University of Texas at Austin RUF International

Family Dinner & Discovery Thursdays at 7:15pm in J2

RUF International exists at Texas because local churches want to welcome, serve, and love international students as you come to this new city and country.

No matter where you're coming from, or what you're in Austin to study, we are here for you. It is difficult to be in a new place, let alone a new country where you don't know anybody. We hope you'll find a community and friendships with other International students, as well as American students and families that will help make your time in Austin feel more like home.

RUF International exists to welcome the nations through social activities and events around Austin, and in American homes. Dinners, Movie nights, game nights, and cultural holidays are some of the main things we do. We also want to give you the opportunity to explore the Bible and good news of Jesus through our weekly Dinners & BIble discussions, but this is not required. We want to be your friend regardless of what you attend or how often you come to stuff. In our goal to explore the good news of Jesus Christ together, we have a weekly discussion where you can read passages from the Bible, and ask questions about God, Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity. This is a safe place and time for skeptics, doubters, non-believers, and those of other faiths to see what exactly the Bible says about who God is and what Christians believe.

If you're interested in connecting with Americans and other international students, or learning about the Bible, Jesus, or Christianity, or just looking for some community come check out one of our events or contact Terry and he'll be happy to meet you!

Join Us

Join us for Family Dinner & Discovery

Thursdays 7:15pm
J2 Dining

Welcome Back Bonfire

January 22 @ 8pm

Galentine's Day

February 13

International Potluck

February 19

Pizza Night

March 10


March 25-26

Easter Sunday Church + Lunch

April 17

End of Year Party

May 7

Summer Conference

May 22-27


Meet Our Team

Terry Dykstra

Terry Dykstra

Campus Minister

Originally from Colorado, Terry lived most of his life in Georgia before moving to Austin in summer 2017 to continue the work of RUF International at Texas. Terry studied Journalism at the University of Georgia, where he met his wife Mary Rose through RUF. Mary Rose was a finance major and now works in Business Valuation at Deloitte. Terry and Mary Rose have been married since 2014 and welcomed their first child, Arthur, in May 2018. They also have two cats named Agnus and Georgia.

Terry enjoys watching most sports but especially American football (and is growing in his excitement for the world's football), listening to podcasts, and likes playing volleyball, tennis, racquetball, and frisbee. Together, he and Mary Rose enjoy good food, art, theatre, reading, working out and riding bikes. They look forward to meeting students from all the nations represented at UT, and Terry would love to meet on campus over tea, coffee or lunch!

Molly Farrell

Molly Farrell


Molly grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.F.A in Studio Art: Painting. While in college Molly was involved in RUF and Chinese ESL, this is where her heart for international college ministry was formed. Molly enjoys anything outside from hiking and camping in the mountains to sailing and kayaking at the beach. Some other interests include: music, pottery, reading and just hanging out with friends. Molly is so excited to go to campus and see what the Lord has in store!