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Join us in celebrating cultural diversity and connecting with friends from all over the world!

A variety of Global Connections programs are offered throughout the year. These programs are both fun and purposeful, and help people create and develop strong relationships. Our programs are free of charge (with several exceptions) and are open to anyone living the area. All of these programs create opportunities for intercultural exchange and understanding, and fortify bridges between the ever-increasing international community and the local community, as well as between the university and local community. Please join us in fostering understanding and peace in our community and in our world!

A 2015 Conversation and Crafts Group gathers to showcase their artwork. Conversation & Crafts Group


This fun and interactive program brings together local residents and internationals to meet new people, practice English, and create beautiful things!

Conversation Partners Conversation Partners Program


The Conversation Partners Program matches internationals with native English speakers for the purpose of language practice and cultural exchange in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Cultural Competancy Workshop 2 Cultural Competency Workshops


Help your school or workplace grow in cultural understanding with a Cultural Competency Workshop through Global Connections! Participants explore what cultural differences mean, how they define us, and how to better welcome cultural diversity as an organization and community.

ESL Class English Language Classes


Our English Language Classes (also called ESL) are offered weekly for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of English practice and are comprised of international students, community members, refugees, and immigrants.

Int'l Friendship Picnic Sept 14 2014 International Friendship Program


The International Friendship Program, our oldest program, provides local citizens with an opportunity to extend friendship and hospitality to international people who are new to our community. This program has matched as many as 300 internationals a year with American families for cultural exchange and friendship (no housing is involved).

Ephraim from Zimbabwe with students International Speakers Program


Our International Speakers Program provides opportunities for cross-cultural sharing and learning by bringing international speakers into classrooms, civic groups, and youth programs throughout Centre County.

Tax Assistance Program Tax Assistance Program


The Tax Assistance Program helps international students and scholars to file their federal, state, and local income tax forms. International students and scholars are able to make appointments to meet with trained volunteer tax advisors. Appointments are made available to non-resident individuals or non-resident married couples.

Women's Intercultural Book Groups Women’s Intercultural Book Groups


Our Women’s Intercultural Book Groups match native English speakers with small groups of international women to read and discuss literature. These book group meetings offer internationals opportunities to read varied materials in English, practice English informally, and provide a forum for intercultural dialogue and social interaction.

Financial support from individual donors like you enables Global Connections to provide these beneficial programs
– and more!

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in our programs is considered “at your own risk.” All participants must use due care to ensure personal safety. Learn more.

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