Programs & Activities

ACU offers a range of programs and activities that celebrate the international presence on our campus. Regardless of which country issued your passport, at ACU we are one family. Get involved in the many opportunities to celebrate and learn about cultures from around the world.

ACU offers a range of programs and activities that celebrate the international presence on our campus. Regardless of which country issued your passport, at ACU we are one family. Get involved in the many opportunities to celebrate and learn about cultures from around the world.

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Home Away From Home

International students face unique challenges being far from their families while also learning to live in a new culture. This program offers a way for students to connect with the local families and and for members of the community to learn about other cultures. If you are interested in participating in this important program, you can learn more at the link below.

Female students working

International Student Peer Mentor Program

New international students are paired with a current international student who walks with them through their transition to ACU, serving as resources, becoming a friend, offering help and providing an empathetic ear. Are you interested in being a peer mentor for the upcoming school year? Find out more about the program and how to apply.

International Student Advisory Board 

The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) bridges the international student community to the larger ACU community, enhancing the international student community by providing feedback and recommendations to OISVS on programs, activities and support.

The ISAB board is composed of 6-8 undergraduate and graduate international students representing a wide range of cultures, disciplines and experiences from the different regions of the world. This is a great opportunity to grow in your leadership while developing new initiatives that continue ACU’s support of our international community.

3C Dinners

3C (Cross-Cultural Conversation) Dinners are a welcoming space for students from diverse cultural backgrounds to come together for a home-cooked meal and freely discuss their perspectives on various cross-cultural topics. Dinners take place twice per semester, typically at the home of various host families within the Abilene community.

Cultural Immersion Dinners

Through Cultural Immersion Dinner, our students share how their home country has made them who they are. Students prepare a dish from their home and a short presentation to share their cultural values with faculty, illuminating how these professors can support each international students’ academic success.

Woman dancing at Ethnos production

Hospitali-TEA 

OISVS and the Office of Spiritual Formation hosts a weekly Hospitali-TEA in the Campus Center basement. Come enjoy a warm cup of tea and biscuits while engaging in fun conversations with fellow students, faculty and staff. 

International Dinners

Join the Green family for dinner on Friday nights! These dinners welcome international students from ACU and Hardin Simmons University campuses for dinner and worship. Transportation is provided by OISVS with pick ups at 5:45 p.m. at Nelson Hall’s back patio and 5:50 p.m. at University Park Clubhouse. 

Check the OISVS calendar for more details.