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 International Institute 

The International Institute, a member of the United Way, helps refugees and immigrants to independence by teaching English, finding jobs, and providing adjustment services to overcome language and cultural barriers. They build a healthier community by helping newcomers become productive citizens and by promoting public awareness of the important contribution ethnic diversity makes to the St. Louis region’s economy and quality of life.

Since 1919, the Institute has been providing a broad array of social services for new Americans. Annually, more than 8,000 new Americans receive services at the Institute, and nearly 60,000 area residents benefit from the agency's outreach efforts, including its highly-touted annual Festival of Nations. The agency is nationally recognized for its programs designed to move refugees and immigrants quickly from overwhelming dependence to productivity and self-sufficiency.

The Institute provides comprehensive adjustment services, moving New Americans quickly from overwhelming dependence to productivity and self-sufficiency. In so doing, newcomers become productive, contributing participants in their neighborhoods, schools, churches - indeed in the entire community. In fulfilling its mission, the Institute has thus become a tremendous cultural and economic asset to the entire metropolitan region, especially the City.

For nearly 90 years, the International Institute has been providing the most extensive array of services available in the St. Louis region to newcomers from around the world. Annually, more than 8,000 people from 40 countries learn English, find jobs, and receive counseling and family support services at the agency.

In addition, the Institute works with more than 300 employers of clients - big and small-sized companies representing manufacturing, medical, tourism, and a host of other industries. Annually, more than 500 new Americans are placed in jobs at sites throughout the metropolitan area. 

Office Hours:
8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday
9am to 1:30 pm, Saturday (special services only)

Education Services:
9 am to Noon, Monday through Friday
1:00 to 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday
6:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Wednesday
9 am to 12 pm, Saturdays


3654 S. Grand Blvd

St. Louis, MO 63118

Phone: 314-773-9090



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