Welcome to MFIS!
The mission of Madison Friends of International Students is to connect Madison-area international university and college students, scholars, and any accompanying family with local residents to provide support and assistance as well as to foster cultural exchange, global goodwill, and friendships around the world.
What's Next for Volunteers
Help with the Fall Orientation for new students
Do you have only a couple of hours to volunteer? If so, please help MFIS greet students and tell them about the services MFIS provides. We will have a presence at the new international student orientations that are held by UW International Student Services and Madison College. The dates for the orientations/receptions are:
Monday August 18, 12-1pm
Wednesday, August 20, 12-1pm
Friday, August 29, 8:30-9:30am or 4-5:30pm
Interested? Click here for complete information.
Help with the annual Fall Welcome Picnic
When? Saturday, September 6, 2014
Where? Rennebohm Park on Madison’s near west side
Cost? Free for new international students and scholars, $10 for Madison-area
Advance registration is necessary. To sign up and pay, please click here:
What's Next for Students
Fall Welcome Picnic
Each year MFIS holds a Welcome to Wisconsin picnic for new students, faculty, visiting scholars and their families. This year’s picnic will be on Saturday, September 6, at Madison’s Rennebohm Park from 11am-2pm. Advance registration is required. For details, and to sign up online, click here.
Temporary Home Stay
MFIS offers 2-3 nights of hospitality for new students, faculty and visiting scholars when they arrive in Madison. Local residents volunteer to serve as hosts. Click here for information about this program.
Is your new apartment a bit bare? Would some furniture help? MFIS' Furniture Program offers many different items for a very low price. For information, click here.
Would you like to get to know an American and have an opportunity to speak English on a friendly, social basis? If so, perhaps you’d like to sign up for MFIS’ Global Friends program. Students are matched with interested local residents, and participants decide together how often and where to meet, and what they would like to do. For details, including an application form, click here.
How to Contact Us
|Address||716 Langdon Street, Room 223, Madison, WI 53706, USA|
The office is staffed by volunteers between 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon, Monday through Friday.
Please feel free to drop by during these hours! When the office is not staffed, volunteers continue to check email and voice mail and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.