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gFriends at ESU


What is this program?

Global Friends or gFriends at ESU is a student program that promotes cultural integration among ESU students through friendship. It is specifically designed for new international students to assist with their cultural adjustment during their first year in ESU and cultural preparation for students wishing to study or work abroad.



Positive cultural integration among students attending ESU

Competency and leadership in cross-culture environment

Global awareness

Successful college experience at ESU




Who can join this program?


How are participants paired up?

Participants are matched primarily by cultural interest, sex/gender, and age. We cannot guarantee your specific country or language preference but we will match you with a partner from that region.


What do gFriends do together?

Friends are encouraged to:


Why join this program?

This program provides cultural and educational support system for both international and domestic students. gFriends helps and supports each other  through cultural and educational exchanges. This program also provides opportunity to enhance the competency and leadership skills in cross-culture environment. 


Commitment on this program

We ask that participant commit at least one full semester of participation in the program. Students can participate in as many semesters as they are interested.


How do I apply?

Complete and submit application form in the Office of International Education, Room 040, Lower Level, on the West side of Memorial Union. Call 341-5374 for inquiries. Email inquiries can be sent to