family Link

Welcoming students with a Christmas feast

Playing board games

David Pinney with students, Fred and Trasias

Lynda and Daniel Kilborn celebrate Christmas with Khaled Altkwairg


Alumni Relations

Portland Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 2408
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