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 recently featuring 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
  • Learn from other students about different languages, cultures, and ideas
  • Earn credit by joining our RSSW course 

Be an International Friendship Partner next semester!

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: You will be helping new international students adjust to academic and community life at UAlbany.

Part II

Language & Cultural Exchange Program: The International Friendship Partners Program is designed to provide an opportunity for U.S. and international students to interact regularly on a small group basis outside of the classroom setting.

Part III
Community & Public Service Program: You can take RSSW 291 (2 credits) for meeting friends and doing cultural activities! Please find program syllabus in application.

Click here to sign-up for the Spring 2018 International Friendship Partners Program and Cultural Connections!