At North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, inter­na­tional stu­dents who opt out of trav­eling abroad, or who haven’t expe­ri­enced an Amer­ican Thanks­giving, can cel­e­brate early this year on November 26 at the Curry Stu­dent Center Ball­room. A meal will be pro­vided by the Inter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Insti­tute (ISSI), and will fea­ture a lec­ture about the hol­iday as stu­dents chow down.

The ISSI is also matching stu­dents up with “hosts” who will wel­come them to their homes to enjoy a tra­di­tional meal. Boston Col­lege has a sim­ilar pro­gram that pairs up stu­dents and staff for the hol­iday, giving them a place to tem­porarily call home. “We don’t do a dinner, but we work to ask fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents who live in the area to invite stu­dents home with them for the hol­iday. That has proven suc­cessful in the past for us,” said Jack Dunn, director of media rela­tions at Boston College.

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