Graduate students: Connect with fellow students across cultures

Graduate students still have time to join the iPals (International Partnerships and Learning) program to benefit from a cross-cultural experience. The Center for International Affairs extended the application deadline to Sunday, Oct. 7.

Through the iPals program, domestic and international graduate students are partnered with one another. The program aims to build cultural bridges, understanding and friendships. It benefits everyone involved by connecting international students with American culture, and domestic students with the world.

Additional benefits of being an iPal include:

  • Free and discounted activities in the Cleveland area;
  • Professional development opportunities;
  • Wellness activities;
  • Coordinated on-campus social events; and
  • Expanded networking opportunities

Learn more about the iPal program.

Those interested in the program can apply through CampusGroups.


Case Western Reserve University students meet their “pal” during the fall kickoff event and they are encouraged to get together five times per semester for one year. Pals must be respectful of religious, political, sexual orientation and cultural differences and be in good academic standing on campus.

Students are expected to commit to all program requirements in order to ensure the program’s success. Each pal is expected to reach out regularly to the other. Being an iPal is beneficial but it also requires effort.