Global Friends Network is a program that was launched in the fall of 2015 to connect 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.
Through an online application system, students apply to be a part of the program at the beginning of each semester. We 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.).
Benefits of Participation
Opportunities to learn about other cultures and practice your language skills
Satisfies the travel grant requirement from Study Abroad, if you are a recipient