and to your International Home!



You can find us at the ground floor of University of Manchester’s Students’ Union.

We are the best place for you to meet new friends from all over the world. 


ANNOUCEMENT: COVID-19 [18th Mar 2020]


As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve daily, more measures have been put in place to protect people from the spread of the virus with one of them being social distancing. As a result of this, we have decided to close our reception however we will continue to work from home to support all of you. We understand that this is a confusing time for many of you and rest assured that if you have any questions or require any help, we will be here for you. You can contact us via email or through our social media channels.

We have decided to cancel all our weekend trips until Sunday 19th of April and for those who have booked on the trip, you will receive a full refund. Our language classes are being delivered online and we are organising the weekly Wednesday and Friday socials on an online platform as well. We have also set up additional support through Facebook where you will be able to not only get in touch with us but support each other through this situation/pandemic. More information on how to join the group below.

  1. International Students in Manchester Facebook Group
    2. Weekly Socials Facebook Group

Our main priority during this period is to ensure that you do not feel isolated and alone. We hope that despite the government advice of social distancing, you are still able to connect with family and friends as having support is of the utmost importance during this difficult period. The online socials we are organising would allow to you chat and play online games with each other. If you would like to join, please register for the socials as usual on our website and we will send you a link on how to connect to the platform just before the socials.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require any assistance.

We hope all of you stay healthy and that we will see you again soon.


Best wishes

From all of us at the International Society


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.

Weekly Socials

Our members come together every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for tea, board games and a catch up. It’s a great way to meet new friends from different countries and to relax over a cup of tea. 

Social 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.

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.

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


International Society
c/o UMSU

Oxford Road
M13 9PR


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 2020