The World at Our Doorstep 

Seattle is a culturally-diverse city, attracting internationals from across the globe for work and education. The University of Washington’s undergraduate population hit 15.9% in the fall of 2017. There are almost 4,000 students from China alone at the UW. As a university church, UPC is blessed by the growing international community in our neighborhood and is committed to international ministry, developing community for international students and scholars from the UW, language schools, and local colleges. 


Our goal is to show hospitality to internationals and to make global disciples who can share hope here and now but also in their home context.


Opportunities to Learn and Practice English

Language Institute

Language Institute at UPC provides English as a Second Language (ESL) through different levels in the morning and intermediate skill builder classes in the evening. Classes are offered Monday–Thursday. Learn more.


International Aftertalk

Sundays, after 10am service, Larson Hall

Discuss the Sunday worship services and practice your English. Contact Alan  


Thursday Dinners

Thursdays, 6:30pm, International Friendship House, 4727 16th Ave. NE

We will start up again on September 27.

Join for dinner, games, group discussions and optional Bible study. Contact Joyce.


Worship and Study

Wednesdays, 10–11:30am, UPC


Practice your English through reading the Bible and discussion with others. No childcare available. Contact Anne.


Thursday Talk Time

Thursdays, 1–3pm, 4540 15th Ave NE, Knox Parlor

Practice English with native speakers! Contact Julia.

Global Friends

Global Friends is a multi-ethnic community where international scholars and their families can enjoy food, make friends, and learn about American culture through classes and social events.

Friday Gatherings

September–May, Fridays, 6pm, UPC

Join us for dinner, worship, and classes with international scholars and families. We will start on September 28. Contact Sophia.


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International Friendship House

The International Friendship House is a residential community of international students. It has been a “home away from home” for internationals for over 30 years.


The IFH is home to Christian international students living in a Jesus-centered community. The mission of the IFH residents is to serve the international community through hospitality and welcome.


On Tuesday nights, join the IFH for a dinner cooked by the residents—with food from different cultures each week. Join for dinner, games, group discussions and optional Bible study.


Make friends at the IFH through attending retreats to Whidbey Island, movie nights, or holiday parties. John the IFH Facebook group to stay current on IFH events.

Apply to live in the IFH

Join the IFH Facebook Group


Be A Part of It!

Ministry with Internationals welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds: students, young adults, families, retirees, locals, and internationals. If you are searching for an ethnically diverse, Jesus centered community in which to serve, there are many ways to get involved.

Volunteer Opportunities

• Help cook dinner at Global Friends on Friday nights
• Help with the children’s ministry at Global Friends on Friday nights (Bring your kids to volunteer with you!)
• Invite international students and families to your home for a meal
• Plan a weekend outing or event for internationals

Contact Sophia if you would like to volunteer!


Support the International Communities

The generosity of the community makes the ministry of Global Friends, the International Friendship House, and our Bible studies and small groups possible—through the gifts of your prayers, service, and financial contributions. On an average Friday night at Global Friends, we serve dinner to 220 to 250 people. Our numbers keep growing, and your support keeps food on the table and makes ministry possible!