Cultural and Educational 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 some of the many ways in which you can get involved on campus, and read about 100 things to do in Springfield.  The Visit Springfield Illinois website also has excellent information on great restaurants, sites and attractions, arts, culture, history, shopping and more!



  • January 17- New International Student Welcome Party, Student Union Ballroom, 5pm – 9pm
  • January 24- Lunar New Year Celebration, Student Union Ballroom, 5pm – 7pm
  • January 31- Ski trip to Snowstar in Andalusia, IL, Meet at TRAC 6:30 am- 6 pm
  • February 20-  International Mother Language Day, STU North Entrance Tables, 11 am – 1pm
  • April 3- Etiquette Dinner Workshop, Student Union Ballroom, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • May 8- Congratulatory Ceremony, Student Union Ballroom, 2pm – 4pm

If you have any questions about the events, please contact: 

Erika Suzuki, Program Coordinator


Outdoor Adventures with TRAC

The Recreational and Athletic Center (TRAC) is offering outdoor adventures throughout the Spring 2020 semester. These are amazing opportunities for all UIS students to enjoy the beauty and fun that nature in the US has to offer. All registration is done through TRAC.


UIS International Activities

Each year, hundreds of campus and community members have met for an international meal, programs and exhibits.  This year will be the 42nd Annual International Festival and it will be held at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) on November 1, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The theme of this year’s festival is Worldwide Snapshots! 

The event is made possible through the work of volunteers, who spent hours working as masters of ceremony, setting up the stage, greeting guests at the door, and cleaning up afterwards.

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