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International Friendship Program

The International Friendship Program (IFP) supports new international students during their transition to campus by pairing them with a member of the River Falls community and surrounding area. The program promotes cross-cultural understanding by providing participants with the opportunity to share in a variety of social and cultural activities.

You can be as involved as you want to be. Do as much or as little as you are able to. You could...

  • Do ordinary activities together
  • Attend campus events together
  • Attend special events in the community together
  • Have your partner(s) over for home-cooked meal
  • Have your partner(s) cook a meal from their native country
  • Message/call your partner to learn how they are doing
  • Share family experiences together (picnics, holiday decorating, family sporting events, outdoor activities, etc.)

Be yourself, students are interested in learning about your cultural and living backgrounds.


US participants are not required to provide home stays! Students must maintain their own housing. However, many students do not have their own vehicles, so families often provide transportation to and from joint activities. We encourage the members to include their student in activities that you have already planned on doing.

Additionally, IFP partners should not...

  • Loan money to the student
  • Assist with visa or immigration questions
  • Assist with academic or health problems, employment or serious adjustment problems

Staff at International Student Services handles these issues. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact


To become an IFP participant, please complete a form.

  • Community members and other individuals interested in participating, please complete the following form.
  • International student interested in participating, please complete the following form.


Contact Us

International Student Services
M-F, 7:45am - 4:30pm
102 Hagestad Hall

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