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.


  • Thursday, November 21 – F1 to H1B Workshop – Brookens Auditorium, 1–3PM
  • Thursday, February 6 – OPT Workshop for Spring 2020 Graduates, 2-4PM
  • Thursday, March 26 – OPT Workshop for Summer 2020 Graduates, 2-4PM


  • August 22 – Explore Downtown by Bus – meet at Student Union, 12pm
  • August 30 – Welcome Party – Student Union Ballroom, 5-8pm
  • September 13 – Mid-Autumn Festival, Diversity Center, 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • September 27 – Trip to St. Louis – meet at Student Union, 9am
  • October 4 – New Salem Candlelight Tour, meet at Student Union, 6:30pm
  • October 8 – Durga Pooja with ISO, 5-9pm
  • October 12 – Pumpkin Carving for Carillon, Saturday, October 12, Meet at PAC bus station at 10:30am
  • October 17 – Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity, Student Union Lobby, 11am – 1:30pm
  • November 1 – International Festival – TRAC, 5-8pm
  • November 8 – ECCE: China’s Repression of the Uyghurs, Brookens, 7:30pm
  • November 14 – Cambodia Water Festival, Student Union Sports Grill, 11am – 2pm
  • November 18-22 – International Education Week
  • November 19 – International Thanksgiving Luncheon, Student Union Ballroom, 12 pm – 1 pm

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 Fall 2019 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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