The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) is a nonprofit organization that exists to bridge cultures and to promote world peace and understanding through international friendship, personal diplomacy, and exchange of ideas.
Become a Conversation Friend
The Conversation Friend Program matches international students, scholars or spouses with a local FFIS volunteer for one-on-one English conversation. Conversation Friends meet weekly for English conversation and practice.
Host a Student
The Short-Term Homestay program is a cultural exchange program of FFIS and not just temporary housing. The purpose of the homestay program is to welcome new international students to our community by providing short-term hospitality, settling-in support and a safe place to stay before students move into their permanent housing.
Let’s make a difference together.
FFIS is a non-profit volunteer organization with no paid staff, and we receive limited funding from the University of Oregon. Your voluntary donation to FFIS supports our ongoing programs for international students, scholars and their dependents throughout the year.
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FFIS Newsletter, May 2021
Notes from the Chair Through the years, I have witnessed the ebb and flow that nonprofits like the Friendship Foundation have endured here in Eugene. The…
FFIS Homestay Students Tour Nike Campus Thanks to Past Homestay Student
Douffy Youm from Senegal was an FFIS homestay student many years ago. He graduated and worked his way up to become an executive at Nike in…
Japanese Student Visits a Pumpkin Patch with Her FFIS Conversation Friend
FFIS’ Conversation Friend Program is a unique opportunity for volunteers to connect with a University of Oregon international student during the student’s first year in Eugene. The student and…