Cultural Connections and Friendship Program

Cultural Connections is a SA student group. In conjunction with the ISSS office, Cultural Connections runs the International Friendship Partners Program (IFP).  The mission of Cultural Connections and the IFP program is to promote intercultural engagement and connections between students.  Join Cultural Connections and IFP to get involved with our vibrant international community on campus!

Our IFP program was featured in a University News Release. Check out the article highlighting our group, here!

Reasons to Join Cultural Connections & the IFP Program

  • A great way to make new friends on campus!
  • Boost your resume and develop your leadership skills to make you a better student, employee, and global citizen
  • Earn credit by joining our RSSW course (postponed until further notice)

How to Contact Cultural Connections

Be an International Friendship Partner

The International Friendship Partners is a series of programs designed to help both American and international students make friends with each other. Participants will also learn different cultures and languages through cultural activities. You can choose to participate in one or more programs listed below:

Part I International Buddies Program

 The International Buddy Program is designed to provide an opportunity for newly admitted international students to know current UAlbany students. The ultimate goal of the Buddies Program is to promote understanding and friendship among different culture groups and to utilize the culturally dynamic environment on the UAlbany campus.

Part II- RSSW Course

You can take RSSW 291 (2 credits) with ISSS.  This course is designed to promote intercultural connections and understandings. This course is not offered every term, so check with ISSS for availability.