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EAT! Experience American Tastes is an opportunity for Lehigh community members and international students to share a meal together.

American members: Host an international student for an "American Meal" in your home! Students and scholars: Experience an "American meal" with your friends!

The EAT! Program provides international students and scholars with a chance to enjoy American food and culture with the families of Lehigh staff and faculty. American members of the Lehigh community volunteer to host a dinner and invite the international students and scholars to join them and their families for an evening.

Thanksgiving Program

Have you ever thought while cleaning your table after Thanksgiving: “we have enough leftovers for several more meals”?

This year, International Students and Scholars (OISS) invites you to squeeze an extra chair (or two) around your Thanksgiving table for an international student. Thanksgiving is such a uniquely American holiday that we would like to partner with you to give current international students an opportunity to experience it firsthand.

Whether your family and friends celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, the day after, the weekend before or whenever, we would love for you to make room at your table for one or two international students. Your volunteering commitment will expose our great students to an important aspect of American culture, while allowing you to learn about how other cultures give thanks and show appreciation in their own way.

There is no need to have a Martha Stewart-worthy turkey or all the trimmings – we want our students to see the diverse experience of how Americans celebrate and give thanks for the blessings in their lives. So whether you are cooking a tofurkey (tofu turkey), picking up a premade meal from Wegmans, coordinating a potluck, or serving a meal that may be featured on the Food Network, please volunteer to host an international student or two. We have a wealth of students who are interested in participating.

Please take a few moments to fill out the online form to be a Thanksgiving holiday host. OISS will follow up with you to confirm the guest(s) who will be joining you for Thanksgiving, which will take place on Nov. 22. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 9.

If you have questions about the program, please do not hesitate to call us at (610) 758-4859 or email at

Other EAT! dates

Students and scholars are invited to attend the dinners in small groups (two to four people) and can make arrangements to be picked up by the host at the Student Life Center if necessary. The dinner dates are below. You may sign up for one, two or more dates, depending on your preferences and availability.

  • Sunday, January 27, 2019
  • Sunday, February 17, 2019
  • Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019

Hosts and students who wish to participate in EAT! can register in GU Connects Online Registration.

If you have any questions, email We look forward to a semester of new friends, cultural exchange and great food!