Weekly Socials

Meet new friends over coffee, tea and biscuits every week. Board games are also provided. Member Only event. 

Language Exchange

Learning a language and want to meet native speakers? Join our Language Exchange and start practising. Member Only event. 

Social Events

Our Social Events are a great way for you to meet new friends from all over the world and have fun exploring different cultures and games. 

Countryside Walks & Hikes

Our Social Events are a great way for you to meet new friends from all over the world and have fun exploring different cultures and games. 

our events

With over 100 social events each year, our events are aimed at creating spaces where people from all over the world can meet, make friends and explore each other’s cultures.

Some of our events includes Weekly  Socials, Afternoon Teas, Speed Friending, Cultural Evenings, Games Nights, Live Music Nights, Quiz Nights and more. 

LET’S SOCIAL

Our events are now back on campus. Join our online community to keep up to date on our latest activities and stay connected with other members. 

every wednesday & friday 3pm to 5pm restarting on wed 12th jan 2022

WED & FRI SOCIALS

AT NEST, UMSU

Come along and meet new friends or have a catch up over tea, coffee and biscuits! Board/card games are also provided so you can spend the afternoon playing them together or just to relax with a cup of tea and biscuit.

Our socials are a great way to meet new friends from all over the world.

member only event.

if the event is full, please put yourself on the waiting list. You will be notified once a place becomes available.

FRIDAY 4th March 2022 3PM

LANGUAGE & CULTURAL EXCHANGE

AT NEST, UMSU

Learning a language and want to meet native speakers? Or simply curious to learn more about the cultures and languages of other International Society members? Join the online language and culture exchange to learn from each other and make friends while there. 

member only event

 

TUESDAY 13TH JANUARY 12PM

BOOK CLUB

Have you been reading an exciting book and you’d like to share it with other bookworms? This casual book club gives you a chance to tell others about the book you’re reading and get inspiration for what to read next. 

member only event

 

COUNTRYSIDE WALKS

Enjoy walks in the countryside with us!

These walks are planned and guided by your guides, Anna and Andrew. They are a local retired couple who are volunteers for the International Society and have been leading walks for members for nearly 15 years.

NEXT WALKS WILL BE UPDATED SOON. 

member only event

 

events

Upcoming EVENTs

Join our events to meet new friends from all over the world. You can also keep up to date with our latest activities via our social media. 

There will be more events coming up for the new term. 

MONDAY 31ST JAN TO FRIDAY 4TH FEB 4PM

WARM WELCOME

AT NEST, UMSU

Just arrived in Manchester for the new term? Come along and meet new friends over tea and coffee. 

Please click on the links below to sign up for the date you wish to attend. 

SUNDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 3PM 

WELCOME AFTERNOON TEA

AT NEST, UMSU

Come along and enjoy a Traditional English Afternoon Tea!. There will be a selection of delicious sandwiches, cakes and scones for you to try, as well as plenty of fresh English tea!

Our events are a great way for you to meet new friends from all over the world. 

£4 Members £7 non members

MONDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 10AM

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP

AT NEST, UMSU

Are you here in Manchester with your partner who is studying at the University and would like to meet people and make friends? Then why not join us? Children and babies are welcome to stay and play. Toys, books, crafts and colouring are available and refreshments and snacks are provided.

For more information, please check the website or email: info@internationalsociety.org.uk

MEMBER ONLY EVENT

WEDNESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 6.30PM

LUNAR NEW YEAR

AT NEST, UMSU

Immerse yourself in a fun filled festive atmosphere, while learning more about the celebration and the culture. Have a go at the ancient art of calligraphy and enjoy some fun games to usher in the year of the Tiger blessed with good fortune. 

£4 Members £7 Non members

WEDNESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 6PM 

SPEED FRIENDING

AT NEST, UMSU

Would you like to make new friends? Come along to our new term’s Speed Friending and get the chance to speak to as many people as you want! The rules are easy, chat with a person and when the bell goes, move to the next seat and get chatting again!

£3 MEMBER £6 NON MEMBER

WEDNESDAY 9th March 6pm

EXPERIENCE EASTERN EUROPE

AT NEST, UMSU

Join us for our Eastern European Evening and learn more about the cultures and people. 

More info to follow. 

TBC

WEDNESDAY 23rd March 6pm

SALSA TASTER CLASS

AT THEATRE, UMSU

Always wanted to learn a bit of dancing? Join us for some salsa where you will learn some moves, meet new friends and most importantly, have a good time! Beginners or advanced, with a partner or not, everyone is welcome to join. Refreshments will be provided.

£3 Members £6 Non members

WEDNESDAY 6TH APRIL 6PM

INTERNATIONAL FEAST

AT NEST, UMSU

Each person brings a dish of your choice to share with the rest of the group, and we end up with a feast! Come along to try new dishes and meet new friends. You can make your favourite food or a particular food that you are proud of from your country/culture.

