Joseph International Center

The heart of F&M’s global community is the Joseph International Center, a campus space dedicated to bringing all members of the F&M community together across borders, cultures and languages.

Building an International Experience

F&M’s Joseph International Center — known to everyone on campus as the JIC — offers an inclusive space for F&M’s globally minded community. In addition to supporting F&M’s large and diverse international student population, the JIC offers resources for all students interested in off-campus study.

The JIC has an open, airy communal space that invites students, faculty and staff to participate in gatherings. Popular events include:

  • Weekly international coffee hours, a popular Friday afternoon opportunity to share coffee, tea and snacks. Students regularly provide brief presentations on special holidays, world events, or cultural traditions. 
  • Global Lunches, which offer the opportunity for the F&M community to gather and learn about a globally themed topic
  • Language coffee hours, which provide space for students learning languages on campus to relax while furthering foreign language skills

The center also offers a kitchen, a small Japanese garden donated by the Honaman family, and a patio featuring a sculpture dedicated to the memory of Diane Curcio Homiak, mother of F&M alumni Erin and Jill Homiak ’07.

JIC was built in 2006, an endeavor made possible by a generous donation from F&M alumnus Andrew Schindler ’72, who requested the center be named in honor of his favorite professor, John Joseph ’50, a Lewis Audenreid Professor Emeritus of History. 

Student Spotlight

“JIC staff made me feel like I belonged here.”

Olha Shapovalenko '24, a double major in studio art and mathematics from Ukraine, said the international community was one of the most enjoyable aspects of her time at F&M. “Joseph International Center (JIC) staff made me feel like I belonged here and were immensely supportive, especially during challenging times for my country,” she said. "I’ll also eternally treasure the friendships I made along the way."

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Offices at JIC

The JIC houses F&M’s internationally focused offices, including off-campus study, international student services, academic support services for international and multilingual students, and the international studies academic program.

International night at Ware House

Off-Campus Study

Off-campus study is an integral component of an F&M liberal arts education. Historically, 45-50% of F&M students engage in an off-campus experience, whether it be a semester-long program or summer internship or research project. These experiences aren’t simply time away from campus; they’re seamlessly connected with your entire academic journey. Off-campus study advisers work with students individually to craft meaningful and challenging international experiences.

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International Mother Language Day at Writers House

Academic Support Services for International and Multilingual Students

As an international or multilingual student, you will find unrivaled academic support at F&M. No matter your academic goals, we offer support tailored to your specific needs. 

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International Services Fair event

International Student Services

International students at F&M find an invaluable partner in our International Student Services (ISS). ISS works with F&M’s community of F-1 student visa holders — the visa that allows international students to study in the U.S. — offering professional immigration support and advocating for international student academic success.

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Off-Campus and Study Abroad Fair

International Studies

International studies is an innovative academic program that combines off-campus study in a non-English-speaking location with on- and off-campus coursework. As a student of international studies at F&M, you will develop a global perspective and immerse yourself in the languages and cultures of non-English-speaking countries and regions.

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