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Students displaying their indian sari’s at the 5th Annual Cultural Festival Fashion Show in 2016

International Programs & Services

UMass Lowell’s array of programs and services helps students to discover new ways to connect, learn, grow and succeed.

Students at the first-ever Cultural Carnivale in University Crossing in April 2017.

Navigating through the maze of resources can be challenging and knowing where to start is a common question, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the landscape or university culture. The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) helps to guide you through these and other common situations while also helping you ‘find your place’ on campus.

OMA can provide:

  • a safe place to process experiences, situations, or events
  • support to work through common communication gaps or misinterpretations
  • help on navigating the university system in culturally relevant ways
  • ways to strengthen personal success and connections to important resources on and off campus
  • culturally relevant strategies to address discrimination, racism, and bias incidents
  • community building opportunities

Programs & Activities

  • International Education Week is November 11-17 at UMass Lowell! Check out IEW events below.
Cultural Festival 2015 Lion Dancers -  International Education Week (IEW). IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

International Education Week

November 13-17, 2017

  • Monday, November 13: IEW Winter Clothing Drive
    2-5 p.m. in Alumni Hall
    Open to all students in need of winter clothes
  • Wednesday, November 15: IEW Thanksgiving Dinner: Avenger Theme
    6-8 p.m. in Cumnock Hall
    Experience foods from around the world, including U.S. thanksgiving foods!
Cultural Festival 2016 Student Fashion Show at International Education Week (IEW). IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.
  • Friday, November 17: IEW Annual Cultural Festival
    7-10 p.m. in Cumnock Hall
    Enjoy cultural performances from students and community members

Other Programs & Activities

  • Orientation and International Student Resource Fair
  • City of Lowell Tours, Campus Tours
  • Pair Up Program: a partnership program that pairs international students with domestic students in bridging culture and enhancing community through an interactive learning process.
    Visit the Pair-Up Program website for more information and to apply for the 2017-18 year.
    For more information, please contact Allyson_lynch@uml.edu.
  • Culture Shock Talks Series
  • Professional Development Series
  • International Education Week: Clubs can apply for an OMA grant to help sponsor a program during IEW.
  • Community Building Events
  • Campus Recreation Center Trips
  • Winter Clothing Drive
  • Holiday celebrations (Pumpkin Carving, Thanksgiving Dinner, Holi, Chinese New Year and more)
  • OMA Senior Send Off

Resources for International Students

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