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September

International Picnic (Rain or Shine)

island park
Date Time Location
Sun, Sep 13 12-2pm New Shelter, Island Park (145 Island Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105)

Description: International Picnic is one of most popular social events attended by international students. It takes place at a spacious and beautiful park not far from campus. Come and make new friends, enjoy the outdoors and take part in the fun and games. Food and drinks will be provided. No registration is required.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Center and International Residence (ECIR), Willowtree and Apartments Tower, and the International Center.


Tipping Etiquette

tipping
Date Time Location
Fri, Sep 18 3-4:30pm TBD

Description: While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is expected in many circumstances for service. We will discuss typical tipping customs in the U.S. such as when you should tip and how much would be considered acceptable.  


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Day Trip (Rain or Shine)

sleeping bear dunes
Date Time Location
Sat, Sep 26 7am to midnight Empire, Michigan

Cost and registration will be available in mid-September.

Meeting location and time: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central Campus or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return, participants may choose to be dropped off at Central or North Campus locations.

Pick-up/Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 7am
North Campus: outside Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 7:20am

**Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 7:30am for the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Description: Join the International Center for a day trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. We will first stop at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center and then drive to the Lake Michigan Overlook. Lastly, you will have the option of climbing the dunes or walking by the beach.


October

American Football 101

football
Date Time Location Room
Sat, Oct 3 7pm Rackham Graduate School Assembly Hall (4th floor)

Description: American football is popular amongst sports fans in the United States. The University of Michigan is home to Michigan Stadium, nicknamed “The Big House.” Many college students like to spend Saturdays watching college football and attending on-campus sporting events is one way to show school spirit.

During the program, you will learn some basic rules about American football game, enjoy food, and watch the first half of the game (UM vs Maryland starts at 8pm) on the screen with other international students.

This event is co-sponsored by Rackham Graduate School, Alumni Association and International Center.


Chicago Day Trip (Rain or Shine)

chicago
Date Time Location
Sat, Oct 10 7am to midnight Chicago, Illinois

Cost and registration information will be available in early October.

Meeting location and time: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central Campus or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return, participants may choose to be dropped off at Central or North Campus locations.

Pick-up/Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 7am
North Campus: outside Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 7:20am

**Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 7:30am for Chicago.

Note: Estimated arrival time in Chicago will be 11:30am local time (Chicago is on Central Time and is one hour behind Ann Arbor/Eastern time). Attendees will return to the bus in Chicago at 7pm local time (8pm Ann Arbor time) and will arrive back in Ann Arbor at approximately midnight.

Description: Join the International Center in a day trip to Chicago. You decide how to explore Chicago for the day. The drop-off and pickup location in Chicago will be by the Millennium Park Welcome Center, so you can plan your route from there. There are museums, shopping, excellent dining, and famous sites for all interests and all ages. Check the web site in advance so you will have an idea about the activities you plan to do for the day.


November

Preparing for Winter

football
Date Time Location Room
Fri, Nov 6 3-4:15pm TBD TBD

Description: Are you new to the world of cold winters and snow? Or maybe this is not your first winter in Michigan, but you would like to be more comfortable during the winter months. At this workshop, we will give you some basic information about dressing for winter and things to do in the winter.

If you plan to join the International Center’s shopping trip for winter clothes/shoes, you may consider attending this workshop so you have a better idea about the items you need to buy.


Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Shopping Trip

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
Date Time Location
Sat, Nov 14 9:30am - 6:30pm Auburn Hills, Michigan

Cost and registration information will be available in early November.

Meeting location and time: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central Campus or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return, participants may choose to be dropped off at Central or North Campus locations.

Pick-up/Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 9:30am
North Campus: outside Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 9:50am

**Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 10am for the Outlets.

Event Description: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the market’s dominant retail outlet and entertainment destination, attracting people throughout the Midwest and Canada. There are over 185 manufacturer’s outlets and traditional retail stores. The enclosed shopping center is home to Michigan’s largest food court (1,000 seats). Everyone will receive “Passport to Shopping” which offers great discounts on name-brand merchandise, fabulous food and entertainment at certain stores and restaurants.


Ongoing Opportunities

Community Service at Delonis Shelter

community service

Volunteers will prepare and serve food at the Delonis Homeless Shelter. This is an opportunity to see a different aspect of American life than what you are exposed to at U-M.

These will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month all term. There will be two shifts and four or five people are needed for each shift. Shift One is from 2:30 to about 6:00 p.m., and Shift Two is from 4:30 to around 8:00 p.m. Shift One participants will prepare food and Shift Two participants will serve food. Volunteers will meet at the Ecumenical Center and International Residence on Church Street and drive downtown to the Delonis Shelter. Afterwards, we will come back to ECIR for dinner and discussion.

Service Dates: Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10

Registration Deadline: Three business days prior to each service date. If you would like to participate, please contact ECIR's Volunteer Coordinators at delonis.ecir@gmail.com. In your email, please include:

* Your name

* Shift preference (first or second)

* Your phone number

* Whether you have a car and could help with transportation, including the number of passengers you can accommodate.

This opportunity is co-sponsored by the U-M International Center and the Ecumenical Center and International Residence.

For a map to ECIR, please see http://www.ecir.org/about/directions/

See Shelter Association of Washtenaw County for more information about the Delonis Homeless Shelter.


Coffee Hour

coffee hour

Description: The Coffee Hours offered in the summer are designed to welcome new international students, scholars and families and introduce them to leisure, cultural and educational activities at U-M and in Ann Arbor. Current students, scholars and families are also welcome to attend. No registration is required.

Date Time Location
Fri, May 22

3:30pm – 4:30pm


International Center Conference Room
Fri, Jun 19
Fri, Jul 31
Fri, Aug 14

Questions? contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu


Scholar Conversation Classes

conversation group

Description: This series is designed to meet the needs of international scholars at U-M. Each session features a different topic and you can attend as many of the sessions as you want. The group will practice conversational English and discuss U.S. customs related to informal social interactions in a university setting. 

Open to international scholars only.

 

Date Time Location
Thur, Sept 24


3:30pm – 5pm



Room 4016, 4th Floor Conference Room, Michigan Union
Thur, Oct 29
Thur, Nov 19
Thur ,Dec 17
Thur, Jan 28, 2016
Thur, Feb 25, 2016

 

Last reviewed: 08/15