Thanksgiving Exchange Program

Thanksgiving FamilyThe Thanksgiving Exchange program gives UC San Diego international students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday with an American host family in and around the San Diego area. This year, Thanksgiving Day will be held on Thursday, November 22nd.

This program is a wonderful opportunity for both international students and host family members to learn more about each others’ cultures and meet new friends.  It is a great way for international students to learn firsthand about American culture, and spend time with an American family. Many students and host families are returning participants each year!

Last year, over 50 families hosted almost 130 international students. Hear what our previous hosts and students had to say about enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday together.


To participate as a student:

The deadline to sign-up to be matched with a host family is: Friday, November 9, 2018

To participate as a host family:

The deadline to join the program as a host family is: Friday, November 16, 2018

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