IFI @ Ohio Dominican University

August 30, 2016

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About IFI at ODU

What is International Friendships, Inc at ODU?
International Friendships, Inc. (IFI) is a faith based community organization that has partnered with ODU to extend a hand of friendship and welcome ODU international students.  IFI links international students with American Christian volunteers to offer services that the ODU International Student office has requested.  Friendship Families to invite international students to a meal with an American Family and even hosting international students during ODU school breaks to stay with an American Family.

Who may participate?
IFI activities are open to all ODU international students of all nationalities and religions.

To Contact us email:  

IFI welcomes international students at ODU to participate in the following programs:

                       ODU Friendship Family  

Welcoming Americans are waiting to meet you! Sign up to meet monthly with either a family or asingle friend. Each month your Friendship Family will invite you to participate in an American activity. Many students who studied in the U.S. say that having an American Friendship Family was one of the best experiences they had during their stay in the United States.

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Click here to sign up for these programs!!

 Coming this Fall! DISCOVERY BIBLE                           DISCUSSIONS

Are you curious about the Bible? Join a Discovery Bible Discussion Group to read parts of the Bible and share what you think. The conversation is open, friendly and interactive. Dates, times and locations are being planned. Sign up here and we will contact you to give you more details.

IFI discovery Bible Study

          ODU Special Events & Trip

Sometimes IFI will plan a trip or a special event for international students, like a trip to Washington, D.C or Niagara Falls. Registration and a fee to cover trips expenses will be required. Please check back later for event and trip information.


ODU Host Family

Would you like to spend your school break staying with an American family? You can sign up to be the guests of an American family during:

  • Fall Break (Oct 15-Oct 18)
  • Thanksgiving Break (November 23-27ifi House.pjp
  • Christmas Break (December 16-January 2)
  • Easter Break (April 13-17)

Host families will open their hearts and homes to you as their guest, free of charge. The number of host families available may be limited. International students will be matched with a Host Family on a first come, first served basis.