Thanksgiving without Borders

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For many people in the U.S., Thanksgiving represents a time to gather with family and/or friends to reconnect, enjoy each other's company, and share a wonderful meal together.  Over the past several years (and hopefully, again in the near future), UB's faculty, staff and alumni have demonstrated their generous spirit by hosting Thanksgiving dinner for a number of our international students. However, the challenges brought about by COVID-19 have required us to make some changes to our 8th annual Thanksgiving without Borders program.

On this page, we will be sharing stories and videos about the Thanksgiving customs, traditions and recipes from some of our UB community members.  We encourage students to try a recipe and learn about the variety of ways in which Thanksgiving is celebrated as UB community members bring their unique Thanksgiving celebration to you.

Want to know more about Thanksgiving?

Check out this History Channel look into the Thanksgiving holiday, traditions, and origins.

Thanksgiving Recipes from the UB Community

Recipes coming soon!

How the Thanksgiving without Border Program Work

We hope return to our regular facilitation of Thanksgiving without Border program next year.  Please read the information below to learn how to participate in the future.

Hosts Students

Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Hosts

UB faculty, staff, and alumni who are interested in serving as a host family should complete the registration form linked below. A committee will review your form and match host families with compatible international students.

Host families will receive:

  • The names and contact information of student guests
  • A link to learn more about the student’s home countries
  • Tips for hosting international students in your home

Host families will be expected to contact their guests prior to Thanksgiving Day to introduce themselves and discuss logistics, such as arrival time and what student guests should expect that day.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

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