Share the Cheer

Come together to celebrate the winter season and share activities!

Become a host 

Hosting is open to University faculty, staff, alumni and graduate students. Each host is required to host a minimum of 2 international students for one dinner, December 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018. 

Host Application deadline: Friday, November 24, 2017 

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Faculty, staff, alumni and graduate student hosts

Register early, space is limited and participation is not guaranteed.

To finalize your application, you will receive a confirmation email that requires your response no later than Friday, December 8, 2017. 

Please note: Graduate student hosts must live off-campus to participate in the program. 

Student guests

Enjoy celebrating the winter season with a host family for a holiday dinner. Exchange holiday traditions and share your cultural celebrations with your hosts. 

Guests are responsible to inform their host, 24 hours before the dinner, about any dietary restrictions or allergies.  

Please note: If you are interested in going with a friend, please apply as a group.

Registration deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017.

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Matching (December 8 - 15)

  • Confirmed international students will be matched with participating hosts. 
  • Hosts will be notified by email with details of their student guests by Friday, December 15, 2017.
  • Hosts are responsible for contacting their guests to make arrangements.
  • Student guests are responsible for letting the host know about any dietary restrictions or allergies 24 hours before the dinner. 



"It was a really great experience. It gave me a chance to learn about Christmas, traditions and, in general, Canada. At the party, there were two Chinese people and a Brazilian girl--so I learned about their traditions as well. We are still friends and I feel more connected to the city."
-Afrooz Farjoo, PhD Student in Chemical & Materials Engineering