Connecting with International Students


iFriend is a cultural exchange program that allows members of the UTD community to learn about new cultures and make new friends! International students are paired or grouped with American students and/or UTD Faculty and Staff members. iFriends meet once per week for eight weeks to socialize, learn from each other, and take part in cultural activities. Registration opens at the beginning of each long semester (Fall and Spring). For more information, view our "All About iFriend" presentation or contact [email protected] for questions and more information.

iFriend registration is closed for the Spring 2018 semester. Registration for the Fall 2018 semester will open on the first day of classes.

Upcoming iFriend Events

iFriend Valentine's Day Party
Tuesday, February 13, SSA 12.471, 1:00pm

*Please note, these events are for Spring 2018 iFriend participants only. To view other International Center events visit:

International Week

International Week (iWeek) is held every April, and is a tradition that celebrates the cultural diversity of UT Dallas. Attend Passport to the World and the International Talent Show to immerse yourself in the culture of UTD’s international students. Other events include Henna, Table Tennis and Badminton Tournaments, and World Beats Dance Party. iWeek also offers many opportunities to volunteer.

International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. IEW occurs each November, to coincide with national IEW, and includes events to recognize and celebrate study abroad champions.

International Student Orientation

Volunteer to be an International Student Mentor (ISM) at International Student Orientation. ISMs lead small group discussion and group activities with new international students to help students acclimate to UT Dallas and US academic culture. ISMs are recruited in May of each year. Email [email protected] to be added to an interest list.

Cultural Student Organizations

UT Dallas is home to many cultural student organizations, which celebrate and connect students from India, China, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Vietnam, Iran, and many more. Organization meetings are open to everyone, regardless of their cultural heritage, and a list can be found in OrgSync.

Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas is dedicated to teaching people about Chinese language and culture. They host Chinese classes, calligraphy lessons, tea ceremonies, and more.