Welcome to Rochester, New York! Moving to a new place is an exciting adventure, full of possibilities! We are eager to warmly welcome you and come alongside you as you adjust to life in Rochester. 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.
Please take advantage of these special activities and services for newly arriving students and scholars.
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Take our survey to let us know what activities and IFI services you’re interested in participating in during your time in the United States.
We are happy to help you get settled into life in New York. 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.
IFI hosts a Welcome Picnic every August. This event includes conversation, outdoor games, and American picnic food. Halal, vegetarian, and gluten free will be provided. Come and meet other new International students, as well as some American hosts. Rides are available. Sign up required to attend.
Please come back in to signup then!