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Spring 2017 Events Calendar

The International Center sponsors a number of programs and events throughout the year for our university community. Many of these are free or at a reduced cost and offer you an opportunity to  meet new people, learn new things, and have some fun!

Check out our Facebook Photo Albums of past events.

January 22, 2017 - International Student Orientation Programorientation

The International Student Orientation Program for newly arrived International Students. Konover Campus Center, 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Please bring your passport and immigration documents. All new international students are required to attend.

January 23-25 SEVIS Certificationsevis logo

8:30-4:00p.m. New International Student Check-in and SEVIS Certification, Gengras Student Union, room 327.

All new International Students must present their passport, I-94 form and I-20 form to the International Center. We will certify your attendance at the University with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

February 1 - April 18, 2017 - It's Income Tax Season Again!tax

All international students and exchange visitors are required to file U.S. income tax returns with the federal government by April 2017 for the year 2016 if you were present in the U.S. during that year. 

The International Center has purchased a software program that will help you process your return in a easy, timely, and accurate manner. The software will be available at the center on or about February 10.

Please remember that income tax software products, such a Turbo Tax or TaxAct, do not calculate income tax returns for international students or exchange visitors on F and J visas.

February 16, 2017 - Practical Training Workshopopt

Are you graduating in May or summer 2017? The International Center will hold an Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop on Thursday,  February 16h for those students who will be graduating in May or summer 2017. 

During the workshop, you will receive all the necessary forms as well as complete instructions on how to apply and when.  This will also be a great opportunity to ask questions regarding employment in the U.S. on OPT, the STEM program and the H-1B Visa process.

Time: 2:00 pm

Location:  Gengras Student Union, room 333

February 11, 2017 - Skiing and Snowboardingskiing

Come and spend the day in the sun and snow at Ski Sundown. Join with International Center staff and your friends for a fun day of skiing and snowboarding. You don't have to be an expert to have some fun. First-timers can have a ball!

Sign up in advance for this fun time at the International Center no later than Wednesday, February 8th. The International Center will provide free transportation and donate $20 toward the cost of your ski package.

February 21, 2017 - International Mother Language DayMother language day

Come and enjoy our language diversity at the University of Hartford.

Enjoy songs, poetry and other familiar texts in a variety of languages including Mandarin, Haitian Creole, Jamaican Patois, Spanish, Hebrew, Ebonics, Portuguese, Arabic, Urdu, Ibo, Yoruba, Swahili, Kenyang, French, Polish, German, French, Japanese, Turkish, Lingala, Italian, Urdu, Akan and more. Open to all Students, Faculty and Staff

The Shaw Center, Hillyer Building, 7:00p.m.

 For further inforamtoion:

Contact: Dr. Joyce: Ashuntantang, 860.634.0728

February 27 - March 4,  2017 - 8th Annual International Weekinternational week

Join the International Center as we celebrate our 8th Annual International Week at the university of Hartford.

Attend an international cooking class or and stop by the Photo Booth at the Study Abroad Fair. Practice your Latin dancing and learn how to dance modern Bollywood style. Join the fun at our Global Village; get your hand painted in henna, step inside a Bedouin tent, and learn about international clubs on campus.

Finish off the week by joining us for our 32nd annual International Festival, featuring great performances (The Soh Daiko Taiko Drum Ensemble and Inca Son), food and music from around the world!

Pick up your “International Passport” from the International Center, GSU 327, and collect a stamp from each event you attend during International Week. If you receive a stamp from 4 or more events*, bring your “Passport” to the International Festival for FREE ADMISSION

March 1, 2017 - Faculty Lecture on "Thanatourism" (Dark Tourism)tourism

Thanatourism, or dark tourism, looks at sites of mass death and  tragedy as tourist attractions. This lecture will examine the attraction of these events, in particular from the standpoint of practicing nationalism.

Presented by Dr. Michael Clancy, Department of Politics, Economics and International Studies

Open to all Students, Faculty and Staff

Auerbach Hall, Rm 425, 12:15-1:15

March 4, 2017 - 32nd Annual International Festivalfestival

It's party time at the International Center's biggest event of the year, our International Festival 2017!

Come celebrate an evening of international cultural diversity. If you like to taste food from around the world, then this is the place to be, featuring ethnic cuisines from 12 countries.

Featuring performances by:Inca Son and  the Soh Daiko Taiko Drum Ensemble

Gengras Student Union, North/South Cafeteria

Doors open at 5:00p.m. with buffet dinner served. Show begin at 6:00pm.

Admission: $13 - $5 with student ID - children under 7 Free

April 4, 2017 - "Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighkoranbors"

Join us for an open forum exploring the Islamic faith. 

Presented by the Connecticut Council for Inter-religious Understanding, a moderator-led panel will anwser questions posed by the audience through a discussion of the  tenets of Islam.

This is your opportunity to learn more about the Islamic faith.

Please join us on Tuesday April 4th at 12:15 in Millard Auditorium

This program is co-sponsored by the Dean of Student's Office, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Hartford Hillel, the International Center, the Muslim Student Association, Catholic Campus Ministry, Protestant Campus Ministry, and the All-University Curriculum.

April 7, 2017 - The 7th Annual "Helping Hawks Day of Service"hawks helping hartford

The University of Hartford strives to provide an experience that supports the overall growth and development of all members of the campus community. Helping Hawks has proven to be a lasting experience that connects each person involved to learning and service outside of the classroom.

This year we are working with several non-profit organizations that have developed worthwhile community service activities for participating students, faculty, and staff.. 

All volunteers are provided transportation and are scheduled to arrive at their designated service project sites between 11:30 a.m. and 12 noon. Volunteers will be picked up from each of their site locations and returned to campus between 3 p.m. and 3:30 pm.  On campus, each participant will have the opportunity to enjoy a free BBQ and potentially win an awesome prize. 

Click here to register

April, 28, 2017 - Bowlingbowling

Join International Center staff for an afternoon of bowling for our international students.  This event is FREE and includes transportation, pizza, soda, bowling shoes, and 2 free games. 

Please sign up for the bowling event at the International Center by Tuesday, April 25.  Please meet at the Konover Campus Center 11:45am.  The bus will depart at 12:00 noon and return around 4:00.

May 2, 2017 - Pizza Social

Join International staff for our end of the semester Pizza Social. It's a fun chance to meet to gather with friends and meet other international students.  There will be FREE pizza, chips and soda.

11:30 to 1:00 pm in GSU, third floor, room 335