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.

Spring 2019


  • Thursday, January 10 – Winter Gear Shopping at Burlington, Meet at Fireplace on First Floor of Student Union, 1pm
  • Monday, January 14 – International Meet & Greet, Diversity Center, 4pm
  • Friday, January 18 – International Welcome Party, LRH, 5-8pm
  • Friday, February 1 – One Day Ski Trip With TRAC
  • Monday, February 11 – International Crazy for Cookies, Location: Student Union Ballroom, 4pm
  • Thursday, February 21 – International Mother Language Day, Student Union, 11am-2pm
  • Friday, March 1 – Sanskriti, SLB Gym, 5-9pm
  • Friday, March 8 – Sky Zone, Meet at Student Union, 1-5pm (Register at ISS Office – HRB 10 – $5 Cash)
  • Friday, March 22 – Meramec Caverns, Meet at Student Union, 8:45am (Register at ISS Office – HRB 10 – $10 Cash)
  • Monday, March 25 – International Sweet Spring Solstice, Student Union Ballroom, 4pm
  • Friday, April 5 – Jr. Blues Hockey Game, Meet at Student Union, 6:30-9pm (Register at ISS office – HRB 10 – $5 Cash)
  • Saturday, April 6 – Holi, Rec Park, 9am – 1pm
  • Tuesday, April 23 – International T-Shirt Tie-Dye, Student Life Plaza, 12-2pm
  • Saturday, April 27- Six Flags St. Louis, Meet at Student Union, 7am (Register at ISS office – HRB 10)
  • Friday, May 10 – International Congratulatory Ceremony, Student Union Ballroom, 3:30-5:30pm


Outdoor Adventures with TRAC

The Recreational and Athletic Center (TRAC) is offering outdoor adventures throughout the Spring 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 41st Annual International Festival and it will be held at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) on November 2, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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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