Advancing international understanding
in the Fulbright tradition
Advancing international understanding in the Fulbright tradition
307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2003 | New York, NY 10001
t. 212.431.1195 | f. 212.941.6291
About Us


To advance global cooperation, One To World fosters intercultural understanding by creating face-to-face experiences among local communities, international students and Fulbright scholars.


Who We Are

One To World engages the almost 100,000 international students studying in the New York-area (including over 800 Fulbright grantees) through programs that create understanding and build positive relationships between area residents and these unofficial ambassadors from all over the world. Our programs provide a unique opportunity for U.S. residents and international students to engage on an intimate level; having dinner inside local homes, sharing culture and experiences in the classroom, and volunteering their time together through community service projects.

Core activities:

  • Enrichment Programs: Each year, we work with international students and Fulbright grantees from over 140 countries through programs that enrich their experience in the New York area and broaden their understanding of contemporary life in the United States.
  • Global Classroom: Annually, this program works with over 500 K-12 students throughout the New York area to create global citizens through interactive workshops that engage students through meaningful intercultural exchange.
  • Professional Development and Peer Support: Through our Membership Program, One To World works with over 70 academic institutions all committed to furthering opportunities for international students throughout the New York area.

One To World is designated by the U.S. Department of State as the official Coordinator of Enrichment Programs for visiting Fulbright grantees studying in the greater New York area.



  • CuriosityEncouraging the ongoing pursuit of knowledge and new experiences
  • Mutual Respect: Striving to understand different perspectives is critical to recognizing our shared humanity
  • Inclusion: Promoting the participation and contribution of all people
  • Community: Cultivating a sense of belonging through building relationships and a network of global citizens 


Established in 1977, One To World, formerly known as Metro International, was founded by a group of foreign student advisers committed to building bridges between international students on campus and the broader New York community. What began as a series of orientations and publications quickly grew into a set of programs aimed at creating strong international relationships through intercultural awareness and understanding by creating multiple opportunities where people can come together face-to-face and share their perspectives, experiences, and lives.

Stakeholder Infographic View
  • Fulbright scholars and their families enjoying a day on a sailboat on the Hudson while learning about the ecology of the water
  • International students visiting Manhattan residents on their rooftop
  • Chinese Fulbright scholar and her daughter holding three pumpkins during an apple picking tour in upstate New York
  • Large group of Fulbright students on a walking tour at the Oculus and World Trade Center in Downotwn Manhataan
  • Middle EAstern Fulbright scholar enjoying a thanksgiving meal with hosts in upstate New York
  • Fulbright scholars with their host family and dog smiling after dinner
  • Fulbright scholar grantee and their two children picking apples in upstate new york
  • Fulbright scholar recipient giving a speech at a podium
  • Fulbright scholars spending Thanksgiving day with their host family and One To World board member