TBC

Volunteer: events

The International Society holds a wide variety of events throughout the year and all are organised by our dedicated volunteers. Our national evenings are organised exclusively by the International 16.

The group is selected through interviews at the start of the year and work together on the national evenings and other projects all year long. To find out more about the International 16 and how to apply to take part click on the link below.

Event policy

Have any questions about our events? Find out more below.

Where do the events take place?

Our events will be taking place online and in-person on campus. For our in-person events, this will be hosted at various venues across the University of Manchester. 

How are we making our events safe for you?

Most of our events include refreshments and our trips will require you to be sat on a coach for an extended period of time. As such, we have made the decision to require all participants to undertake a lateral flow test before attending our activities. 

The reason we are asking all participants to perform a lateral flow test is because most of our members are international students and we understand that some of you may not have yet had access to the Covid vaccine or have a vaccine that is not being recognised in the UK and as such are not able to obtain a Covid pass. In this way, we want to do the best we possibly can to ensure that you are able to make friendships and have a great time at university. 

Please see the next tab on how to perform a lateral flow test and report your results. 

In order to keep everyone safe and for us to continue organising our events in a safe way for everyone, we highly recommend that all participants download the NHS track and trace app here and continue to wear a face mask while walking around inside buildings. 

Staff will be wearing PPE such as masks or visors and disposable gloves when handling food.

Please do not attend an event on campus if you have symptoms of Covid-19, including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

How to perform a lateral flow test and report your results?

Performing a lateral flow test 

You can order a set of 7 lateral flow test online here which will take 1-2 days to be delivered to your accommodation or you can collect them on campus from the reception desk at the student’s union or any of the campus catering outlets, Food on Campus (Please check opening times from the link provided) The lateral flow test is FREE, you do not have to pay for the self-testing kit. 

The test must be done no longer than 12 hours before the start of the event/trip. We recommend that for trips, you perform the test the night before and for events you perform the test in the morning. 

Instructions on how to do the test are provided within the pack. 

Once you have performed the test, you will need to report the results of your test. 

Reporting your results 

You can only report the results of your lateral flow test online. You are not able to do it through the app. Click here to report your results. Once you have reported your results, you will receive an email and a text from the NHS. That email/text along with your registration for our events will enable you to attend our events. You do not have to print the email/text or your ticket if you have a smart phone. Please be ready to show us the email/text from the NHS on your phone when you attend our events. 

What are member only events?

Member only event are exclusively for our members. Everyone is welcome to join us as a member. Please check out our membership page for more details.

Can I change my ticket?

Yes, however you will need to bring your ticket to the office at least one week in advance of the event taking place. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

How can I get refund or cancel my ticket?

Please let us know at least one week in advance of the event taking place if you know that you are unable to go. Please note that ticket money cannot be refunded for events unless the ticket is resold after we have sold our own tickets. A cancellation charge of £1.00 per ticket is made. 

No money can be refunded if you do not show up on the day of the event or are late. The Society and staff cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss, or injury sustained by participants in international society events.

Where do the events take place?

Our events will be taking place online and in-person on campus. For our in-person events, this will be hosted at various venues across the University of Manchester. 

How are we making our events safe for you?

Most of our events include refreshments and our trips will require you to be sat on a coach for an extended period of time. As such, we have made the decision to require all participants to undertake a lateral flow test before attending our activities. 

The reason we are asking all participants to perform a lateral flow test is because most of our members are international students and we understand that some of you may not have yet had access to the Covid vaccine or have a vaccine that is not being recognised in the UK and as such are not able to obtain a Covid pass. In this way, we want to do the best we possibly can to ensure that you are able to make friendships and have a great time at university. 

Please see our full covid policy for more details on obtaining a lateral flow and reporting your test results. 

In order to keep everyone safe and for us to continue organising our events in a safe way for everyone, we highly recommend that all participants download the NHS track and trace app here and continue to wear a face mask while walking around inside buildings. 

Staff will be wearing PPE such as masks or visors and disposable gloves when handling food.

Please do not attend an event on campus if you have symptoms of Covid-19, including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

What are member only events?

Member only event are exclusively for our members. Everyone is welcome to join us as a member. Please check out our membership page for more details.

Can I change my ticket?

Yes, however you will need to bring your ticket to the office at least one week in advance of the event taking place. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

How can I get refund or cancel my ticket?

Please let us know at least one week in advance of the event taking place if you know that you are unable to go. Please note that ticket money cannot be refunded for events unless the ticket is resold after we have sold our own tickets. A cancellation charge of £1.00 per ticket is made. 

No money can be refunded if you do not show up on the day of the event or are late. The Society and staff cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss, or injury sustained by participants in international society events.

Can’t find what you were looking for? 

get in touch!

Want to know more about our events? Drop us a message.

PHONE

0161 275 4959

EMAIL

info@internationalsociety.org.uk

address

International Society,

c/o UMSU, Oxford Road, 

Manchester, M13 9PR

Our offfice is located at the ground floor of University of Manchester’s Students’ Union.

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

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