The International Society will be moving premises this summer: moving from its current location in William Kay House where it’s been for 18 years, to a new location in the University of Manchester Student’s Union. Please note that our trips, classes and events will be running as normal throughout.


If you have any questions or queries please email our Director:


You can find out more by reading this statement from our Trustees.

Trustees Statement

Trips around the UK

The International Society offer trips to some of the most beautiful and interesting locations around England, Scotland and Wales. There are day trips almost every weekend throughout the year including the summer and there are also weekend trips to historic Edinburgh and Roman Bath, including the ancient and famous Stonehenge.

Language Classes

Learn a language in a fun, friendlly and informal environment with our amazing team of dedicated volunteers. There are classes running all year including the summer. Typically we have classes in English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean and more. We also often run non-language classes such as Yoga, Salsa, Tai Chi, Drawing amongst others.

Cultural Events

The International Society hold cultural events throughout term time. Our wonderful volunteers will teach you about all about their country and culture, provide you with several courses of home-cooked traditional food, as well as entertaining you with traditional stories, dances and games.

One Love School Projects

The International Society organises various school projects for you to get involved in. The RocketWorld, Bee Hippy Happy and Earth Asylum projects will take you out to local schools so you can share your culture with the children. The projects feature the EarthBall: a giant inflatable Earth with NASA satellite imagery and volunteers from over 10 different countries.

International 16

International 16 is a diverse group of 16 students from 16 different countries. The group provides the inspiration and creativity for cultural evenings promoting international peace and friendship, celebrating cultural diversity and connecting with people around the world.

Small World Cafe

The Small World Cafe is a great place to meet people from all over the world and enjoy lunch or just a coffee and a cake. All dishes are freshly prepared and cooked every day and there are always halal and vegetarian options available. Follow us on Facebook to get a daily lunch-time menu update!

Hospitality Scheme

The Hospitality Scheme arranges for students to visit a British home on a number of occasions during their time in Manchester. This gives them the chance to experience something of everyday British life. Once linked with a family, students are invited to the home to share in a meal, perhaps Sunday lunch, afternoon tea or even a day trip out with the family.

Families Group

This group is for families who are members of the International Society. Children and babies are very welcome. A selection of toys and children’s books are available for all to play with! The group currently meets on Thursday from 3.30pm.

Venue Hire

The International Society is conveniently located on Oxford Road in the centre of the University of Manchester campus, in William Kay House. There are a number of rooms available for hire which are ideally suited to both small to medium sized meetings as well as larger events and parties. Catering of all types can be booked through the Small World Cafe which operates on the same premises.

The International Society is supported by The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford.


International Society
William Kay House
327 Oxford Road
M13 9PG


The International Society is a registered charity. Our Charity Commission number is 521248.


The International Society has been promoting international friendship and celebrating cultural diversity since 1966.

© International Society 2017