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For International Students

Sky view of the city of Tuscaloosa

Welcome to Tuscaloosa!

We're excited to welcome you to our charming city nestled in the heart of Alabama. With its blend of Southern hospitality, rich history, and thriving cultural scene, Tuscaloosa offers a unique experience for students from around the globe. From the bustling campus life of the University of Alabama to the serene beauty of the Black Warrior River, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.


As you embark on your journey in Tuscaloosa, know that you're joining a welcoming community that celebrates diversity and embraces new perspectives. We look forward to sharing in your adventures and helping you make lasting memories during your time here. Welcome to Tuscaloosa – we're glad you're here!

What is Tuscaloosa International Friends?

Tuscaloosa International Friends (TIF) is a welcoming community organization specifically tailored to enrich the lives of international students studying in Tuscaloosa. As a vibrant hub of cultural exchange, TIF offers a gateway for international students to immerse themselves in the local community and broaden their understanding of Alabama and the United States.


Through our wide array of events, ranging from picnics and banquets, to private family dinners, students have the opportunity to forge meaningful connections with Local Friends and fellow peers, fostering friendships that transcend borders. At TIF, we strive to create a supportive environment where students feel valued, embraced, and empowered to thrive academically and personally during their time in Tuscaloosa.

Request to be matched with a Local Friend!

A Local Friend is a person or family in the Tuscaloosa area who will assist you in learning about American culture and life in Tuscaloosa. Partnering with a Local Friend is also a chance for you to share your culture and customs with Americans in Tuscaloosa.

We currently have a waiting list for Local Friends and hope to have more available soon. We match on a first come, first serve basis, so it's best to get your name on the list as soon as possible. You are still invited and encouraged to attend all of the TIF events while you are waiting to be matched with a family. 

2024-2025 TIF Student Application

Where will you be studying?
University of Alabama
Stillman College
Shelton State Community College
What is your level of study?
Visiting Scholar
Please select any hobbies that apply.
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