With more than 2,000 international students and scholars representing 140 nationalities, IUPUI is a hub for cultural diversity. Visit IUPUI’s Campus Center Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for the IUPUI International Festival, a free, community-wide celebration of global cultures and opportunities. Once a year, the campus convenes for International Week, which includes this unique festival of cultures, scholarship, performances, and 50 exhibitor booths. The five-story Campus Center is adorned with 195 flags recognized by the United Nations, and the university offers plenty of free community events including the International Fashion Show (Feb. 17, Campus Center Theater, 8:00 p.m.) and International Speed Friendship continue the festivities.

Here are five reasons you can’t miss the 2018 International Festival:

1. International performances

Iranian music, Indian dance, drumming, and a love poetry reading are just a few of the performances that you can see and hear at the Atrium performance stage during the IUPUI International Festival. Performances will run 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  

2. Free food

Stop by the Campus Center Atrium and Lower Level to warm up with a hot drink and sample international cuisine from different areas of the world.  This year’s tasting menu includes Chakalaka (South Africa), Beshparmak (Kazakhstan), Kookoo Sib Zamini (Iran), Paneer Masala (India), Horchata (Central America), and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Multiple vegetarian and vegan options are available.

3. Internal photo booth

Wish you were somewhere sunny? Head into the Campus Center Barnes & Noble and transport yourself somewhere new with an international backdrop and props, and a bonus photo print for keeps.


4. “Hoping to Help” Lecture by Judith Lasker

Check out visiting author Judith Lasker. She will share insights on how to carefully consider the ethics and community impact of international service trips.  

5. World Languages & Cultures Lecture Series

Head up to the third floor of the Campus Center to hear global-themed lectures from IUPUI’s Liberal Arts faculty. Topics include Islamic Art in Venice, Healthcare in Nigeria and Film Censorship during the Franco Regime. View the full schedule.

Visitor Information:

IUPUI Campus Center

420 University Blvd.

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Parking: Recommended visitor parking on campus is the Vermont Street Garage (1004 W. Vermont St.), adjacent to the Campus Center. View maps and rates.

Public Transit: The Campus Center is on IndyGo Bus routes 10 and 37, or you can catch the free Purple Line Campus Shuttle from West Street at Indiana Ave. or Michigan St.

To learn more about the IUPUI International Festival and International Festival Week events, visit http://go.iu.edu/ifest or contact oiaevent@iupui.edu.

This is a guest post written by Mandy Bray, IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

Mandy Bray

Mandy Bray

Manager of International Information and Communications, IUPUI Office of International Affairs