ISSS35 Programs

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


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Current events

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

Make new friends during a jam-packed week of activities!  Events include an Ice Cream Social, a Movie on the Quad, Ice Skating, and more!

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

Need essentials but don’t have a car?  Join ISSS for a trip to a nearby grocery store to take care of business!

#2 - Driving in America

Do you know US traffic laws?  Learn from local police officers about their perspective on traffic laws and safety.

#3 - IDEA Game Night*

A night for international and domestic students to come together, make new friends, and learn about fun in other cultures!

*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.

#4 - Interconnect dinner Dialogue series

Dinner is provided at this ongoing series of workshops designed to provide international students with information on different aspects of American culture and a safe space to ask questions

#5 - volunteer at urbana sweetcorn festival

Volunteers with ISSS receive a free t-shirt, food, and an ear of corn at this annual festival. 

#6 - Hiking at Kickapoo State Park

Get out and enjoy a relaxing hike at Kickapoo State Park.  Lunch and transportation provided, and the cost is only $7!

#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

So you’ve gotten to know campus…What about the cities of Champaign and Urbana?  Join ISSS for a fun session on exploring the cities.

#9 - Native American Pow Wow with Native American House

Interested in learning more about Native American culture?  Join ISSS and Native American House for an exciting day of native arts, crafts, dance, and food near Chicago!

#10 - International Student Spotlight Series

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

Fall 2016 Spotlight Series

This program provides students the opportunity to share about their home countries, cultures, through their own unique voice.

Please join us on Friday, December 2 and Friday, December 16 at 2pm. Presentations are held in the Room 411 of the Urban Outfitters Building (507 E. Green Street).

Spring 2017 spotlight series (coming soon)

#11 - iengage weekend service and camping trip

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.

#12 - harvest moon festival

The Harvest Moon is celebrated around the world.  Make your own mooncake design, enjoy performances, and play traditional games.

#13 - Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Party

Join ISSS and IEI for a haunting evening of pumpkin carving, costumes, dancing, and frights!

#14 - Weenie Roast at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch

Join ISSS for a traditional American Fall fun evening at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul!  Go through a corn maze in the moonlight, ride pedal carts, go on a hay ride, and enjoy a weenie roast!  ISSS will provide transportation, and the cost is $16 at the ranch for all of the food and activities.  Email if you are interested.

#15 - Hiking at Allerton Park

Explore the fascinating grounds at Allerton Park and enjoy the fall colors of the trees.  We will leave in the morning at 9:00 am and be back by 1:30 pm.  Lunch, transportation, and a guide are included for only $7.  Preference will be given to individuals who did not get a chance to go on the last hiking trip.  Space is limited.  Email if interested. 

#16 - indoor world cuP XX

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!

#17 - Islam Awareness Week: Interfaith Dinner

#17 - Islam Awareness Week: Service Day


#18 - Weathering the Winter

Free Skating, free hot chocolate, and tips for Weathering the Winter on Friday, November 11th at the Ice Arena.  Come by between 4:30 and 6:30pm.

#19 - globe homecoming tailgate


#20 - open sukkah dinner

#21 - Around the World Illinites


#22 - American Holiday Cooking Class

Join ISSS for a free holiday cooking class and dinner on December 7th at 5:30 pm at Orchard Downs, 510 George Huff Ct., Urbana.  Email to reserve your spot!

#23 - Fall Break housing Get-Together




#26 - IDEA - welcome back bowling



Join ISSS and The Career Center at this workshop that will feature CPT and OPT presentations, as well as an overview of the valuable resources available to students at The Career Center for jobs, internships, interviews, and more!


ISSS invites our Sponsored J-1 students to a spring welcome! Join us at Pizza M (aka Flying Machine Coffee) for light refreshments and a chance to get to know your fellow Sponsored Students!

#30 - Discover india

Join us in Foellinger auditorium as we share and celebrate the rich and diverse Indian culture with the Champaign-Urbana community. Free Admission for all.

#31 - 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.


Join ISSS and The Career Center at this workshop that will feature CPT and OPT presentations, as well as an overview of the valuable resources available to students at The Career Center for jobs, internships, interviews, and more!

#33 - trip to amish country

Join us for a trip to Amish country in South-Central Illinois! Students have the opportunity to learn more about Amish culture and participate in activities as well as enjoy a meal with an Amish family.

#34 - CPT/OPT Workshop (for CSSA and other RSOs)

#35 - Indoor World Cup XXI

upcoming events


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


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.


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