Montana State University

Host families needed for international student leaders

June 8, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Participants in the Middle East Partnership Initiative, called MEPI, engage in a group discussion during a 2008 summer session at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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BOZEMAN – The Office of International Programs at Montana State University is seeking host families from July 14-16 for 20 undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa who will be attending MSU on a U.S. state department sponsored program.

The students will be at MSU for the Student Leaders Program, a U.S Department of State public diplomacy initiative in the Middle East and North Africa, which runs July 2-30. The program aims to develop leadership skills and expand students’ understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries, according to the state department’s Montana homepage.

Another important aspect of the program is to introduce the students to U.S. culture and lifestyle by having them stay in local homes, according to Makiko Diehl, program manager in the Office of International Programs. “It is an incredible opportunity to immerse the participants in daily life here in Bozeman,” Diehl said.

This year’s participants come from Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. In addition to formal activities, the students will also enjoy some leisure and cultural activities, including a visit to the world-famous Museum of the Rockies and a trip to Yellowstone National Park.

There will be financial compensation to hosts of $25 per night, per student, to offset housing costs.

For more information, contact Diehl at (406) 994-7944 or

To learn more about the MSU Office of International Programs, Training and Special Programs Division, visit its website

Contact: Makiko Diehl, Office of International Programs, (406) 994-7944 or