International Students and Scholars Office

ISSO Friends Program

Tow students speaking to each other
Staff and student apple picking
Staff and students smiling and sitting on grass outside.

The ISSO Friends Program is designed to help incoming first-year international students make a smooth transition into life as a student at Brandeis. To help new students feel welcome and supported, we match incoming students with a member of the Brandeis community who serves as a "Friend" for the student's first semester at Brandeis. It is our hope that participants will enjoy their relationship with each other so much that they will continue to stay in contact after the first semester.

Who are the Participants?

Friends are members of the Brandeis community: upperclassman students, alumni, staff or faculty. The majority of them have lived in the Brandeis area for at least a year, and are an excellent source of information for making preparations for life at Brandeis. ISSO Friends are more than just sources of information; they also offer a great opportunity to gain some insight into U.S. culture.

Students are Brandeis international first-years, coming from a wide range of countries. A first-year could be a transfer student, or an incoming undergraduate or graduate student.

Brandeis only acts as a liaison and is not responsible for the conduct of the parties involved.