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International Friendship Program

International Friendship Program

What Is the International Friendship Program?

The International Friendship Program (IFP) is a program sponsored by the Office of International Education at IUP that seeks to promote international understanding by bringing together Indiana area families or individuals and international students who attend IUP.

Discover International Friendship...

Every year, hundreds of international students come to Indiana to study, to do research, or to learn English. Yet many of these students will never step foot inside an American home while they are here.

...And Its Benefits

Learning about another culture is an enjoyable way to expand your awareness of the diversity of the world and a practical way of promoting international understanding and peace between nations.

International Friendship

What Are the Obligations?

Participants act as contacts and resources to the international students. They have no financial obligation, and, since this is not a homestay program, students do not live with community member participants.

What happens after a student is assigned to a community member will depend on the mutual interests of each student and host. For example, members might invite students for a dinner at home, attend a cultural or sporting event, take a shopping trip, or participate in other similar activities.

What Commitment Do I Make if I Participate?

International students and community members are matched for the length of one academic year, from August to May, or for the remainder of that period, if made mid-year.

We suggest you meet with your student once a month to keep your friendship growing. During periods when your schedule is irregular or your international friend is busy, telephone calls and e-mails can help bridge the gap between personal visits.

How Can I Get Involved?

Community members, Apply here!

International students*, Apply here!

*Students, please note that the IFP is operated on a first-come, first-served basis, dependent on the number of community members participating.  Because of this, placement with a community member is not guaranteed.

If you have questions about the program or would like further information, please call the Office of International Education at 724-357-2295 or e-mail

  • Office of International Education
  • Delaney Hall, Suite B25
    920 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2295
  • Fax: 724-357-2514
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.