The following are general guidelines. For more information, please check out The LINC Guideposts.


TThe LINC program enables you to interact with people within the Bulldog family and community. Your LINC Buddy will be committed to ensuring that you receive the best experience that Mississippi State has to offer. In this program, we hope you will not only discover new valuable friends, but that you will expand your knowledge of a different culture, its communities, and its history and people

You are no longer a visitor, but a member of our Bulldog family...

Enhance your journey at Mississippi State University by joining the LINC Program. When you join the LINC Program, the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center will match you with a LINC Buddy, a local family/individual or student, that will help you explore U.S. culture, Mississippi State University and the Starkville area.

Throughout the academic year, you will meet monthly with your LINC Buddy to reinforce your multicultural awareness.

What are the benefits?

  • Increase your English-language skills to better understand and succeed inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Enhance your sense of community at MSU
  • Learn about American culture, traditions and customs.
  • Build your cross-cultural competency and understanding.
  • Meet a local family/mentor who will answer your questions and serve as a friend.

What do you need to do to in order to participate?

  • Be willing to learn
  • Attend the Kickoff and Closing Dinners
  • Meet monthly with your LINC Buddy
  • Participate in at least one Holmes Cultural Diversity Center event each semester

Who are the LINC Buddies?

LINC Buddies are local families/individuals who are alumni, faculty, and staff or domestic students of MSU and from the Starkville community who care about your success as a Mississippi State University student. Our LINC Buddies want to learn about you and your culture. Take them on a journey to explore your country by signing up to be part of the LINC Program.


Make MSU's international students feel like part of the family.

We invite you to make these international students members of your family, too, by joining the LINC Program.

What are the benefits of being a LINC Buddy?

  • Make a difference in a student's life by creating memories that will last a lifetime
  • Learn about another culture, traditions and customs
  • Expose yourself and your family to a new world of learning
  • Foster a new and meaningful relationship

What is expected of LINC Buddies

  • Meet once per month with your international student for one academic year
  • Attend Kickoff and Closing Dinners
  • Participate in at least one Holmes Cultural Diversity Center event each semester
  • Show our students you care