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.