Top 10 Strategic Cities

IFI continues to grow and expand in order to serve thousands of unreached international students across the United States. An orange dot on the map indicates a strategic area of growth for IFI. Please join us in praying that God would call churches, individuals, and laborers in these locations to extend life-changing hospitality and friendship to international students out of reverence for Jesus. If you or someone you know wants more information or job postings, please visit

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Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and has the busiest airport in the world. There are over 12,000 international students in the Atlanta area, making it a great place for international student ministry.

Boston, MA

The most strategic place on earth? There are about 50,000 international students within 7 miles of downtown Boston! US News & World Report ranks 2 Boston area colleges (Harvard, MIT) top 2 in the world & 7 in the top 50 in the United States.

Chicago, IL Leader found!

There are so many great schools in Chicago. These schools have a total of about 25,000 international students, which are tomorrow’s leaders from all over the world. 

Dallas, TX

Dallas is a strategic location for international student ministry with hundreds of potential church partners and several universities. There are about 12,000 international students in Dallas alone, and over 20,000 if you include the entire Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex.

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles’ metro area has around 50,000 international students on at least 18 colleges and universities. Two of those universities have international student populations in the top 10 of all universities in the United States (UCLA, USC).

Philadelphia, PA

Not only is it the home of the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is also full of world class universities, such as the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel and Temple. There are more than 15,000 international students in the Philadelphia area.

Raleigh, NC

The Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area, known as The Research Triangle, is the home of three influential universities: NC State, Duke, and University of North Carolina. This area has more than 13,000 international students.

State College, PA

Penn State University has more than 9,000 international students and is ranked in the top 15 for international student populations in the United States.

Tempe, AZ Leader found!

Only 4 hours from the Grand Canyon, Arizona State University ranks fifth with regards to the number of international students, with more than 13,000. It’s a fast growing campus with tons of student involvement. 

Washington, DC Leader found!

Washington D.C. is one of the most influential cities in the world. It’s also home to over 17,000 international students at George Washington, Georgetown, George Mason, and several other universities.

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