International Student Life in Portsmouth
Friends International supports and is all about helping International & EU students in the UK. Studying in another country can be great fun and very rewarding, however, it can also sometimes bring challenges; a new language, a different culture, and getting to know new people.
We are here to help you enjoy your time in Portsmouth to the full extent. Throughout the year we run various activities including trips to local areas of interest, local walks & the opportunity to enjoy our "Visit a Local Home" activity; BUT our BIGGEST event is the weekly International Cafe where a group of us local British volunteers meet in a local café or a pub to have a coffee or tea. This includes great conversations, practicing your English, meeting new people and making new friends. We are also here to help you adapt in any way we can while you are here.
Come along to these events and make new FRIENDS, eat good FOOD, have a lot of FUN! Many of our events are FREE!
Friends International is a Christian charity working in most university towns and cities in the UK. The team in Portsmouth is made up of volunteers from local churches who want to offer help, friendship and a warm welcome to all international and EU students studying in the University or language schools. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and backgrounds to all our events.
Friends International Portsmouth
Since 2006, Friends International Portsmouth has been providing students with a rich & diverse programme of events and activities for International & EU students. Our unparalleled methods help to launch students into building relationships and experience the British culture while here in the UK. We always encourage both staff and students to grow, learn and create each day.
We are here to help you enjoy your time in Portsmouth to the full. We aim to help you meet the locals, provide opportunities for you to learn about Great Britain and British culture and to use your English. We also want you to meet other internationals and learn each other's cultures.
Meet our Team
We have a fantastic team of caring and supportive volunteers. Our volunteers are passionate about making a difference in students lives, through their tireless dedication and drive to communicate with them and spend time helping in what is needed. Get to know our committed team and their role in continuing our tradition of excellence in transforming students, transforming nations.
Our Valued Volunteers
Fun! Food! Friends!
Two ways to join us :)
Come have a coffee, tea or hot chocolate, Meet new friends and enjoy some great activities with us!
Our Next Event is Saturday, Oct. 19th 9:30am @ the Guildhall Village Pub.
Teas & coffees are available for purchase or if you would like to order something to eat, you are welcome at your expense. We will have brochures and cards out on the table so you can identify us.
Our Theme: Exchanging cool recipes that are easy to cook at home.
Next Saturday Dates - November 2nd, 16th and December the 7th -
all 9:30-11:00am @ The Guildhall Pub upstairs - address found below by clicking the link.
Themes to follow.
Visit a Local Home
Are you an international student who would like to meet more English-speaking people?
Would you like to feel more at home in this country while you study here?
Visit a local home, get to know some friendly local people & make some very special memories to take home with you.
A Fun, Dynamic & Interactive Experience
International Café is a fantastic, fun way to meet new people and make new friends from all over the world! Sometimes our activities include chocolate nights, game nights and even dancing! The café warmly welcomes students aged 18+ from any country or any religion outside the UK.
We meet during term time on Saturday mornings....Our next date is Saturday October the 19th @9:30am (see details above)
See the Local area
Our student culture plays a key role in our International outing experience. We’ve chosen safe and accessible environments where students are encouraged to explore and see new areas while making new friends and practising English.
HERE IS WHAT IS COMING STARTING SEPTEMBER 2019/2020:
Walk around OLD Portsmouth
Visit the Jane Austen House
Sunday Roast Dinner
Tea and cakes with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth
Walk the Roman Walls of Chichester
Porchester Castle picnic
Rowlands Castle Walk
We hope you will join us for one or all! Sign up to our mailing list so you don't miss out :)
Fun and Challenging
At Word Alive you can know the wonder of God speaking to you, your family and friends, changing and equipping you for all of life, while having time together to relax and enjoy each other.
the DATES are April 4-9, 2020.
Information available now if you are interested...please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Life Leadership 2020
LIFE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
TRUE is a 3-day retreat for international students who want to rise to the challenge of leadership and excel.
TRUE Leadership is a gathering of international students who come to learn invaluable leadership lessons and to reflect on the impact that their character has on their effectiveness as leaders.
Explore the principles of TRUE Leadership : Trust, Relationships, Understanding others and Excellence.
Reap the benefits of both the major presentations and interaction with other international students.
Expect to be challenged mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually
EARLY BIRD TICKETS available SOON!
This year the dates are January 3-6, 2020
Details to follow
An Exceptional Bible Learning Experience
The Philip Project aims to contribute towards the training of faithful Bible teachers among Christian international students, short-term professionals and church volunteers from all over the world residing in the UK. This is done by seeking to develop both the skills and the character to teach the Scriptures with accuracy, relevance and passion. We presently have Saturday classes meeting once a month in London, Canterbury, Nottingham, Dundee, Southampton - our Portsmouth students go to Southampton, we provide transportation. If you are interested, please contact us via email: email@example.com
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