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The Office of International Students and Scholars strives to deliver programs that embrace and unite the diverse cultures of the Lehigh community. We invite you to participate in our upcoming programs below.

FALL 2023


Library Tours

Date: Tuesday, August 29 at 10:00 am

OR Wednesday, August 30 at 4:00 pm (chose one!)

Location: Meet in main floor lobby of Fairchild-Martindale Library (FML)

Tour both FML and Linderman to understand what materials and resources are available to you. This is your opportunity to learn how to access everything that's available to you from Library & Technology Services. No registration required.

Fika Fridays

Every Friday

12:00pm (noon)

Global Union (Coxe Hall rm 215)

Join us each Friday for fika! Fika, in Swedish custom, is a break from activity during which people drink coffee, eat cakes or other light snacks, and relax with others. Coffee and light refreshments will be available. This is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Come for a little, or stay for a while.

OPT Workshops

Wednesday, September 20

12:00 - 1:15 pm

HST 201 (no registration required)



Tuesday, October 17

4:15-5:30 pm on Zoom

Registration required, click here >


This session is designed for F-1 students graduating from Lehigh in December 2023. Learn the process and resources to apply for OPT: Optional Practical Training. It is highly encouraged that students applying to OPT attend one session.

Outlet Shopping

Saturday, September 30

Depart campus at 11:00am, depart outlets at 5:00pm.

As the weather cools, join us for a shopping trip to add to your fall fashion! We will visit the Pocono Premium Outlets, approximately 1 hour from campus in Tannersville, PA. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 24. Additional details will be sent to those that sign up.

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Dorney Park Halloween Haunt

Friday, October 20

Depart campus at 5:30pm, depart Dorney at 10:00pm

Dorney Park transforms in a haunted house for the month of October. The normal rides will be open, in addition to scare zones, haunted houses, and performances. There is a $10 charge for this event. The deadline to register is Thursday, October 12 to register.

Sign-up > (will open on Monday, Oct 2 at 9:30 am)

Winter Closet donations

In collaboration with the Global Union, our annual Winter Closet will be open for shopping November 6-10. At this time we are seeking donations from students, faculty, and staff to stock our closet! We cannot accept spring or summer clothing, but we will accept the following items of all sizes (including children's): beanies, scarves, gloves/mittens, winter coats, jackets, boots, sneakers, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, pants, socks. Donations may be dropped off in the 2nd Floor Conference room in Coxe Hall (down the hall from the Global Union) anytime until October 30. THANK YOU!

International Education Week

November 13-17, 2023


Events will include the Flag Parade, Kick-off Event, Friendsgiving, and much more!

Local bethlehem events

Don't forget that we're surrounded by many exciting events and venues in the Lehigh Valley. If you'd like to go off campus, we encourage you to check out the following websites for ideas:

Steel Stacks

Discover Lehigh Valley

Fall Fun in the Lehigh Valley

Bethlehem Celtic Festival

International Flag Request

Interested in using OISS & the Global Union's international flag(s)? Complete the form at least two weeks prior to your event. We have an inventory of over 150 flags from around the world.

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