International Student Engagement

At Roanoke there are many opportunities for students to get involved, share their cultures, connect with the local community, and become friends with U.S. students as well as other students from around the world.

Student Clubs

Over 100 student clubs and organizations, including academic, arts, athletic, leadership, media, multicultural, political, service, and social groups, are open to all Roanoke College students. Among them is the International Club, which has international and U.S. student members. The club sponsors social cultural events, day trips such as hikes and visits to nearby historical sites, and weekend trips to Washington, DC and Charleston, SC.  The International Club is always looking for student leaders to join!  For more information, contact Scott Couchman at

International Education Week

A national celebration of international education and understanding through cultural exchange occurs every November across the U.S. at colleges and universities. This joint initiative between the Department of State and the Department of Education is celebrated at Roanoke College through photography, music, food, films, and student presentations. 

International Festival

Each spring, Roanoke College presents International Festival, featuring the sights, sounds, and tastes of countries around the world. Hundreds of people attend to see the display tables hosted by students, faculty, and staff representing our many countries and to enjoy international music, dance, and refreshments.

Peer Partner Program

New international students are paired with U.S. student volunteers in a special Peer Partner Program to facilitate friendship and cultural exchange. Students who participate in this program meet a few times each semester and participate in group activities. This is a great way for American and International students to meet, have fun together, and develop intercultural skills.   

Friendship Family Program

Through the Friendship Family Program, new international students have an opportunity to get to know a local American family who help students when they first arrive, invite them to community events, and share holiday meals with them. These local families become an important "home away from home" for our international students.
The Office of International Education is seeking more Friendship Families for our international students.
Help welcome students from around the world by:

  • Sharing a special holiday meal with them
  • Inviting them to local cultural or community events
  • Taking them out to your favorite local restaurant
  • Attending a campus event with them
  • Being extra support for them when they are homesick

Global Ambassador

International students who would like to engage more in the local community and enjoy sharing their culture are encouraged to become a global ambassador. Through this program students are offered the opportunity to give cultural presentations beyond the college campus.