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The Rochester International Council (RIC), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with over 300 members. RIC provides educational and social programs and services that promote understanding among people and showcase the richness and diversity of other cultures.

Our core program, Friendship Volunteers, serves over 200 new international college students each year by providing them with American hosts (with whom they do not live) who introduce them to the Rochester community and American culture. This relationship continues throughout the student's residency in Rochester. RIC also holds International Wives programs twice a month for wives of international students and scholars. In addition, RIC sponsors programs and activities throughout the year that provide opportunities for the 3,000 international students in the Rochester area to participate in American life.

Through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, RIC arranges for current and emerging leaders from around the world to meet with their American counterparts.

RIC offers programs and services to community residents and businesses through Global Perspectives (K - 12) program, Student to Student (high school) and International Insights series.


For membership information, visit our website