Events for the month of February
Feb. 11, Sat.: Fairhope Picnic Day; leaving from Mather home at 11:00 am. Transportation available!
Events for the month of February
Feb.14, Tues.: OIE/FOI tables at Humanities from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Events for the month of February
Feb. 25 Sat.:7:00 pm Dominican Republic Cultural Night at the Mather home


Friends of Internationals (FOI) is a Christian organization open to all students on the campus of University of South Alabama.   The goal is to make every person feel valued, welcomed and to build meaningful relationships across cultures and nations regardless of age, race or religion and to “Make Friends Around the World“.

This website exists as a social connecting tool for students from various nations living in the Mobile, Alabama area.

Opportunities to Connect

  • Cultural Nights—Learn about cultures and experience food from countries like Africa, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Latin America, Middle East etc.
  • Beach Trips
  • Picnics & Cookouts
  • Bowling, Skating, Movie nights, Fishing Trips
  • Community service
  • Group Discussions/Bible Study

We love God and love people

Jim and Mary Mather

Jim and Mary Mather

After returning from Pakistan, Jim and Mary Mather came to University of South Alabama (USA) to help International Students at USA as leaders of FOI. Over the years they have developed relationships from almost the entire globe including thousands of students. They provide a loving and friendly environment for students.

Jim Mather’s Facebook

Jim Mather’s Blog

Richard, Nivi and Anya Bennyson

Richard, Nivi and Anya Bennyson

Richard and Nivi, originally from Hyderabad, India, came to Mobile as international students at the University of South Alabama. Richard works in Mobile as an engineer and Nivi cares for their daughter, Anya. Together they serve on the leadership team of Friends of Internationals.

Richard Bennyson’s Facebook