Frequently Asked Questions

July 26, 2017

1. Who is IFI and how can I get involved?

IFI's mission is to extend life-changing hospitality and friendship to international students out of reverence to Jesus.

International Friendships, Inc (IFI) is a community organization that works in partnership with universities and Christian volunteers to promote friendship and hospitality for international students, scholars and family members. IFI also partners with internationals through on-campus student organizations.

IFI is in many locations across the US, and each location offers a variety of activities for students. Popular activities include airport pickup, temporary housing with a local American volunteer, trips across America, group discussions of the Bible, English conversation partners and much more. To learn more about a particular activity, please visit that location's website.

2. Why are many of IFI's activities free? How does IFI make money?

IFI is a Christian nonprofit organization and is not trying to make money from international students. Most of our activities are provided free by volunteers who want to show kindness to international students arriving in the United States. IFI is financially supported by generous donors who believe in befriending international students and want to help out.

3. Does IFI work with the University's International Student Offices?

While the relationship between IFI and the university will vary from campus to campus, IFI respects the role of university officials engaged in serving international students and scholars. We strive to have a high level of integrity and responsibility in our interactions with university officials and with international students and scholars. We adhere to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Statement of Ethical Principles in our ministry to international students and scholars.

4. Should I pay or tip IFI volunteers who pick me up from the airport?

No. These services are free, provided by the Christians who support and volunteer in IFI.

5. Do I have to be a Christian to join IFI activities?

No. All IFI events are open to international students from any religious or cultural background. All are welcome!