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International Students & Scholars

Community Members

International students practice english with their conversation partners.

The Global Education Office offers multiple programs for Americans and established internationals from the university and local community to get to know international students and scholars studying at VCU.

Global Café

International and domestic students, faculty, staff, and community visitors are invited to monthly for socializing and refreshments. It is a time for campus and community members to meet and develop friendships. Everyone is welcome!
View the Global Café schedule.

Conversation Partner Program

Fluent English-speaking volunteers meet for at least one hour each week with VCU's international students/scholars to enable them to learn more about American culture, practice English language skills, and gain confidence in their communication abilities. Volunteers serve as a cultural mentor to international students/scholars and practice cross-cultural communication skills. View more information about the program. To contact us, email ISSP@vcu.edu.

International Student Application
Volunteer Application

Friendship Families

The VCU Friendship, Family and Cultural Exchange Program (VCU FFACE) provides Richmond community members and international students and scholars the opportunity to develop cross-cultural friendships with each other. The FFACE Program provides sustained interactions between American families and international students / scholars, increases and enhances cultural understandings, and provides insight into a world beyond the students’ and community participants’ own perspectives and experiences. Community volunteers and students to meet at least once a month to participate in whatever activities they would like. This could include family dinners, sporting events (baseball games, etc.), local food and music festivals, museums, canoeing, etc. The Global Education Office also coordinates several group events each year. For more information, email ISSP@vcu.edu.

Student and Scholar and Volunteer Applications

Host Families

In the host family program, an international student/scholar lives with a host family for 8-16 weeks. Expenses for room and board will be paid by the student and they will provide their own transportation. Entry points for new students in the English Language Program are in January, March, June, August and October. Academic students begin their studies in either August or January. For more information, email ISSP@vcu.edu

Host Family Information Form
‌‌Host Family Student, Scholar Request Form

American Holiday Visits

International students and scholars are invited into a home with a local family to experience a typical American holiday such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the 4th of July. For more information, email ISSP@vcu.edu.

Thanksgiving Student Request Form
Thanksgiving Volunteer Info Form

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