Grand Rapids Sister Cities International (GRSCI) is a non-profit organization that works to build relationships between Grand Rapids and its sister cities by promoting understanding and mutual respect through exchanges in culture, art, education, and community and economic development.


Through an agreement with the City of Grand Rapids, GRSCI administers Grand Rapids’ sister cities programs and interfaces with state and nation wide efforts to bring the culture of other nations home to the citizens of our area. Because of the hard work and dedication of our members and volunteers and the Grand Rapids community, we now have five sister cities: Omihachiman, JapanBielsko-Biała, PolandPerugia, Italythe Ga District, Ghana; and Zapopan, Mexico.

Watch this video for a glimpse at what sister cities have meant to Grand Rapids and how Grand Rapids residents have connected with others from around the world.


Announcement: 2019 Perugia Scholarship is Now Open!

We are now accepting applications for the Perugia Scholarship. For more information click here. Below is a photo of our 2018 Perugia Scholarship winner, Micaelina.