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International Students Events

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour at the University of Georgia is a weekly program that brings UGA students, faculty, staff, and community members together over coffee and international cuisine. Excluding scheduled University breaks, this event occurs every Friday during the fall and spring semesters from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm in the Memorial Hall Ballroom. Hosted each week by our International Student Organizations and campus departments, the UGA Coffee Hour is one of the longest running programs of its kind across the United States. For more information or to inquire about hosting a Coffee Hour in the future, please email


Ethnic Nights

Each year several ISL student organizations elect to host evenings of culture that showcase a variety of global traditions, customs, international performances, and culinary delights. These evenings are referred to as Ethnic Nights and provide a wonderful way to travel around the world without leaving Athens. Ethnic Nights are ticketed events and the actual number of cultural evenings varies from year to year. For more information, please visit our Ethnic Nights page

Language Partner Program

The Language Partner Program (LPP) is a volunteer program designed to build cross‐cultural relationships and support international students who wish to improve their confidence and fluency in spoken English. The Language Partner Program pairs international students with a partner student from the United States to meet periodically and converse in English. For more information, please visit our LPP page


Cultural Capacity Certificate Program

The Cultural Capacity Certificate Program (CCCP) is an opportunity for students to internationalize their experience at UGA by learning about how culture impacts their lives and the way they interact with others. This program allows participants to take a closer look at one’s own cultural identities and a framework for viewing leadership around the world. For more information, please visit our CCCP page.


International Education Week

In 2001, the United States Department of State and Department of Education created International Education Week (IEW) to promote the benefits of international education and worldwide exchange. This week is celebrated annually across the United States and typically occurs during the month of November each year. In an effort to provide programs and services that prepare UGA students for a global environment, ISL puts on a week long of events and to celebrate international education here at UGA! For more information, please visit our IEW page.


International Graduation Ceremony

ISL created the first International Graduation Ceremony in December 2002 to honor and celebrate the achievements of international students and ISL student leaders graduating from The University of Georgia. A ceremony is held in May of each year and is intended to serve as a complement to the UGA Commencement Exercises. The International Graduation Ceremony highlights the special accomplishments and sacrifices made by international students and their families and also includes a complimentary reception immediately following for graduates and their guests. For more information, please visit our International Graduation Ceremony page.


International Student Orientation

ISL organizes an international student orientation each semester for new and transfer international students matriculating to the University of Georgia. The information included in the ISL orientations is not covered by any other orientation program on campus. Highlights from ISL's orientation schedules include information concerning immigration issues, taxes for non‐residents, cross‐cultural adjustment, housing assistance, course registration procedures, Social Security Cards, UGA payroll, and campus tours. Current UGA students serve as orientation leaders (called World Leaders) to assist with international orientation sessions.

For more information about International Student Orientation, please visit our International Student Orientation page.


International Street Festival

The International Street Festival (also known as ISF or Street Fest) was created in 1999 and is an annual event that promotes internationalization and cultural awareness within the Athens community. The Festival is student and family friendly and boasts an attendance of 3,000 – 5,000 visitors each year. Various UGA student groups and community organizations host exciting cultural displays and performances throughout the Festival, which occurs in downtown Athens each spring. For more information, please email us at

International Student Life | The University of Georgia | 210 Memorial Hall | Athens, Georgia 30602-3108  USA
Phone: +USA 706-542-5867 | Fax: +USA 706-583-0006
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