For Purdue Students

Boilermakers, this site is for you! Keep reading for information on some of the great programs, events, and opportunities that CILMAR has to offer students.


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.



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 is facilitated by CILMAR staff and assisted by Cultural Catalysts (see below).  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.  

Download Schedule.  



Students interested in careers in global NGOs or service fields have the opportunity to gain communication expertise, leadership skills, and intercultural competence by participating in Purdue's Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program.

Although only US citizens are eligible to apply for the Peace Corps, international students who are interested in gaining the marketable skills of interpersonal communication, leadership and intercultural competence--skills which are beneficial to professions across all disciplines--are welcome to participate in the Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program.

This student program is open to both domestic and international students (please see above).

Click here for more information.



CatalystRetreat2018Cultural Catalysts are a select group of students (domestic and international) who develop their intercultural communication and leadership skills through assisting CILMAR staffwith a variety of intercultural projects and workshops.  Cultural Catalysts serve in volunteer positions with the exception of stipends provided to Catalysts who assist with the international student and parent orientation programs that occur in the fall and spring semesters.  For more information, contact



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 you! 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.



If you are a new undergrad student, we strongly recommend you attend BGRI or BGR orientation events; however, all new undergrad, graduate, scholar, and exchange students are welcome to attend these free events sponsored by ISS and CILMAR.  Summer and early fall events can be found at the Calendar of Events.

Don't forget to look for the CILMAR table in the MISCi resource room! 

These events are for newly arriving international students and scholars.



The Division of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR), offers grants to student organizations who want to develop a program which will provide meaningful interactions between international and domestic students. Please go to Boilerlink to apply.

The grant program is open to both domestic and international student organizations.



Each year Purdue recognizes a graduating undergraduate international student for helping to welcome and connect people of all cultures. Click here for more information about the criteria and deadlines for this award.

This award is given to a graduating international student.


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