ISSS35 Programs

For dates and times of ISSS35 events, please visit the ISSS Events Calendar.


Programs in:

American Culture
Cross-Cultural Connections
Community Connections
Immigration Issues

Upcoming Events

american culture

#1 - New international student experience (nise) social events


#1 - shopping in america (part of nise social events)


#2 - Driving in America


#4 - Interconnect dinner Dialogue series

The InterConnect Dinner Dialogue Series is a collaboration between ISSS, Asian American Cultural Center, Counseling Center, and Family and Graduate Housing. The purpose of the workshops are to provide international students information on different aspects of American culture and a safe space to ask questions. We also discuss different university resources and ways to make the most of your experience at the University of Illinois. All events are held at 6:30pm on Wednesdays at the Asian American Cultural Center. Food and refreshments are provided.  See the ISSS calendar of events for more details!


#6 - Hiking and Campfires at Kickapoo State Park


#9 - Native American Pow Wow with Native American House


#12 - American Cooking Class


#13 - Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Party

cross-cultural connections

International/domestic exchange ambassadors (IDEA)

Kicking off in Fall 2016, ISSS will support a social exchange program aimed at welcoming first-year international students, making them feel at home and encouraging intercultural communication between international and domestic students.

#3 - IDEA Game Night

#10 - International Student Spotlight Series

International students talk about their home country culture and reflect on the Illinois experience and beyond.


community connections

#5 - volunteer at urbana sweetcorn festival (registration closed)


#7 - Bicycling 101

Do you love bicycling, but want to feel safer and more confident on your commute and fun rides? Join us for a fun, interactive, educational bicycling experience.


#8 - Champaign Urbana 101 Session



Join the Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP), OIIR International Education, and International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS) in a one-day service and sightseeing trip to a surrounding city.

#11 - iengage weekend service and camping trip


immigration issues


Coming soon!


upcoming events

Weathering the Winter

Join ISSS and McKinley Health Center as we talk about what to expect and how to be prepared for winter weather in Illinois!

Amish Trip

ISSS coordinates a trip to Amish country in South-Central Illinois. Students have the opportunity to learn more about the Amish culture and participate in activities and even a meal with an Amish family.

Sports 101 Series

Learn the basics of these sports directly from the players and coaches! ISSS works with Intercollegiate Athletics to provide instruction and activities revolving around popular American sports for our international student!

Football 101

Baseball 101


Indoor World Cup

Indoor World Cup is an exciting annual event hosted by ISSS and Campus Rec in the Fall.  During this 6 per side tournament, teams from different countries compete against each other for the right to hoist the Indoor World Cup trophy to represent their country.  Come and cheer your home country on to victory!

Download Entry Form for World Cup
Download World Cup Rules


International Dinner

Join ISSS and the YMCA for an international dinner with food from around the world and international performances! Held annually every year in March. Visit the University YMCA website for more information.


international week events

Travel Around the World

Visit this showcase of international food, photos, and fun every year during Illinois International Week in April

Flag Scavenger Hunt

During International Week, find flags and student/country spotlights hidden in buildings around campus. The first person to check in on social media with all the locations wins some Illinois Gear!

Taste of Language

Native speakers of 8-10 different languages teach 25-minute mini courses. Participants will have the chance to learn two different languages during the event.  Languages offered will include: Dine, Japanese, Sign Language, Hebrew, Zulu, Persian, Portuguese and more!

International Perspectives 20/20

A Pecha Kucha-style presentation series where students and scholars are invited to present on a central theme. The theme for 2016 will be “A Place Worth Saving.” Presenters will speak about a place in the world that is special to them and why they believe it is worth protecting.

ISSS Essay Contest

Students are presented with a prompt and asked to submit an essay. Prizes awarded to top essays, and these are also shared on the isss website.

Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards

Recognition of individuals in Champaign/Urbana who make a global impact. From foreign aid programs to welcoming international students to the area, if you know someone who deserves recognition, this is your chance to spotlight them.


ISpeak is the new outreach program connecting international students, scholars, and dependents with local schools to engage students in language training, cultural exchange, and even subject area instruction.


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