IFP Student Information

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. They are eager to make friends with Americans but often don't know where to begin. IFP serves as a bridge program that helps new international students and scholars connect to their local community by pairing them with local host families. The relationships that are formed help them transition to living in the U.S.


Benefits for Students and Scholars

  1. Meet and make friends with local residents.
  2. Learn about American culture.
  3. Share about your country and culture with your hosts.    
  4. Practice American English in a safe setting.
  5. Get better acquainted with Greater Lafayette.
  6. Have opportunity to develop cultural competency.

Key points to know before joining

  • Students do not live with hosts in this program.
  • Friendship partners schedule their own meeting times and in the semester program strive to meet once a month.
  • Friendship partners decide what they would like to do together.
  • IFP provides optional activities for IFP participants to join throughout the calendar year.
  • Transportation will be provided by the volunteer hosts. 

Orientation Seminars

All student and scholar IFP participants are required to attend an orientation seminar prior to meeting their hosts. Orientations set program parameters and help prepare students for meaningful cross-cultural interactions.

Student process for joining IFP

  1. All students are sent an email invitation prior to their arrival on campus with links to online orientation and online registration.
  2. Students review online video orientation and sign up online to attend a mandatory orientation seminar upon arrival.
  3. Students attend the orientation seminar.  
  4. Students are contacted by local hosts in August/January/June for semester matching and 1-2 weeks before one-time event matching.

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