Network Mapping for Online or Hybrid Settings

Step 1: Brainstorm

Who are the internationals you already know? Write their names in the circles. Use the ideas as a checklist to remind you of your network.


  • Social Media contacts
  • Games or other activities
  • Discussion forums
  • Signed up for chapter
  • Friends going to different campus in US
  • Friends of friends
  • Scholarship program
Campus Life
  • International center
  • Student clubs
  • Dorm/apartment
  • Class, lab, team
  • Job/internship
  • Cafeteria
  • Bus/subway stop
  • Church

Step 2: Pray

  1. Ask God to identify key people he wants you to invest in or to fill the empty circles with relationships.
  2. Prayerfully create your action plan (See CONNECT below for ideas.) Put it in your calendar!
  3. What are potential barriers to your next steps? Take 10 min to pray over your plan and through these barriers.
  4. Invite someone to pray for you and your friends.

Step 3: Connect

In light of everything going on, internationals will appreciate you reaching out even if you haven’t talked to them in a while!

  1. Think of 2-3 ways you can grow your relationship with key friends.
  2. Here are some questions you can ask to express your care and to connect:
    • How are you doing emotionally?
    • What are your top concerns for yourself, your family, and country?
    • How can I pray for you? Is there any way I can help?
    • I’ve been struggling with ____, too. Do you mind me sharing what’s been helpful for me?

* If you know any students who will be just arriving in the U.S., offer to answer questions or be a tour guide.


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When Eva joined InterVarsity in 1997, she felt no clear calling to work with international students. But God surprised her with a new passion and led her to cofound an International Student Ministry chapter at the University of California, San Diego in 2002. Currently, Eva works to help all InterVarsity chapters engage with international students.