How and why we exist

We have firsthand experience of the international student experience, and we want to make it the best it can be for you.

Friends of Internationals is a registered student organization at ASU Tempe since 1984, when our Founder, Ben Joseph, decided to dedicate his life to international students.

We exist to serve international students at ASU, help you adjust to life in America, and invite you to participate in community and friendship. We want to help you:

  • Share cultures
  • Build friendships
  • Discover truth

Our desire is for you to thrive in the United States, engage in life beyond studies, and to grow both personally and spiritually.


Meet our Leaders


Ben Joseph

FOI Founder
"Friends of Internationals was formed out of my own life experience. I came to the U.S. in 1970 right after high school with hardly any knowledge of the English language. Many hurdles to overcome -- a new surrounding, new language, new food, new everything! I felt very lonely and lost. In 1983, I gave up my career and moved to Tempe to start this organization to be a help to the international community at ASU. We are here to connect with you and be friends. We have helped many students, and we hope we can be a help to you, too!"

James Flamm

FOI Leader
"I was born in Germany, spent most of my childhood on the central coast of CA, and arrived in AZ to pursue my college degree in music. This beautiful state quickly became home, and my wife and our 2 boys have lived here ever since! I enjoy fitness and photography, and especially sharing the amazing landscapes of AZ with students through hiking adventures. Serving the international community here in Tempe has become one of the greatest joys of my life, and I look forward to meeting you soon. I would love to connect with you on social media linked below!"

Krissy Martin

FOI Leader
Bio coming soon.

Todd Maxcy

FOI Leader
Bio coming soon.

Join Us!

Every week international students make new friends and find a sense of community through our weekly dinners and special events.