for international students in Southampton and Winchester

Current International students and visiting scholars are welcome to join us at any of our events.  We organise a programme of events for those studying in Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth. There are opportunities to meet local people, make friends, and learn about British culture, customs and beliefs.

We are holding all of our events online due to the current situation with Coronavirus.  

As you know we are currently in a National Lockdown. This means that you you must not leave or be outside of your home except when you have a ‘reasonable excuse’, please see the Government website for details but a reasonable excuse includes essential shopping, work if it can’t be done at home and exercise once a day. In most cases it is not allowed to have someone from another household in to your home or to mix with others outside. You can exercise with your household or one person from another household. Schools and non-essential shops are now closed.

These Government Rules are now law and have been put in place to protect us and to save lives as we fight against Covid-19, please make sure that you follow them, you will find all of the details about the current rules on the Government website.


Regular Events 

Friends International Conversation Cafe is held every Tuesday from 1-2pm. Each week we have different discussion topic and time to chat with other students and local volunteers. You are also welcome to join:
SUCU iCafe which is held every Monday from 7.30-8.30pm and is run by students for University of Southampton international students and 
Solent CU iConvo which is held every Tuesday from 7-8pm and is run by students for Solent University international students. Both iCafe and iConvo include time to get to know other students and a discussion topic.
Please contact us for the Zoom Meeting details for these regular events.

Life Leadership Course

Leadership is a lifestyle. Leadership affects everything you do. Are you willing to invest in your leadership ability? The Friends International Life Leadership Programme is a unique opportunity for international students who want to rise to the challenge of leadership. Learn invaluable lessons for all contexts of life and embark on the life-changing journey of…

The Day I met the Queen!

Join us at 7.30pm on Friday 5th March 2021 to hear about Liz’s trip to Buckingham Palace to be awarded an OBE. Liz will be sharing about her experience of visiting Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and be awarded the honour of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). She will also…

An Introduction to British Culture

Join us on Saturday 13th March 2021 at 10.30am for an Introduction to British Culture with Dr Nigel Paterson. Nigel’s presentation will be followed by an opportunity to ask your questions about British culture and chat with others.  To join this event you will need to register for a place via Eventbrite