International Friendship Program
Open your doors and hearts
The International Friendship Program at Purdue provides the opportunity for local residents to open their hearts and homes to Purdue international students and scholars.
The first semester a student or scholar is in the U.S. is the most critical time of cultural adjustment. Students far from home are curious about the American way of life and are eager to have an opportunity to make friends with Americans. International Friendship at Purdue (IFP) was created to help new international students and scholars transition into American life and culture.
Through IFP, a willing community volunteer is matched with a willing international student or scholar. The volunteer host's primary role is to welcome the international guest and extend friendship in practical ways. Volunteer host and student guest look for times in their schedules during the student’s first semester in the U.S. when they can meet together in activities ranging from dinner to outings.
Volunteer hosts and student guests may decide to continue as friendship partners semester after semester. Volunteer hosts are also welcome to sign up for new matches each semester. A third option with less commitment is to sign up to be matched with a student for a one time visit during a Purdue official holiday break period.
A community volunteer has no legal, financial or housing obligations to their student friendship partner.
Who joins IFP?
There is no typical volunteer host. Families with children, single parent families, couples without children and singles all participate as volunteers in the program. Participants are from all walks of life and have diverse backgrounds and interests.
Participation in IFP begins with a one semester commitment or a one time get together during an official holiday break. Volunteers and students may decide to continue their friendship beyond the international student’s first semester if both partners are interested, but they do not need to sign up each semester. Volunteers may choose to sign up for a student each semester, or sign up to be a holiday partner for one-time event matching. The choice is yours!