Adopt A Dragon

Adopt a Dragon is a new program established by the International Student Services Office that brings together TU International students with Tiffin families. The program was founded on the belief that bringing together diverse cultures creates opportunities to learn and grow as both a student and community member. Adopt a Dragon offers international students the chance to learn about American culture from the perspective of a local family and provides Tiffin citizens a unique cultural experience. Our goal is to increase cultural awareness in Tiffin and establish friendships in the process.

The program involves a short application process which will allow us to match an international student with a local friend (a family, couple, or individual). Participants will have the opportunity to make requests regarding matching preferences, but do not forget our main goal is to match all students who apply with a host. The program does not require an abundance of additional time and energy; just welcoming a student into the host’s normal, everyday life.

About TU's International Students

Tiffin University has over 200 international students from approximately 30 different countries enrolled in their undergraduate and graduate programs. Saudi Arabia and China make up the top two countries of origin represented at TU. Our students choose to pursue a wide range of majors from Journalism to Law Enforcement, with the most common being a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Business Administration.

International students that apply for this program are eager to acquire more knowledge about Ohio and American culture. Most international students never get a chance to step foot inside an American household during their stay here. Adopt a Dragon will offer TU students a new perspective on the “typical” American family and show just how diverse they truly can be.

How do I join?

The first step in joining this program is to fill out an application that can be found on our website, or pick up a paper copy in the ISS Office (Friedley Hall). Once we have received the application, we will do our best to match students with a community host based on the answers recorded on the application.

Adopt A Dragon - Host Application

Adopt A Dragon - Student Application

Expectations and Guidelines

Local families participating in Adopt a Dragon are expected:

  • To attend the Adopt a Dragon orientation
  • To return phone calls, emails, and other forms of communication from their student or students in a timely manner
  • To try to meet with the student or students at least once a month
  • To be on time for all planned activities
  • To introduce the student to American culture
  • To respect the religious and cultural beliefs of the student
  • To be enthusiastic and eager to learn about a new culture

International participants of Adopt a Dragon are expected:

  • To attend the Adopt a Dragon orientation
  • To return phone calls, emails, and other forms of communication from their host family in a timely manner
  • To try to meet with their family at least once a month
  • To be on time for all planned activities
  • To respect traditions, religious and political beliefs of their host families
  • To help create a cultural exchange
  • To be flexible when learning about a new culture
  • To understand your host family has no financial responsibility over you

As a host family, you will not be:

  • Asked to act as a taxi service
  • Required to have your student stay with you
  • Asked to serve as an ATM for your student

For more information, please contact:

International Affairs
Phone: (419) 448-3287
Email: ia@tiffin.edu
Office: Welcome Center (see Campus Map)