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Friendship & Connections

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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

For more information about the Topeka Friendship Network, and/or to sign up to be matched with an American friendship family, please visit the TFN website by clicking here.

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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. 

ICT has endowed the following scholarships through the Washburn Foundation, contributing around $15,000 annually to support international students and study abroad programs.

ICT has organized cultural events to raise cultural awareness in the community and on campus such as the following programs:

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