Friendship Foundation for International Students

  • Live with a local host family for a few days before moving into your permanent housing.
  • Meet weekly with a volunteer or mentor for English conversation.
  • Experience a traditional holiday meal with a local family.

The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) offers friendship & short-term hosting programs for new international students, scholars and their families. FFIS is a non-profit organization that exists to bridge cultures and promote world peace and understanding through international friendship, personal diplomacy, and exchange of ideas.

To apply, click on a link below. For more information or questions, please email


Mills International Center

The Mills International Center offers programs and resources including cultural events, weekly international coffee hour, movie nights, and programs that promote relationship building. The Mills International Center is located in the EMU at the heart of the University of Oregon campus. For more information, call 541-346-0887.

Popular Events Include:

  • The Meet - Every Thursday from 5 - 7pm in the Mills. Click here
  • International Student Coffee Hour - Every other Friday (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8) from 4 - 6pm in the Ford Alumni Center Ballroom. (Winter Term) Click here.

Get Involved

Find out about UO Events and student organizations at Get Involved.

International Women's Support Group at the UO

The International Women’s Support Group is a friendly, welcoming and safe space for students who are international women to discuss their experiences at the UO, in Eugene and in the US. We talk about interacting with people in the US, maintaining friendships with our fellow nationals, relationships, music, memories, and a variety of other topics. Women in this group support each other, talk about their lives, learn about others, and make friends.


The group meets every Wednesday from 4:15-5:45pm at the Women’s Center in Allen Hall 101. This is a drop-in group, and no sign-up is required.


If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact Asha Stephen (

International Women's Walking Group

Meets every Thursday at 10am at the Play Area inside the Valley River Center Mall. Women and children from all countries are welcome to join. The group meets at the Play Area inside the mall and then walk outside along the river bike paths or inside if it is raining. After about a 45 minutes walk, the group meets back in the food court for coffee and conversation. All levels of walkers and English proficiency are welcome. For more information, please call Margaret at 541-726-8418 or Linda at 541-726-1410. You can also find this group on Facebook under "International Women's Morning Out."

Yamada Language Center

Yamada Language Center has a foreign language exchange database which is set up to allow students to contact each other, to mentor, learn, and practice foreign languages, including English.

Service Learning Program

The Service Learning Program lets students learn, serve and volunteer in our community and overseas.

More Ideas

For more ideas on ways to improve your English click here.