ISSS35 Programs

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

2018 - 2019


interconnect dinner and dialogue series (FALL 2018)

interconnect dinner and dialogue series (spring 2019)


week 1

ice cream social (nise social events)

Come enjoy FREE ice cream before the movie at the Illini Union! All NEW Undergraduate & Graduate Students are welcome!

YMCA DESSERT social (nise social events)

Would you like to meet new people while enjoying some dessert? Join us at the YMCA Dessert Social!

ice skating (nise social events)

Join us for ice skating at the Ice Arena!

illini union fun night! (nise social events)

Bowling, arcade games, and a chance to meet other new international students!

chancellor's reception (nise social events)

A welcome event for all new international students with free tours at the Krannert Center!

week 2

Outside J Reception

Event to welcome all new and returning outside-J sponsored students.

week 3

idea welcome night

Event to welcome all new IDEA participants.

international scholar welcome reception

Welcome to all new international scholars to campus!

week 4

international student football tailgate party

Join us for some Tailgate activities before the UI football game!


week 7

research connection

A mix & mingle event, offering an opportunity to network not only with your peers but also with faculty advisors, the Writer’s Workshop regarding thesis/dissertation writing resources, librarians for research/data collection resources/support and the Graduate College regarding grant opportunities.

week 8

international spouses book club

A story is always better if you have someone to share it with. What could be better than sharing it with a group of people who have read it, too?" Every other month read a book from a different cultural background and then we come together and discuss it.

week 9

ISSS Cooks - Pumpkin Edition!

Learn how to cook with pumpkin and enjoy eating some of our favorite pumpkin dishes!

Week 10

Allerton Hiking Trip

Join us for a majestic trip through the majestic trails of Allerton Park.

week 11

Indoor World Cup

Enjoy playing soccer? Want to represent your home country? Need a new shirt? Join us at the Indoor World Cup Soccer Tournament!




Week 15

Weathering the winter

Winter is coming! Join us to learn more about exciting winter activities and what you'll need to survive the cold weather!


Week 20


Illini Lights Out: International Edition

Once a month on a Friday night, volunteers gather to form mini lights-out brigades and then tour campus buildings recording how many lights are left on (and shutting off as many as they can, of course). Join fellow students this month as a volunteer, and afterwards, enjoy hot chocolate and tea in your very own complimentary mug! The event begins and ends in the Foreign Languages Building Lobby. No registration required.


Week 23

isss cooks - soup edition

Join us for a free fun night of cooking and sampling three different types of soups!  Any level of cooking experience is welcomed!


Week 27

36th Annual International Dinner

Please join us for a meal and performances at the University YMCA for the 36th Annual International Dinner on March 10, 2019!  This annual event provides an opportunity for us to build bridges between people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

Week 28

International Movie Week

Are you here for Spring Break?  Join us each day for a free movie and snacks from a different country!

Week 29


Abbott Plant & Re_Home Tours March 29 @ 3:00 – 5:30 PM

Join ISSS for behind-the-scenes tours of the Abbott Power Plant, which supplies 70-75% of the energy demand for the Urbana campus, and the Re_Home, a UIUC student designed and built family eco-house that can fit on a single trailer and be set up on-site in a day.

Limited availability! Sign up at this link:


Week 31


Picnic at the Pollinatarium April 13 @ 1:30 – 4:30 PM

Come see what makes Illinois the first school in the Big Ten to be certified as a Bee Campus USA! The University of Illinois Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. Join ISSS for an afternoon of touring the bee hives, honey tasting, and family-friendly crafts! Snacks, games, and puzzles available throughout the afternoon.

Viewing Observation Bee Hive (open to all) @ 1:30 PM
Honey Tasting (open to all) @ 2:30 PM
Craft (child-friendly) @ 3:30 PM
Puzzles/Games (child-friendly) (all afternoon)

Week 32

Trip to Amish Country

Join ISSS for a visit to Amish country in Arthur, Illinois!  You'll have the opportunity to eat lunch in an Amish home, visit a goat farm, and take a buggy ride!  Space is limited.  Reserve today!



Overnight Trip to St. Louis

Please use this registration form to sign up for the trip

Rec Recess at the ARC

Join us for fun and games at the ARC!

Monday Munch and Friday Fun

Check out exciting events this Summer on Mondays and Fridays!



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