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If you know of friends who enjoy getting to know students from diļ¬€erent cultures, help us tell them about UCO’s CRISP program! 

CRISP’s goal is to give international students a better understanding of American culture, and a first-hand experience of an American family while giving them a "home away from home.

What is CRISP?

This program is designed to bring international students together with American families.  Families from the Edmond/Oklahoma City area are paired with international students from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). 

The goal of CRISP is for the families and international students to spend time together at least once a month. This gives international students a firsthand experience of how an American family lives, and American families can learn about other cultures, and appreciate the diversity that is represented at UCO. 

Additionally, we would like to give international students the opportunity to experience the American lifestyle and the comforts of a family. CRISP families can spend time together through individually planned activities, or through one of the Centre for Global Competency's monthly CRISP events.

Who can participate in CRISP?

Families who are interested in learning about other cultures or simply want to experience something new, and any UCO international student who has the desire to go beyond the typical life of college students and have a greater experience as a international student in America will love this opportunity. As a student you will have the chance to go off campus and spend time with a family. They will learn from you, and you will learn from them.

How to get involved?

Getting involved with CRISP is very easy. Simply fill out an application form located at the top of the page, and someone will be in touch will you soon after. For more information, you may contact Austen Covin or complete the contact form below at any time.


“My CRISP experience has been amazing. I loved my family and we had so much fun every time we spend time together. I could not have been luckier in meeting this family! I am going to miss these guys a lot, and they will forever have special place in my heart!”

 - Rise, Norway 

"CRISP gave me the opportunity to get in contact with an American family during my exchange semester at UCO. I met the wonderful family, Pinter, with their four lovely boys. I ate several times dinner with them, played Racquetball with the older boys and Jeff, and went to watch Santa Clause. CRISP is a great program and I recommend every international student to join. The uncertainty at the beginning turns really fast into joy and you'll experience a great time.”

 - Lukas, Switzerland