International Festival

IUPUI's 2016 International Festival

Thursday, February 18, 2016
10:30am to 2:30pm
IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. 

  • Eat FREE FOOD from around the world
  • Explore international opportunities on campus and in the community
  • Wear international fashions in the Best Dressed Contest and use #GlobalJags on social media for a chance to win a $50 Barnes & Noble giftcard
  • Complete your GlobalJags Passport and win a prize
  • And enjoy performances by the Griot Drumming Ensemble, dancers, musicians, and more.

Engage with global organizations and learn about the world!

More than 40 student organizations, university departments, nonprofits, and vendors will join us to share their global opportunities.  And be sure to check out free international lectures throughout the day.

  • Food From Around the World!

    Baklava – Middle East

    Chai Tea – India

    Chicken Adobo – Philippines

    Churros – Mexico

    Flakey Spinach Pie – Turkey

    Red Lentil Kofte - Turkey

  • Global Lectures 10am-4pm in CE rm 309


    Chinese Wisdom

    Dr. Jing Wang

    Department of World Languages and Cultures 


    Contemporary Spain

    Prof. Amy Bomke,

    Department of World Languages and Cultures 


    Chinese Characters

    Dr. Menji Wu,

    Confucius Institute


    No Place Like Home: Exile, Migration, and the Idea of Heimat in German Culture

    Dr. Thorsten Carstensen

    Department of World Languages and Cultures 

    12.30pm Global Engagement & Sutton Study Abroad Awards Ceremony - Campus Center Atrium Stage
    1.00pm Griot Drumming Performance - Campus Center Atrium

    Charles Baudelaire, translator of Edgar Allan Poe: Shock of Recognition or Vampirism?

    Dr. Didier Bertrand

    Department of World Languages and Cultures


    Translation in the Global World

    Dr. Ben Van Wyke

    Department of World Languages and Cultures 


    Translation and Interpreting at IUPUI and beyond 

    Dr. Tamara Cabrera

    Department of World Languages and Cultures 


    Developing International Partnerships with Japan: Global Opportunities for Health Related Majors

    Dr. Keiko Kuriyama, Ruth Butler and Bryce Wray-Nelson


    Saudi Women and Social Change

    Naila Althagafi

  • Festival Exhibitors

    African Students Association

    American Turkish Association of Indiana

    Asian Student Union

    Big Car Collaborative

    Bridges International

    Confucius Institute

    Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis

    ELS Language Centers

    English for Academic Purposes Program

    Exodus Refugee Immigration

    Filipino Student Association

    Francophone Student Association

    German Club

    Global & International Studies Program

    Global Gifts

    Immigrant Welcome Center

    Indiana Members Credit Union

    Indy Eleven

    Indy Internationals

    International Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC)

    International Club

    International Homestay Consultants

    International Marketplace Coalition

    International Peer Mentoring Program

    Iranian Student Association

    IU Center for Global Health/AMPATH-Kenya Program

    IU Health - International Patient Services

    IU School of Medicine Global Health SIG Hunger Banquet

    IU McKinney School of Law

    IU School of Liberal Arts

    IUPUI Department of World Languages and Cultures 

    IUPUI Honors College

    IUPUI Office of Study Abroad

    IUPUI Office of International Affairs

    IUPUI School of Social Work & Department of Labor Studies

    IUPUI University Library

    Multicultural Center

    National Student Exchange Program

    Peace Corps

    Playground Productions Studio

    Program for Intensive English (PIE)

    Scottish Society of Indianapolis

    SPEA Study Abroad Programs

    Student Health

    The International Center

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Vlad The Impaler "Dracula" - Romanian Society from Indiana

  • Performance Schedule

    11:30 - Chinese Fan Dance & Martial Arts

    11:45 - Swing Dance, IUPUI Swing Cats

    12:10 - Adam Riviere & Mechele Henderson of Playground Productions, Native American Flute, Australian Didgeridoo and Belly Dancing 

    12:30 – Susan Buck Sutton Study Abroad and Global Engagement Awards Program

    1:00 – Griot Drumming Group

    1:30 - Bollywood Dance

International Week Special Events

The Office of International Affairs is collecting donations for Syrian refugees and you can help!  Bring suggested items to the International Festival or our office (ES2126) by Feb. 18. We'll ship donated supplies to a refugee camp in Jordan. 

poster of art show

The art exhibit Upon Return: Students Reflect on Study Abroad will feauture art by IUPUI students. Check it out in the Campus Center Cultural Arts gallery during the month of February and see how travel inspires art and transformation! 

And don't miss "Being Canadian" the movie and conversation with producer Colin Gray on Feb. 18th at 6:00pm. This funny and highly acclaimed documentary examines what is means to be Canadian and features celebrity interview with Mike Myers, Paul Shaffer and more. RSVP required.

The 195 flags of the United Nations are on display in the IUPUI Campus Center for the month of February on loan from the International Center's flag collection

Learn more about the flags »

Contact us at to learn about volunteer opportunities or get more information! 

Thank you to our general festival sponsors:

international festival fundoia logo

food services IUPUI


Barnes & Noble Bookstore @ IUPUI