Community Friends of International Students (CFIS)

Community Friends of International Students (CFIS) is a volunteer organization comprised of members of the larger Claremont community.  CFIS is dedicated to supporting the international students and scholars of The Claremont Colleges, and their families.  The organization has nearly 200 members, and offers support to International Place, in addition to providing direct support to the international student community.  CFIS hosts large events such as the annual International Student and Host Family Reunion Celebration, and a Holiday Party each December.  It also supports the CFIS Host Family program, for newly-arrived students, and the English Conversation Partners Program.  Volunteers from CFIS also participate in the larger International Place events including the International Autumn Gala, and the International Festival, each spring.

The CFIS Board of Directors meets monthly to plan events, create an annual budget, and work on membership development — among many other tasks. One of the most important ways CFIS makes a difference in international students’ lives is through their dedication to serving as host families for some newly-arrived international students. Community Friends plays a vital role in welcoming students to the United States and helping them adjust to their new lives at The Claremont Colleges.

If you are interested in learning more about CFIS, please email us at

If you would like to become a member of Community Friends of International Students, there are several ways you can join:

  • Make a financial contribution to CFIS
  • Host an international student from The Claremont Colleges
  • Work as a Conversation Partner
  • Volunteer for one of our many programs

You can click the “Donate” button on our website ( ) and pay by credit card or debit card on our Paypal account or you may mail your contribution to:

Community Friends of International Students
PO Box 1498
Claremont, CA 91711

Suggested donation levels:

$40 – Contributing member
$100 – Sustaining member
$150 – Patron
$300 or more – Benefactor


CFIS Newsletter (This requires Acrobat Reader)

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Fall 2016 Newsletter