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Party All Year Long

The international community shares cultures through celebrations.

International night dancer

Different international organizations on campus perform at Jesse Auditorium for International Night. Photo by Rachel Coward.

International students and scholars receive a warm welcome every August when the Missouri International Student Council hosts the annual International Student Welcome Party at the MU Student Center.

To return the favor, international students offer up bits of their own cultures — food, drinks and cultural displays — to the community at the International Bazaar in September on Lowry Mall.

India-Nite, hosted by the Cultural Association of India every November, fills Jesse Auditorium with music, dance, drama and elaborate costumes.

The International Center plans MU’s International Education Week every November to celebrate the international communities represented, and the activities and initiatives offered, on MU’s international campus.

The Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars hosts China Night in Jesse Auditorium in February to show off traditional Chinese dance and music.

Every April Africa Week, presented by the African Students Association, brings films, trivia, food, lectures and parties.

In April, the Thai Students Association rings in the Thai New Year with the Grand Songkran Festival on Carnahan Quadrangle. The celebration includes authentic Thai food, performances and displays of artifacts.