News and Events


It can be difficult to leave your family and friends behind to live in another country. However, most international students make new friends through activities, clubs, and organizations on campus.  Explore the many ways in which you can get involved at our institution.


OPT Workshop Spring/Summer 2017 Graduates

This workshop will cover Optional Practical Training (OPT) eligibility and the application process.  All students graduating in Spring or Summer 2017 that plan to apply for OPT must attend!  It is mandatory to attend the workshop in order to apply for OPT.  Seating is limited so please arrive early.

Location:  Brookens Auditorium

Dates:  Tuesday, November 8th and Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Time:  10:00am – 11:30am


Below are programs for the international students at UIS.  You must register in advance to attend most of these events.  To register or if you have questions, please stop by the ISS Office or email

Saturday, October 29

New Salem Fall Festival

Tuesday, November 22

Festival of Trees

Wednesday, December 7

Dana Thomas House Holiday Tour (event time: 5 – 8 PM)


39th Annual International Festival!

Date:  Friday, November 4, 2016

Location:  TRAC (The Recreation and Athletic Center)

Time:  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Read more about the history of the International Festival, view the gallery of photos, and learn how you can get involved in the 40th Annual International Festival next year!

Past Workshops and Programs

International Festivals


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