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!

IMPORTANT:  DUE to COVID-19, many of our upcoming events and workshops have been canceled or moved to online via Zoom.  If you have any questions, please email 


  • September 4 – OPT Workshop for Fall Graduates
  • November 20 – OPT Workshop for Spring Graduates


Stay tuned for upcoming virtual event information and our Fall 2020 programming schedule!

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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