Area families can befriend Asian and European college students this summer - and at the same time gain a better understanding of the cultures of the students' countries - without going abroad. The UI Intensive English Institute invites people to host one or more Japanese or German students who will study English this summer in special programs. The Japanese students will attend three-, four- or five-week sessions between July 23 and Aug. 27. German students will be on campus July 12 to Aug. 17. In Japan, the students attend universities in Kanagawa, Kobe, Nagoya and Osaka. The German students come from all over what was East Germany. Host families are encouraged to invite the students, who will live in university residence halls, into their homes for get-togethers and at least one overnight stay, said Tom Gould, associate director of the institute. Host families also could include the students on casual outings - shopping, swimming or concert-going. "Visiting a home and taking part in family activities gives the students a chance to learn more about the American family and its home life," Gould said. "It also gives them an opportunity to converse in English in a natural setting." Host families, in turn, learn about the students' cultures. The Intensive English Institute also holds programs year-round for international students. This semester, students from 26 countries are participating. More information is available from Diane Eagle or Anna Kasten at the Intensive English Institute, 333-6598 or 244-6573. The institute is a unit of the UI Division of English as an International Language.