International Friends Program (IFP)
The International Friends Program (IFP) promotes friendship and cultural exchange by matching current FAU students with new, incoming international students in order to help them adjust to life at FAU more easily. The peer friends serve as important resources for new international students who have many questions and concerns during their transition to FAU.
If you have any questions, please email Sharon Rodriguez Benarroch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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International Friends Program Application
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2017 IFP MENTORS
Hi, I'm an engineering student, I'm also interested in psychology. My hobbies are reading, table tennis, tech news, computer games and pretty much anything tech oriented.
My Hobbies are reading novels, meeting new people, watching movies, and travelling.
My name is Moaed Abd, I am from Iraq, I am a graduate student in the mechanical Engineering. I am ready to help the new students.
I am an international graduate student from Nigeria, I started attending FAU in the Spring of 2012. I am happily married to my wife of 3yrs who is also an international graduate student in the MSN program at FAU’s College of Nursing.
I have also been instrumental (though as a passive IFP mentor) in ensuring the smooth adaptation of a few international graduate students arriving from West Africa to FAU in recent years. I look forward to being actively engaged in the program. Some of my hobbies are singing, writing, and playing the drums.
I am a friendly and outgoing senior at FAU majoring in Interdisciplinary studies and minoring in health administration. I enjoy learning about different cultures, traveling, reading, eating, dancing watching movies, and reading books. When I am not busy with school, I spend my time with family and friends.
My name is Onur Basman, I’m a junior pursuing my BA in Management with Applied Managerial Skills & Leadership. I currently serve as the President and co-founder of Active Minds FAU Chapter, the Vice President of OΔE Economics Honor Society, The Vice President of the Student Health Advisory Council and in the Student Government Boca Raton House of Representatives.
I am also coming close to becoming a Certified Student Leader as an Involvement Ambassador as a Peer Mentor in the International Friends Program I would love to help international students with any issues they may encounter on or off campus while helping them become engaged as an Owl.
Hi guys, I'm Alex, a Graduate student pursuing my Master’s in International Business. I'm also working at the ISSS Office as a Student Ambassador, which I enjoy very much. I was born in the Ukraine and raised in Bolivia. I like being around people and learning new things.
My full name is Myriam Cendia Dorilas. I am a Biology major at FAU. This is my second semester.
Following the graduate educational path inspires me to always pursue every possible endeavor to enrich the world. As an undergraduate, I maintained one of the highest GPAs recorded at the university and intend to do so as a graduate student. I enjoy leading various extracurricular activities and have served as FAU Campus Rec Advisory Board representative, Sorority Relations Coordinator of the Sigma Chi Fraternity local chapter, and continue membership at ISSS as an International Friends Program Mentor.
My education encourages to remain a proactive member of the community and an outstanding fit for the business world in the years to come. I plan to use my graduate degree to expand my knowledge, experiences, and high quality skill set to contribute substantially to the society that has offered me many opportunities to succeed.
Communications and Multimedia/B.A./U.S.
Hello! My name is Aundria Harvell and I am a senior studying Communications and Multimedia. I enjoy playing video games, working with computers, and learning new languages. Currently, I am learning French and Korean." Also, I would really like to mentor students coming from East Asia (mainly Korea), France, or Germany. If not, it really doesn't matter! I believe I would be able to mentor up to 3 students.
I am from Ecuador, but I am currently living in Florida, as our beloved FAU is located in Boca Raton. I am an attorney and had been working as a corporate lawyer with multinational companies for almost two decades. Besides, my J.D. I also have an MBA and an M.Ed. as I love teaching at the graduate level.
I am fluent in English and Spanish and understand some Italian and Portuguese. My passions are law, photography, hi-definition music, riding bicycles, and entrepreneurship/innovation. Have been involved with multicultural and diverse environments for over 25 years. I am 40 and a parent of 5 (Jacob 21, Mateo 20, Rafaela 19, Julia 9, and Jose 7). My beloved wife, Maria Gracia, is a doctor in Psychology.
Hello Everyone, my name is Wonsha Joseph and I hail from the beautiful Bahama Land (The Bahamas). I am completing my degree in Educational Psychology. On my down time I enjoy reading, interacting with others, creating content for my blog and living life to the fullest.
I graduated from Illinois State University in 2010 with his Bachelor's Degree in History Education and Spanish. I received my Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. Currently, I am a Graduate Research Assistant at Florida Atlantic
Hello! My name is Kelly, I am a senior here at FAU majoring in International Business and Marketing with a minor in Italian. I was born and raised in Honduras but I have been living in US for the past 3 years. l am fluent in 3 languages, love traveling and learning about new cultures. Some of my favorite things to do are volunteering, dancing, having adventures and meeting new people.
I am 20 years old and a sophomore at FAU. I am from Israel and Nigeria and moved to Boca Raton almost 4 years ago. I lived in Nigeria for 16 years. I went to a French school for 6 years, which explains how I am able to speak French fluently. I am very sporty, watch a lot of T.V. shows, and love meeting new people.
Hello guys, my name is Mathew Rubio, I’m an international student from Colombia. I am currently working for my Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS). I like to play soccer, go to the movies, I love food, and I like meeting new people. If you ever need anything do not hesitate to contact me.
My name is Nhi Truong, from Vietnam. I'm majoring in Elementary Education. I'm really interested in exploring the differences among people, cultures, and food all over the world. To be a part of IFP, I hope I can help other students to adapt easily to such a new environment and build the lasting friendships with them.
I am a graduate student of Bioengineering in the college of Engineering and Computer Science at FAU, Boca Raton Campus. My subject interests include biological sciences, chemistry, pre-health professions. I like to focus on study, research, time management, getting involved on campus in student activities and opportunities to serve and lead at FAU.
My activities include academic classes, volunteer activities but mostly spending time with my family and friends. I love meeting new people and being there for people when they need me. You will find me very friendly, caring, enthusiastic, determined, highly motivated and optimistic. I believe “smile is the most beautiful attire that never gets out of style”.
Hello my name is Edwin Wilkes. I am a senior and I am studying Public Safety Administration. I enjoy playing lacrosse in my free time.