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International Students

Hi and a very warm welcome to Nottingham and Cornerstone!

Cornerstone is a lively church that loves to welcome international students, scholars, families and friends from around the world. Your time in the UK can be pressured with studies, but also a marvellous opportunity to explore the meaning of life and what you believe, or, if you are already a Christian, to grow deeper in your faith. Being far from your home makes it important to make good friends here and we hope that Cornerstone might provide opportunities to form meaningful and lasting friendships and be a "home from home" whilst you are here.

We have lots of activities from learning more about the Christian faith to walking in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside and many opportunities to share life with local and international friends over meals and discussions. We also have a dedicated Mandarin Fellowship group for those from mainland China.

Groups and activities you can join:
ID group: midweek bible study group on University of Nottingham campus (every Tuesday on zoom until chaplaincy reopening) with prayers and worship session during the semester.
Cornerstone International Fellowship (CIF): international students and professionals church group at Cornerstone
Mandarin-speaking group: bible study group for mandarin speakers
Solid Rock: University of Nottingham Malaysian and Singaporean bible study and fellowship group
Please find the links to the right of the page or contact the Cornerstone office

About CIF: Make friends and join this small church group for internationals

Making the most of being an International Student in 2020-2021

At Cornerstone International Fellowship we want to make church feel like home. During this time of social distancing it can be hard to meet new people, especially if you are new to Nottingham. We want to make it possible for you to be supported in your student life and journey of faith, whether you are a Christian already or exploring Christianity. We plan to organise some in-person fellowship in small groups, walks, online activities and attending church meetings together (subject to current COVID guidelines).

Sign up here for the Friends International mailing list and we'll get in touch with you with details of the next meeting!

Cornerstone provides me with love care and most importantly a family in UK. Here I am imparted with the words of God, through which my spiritual life grows stronger.

Xing Yue, 邢悦

I still remember the lunches, picnics, movies and the various activities during the whole year including the Chinese New Year and Christmas. They were awesome! Most importantly God is here. I would recommend talking with one of the people there or taking part in the courses such as Curious, which explains the faith in a simple and interactive way.

Zhenyi 王禛义

The church is love, the Chinese fellowship is where I felt much easier to have a soft heart and opened mind to accept God’s words.

Susie Wang, Shanghai

In Cornerstone Church, I was touched by the great love of God. In the Chinese fellowship, I was filled with the love of brotherhood which was designed by Him. Whether you are a Christian or not, please join them and see how God's plan works on you.

Zhangping, Henan

Contact & Links

Keep in touch with us and find out more about what’s happening at:
Friends International Nottingham
Lenton Globe Cafe
Solid Rock
CIF Facebook page

Find out more about your university’s Christian Union at:
Nottingham University
Trent City Campus
Trent Clifton Campus

Regular Activities

Globe Café

Globe Café

Globe Café normally takes place on Monday evenings. It is a great place to make friends, chat and meet local people as well as enjoy cultural activities.



CAMEO ('Come and Meet Each Other') is for the wives of international students. It's a very friendly activity every other Thursday 1pm – 2:30pm. Small children are welcome too. Venue: Beeston Free Church NG9 2FY. CAMEO is currently meeting online.

Regular Activities


To find out more information about activities taking place sign up to the Friends International mailing list by clicking here.

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