Here to help

The International Society aims to provide international students with a warm and friendly welcome when they arrive in the city and to make their time in the UK a wonderful experience. Everyone from everywhere has a home from home at the Society and we hope to offer fun, friendship and help and support wherever it’s needed.

International Well Being Support – free counselling service.

Training – cultural training.

University support – support from your institution.

About the service

The International Well Being Support (IWS) is a free and confidential service aimed at supporting international students who are living and studying in Manchester. We provide individual counselling sessions in a supportive environment at the International Society building.

For more information or to arrange an appointment, please email or phone the University of Manchester Counselling Service on 0161 275 2864 (reception is open 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday).

Other services for student support in Manchester include:

For all students and staff of the University of Manchester,
please contact The University of Manchester Counselling Service
on 0161 275 2864 or
(Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm)

For students at Manchester Metropolitan University,
please contact MMU Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service
on 0161 247 3493
(Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm)

For students at University of Salford,
please contact 0161 295 7008 or visit the website
(Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)

Any questions? Get in touch

Training and Workshops for staff

The International Society offers workshops throughout the year for staff who work with international students at universities and colleges. See further details below and use the contact form should you have any further questions.

An Introduction to Working with International Students

Improving Customer Service and the Student Experience through Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity.

Target group: Frontline staff who come into regular contact with international students.

Particularly well suited to: Reception Staff – Accommodation Office Staff – Porters and Cleaners – Canteen Staff – Administration Staff – Tutors and Hall Staff – Security Staff.

This workshop is aimed at staff who have contact with international students in their job but may be unaware of the problems they face and the cultural barriers that can prevent effective communication. Through raising awareness and developing emotional competence and intercultural communication skills they aim to improve customer service and in turn the student experience. Current international students play a key part in the workshops giving staff the chance to meet, talk and connect with students outside the pressures of the work environment.

Enhanced Skills Sessions

The Society also offers afternoon workshops for staff more experienced in working with international students who may be looking for a refresher session, the chance to expand their knowledge on a particular region, or to network and share best practice with colleagues.

In-House Training and Tailor-Made Workshops

The Society can also offer in-house and tailor-made training.

Any questions? Get in touch


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

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