About Christmas International House

Christmas International House is a ministry of friendship and hospitality, connecting international college and university students and scholars with host communities for a homestay program during the winter break. 


Our Mission:

To open our homes and hearts to international college and university students and scholars during winter break, bringing together those from diverse cultures and nations to experience friendship and hospitality, to understand that what we have in common is stronger than our differences.


Our Vision:

International college and university students and scholars enriched by friendships with Americans and other Internationals, a positive experience of being hosted in an American home, a deeper understanding of Christmas traditions and practices, and exposure to a community other than their college/university.


American hosts changed through cross-cultural friendships, growing international understanding and perspectives, and deepening respect for internationals.


Host Communities transformed by the ministry of hospitality to international students, growing cultural awareness, and greater understanding of our roles and opportunities as global citizens.


Our Students Say:

“I learned a lot of things you can’t learn in school.  It is a great way to understand American history, customs, traditions, culture and religions.”


“I learned that American people are so warm, friendly and hospitable, not self-centered and insular as my government portrays.”


An International Student Director Says:

Most of my exchange students have been utilizing the CIH program for many years.  All have returned with wonderful memories and experiences.  To quote a few: "I have found my second Mom", "I was invited back for the next break."  The CIH family consists of extraordinary folks who deeply care about their fellow human beings!  CIH is a wonderful addition and extension to our program and I am grateful for its existence.


Sabine M. Eastham 

Director of International Student Programs

Lindsey Wilson College, KY