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. 


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