New Students & Scholars

June 30, 2016

Welcome to Columbus, Ohio! Moving to a new place is an exciting adventure, full of possibilities! We are eager to warmly welcome you and come alongside of you as you adjust to life in Columbus. We offer many services and activities to promote friendship and provide opportunity for you to meet Americans and other internationals, practice your English, travel the U.S., share holiday meals, and explore the Bible in weekly small groups.  Students, visiting scholars, and spouses of all nationalities and religions may participate.  Families are always welcome.

Learn more about International Friendships

Please take advantage of these special activities and services for newly arriving students and scholars.

Airport Pick-Up & Temporary Housing

We are happy to help you get settled into life in Ohio.  We offer an alternative option to taking a taxi or the university organized transport from the airport.  A friendly volunteer from International Friendships can welcome you at the airport no matter the time of your arrival, assist you with your luggage, and provide transportation to campus, your apartment, or your host home.  Our volunteers can also provide up to four days of temporary housing.  Staying with a host will give you opportunity to make a new friend, learn more about Columbus from a local resident, enjoy a home cooked meal, and receive assistance during your first few days in a new place.

Sign up for airport pickup and/or temporary housing

Welcome Activities

11856329_10153559229730763_7133970306991724153_oWelcome Ice Cream Party
On Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 3:00pm IFI will welcome 400 new international students by hosting a Welcome Ice Cream Party. This event includes conversation, outdoor games, and Ice Cream. Come and meet other new International students, as well as some American hosts.  Rides are available.  Sign up required to attend.

IFI Welcome Party 1Welcome Party On Tuesday, August 20, 2024 at 6:00pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Ohio Union IFI will welcome 1,000 new internationals by hosting the International Student Welcome Party.  This event includes conversation, games, and line dancing. Light refreshments will be provided. Come and meet other new International students, as well as some American hosts.  Sign up required to attend.

Sign up for these welcome activities

New Student Orientation Videos

Do you have questions about IFI services and activities? Are you wondering how you will get started with your life in Columbus? We hope some of your questions will be answered as you watch the new student orientation videos.

Watch Orientation Videos