Friends International is here to help you enjoy your time in the UK to the full. Our local volunteers will help you feel at home and give you the opportunity to make close friendships during your time here.

Our activities are open to all international students and academics in Birmingham.

You can see our upcoming activities by downloading our free app.

Our activities include:

Globe Cafés

Our Globe Cafés have been running for decades and are some of our most popular activities. We offer free drinks and snacks, English conversation and a varied programme. Learn about British culture, try British games, enjoy food from around the world, find out about Birmingham…and much more.


We organise outings within and outside Birmingham. These are announced at our cafés (especially where numbers are limited) and then on our app. You can see photos of past trips on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Life Leadership

From time to time we offer the Friends International Life Leadership Programme, an Institute of Leadership and Management accredited 6-week course which includes personal coaching. Go to our national site for more details or contact us for more information.

Sports and Leisure

We can put you in touch with football, badminton and table tennis teams/groups which include other international students. Interested in trying gardening? A small gardening club meets most Fridays in Selly Park.


If you still have questions about any of these activities and can’t find the answers on our app and Instagram/Facebook pages, please do contact us.