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International Friendship Program


The International Friendship Program (IFP) allows for the development of friendship, promotion of peace, and exchange of cultures between American families and international students at EIU.

Through this program, many EIU international students have created lifelong friendships with American families. Local families have also benefited by meeting people from around the world to learn what similarities we share and what differences can be learned.

International students and their American families should engage each other at least once a month by attending EIU activities, working on hobbies, exploring the community, celebrating holidays, and countless other activities of interest.

The Office of International Students and Scholars invites all interested EIU employees, local community members, and current EIU international students to join the IFP! Please complete the appropriate form expressing your interest, and you will soon receive information from OISS about your application.


Community Members: Click here for the application.
Current EIU International Students: Click here for the application.


Community members do not serve as 'host families' where they provide accommodation for international students. International students and families may, however, visit each other’s homes if both parties desire.










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Office of International Students and Scholars

1170 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois
61920-3099 USA

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