for international students in Southampton and Winchester

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic most Friends International events are currently online. If you would like to be involved in any of our events then please contact us.

Please click on the link below for more information about Coronavirus.

Meeting Point

We were asked by Southampton University Students’ Union to host a regular conversation café style event for students who were studying on the University of Southampton’s Online Pre-sessional English Courses over the summer. The University has Autumn Pre-sessional courses for students who are hoping to start Masters courses in Feb 2021 and so we will be running an Autumn Meeting Point on Wednesdays from 1-2pm starting on Wed 30th September. We are looking for some extra team members so please contact us if this is something that you would like to get involved with.


Volunteer Training

Whether you are new to international student ministry, and just wondering about getting involved, or you have been a volunteer for many years, you are welcome to join us at our regular training events and workshops.


Friends International couldn’t serve others without the support of volunteers. We rely on volunteers to help with everything from admin to organising events. There are a number of different ways you can get involved and listed below are some specific volunteer opportunities, with further information on a couple of these at the bottom of the page:

  • Become a local link host
  • Organise an event for the programme
  • Volunteer at local online social events
  • Join the online prayer meetings

Be a host for Local Link

We love to offer all the international students we meet the chance to meet local Christians. Some students go their entire time in our city without ever meeting or talking to local people. This year, depending on current government guidelines and the personal situation of the hosts, some hosts might offer a meal in their home, others might meet up with students outside for a walk or others may feel happier to meet with them online. Would you be willing to be linked with a couple of international students and offer them a welcome this autumn? (NB All potential hosts will require a reference from their church leader).  Click on this link to register with us online as a local link host.

Help organise an event or activity

We usually have a programme of events throughout the Autumn Term. We are currently using Zoom for events and we are looking for ideas for online events this term. Could your church or homegroup help run an online activity? Maybe you could host a quiz or teach people how to bake online? Could you chat to students and give them a chance to practice their English conversational skills? Then please contact us for more details.

Join us to pray

Our Autumn Prayer Meetings will be held on Zoom at 8pm on Tuesdays 29th September, 3rd November and 1st December, please contact us for details of the next prayer meeting.  There is also a regularly prayer diary produced by the team – if you’d like to receive this (either by paper or email) then please contact us.


A number of downloadable resources for volunteers are available from the main Friends International website.

Volunteers Pages

You can now log into our volunteers page (password protected – please contact us for the password) for details of current local training, resources and other events.