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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. 

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. 

MONDAY 27th June 10AM

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP

AT 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 29th JUNE 3pm to 5pm 

WEDNESDAY SOCIAL

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.

wednesday 29th JUNE 5.30pm to 9.30pm

COUNTRYSIDE WALK

AT REDDISH VALE & TIVIOT DALE 

Come with us as we take a walk at Reddish Vale and Tiviot Dale!

One of the best of Manchester’s country parks, Reddish Vale offers very pleasant walking along the banks of the River Tame, with its water meadows, and wooded valley sides. It’s a wonderful oasis of nature right in the heart of Stockport.

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 over 15 years.

Once you have registered for this event, the walk instructions will be emailed to you.

member only event.

wednesday 29th JUNE 5.30pm

SPEED FRIENDING

AT NEST, UMSU

Are your friends leaving town? Come and meet new friends who may be in Manchester over the summer, or say goodbye to current ones as you head off on holiday! You will get the chance to speak for a few minutes to as many people as possible.

 

friday 1st july 3pm to 5pm 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE 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.

MONDAY 4TH JULY 10AM

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP

AT 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

 

TUES 5TH & WED 6TH JULY 

ONE LOVE PROJECT

AT PRIMARY SCHOOLS, GREATER MANCHESTER

Want to get involved and volunteer this Summer?

Come with us as we visit primary schools in Manchester and share your culture with school children. You will be representing your country as well as meeting with other volunteers from different countries. 

Tues 5th July – Bee Hippy Happy (5 & 6 year olds)

Wed 6th July – RocketWorld  ( 7 to 11 year olds) 

For more info or to sign up, please email El at elyshamawer@internationalsociety.org.uk

wednesday 6th july 3pm to 5pm 

WEDNESDAY SOCIAL

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.

friday 8th july 3pm to 5pm 

FRIDAY SOCIAL

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.

MONDAY 11TH JULY 10AM

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP

AT 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 13th july 3pm to 5pm 

WEDNESDAY SOCIAL

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.

friday 13th july 5.30pm to 7.30pm 

INTERNATIONAL PICNIC

AT NEST, UMSU

Each person brings a dish or snack of your choice to share with the rest of the group, and we end up with a multicultural picnic!

member only event.

friday 15th july 3pm to 5pm 

FRIDAY SOCIAL

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.

MONDAY 18TH JULY 10AM

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP

AT 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

 

TUESDAY 19TH JULY 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

 

wednesday 20th july 3pm to 5pm 

WEDNESDAY SOCIAL

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.

friday 22ND july 3pm to 5pm 

FRIDAY SOCIAL

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.

MONDAY 25TH JULY 10AM

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP

AT 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 27th july 3pm to 5pm 

WEDNESDAY SOCIAL

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.

friday 29th july 3pm to 5pm 

FRIDAY SOCIAL

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.

MONDAY 1st August 10AM

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP

AT 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 3rd August 3pm to 5pm 

WEDNESDAY SOCIAL

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.

MONDAY 8th August 10AM

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP

AT 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 10th August 3pm to 5pm 

WEDNESDAY SOCIAL

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.

MEMBER ONLY EVENTS

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 

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 6TH MAY 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 10TH MAY 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 over 15 years.

member only event

 

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. 

Updated Covid Policy April 2022

As the last remaining Covid restrictions have ended, we have reviewed our policy in line with the government’s guidelines and plan. As part of the government’s Living with Covid plan, from the 1st of April lateral flow tests will no longer be provided for free. As such, we will also no longer be asking our members to take a lateral flow test prior to attending our activities. However, we do ask our members to continue watching out for each other’s health and welfare by not attending our activities if you are feeling unwell or have covid like symptoms such as a temperature, runny nose or a headache. 

You are welcome to wear a face mask when attending our activities and we will continue to maintain a high cleaning standard to ensure your safety at all times.

Best wishes,

Staff of the International Society.

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.

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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