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 will take place online via Zoom.  If you have any questions, please email 

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OPT Workshop Fall 2021 – August 27, 10 am- 12 pm via Zoom

OPT Workshop Fall 2021– September 3rd, 1- 3 pm via Zoom



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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 2021 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 Festivals and Holidays

Each year, hundreds of campus and community members have met for an international meal, programs, and exhibits. 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 afterward. This year we were unable to celebrate our annual International Festival due to COVID-19. We hope to continue our annual International Festival next Fall 2021. Until then, there have photos below from past International Festivals for all to browse. Although we are social distancing, we continue to celebrate cultures every day.

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