All new international graduate students are invited to participate in informal on and off campus activities during the days around International Student Orientation. Graduate assistants Gaia Gianni and Pinar Durgun will be attending these events and encourage you to get to know one another while exploring Providence. Other incoming Brown graduate students are also welcome to attend.
(Please note that for these activities you will have to pay for all your own expenses like food, drinks, tip).
HERE IS WHAT GAIA & PINAR HAVE PLANNED:
Thursday, August 24
Game night at the GCB
Time: 8 pm
Meeting Point: The GCB is located in the basement of 42 Charlesfield St. but since it is a little difficult to find it, we will meet at the corner of Thayer and Charlesfield Streets at 8pm and walk there together.
The Grad Center Bar is one of our favorite hangouts at Brown. It has a very relaxed and informal vibe, so it is a great place to meet other graduate students. We can play pool, darts, and board games, so, even if you don’t drink, you can still join us and have a great time.
Note: you must bring a valid form of ID (passport, or a US issued ID, or US driving license. Other forms of ID from your country are not valid) You have to have an ID to enter, even if you are not buying drinks. Also bring your Brown ID to get your free membership to the GCB. Please remember that in the US you have to tip bartenders, waiters, and any person who provides you service. The appropriate amount to tip is at least 15-20%.
Friday, August 25
Dave and Buster’s Arcade Night
Time: 6 pm
Meeting point: We will meet at top floor of the Providence Place Mall, by the entrance of Dave and Buster’s. Go to the food court and take the escalators to get there. You can walk there from campus (20 minutes walk), or take any of the buses that go to Kennedy Plaza and walk from there (5 minutes walk). Make sure to bring your Brown ID for a free bus ride. If you prefer to use an Uber, the address is 1 Providence Place.
Dave and Buster’s is a family-friendly chain. It is also an Arcade! We can play Mario Cart, Guitar Hero and many other games. They have a sportsbar-style setting with American food if you would like to eat or drink.
Note: you must bring a valid form of ID (passport, or a US issued ID, or US driving license if you are planning on drinking. Other forms of ID from your country are not valid). Please remember that in the US you have to tip bartenders, waiters, and any person who provides you service. The appropriate amount to tip is at least 15-20%.
Saturday, August 26
Hope Street Farmer’s Market
Time: 10 am
Meeting point: You can take the Ripta bus #1 from the Tunnel (in front of Starbucks on Thayer) and stop at the Farmer’s Market, which is the bus stop called “Hope before 9th”. Ripta buses are free for Brown students with your Brown ID. If you are taking an Uber, you could enter India Restaurant’s address (1060 Hope St.), which is across the street from the Market. We will meet you there from 10 am onwards. The Farmer’s Market is open until 1 pm.
The Hope Street Farmers Market is a farmer-run cooperative created and managed by farmers and food artisans in Rhode Island. They sell fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheese, breads and pastries, pasture-raised meats, seafood, poultry and eggs, and many other local items. It is also a great place to meet dogs!
AS220 Traditional Irish Music Session
Time: 3:50 pm
Meeting Point: We will meet at 115 Empire St. at 3.50 pm. to watch live traditional Irish Music performances. The show starts at 4 pm. and ends at 7 pm. They have food and drinks, and there is no cover charge.
AS220 is a non-profit community arts center located in Downtown. It contains work and art studios, six rotating exhibition spaces, a main stage, a black box theater, a dance studio, a print shop, a community darkroom, a digital medialab, a fabrication lab, an organization-run bar and restaurant, a youth recording studio, and a youth program.
Note: If you are planning to purchase alcoholic drinks, you must bring a valid form of ID (passport, or a US issued ID, or US driving license; other forms of ID from your country are not valid). Please remember that in the US you have to tip bartenders, waiters, and any person who provides you service. The appropriate amount to tip is at least 15-20%.
Sunday, August 27
The Providence Flea Market
Time: 11:00 am
Meeting Point: We will meet in front of the Rockefeller Library (at the corner of Prospect and College Street) at 11am and walk to the flea market together.
Providence Flea market hosts many different local vintage vendors, alongside with musicians, food and dessert trucks. (Try Dell’s frozen lemonade, it is a RI classic!) It is the perfect place to find quaint and vintage outfits, records, books, posters and much more.
RISD Museum Visit
Time: 2:00 pm
Meeting Point: We will meet at the North Main Street Entrance (20 N Main St) from 2 pm onwards.
The RISD Museum features an impressive list of famous painters (Picasso, Monet, Andy Warhol) and collections, from Ancient Greece artifacts and Japanese sculptures and prints, to ancient and modern textiles, to photography and contemporary art, and much more. The Museum has exhibitions on 5 different levels and two entrances. It also showcases RISD student and faculty work in temporary exhibits.
Note: The RISD Museum is free with your Brown ID, but on Sunday is free for everyone.