Wednesday, September 5, 2018

International Center Fall Events

While orientation is over and classes have started, events and programs put on by the International Center will continue on into the school year. While your main focus might be on classes and school work, balancing work with social activities is an important aspect of mental health, meeting new people, and making the most of your time at the University of Michigan. This blog is meant to highlight some of the fun social and cultural events hosted by the International Center. A full list of events can be found on our website calendar. We also promote our events on Facebook, so make sure to like our page!


International Picnic Saturday, September 9 | Noon-2pm
This event is one of the most popular among international students, scholars, and family members. Come to Island Park, one of many beautiful parks in Ann Arbor not far from campus, where we can play games and enjoy the outdoors. Food and drinks will be provided, so come by yourself to meet new friends or bring your friends to kick-off the school year!

American Football 101 Saturday, September 29 | 3pm-5pm
While American football might not be your favorite sport, it's the most popular sport in the U.S. and (if you haven't already noticed) is a very important part of campus culture at U-M. Learn the basics of this sport, eat snacks, and watch the first half of the game against Northwestern University with other international students at Munger Graduate Residences.


60 Minutes Around the Globe
This event features a short presentation about a specific country given by a student or scholar from that country. Snacks are provided by the International Center and there is plenty of time for Q&A. This relaxed event is both a great way to learn about a new country and to other people interested in culture and travel.

Volunteer Opportunities at Food Gatherers
Join other international student, scholars, and families in helping alleviate hunger in Ann Arbor. The group will take AATA bus together after meeting outside the Student Activities Building at 1pm. The service starts at 2pm and ends at 4pm.

International Coffee Hour
Come meet other students and scholars over a hot cup of tea or coffee. There is no presentation or lecture, just time to chat and meet friends. Come when you want; leave when you like. We'd love to see you there!

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Plenty of cake to eat and people to meet!
Birthday Celebrations
The main attraction of this event is the free birthday cake! Come to International House Ann Arbor to meet people and celebrate those who have birthdays during that month. It doesn't have to be your birthday to attend, just come ready to party!

International Student Lunch Conversation
This event is for international students only and is intended to provide a safe space for students to talk about their experience as an international student at UM. The group will discuss a specific topic, usually related to navigating American culture, dealing with academic stress, or any other topic the groups wishes to discuss. Lunch is provided.


Sleeping Bear Dunes Saturday, September 15 | 7am-10pm
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Stunning views of Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Visit one of the state of Michigan's most beautiful natural attractions. You'll have the opportunity to hike on the dunes or walk along the beach--the views are spectacular! Cost is $46 dollars round trip, and we recommended you bring some money for snacks and souvenirs too.

Chicago Trip Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 7am-11:45pm
Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest. Plan your own day visiting museums, shopping, and eating great food. There are plenty of famous attractions and great sites to see! Cost is $46 for round-trip transportation.

Written by Kate Guichelaar
International Center Peer Advisor
Graduate Student
United States