Briarwood International Outreach (part of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, PCA) coordinates the Friendship Partners program, which pairs American church member families with international students at UAB and other Birmingham-area universities. The program seeks to promote friendship and understanding between people of differing nationalities. If you are interested in developing a relationship with a church member/family, please contact Director of ESL and Friendship Partners, Laura Danner, at (205) 776-5343, or email

Friends and students are assigned during the first few weeks of the semester. Proselytizing is not allowed in this program. While your partner may come from a different religious, ethnic, and/or social background than you, you are not expected or required to adopt their beliefs or customs. UAB adheres to the NAFSA: Association for International Educators policy of encouraging participants to be sensitive to and respectful of each others’ beliefs while allowing for a mutual exchange of ideas.

For more information, please see the attached brochure.