New Students & Scholars

June 30, 2016

Welcome to East Peoria, Illinois! Moving to a new place is an exciting adventure, full of possibilities! We are eager to warmly welcome you and come alongside of you as you adjust to life in East Peoria. We offer many services and activities to promote friendship and provide opportunity for you to meet Americans and other internationals, practice your English, travel to some U.S. locations, and share holiday meals.  Students, visiting scholars, and spouses of all nationalities and religions may participate.  Families are always welcome.

Learn more about International Friendships

Please take advantage of these special activities and services for newly arriving students and scholars.

Airport Pick-Up & Temporary Housing

We are happy to help you get settled into life in Illinois.  We offer an alternative option to taking a taxi, bus, or Uber to and from the airport.  A friendly volunteer from International Friendships can welcome you at the airport no matter the time of your arrival, assist you with your luggage, and provide transportation to campus, your apartment, or your host home.  Our volunteers can also provide up to four days of temporary housing.  Staying with a host will give you opportunity to make a new friend, learn more about East Peoria from a local resident, enjoy a home cooked meal, and receive assistance during your first few days in a new place.

Sign up for airport pickup and/or temporary housing


11856329_10153559229730763_7133970306991724153_oICC New Student Orientation/Meet IFI
On Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 09:00 (AM) ICC will hold its New Student Orientation. Representatives from IFI will be available to meet with and welcome you! Volunteers will also be available to offer rides for anyone wanting to shop or go to the bank.


Ice Cream Social
On Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3:00 PM we will host an Ice Cream Social on campus. Come enjoy some delicious ice cream, interact with your fellow students, and meet American friends! This event will be held in the ICC Campus Housing Clubhouse.






Friendship & FoodWeekend Homestay 
If you did not have the opportunity to stay with an IFI host prior to classes starting, here is your chance!  Spend a weekend away from campus in a home setting and develop new friendships. More information will be posted closer to November!