cultural & social

Understanding Cultural Norms to Avoid Social Mistakes in the U.S.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Cultural Norms

Description: Each culture has norms established that are usually unwritten and may be unclear to people who are new to that culture. Part of adjusting to a new country is learning about what to do and what not to do in social situations. This interactive workshop will highlight 10 common U.S. cultural norms and expected behaviors that could save you from discomfort or embarrassment later.

Exploring Spiritual Communities

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Exploring Spiritual Communities

Description: The Ann Arbor area and Southeast Michigan are home to a great diversity of religious communities from many traditions. Exploring Spiritual Communities is a great opportunity for international students and scholars to learn about several different religious communities and to visit their places of worship.

Registration and Questions: If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Jessica Greenfield at

American Football 101

Friday, September 15, 2023
American Football 101

Description: American football is a very popular sport in the U.S. U-M has one of the oldest football programs in the country and 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.

Social Hour for International Families

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
International Families

Description:  Social Hour for International Families is intended for international families to connect with and lend support to one another. It provides a sense of community among international families affiliated with U-M.

No registration is necessary. Spouses, partners and children of international students, scholars, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hail and Hello Networking Workshop and Reception for International Students

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Description: Understanding how to "network" (meet and connect with people) is useful if you want to build professional relationships.  At this event, we will walk you through the art of networking and demonstrate the skills you need to do it well. Then, you will practice in a comfortable reception environment with Michigan alumni who want to help you succeed in using your networking skills. 


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