The Haenicke Institute for Global Education is excited to activate the 2022-2023 International Friendship Program (IFP): an initiative that connects international students with the Kalamazoo community. The IFP is designed to assist international students in transitioning and learning U.S. American culture as well as engaging the local community with the world.
The IFP pairs WMU international friends (international students and scholars) with community friends (local community members) to interact once per month from September through April. The International Friendship Program (IFP) is NOT a live-in or homestay program.
All friends, international and community, must be at least 18 years of age.
Eligible international students and scholars include:
- Degree-seeking students and family*
- International scholars and family*
*Children of international friends may participate with a signed consent form.
Community friends can be:
- WMU Students
- WMU Staff
- WMU Faculty
- WMU Retirees
The expectations of the IFP are:
- Friendship pairs meet at least once per month.
- Friendship pairs are respectful of cultural differences.
- Friendship pairs espouse international understanding as a lifelong goal.
- Community friends do not offer housing to international friends.
- Participants will not attempt to proselytize to their own religion.
- Community friends are NOT expected to pay for international friends while attending joint activities.
|International Friends||Community Friends|
Aug. 8, 2022
|Aug. 12, 2022|
Application available in ExperienceWMU. No account required.
|Program Orientation||Aug. 16, 2022 | 9 to 10 a.m. EST | Webex (virtual)|
International friends only.
|Aug. 17, 2022 | 12 to 1 p.m. | Location TBA, lunch provided|
Community friends only.
|Fall Match Mixer||Aug. 30, 2022 | 12 to 1 p.m. | Location TBA|
|Program Wrap-Up Mixer||March 8, 2023 | 12 to 1 p.m. | Location TBA|
Learn more in the International Friendship Program Handbook: 2022-2023.