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WKU offers fun, enriching international programs and events for everyone. The International Student Office works with many campus and community organizations to provide platforms for cultural exchange.

Whether you want to try food from a different culture, enjoy the traditional music or dance of another country, or volunteer with and for the diverse Bowling Green community, we are sure you will find something going on that fits your interests and needs. 

Take a look at some of the events going on below. You will also receive notifications via email so please be sure to check your TopperMail account. 



Nightmare on the Hill

Friday, October 28, 2016
6:00 pm -10:00 pm
Sophia-Downing International Center (New International Student Organization Union/ Former location of the International Student Office) 

Dress up in your best costume and come hang out with the International Student Diplomats! There will be free food, magic, and prizes for the best costume! RSVP HERE


Trick or Treat 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016
8:00 am-4:30 pm
International Student Office at Honors College/International Center

Stop by the International Enrollment Management and International Student Offices any time on Halloween (Monday Oct. 31st) for trick-or-treating. Say "hello" to your favorite staff at WKU while you snag your favorite sweet treats! Costumes encouraged but not required!


IEM Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 21, 2016


IEM International Graduation Reception

Thursday, December 8, 2016




East Meets West: Peking Opera Event-Confucius Institute at WKU

Friday, October 28, 2016
1:00 pm-3:00 pm  
New Confucius Institute Building-Room #114 (Next to Honor’s College/International Center)

Do you know anything about Peking Opera?  If the answer is no, well, the Confucius Institute at WKU is pleased to offer a series of "East meets West,” where you will have the opportunity to learn about the origins, and significance of Peking Opera.  In addition, you will be able to design and paint your very own Peking opera mask.  With Halloween on Monday, October 31st, the CI at WKU will allow the opportunity for faculty, staff and students to rent a traditional Chinese costume to wear with your very own Peking mask.  Due to limited costumes available, please RSVP to by Thursday, October 27, 2016.


Soccer Night-African Student Union Takeover Week

Friday, October 28, 2016
6:00 pm   
South Lawn


Faraway Flix: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Friday, October 28, 2016
6:00 pm
Cherry Hall 125

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a 2014 Persian-language horror film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, and was chosen to show at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.You are invited to a free screening of this with an introduction and discussion led by Saya Amiri, a graduate student at WKU. Snacks will be provided.


The Effects of Gender Quotas in South Korean Legislative Elections

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grise Hall 337

Despite gender quotas, women represent only 20% of the National Assembly of South Korea. Visiting scholar Young-Im Lee , PhD, will discuss the effectiveness of these quotas.Young Im-Lee received her bachelor's and master's in American studies and political science from Sogang University in Korea. She then received another masters and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri- St. Louis.


Making Kentucky Home: Stories From Our Diverse Community, International Potluck and Women's Panel

Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Neighborhood Community Services Building, 707 E. Main Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101

Join the Bowling Green Women's Intercultural Cafe to listen to diverse women share their stories from the BG community while sampling international fare! They will also be collecting lightly worn winter clothing for all ages and sizes on behalf of the Bowling Green International Center, so please bring jackets, shoes, and more to help our fellow neighbors and refugees. For more information and to RSVP visit their Facebook page here.


International Student Conference 

November 4-6, 2016
Cave City, KY
The International Student Conference is a life-changing event for international and US-college students from across Kentucky. Make new friends, celebrate culture and learn about the Christian faith at this fun-filled conference in beautiful Cave City, KY near Mammoth Cave!. Registration fee is $35 if registered before Oct. 30 and $45 after that date. It includes cost of attending the 3-day conference, full weekend of programming, hotel accommodations, as well as meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning. Transportation will be provided. For more information and to register go to


WKU Cultural Enhancement Series: Joel Sartore at WKU

Monday, November 7, 2016
7:30 pm
Van Meter Hall

A National Geographic photographer, conservationist, and author, Sartore has seen much of the world--and photographed it. There will be a corresponding gallery in Mass Media and Technology Hall featuring Sartore's work. No tickets are required for this FREE event, but seating will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Veterans Day Commemoration Honoring Korean War Veterans

Friday, November 11, 2016
11:00 am
Guthrie Bell Tower


Communication Skills: Cultural 101 Workshop for International Encounters

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
1:00pm-2:00 pm
South Campus Room 121

Join representatives from WKU’s Department of Communication for a discussion-based workshop both for international and domestic students.


Teach Internationally!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Gary Ransdell Hall 1074

An interactive panel discussion with WKU student alumni sharing their experiences about teaching internationally. Information about opportunities for international teaching experiences during student teaching semester and beyond



Wednesday, November 16, 2016
4:30 pm-6:30 pm
PFT, Hugh Poland, Keen, Barnes, and Bemis Halls

Explore the globe without leaving WKU’s campus. Various residence halls across WKU will take on the characteristics of a country, encompassing the culture, atmosphere, cuisine, and traditions. Sample food and drinks while trying your hand at games and activities from Spain, Morocco, Scotland, Mongolia and Xinjiang.


Cruise Thru Korea

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
HCIC 1011

Hop aboard as Student Activities takes you on a cruise through a Korean experience of food, music and fun.  


The Bigger Picture: Public Health from Global Perspectives

Thursday, November 17, 2016
11:00 am-2:00 pm
DSU Lobby

See the bigger picture of ‘What is Public Health?’ by discovering public health on a global scale. Utilizing the diversity within the department of Public Health students from multiple countries and disciplines will share their culture and perspectives regarding some of the leading public health concerns today. Booths highlighting countries such as Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the United States, and Saudi Arabia will feature student research, international foods, clothing, and music from each country.


Faraway Places

Thursday, November 17, 2016
7:00 pm 
Barnes and Noble

John Dizgun, Executive Director, Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS), Bowling Green, KY discusses "Istanbul, Turley: Cultural Crossroads."


South Korean Dance Fusion

Friday, November 18, 2016
12:30 pm-1:30 pm 
Gordon Wilson Hall Studio 200A

A dance class influenced by the traditional styles of South Korean dances. Featuring traditional movement, fans, and more!


Faraway Flix: A Brand New Life

Friday, November 18, 2016
6:30 pm

Cherry Hall 125

A film by French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte. Discussion led by Drs. Samuel Kim & Jooyeon Hwang to follow screening. This event is part of the Faraway Flix film series.












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