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As a Randolph College student, you will have the opportunity to participate in all that the College has to offer – clubs, volunteering, social functions, lectures, athletics, the arts and more. The following programs are specifically designed for or have a specific component for international students.

Conversation Partners
We match you up with an American student who will meet you once a week during the semester for casual conversation. It’s a great way to learn about American customs and Randolph College culture and to start making friends. For those students who speak English as a second language, this is an easy way to improve conversational skills. Sign up for this during orientation.

Friendship Family Program
This program was developed to encourage friendship and cross-cultural understanding between international students and families in the Lynchburg area. We will match you up with families who will occasionally invite you to their homes, and we encourage you to invite them to campus events. This is not a home-stay or live-in program. Sign up for this during orientation.

Study Abroad

International students are eligible to study abroad; however, since the College provides generous financial assistance to international students to study abroad in the United States for four years, financial aid packages will not transfer for any other study overseas, except Randolph@Reading: The World in Britain at the University of Reading, England. International students are encouraged to apply for global studies funds to participate in Randolph College International Summer Study Seminars or other study abroad programs in the summer. International students interested in other study abroad options should contact Maureen Kiernan, Director of International Programs and Study Abroad, to discuss appropriate programs and financial planning in their first year. You can contact her at

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities at Randolph to take part in community service. For example, you can work with a group at local schools by tutoring, teaching about your culture, and just having fun. More information can be found on the Leadership Service page. The Community Fellows program, directed by Assistant Dean of Students Michael Maningas, is a more structured way of giving back to the local community. For more information, contact Dean Maningas at Check with the ISS office to make sure the experience qualifies as volunteer work.

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