CILMAR's Co-Curricular Intercultural Learning Programs

Read on to explore exciting co-curricular opportunities offered to you by the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research (CILMAR).


The International Friendship Program (IFP) gives new Purdue international students the opportunity to become friends with a US family or single living in the Greater Lafayette Area. Students are paired with area hosts who invite them to their homes, area attractions and holiday get-togethers. Discover through your host all that this community has to offer.  View a short video and log in to register for IFP. Select the IFP orientation session time you will attend to secure your spot in the program. Most select a session time soon after their Mandatory International Student Check-in (MISCi). Pairing of students with hosts begins prior to arrival and continues until all hosts are matched. Don't wait to join. Spots fill quickly.

This program is for new international students and scholars.


MIX students

The Boiler Out Student Organization provides both international and domestic students with meaningful community service projects that reflect its three core values 

of Outreach, Understanding, and Teamwork. Participants do a variety of volunteer work alongside other Purdue students and local community members. If you are interested in meeting new people while at the same time helping the Greater Lafayette Community through volunteering your time and energy, then this is the right group for yo

u! Some past events have been: Boo at the Zoo, BINGO at a local nursing home, helping at an elementary school festival, work day at 

Camp Tecumseh, Food Finders Food Bank, ushering at the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, socializing animals at the Almost Home Humane Society, etc. You can join the organization through our BoilerLink page or email that you would like to receive more information about activities.

This student organization is open to both domestic and international students.


MIX students

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with International Programs, offers grants to student organizations who want to develop a program which will provide meaningful interactions between international and domestic students. Apply today here.


Different Lenses is an intercultural and diversity training certificate workshop series open to all Purdue students who want to:

  • Develop personal intercultural competency demonstrated through language skills and behaviors in order to promote inclusivity in friendship groups, student organizations, leadership positions, and with peers and professors in and outside of the classroom.
  • Enhance your academic portfolio for a career in today's global society/marketplace.

  Different Lenses addresses social justice and the six areas of intercultural competency (Openness, Curiosity, Empathy, Communication, Worldview Frameworks, and Cultural Self-Awareness). For more information contact Florence Adibu, Intercultural Learning Specialist, at

This workshop series is open to both domestic and international students.  

You can see the full schedule here.


If you would like to develop skills of intercultural competency, engage in fun activities with students from different cultural backgrounds, and demonstrate to future employees that you can work effectively across diversity, earning digital badges as part of the Intercultural Certification program might be for you.

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