International Friendships has a variety of opportunities available for you to practice your conversational English, learn about American culture, and help get accustomed to life in the U.S. You can participate in our English conversation partner program, get an American friendships partner, participate in one of our English conversation classes, or learn more about American culture with other international students.
English Conversation Partners
By signing up to have an English conversation partner in-person or virtually, you can improve your English with the help of a native English speaker. We have American volunteers who are willing to meet in-person with you for an average of one hour per week or virtually for 30 minutes once a week. Please note: that until further notice IFI will only be matching Virtual Conversation Partners.
Online English Conversation Club
This informal club emphasizes conversational English practice. Each week a different aspect of American culture will be discussed: making friends, family life, sports, humor, holidays, and more!
These gatherings occur in American homes, are informal, and involve food and conversation about culture. This is not an ESL class, but it will be an opportunity for you to practice your English, learn about American culture, and share about your own culture.
IFI Buddy Program
Be matched with an IFI volunteer Buddy who will help answer your questions about life in Columbus, OH. You will also do fun activities together, such as sharing a meal, touring the city, shopping, celebrating the holidays, and much more! This service is free.