ISEED Discipleship Training

1 An acorn today, an oak tomorrow!

International Students as Equipped and Empowered Disciples

Vision: To see internationals raised up as oaks of righteousness among the nations.

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Come be an ISEEDer at IFI to be a part of the mission to serve internationals and partner with them to make Christ known among the nations. This unique 10-month adventure equips emerging Christian international leaders with training to make disciples of Jesus and to discern and prepare for their own life calling, so they can impact their church, family, and country for Christ.

  • Classes
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Daily life in cross-cultural community
  • Hands-on international student ministry experience
  • Part-time Internship in their field of study (in IFI or a local Christian business)

Do you want to use your OPT or CPT time to extend God’s love globally? Come be a part of ISEED!



Good candidates for ISEED are recently graduated Christian international students (with a bachelor or master’s degree) who have a genuine desire to grow in their faith. Without commitment there is no fun! ISEED runs from August to May and kicks off with participation in the Fall Welcome Activities to gain insight into how IFI welcomes new international students in partnership with local churches.

ISEED is a commitment of 25-hour-per-week plus 25 hours per week in a part-time, paid internship ($10/hour) in the student’s field of study.

Admission into the ISEED training depends on securing a 25 hours per week part-time paid internship in the student’s field of study. We also have an unpaid summer ISEED internship that provides a mini-version of the 10-month training. Summer ISEED runs from June 1 to August 1.

The IFI ISEED Training is one of the most complete programs I’ve ever attended in my life. I feel I learned a lot and I know how to apply Biblical principles in practical ways. I’m ready to go back and I know God is my strong support. I’m not afraid. I think the whole IFI training helped me grow up a lot.--Tyche – China, 2012-13 ISEED

g1Columbus has been a self-discovery place in several ways, thanks to the wonderful people God has been surrounding me with since the first day I got here. I truly believe my eyes would not have been opened to see God’s greatness had I not took off this year and invest it in the ISEED training. God is surely using this year to reveal his goodness to me. --Angelique – Rwanda, 2014-15 ISEED

Read other stories from current ISEED interns!

10-month Training Timeline by Area of Concentration


IFI Welcome Activities

International Student Ministry - This is the laboratory where you will apply what you’re learning in workshops, mentoring, or conferences.

Prayer - Listening prayer - Spiritual warfare

Renewing the Mind - Self-discovery: Personality, strengths and spiritual gifts assessments - Inner healing - Kingdom values vs. Cultural values - Character transformation

International Student Ministry

Living in the Word - Overview of the Bible and Doctrinal Knowledge - Survey of Bible Study methods

International Student Ministry

Fellowship with Believers - Interpersonal skills: Listening; - Speaking the truth in love; - Conflict resolution - Romantic relationships - Serving the poor - The value of life).

International Student Ministry

Witnessing - Small group evangelism and discipleship - Contextualizing the Gospel - Cross-cultural servanthood) .

Final Project

Graduation Ceremony.


Questions? Please contact: Phil Foell, ISEED Internship Program Director at .


Applicants are screened by the ISEED Coordinator and HR staff and selected based on the following criteria:

  •  Clear evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ
  •  Solid references (minimum three letters of reference)
  •  Genuine desire to be transformed in Christ-likeness
  •  Fluent in written and spoken English
  •  F-1 OPT or CPT visa status
  •  Commitment to complete entire 10-month discipleship training

Access Pre-Application Questionnaire

Top candidates are interviewed in person, by phone or internet by the ISEED Coordinator and/or Candidate Committee. Candidates must have good organizational and communication skills and the maturity to follow through on all assignments and ministry projects. They must be teachable, willing to take initiative, flexible, and above all, be obedient and attentive to God’s calling in their life.

Application Deadline: April 1

Internship Placement

After candidates are accepted in the ISEED Discipleship Training, IFI will help candidates search for a part-time paid internship in their field of study.


• Housing: As available, free or low cost housing is provided to ISEED participants through host families. If not, IFI will help participants find other housing. • Transportation: ISEEDers are responsible to provide their own transportation to Columbus (if moving from out-of-town) and are responsible for their own transportation needs while here.


  • To download the information booklet, please click here
  • Have you read through the information and can’t find what you’re looking for? Please direct all questions to the ISEED Coordinator at
  • For stories of current and past ISEEDers, click here.

Ways to give to ISEED Discipleship Training

  • EASY GIVING: Give automatically through your bank account.
  • Use your bank's ONLINE BILL PAY or mail a check to:

    International Friendships, Inc.
    PO Box 82416
    Columbus, OH 43202-0416

    Please write "ISEED" on the check memo line or in the memo or account field in your online bill payer.

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