Share the Cheer

Share the Cheer - University of Alberta International

Come together to celebrate the winter season and share activities with Share the Cheer!

Share the Cheer is suspended at this time due to COVID-19. We plan to inform all students and partners when this program will recommence. 

Host international students

Share the Cheer is an excellent opportunity to learn about our students' cultures and perspectives, to share your traditions, your cultural background, and offer a personal connection when their family and friends are far away.

Who is eligible to host?

University faculty, staff, alumni and graduate students.

Each host must host a minimum of 2 international students for one dinner during the University's winter closure.

Please note: To finalize your registration, you will receive a confirmation email that requires your response.


We are unsure if this program will look during COVID. We are looking at possible digital options. If you have good ideas or are very interested in this program, please email Gavin Palmer,, to be added to the direct contact list.

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

International students be a guest.

If you find yourself on or around campus during the winter closure and would benefit from connecting to new people and sharing your experiences over the winter break, this program is for you!

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

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

Guests are responsible for discussing their disclosed dietary restrictions or allergies with their hosts at least 72 hours before the dinner.

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


  • Confirmed international students will be matched with participating hosts.
  • Hosts will be notified by email with details of their student guests.
  • 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 72 hours before dinner.


Email: Gavin Palmer

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