Connect with Our International Students

We hope you will join us at North Carolina Wesleyan University for a true American college experience!

Get Connected! Conectarse! Collegarsi! Soyez Connectes!

International students desire to ENGAGE in cross-cultural exchanges with Americans, EXPERIENCE and SERVE our university and community, and BROADEN our relationships with businesses, schools, clubs and volunteers.

Worldwide Welcome

During WES WAY DAYS at the new student orientation, new international Bishops develop relationships with domestic Bishops and also have their very own orientation. This includes information on F-1 status and regulations/policies, ways to become a successful Bishop, engaging with their Worldwide Welcome Team Leaders, begin building relationships and meet the International Student Services Team.

Getting Connected On Campus As A Student


Worldwide Welcome
Team Leaders

We have team leaders that start making connections with new students 6 weeks before they arrive by communicating with them concerning any questions they may have. We encourage new students to GET CONNECTED and STAY INFORMED, so that they will be SUCCESSFUL. Our team leaders assist you in that process from the beginning.

Welcome Home,
Welcome BACK!

Welcome Back! This is a special time at the beginning of the semester when all of the returning international Bishops can be together again, have fun, enjoy food, each other and our GO Group of volunteers.


A fun, fast-paced event at the beginning of the semester for the new internationals to meet international upper-classmen students and all share information about themselves and NCWU.  Everyone leaves with many new friends!

International Advising

Internationals have the opportunity to attend F-1 Advising meetings and these are ongoing throughout the semester. Learn about CPT, OPT, status information and how to stay connected to the NCWU Bishop family.

Mid-term Mixer

Need a break in the middle of the semester? Join us for a relaxing night of food, friends and fun!

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International Education Month

Each November the university recognizes our global connections and celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and worldwide. As we highlight this federal initiative, NCWU pays homage to our valued internationals including all International Bishops (students, staff, faculty) and the global opportunities offered across our campus.

Language Learning Group Game Nights

Getting together with American Bishops and playing games, is a fun way to practice and be intentional about learning and speaking English!

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International Bishops Association-(IBA)

IBA promotes cultural awareness, offers participation in activities, plus provides advocacy and support. The association engages in hosting social events and speakers, visiting sites of cultural and international significance and giving back to our surrounding community. Learn more about IBA Student Organization and others on campus.

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Fall/Spring Break Activities

Local activities are provided for internationals who remain on campus during these breaks.

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NCWU’s very own international festival.  International students highlight their countries and cultures with a parade of flags, fashion show, and talent show.  Guests can also “taste the nations” at country display tables.  This night of culture and diversity is open to the community.

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Summer Send Off

Say goodbye for the summer at this event with Go Group volunteers and other international Bishops. Food, fun and family!

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Senior Celebration

What an accomplishment! These students have moved a world away and found another home at NCWU. This senior celebration is a night that honors them and the goals they have achieved and the family they have become to one another.

Connecting International Students with Members of Our Community

NCWU is eager to help our international students get outside the walls of campus and connect with members of our community. As a member of the NCWU community, we ask that you join us in giving our international students an opportunity to experience American hospitality, build new friendships and showcase their diversity on and off campus. Here are a few ways to get connected!

Global Outreach (“GO Group”) Connections

Two of the greatest gifts you can give in life are your time and talents. Global Outreach (GO Group) is our community of volunteers from surrounding churches, businesses, families, schools and organizations that show support to our international students in various ways throughout the school year. The energy our committed volunteers exhibit in support of international students is vital to our success. Join our GO Group, today!

Ways to Volunteer:

  • Local and/or Airport Transportation 
  • Church Hosted Events or Meals 
  • Offering Day Trips to Nearby Locations 
  • Hosting Students Over the University Break 
  • Participating in the Breaking Bread Program 

Breaking Bread Hospitality Program

Breaking Bread is a hospitality program where families or individuals volunteer to welcome an international student into their home or treat them to a meal out. 

How Our International Students Connect with You

Cultural Consultants for the Community

The International Bishop Association (IBA) of NCWU utilizes international students as cultural consultants by partnering with local schools, clubs, organizations and businesses to bring knowledge and awareness of cultural and international affairs to those in the area.

Global WESFEST Event

NCWU’s annual international festival where students highlight their countries and cultures with a parade of flags, fashion and talent show. Guests can also “taste the nations” at country display tables. This night of culture and diversity is free and open to the community.

international female playing guitar