International Student & Scholar Services

International students enjoying the TFN ranch party.

International students enjoying the TFN ranch party.

Friendship Connections

WU Buddy 

This campus organization matches current Washburn students with new incoming international students to promote friendship and help the new international students adjust to their new life in the US and at WU!

If you are a new international student and would like to sign up for this program, please click on WU Buddy - International Student
If you are a current Washburn student who would like be matched with a new international student coming to WU, please click on WU Buddy - Current WU Student.

Topeka Friendship Network (TFN) 

This is a local organization which offers new Washburn international students an opportunity to develop a friendship with an American family while practicing English and learning more about American culture!  Please note that this is not a host family program where a student lives with a family.  

Some activities which international students and their American friendship families do together are:

  • Share a meal together in the family's home
  •  Attend sports events, school events, concerts, theater plays or other outings together
  •  Be invited to relax in the family's home for an evening or weekend
  • Share about each other's culture and discuss topics of interest

If you are interested in signing up for an American friendship family, please click on Topeka Friendship Network Signup.


International Center of Topeka, Inc. (ICT, Inc.)

Since the early 1970's the International Center of Topeka, Inc. (ICT, Inc.), a group of university and community volunteers, has been dedicated to assisting WU international students in their academic, social, and cultural well being through a number of scholarships, services and programs. Learn more about ICT.

WU Buddies enjoying Sports Day at the recreation center.

Pumpkin carving party.

International student hunting for Easter eggs with TFN family.

International students enjoying an ICT dinner.