Since Illinois State enjoys a diverse community, students have wonderful opportunities to befriend people from all over the world! The Office of International Studies encourages students to enrich their lives at Illinois State by becoming involved with events and organizations on-campus and in the Bloomington-Normal community.
In the United States, many American university students join social, academic and professional clubs. Belonging to a club can be a wonderful way to meet people who share your interests. Many students also enjoy making a positive impact in the lives of others by volunteering their time and talents to a good cause. There are hundreds of clubs at Illinois State that you may find worthwhile to join. Learn more about getting involved at Illinois State.
There are also campus groups that represent a variety of cultures and countries. Many international students find joining these groups to be a valuable part of their Illinois State experience.
One of the most popular programs in the Illinois State community is "International Friends." Its purpose is to promote understanding by bringing international students and local families together for friendship and fun. Students are free to spend as much or as little time together as they wish. International Friends do things together like: go to Chicago, share dinner, attend music or sporting events, see a movie, or just spend relaxed time talking and getting to know each other. The International Friends group also sponsors an ice-cream social, welcome dinners, a fall hotdog roast, an American folk dancing night, and guided nature walks. Being part of this program is a great way for students to learn about American life, and for local families to learn more about other cultures and countries.
If you would like to join International Friends, please complete an International Hospitality Form and give it to the Office of International Studies. You will then be contacted by an International Friends volunteer. You may also learn more about International Friends by contacting the International Friends Coordinator.
Female students, scholars, and spouses of someone attending Illinois State, are invited to join a group called, International Women. This club makes it possible for women from other countries to meet once a month to share traditional food and customs, and visit places of interest. You can learn more about International Women by calling the Office of International Studies.