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Building Community

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Come together with fellow international students, scholars, employees and their dependents to experience community at casual social gatherings, educational cultural events and outings where we collectively explore Chicago institutions and Midwestern traditions. Most events are free for members of the UIC international community.

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The Chicago Auto Show has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent and is the nation’s largest with more than one million square feet of displays. Each year, OIS organizes free transportation to McCormick Place and admission to the exposition for members of the UIC international community. This event is a favorite of engineering students and car enthusiasts alike!

The 2024 OIS Outing to the Chicago Auto Show is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15!

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For many Midwesterners, fall is a season to be outdoors, celebrate the harvest, and kick off a holiday season that begins with Halloween at the end of the month. Each year, OIS organizes a trip to a local farm where members of the UIC international community can experience some of the traditions of the season, including pumpkin picking, navigating a corn maze, creeping through a haunted house, hay rides, and tasting fresh apple cider.

The 2023 OIS Pumpkin Farm Trip is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7!

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OIS Coffee Hours occur multiple times a year and are a great way to connect with the UIC international community and your OIS Advisors in a fun and casual way. Stop by for a hot beverage and a sweet treat and stay for a chat or advising session. During the OIS Holiday Coffee Hour in December, attendees can enter to win a raffle prize! Registration is not required to attend and family are warmly welcomed. We hope to see you at the next OIS Coffee Hour!