Getting involved is the best way to make new friends and to make Burlington feel like home. There are many different ways to get involved on campus, including through the Office of International Education. Some of them are listed below and more are posted on our calendar of events and Facebook page. Find one (or more!) that interest you and get involved!
International Student Programs and Events
The OIE has many different events for international students to get to know each other and to learn more about the resources at UVM. Sometimes we partner with other offices to offer special workshops. Check out our calendar for upcoming events and workshops!
- On-Campus Events allow students to get to know UVM and our international community a bit better. Each semester, we host waffle breakfasts, cooking workshops, community volunteer opportunities. international potluck dinners (everyone prepares one dish to share), events at the beginning and end of the year to welcome new students and say goodbye to students leaving, a Thanksgiving Meal program, and other occasional events. Have an idea for a great event? Come talk to us!
- Off-Campus Trips offer students the opportunity to have fun while learning more about Vermont. Past trips have included visits to an apple orchard, the Ben & Jerry's factory, a corn maze, hiking trips, bowling alley, ice fishing festival and learning about maple syrup. These trips typically have a small cost but a limited number of travel grants are available for students who would have trouble paying for the trip. The OIE usually has two or three off-campus events each year.
International Student Groups and Associations
Students are often interested in meeting other people from their country. UVM has student groups and associations that bring together students from one country.
- African Student Association (email@example.com)
- Chinese Student and Scholar Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Indian Students Association (email@example.com, Facebook, Instagram)
- Iranian Student Association (firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook)
- Nepali Student Association (email@example.com, Facebook, Instagram)
Don’t see your country listed? We may still have other students from your home country and are happy to help make connections for you. Contact us to make a request. And then, if you are feeling ready, consider starting a new group or association!
Catamount Cultural Connections (Buddy and Community Host Programs)
Catamount Cultural Connections (CCC) has two options to get to know people better - the Buddy Program and the Community Host Program. The Buddy Program offers opportunities to get to know American students and the Mentor Program offers opportunities to get to know American faculty or staff. Please see Catamount Cultural Connections for more information.
Work with Us!
Each year, the OIE has opportunities for students to work with staff during orientation. Some are paid, some are unpaid but all are a lot of fun!
- Orientation Leaders (OLs) are paid student interns. They welcome new students, assist with some orientation sessions and help with our arrival days. They are friendly, responsible and energetic. OLs are hired in the spring of each year for an internship beginning in August. They work during August orientation and may have the option to work during January and May orientations too.
- Orientation Volunteers help with orientation in many different ways. Options available include welcoming students at the airport and helping new students find their rooms after they arrive on campus. The OIE sends emails recruiting volunteers in the weeks prior to orientation sessions.
Around Campus and in Burlington
There are SO MANY opportunities to get involved on campus! Some clubs or organizations require just a couple hours per month. Some require much more. Ready to get involved? Here are some ideas!
Activities Fest: Information fair at the beginning of the school year. Many clubs and organizations have students available to talk about the club or organization.
AdvoCats: Tour guides who show prospective students around campus
Alternative Spring Break: Volunteer during spring break at sites around the US
Chinese-English Language Partner Program: Chinese department program that matches native Chinese speakers with students learning Chinese
Club Sports: Club sports are for students who are interested in spending a significant amount of time playing a sport. They sometimes require an audition to participate and they sometimes travel to other schools to compete. If you want to play sports just for fun with less of a time commitment, see intramural sports.
Clubs at UVM: More than 100 options for many different interests
Cynic: UVM’s student newspaper
Graduate Student Senate: Student government for graduate students
Greek Life: Special type of student clubs. Sororities are for women and fraternities are for men. A “co-ed” fraternity is for men and women.
Inter-Residence Association: Student government for students living in the residence halls
Intramural Sports: Sports that are just for fun – join a team that competes against other UVM student teams. Beginners welcome! For more competitive sports opportunities, see club sports.
Orientation Leader (OL): Student leaders for UVM’s general June orientation
Outing Club: Club that organizes many different trips into the outdoors, such as hiking, camping, or kayaking. It also provides equipment rental for students at an affordable price.
Resident Advisor (RA): Returning student who lives in the residence hall and helps create and maintain a good community in the residence halls. RAs receive a free room and meals in exchange for their work.
Student Conduct Associate: Student who helps the Center for Student Conduct decide whether or not another student did not follow The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Student Government Association: Student government for undergraduate students
University Academic Integrity Council: Student who helps the Center for Student Conduct decide whether or not another student did not follow The Code of Academic Integrity
UVM Medical Center Volunteer Program: Many opportunities to volunteer at the UVM Medical Center, doing everything from art with patients to helping visitors find the right place in the building
UVM Program Board: Group of students who organize special events for campus
UVMtv: UVM’s student-run TV station
Volunteer Service Organizations: Clubs and organizations that volunteer and serve the UVM and Burlington communities and sometimes other communities
WOW Squad: Group of students that helps welcome new students to campus in August and assists with special events during arrival week and the first weeks of class
WRUV: UVM’s student-run radio station
There are of also many other ways to get involved at UVM, including many of the events on campus, which you can find on the UVM Bored website. International students receive regular emails from the Office of International Education which often advertise other opportunities. If you wish to be added to this newsletter, email us at InternationalStudents@uvm.edu.