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Social Opportunities

Opportunities abound for international students — and all students — to meet new people, make friends, and have fun! 

The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS) and the Center for Language Studies, and Brown Center for Students of Color host events, workshops, lectures, and informational programs throughout the year. 

Women and Men of Brown (WMB) provides opportunities for newcomers and established members to meet and to engage in interest groups, and to participate in service projects. Full membership is open to all who are officially connected with the Brown community  as spouses or partners, including faculty, staff, graduate students, alumni and members of the Brown Corporation. One service project is the Household Leasing Service, which rents furniture and household items to international graduate students. 

Graduate students can engage in activities ranging from the Brown Ballroom Dance Club to volunteering in the local community through the Swearer Center. Most student groups are geared toward undergraduates, but many host fun events and interesting activities open to graduate students and postdocs, as well as to the larger Brown community and the public.  

OISSS also works closely with the International House of Rhode Island, located just a few blocks from the Brown campus at 8 Stimson Avenue. International House is an independent, non-profit, community-based multicultural center and meeting place for the community, international students, scholars, and visitors. Programs include both social events and resources such as affordable ESL classes and one-on-one ESL tutoring. 

International students interested in socializing with an American host family can join the Friendship Program, sponsored by the International House of Rhode Island. Contact the International House for more details and an application. 

Many of Brown’s academic centers, departments, and faculty greatly enrich both Brown’s international community and the greater Brown community, providing opportunities to learn about different cultures, languages, politics, and issues of the day. Check out events hosted by the departments of Africana StudiesEast Asian StudiesFrench StudiesHispanic StudiesItalian StudiesJudaic Studies, and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, just to name a few. The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Office of Global Engagement, offer events and opportunities, too. Visit Brown’s events calendar to find out what’s going on this week!