Global Friends Network

Global Friends Network


Global Friends Network is a program that was launched in the Fall 2015. For the academic year 2015-2016, the program recruited 34 American and 34 International Students.It connects American and International students at NIU in a structured way that promotes cultural understanding, improves the assimilation of International Students into the NIU community, and enhances professional preparation of the students in a Globalizing world.

The program runs on a semester-by-semester basis and will be organized by the International Student and Faculty Office with partnership from the Study Abroad Office and College of Business.

Through an online application system, students apply to be a part of the program at the beginning of each semester. ISFO will review applications and match students in pairs. Each pair of students will be required to meet twice a month for an activity (getting coffee, studying together at the library, going for a bike ride, getting lunch together, etc…). 

Click on the links below to learn more about this program.


Interested in being a participant of Global Friends Network? Fill out the application below! Application for Fall 2017 is open.