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What is the Bazaar?

The International Bazaar was created in 1986 as a way to recognize and celebrate the unique countries and cultures on campus. Now with over 1,000 international students representing 84 countries and over 40 student cultural organizations on campus, the event has grown to be the largest international celebration on campus. It is hosted on the University Center Front Lawn the 3rd Sunday of April each year. We invite local restaurants to share their food, and our vibrant campus community hosts information tables and performs.

The Bazaar is open to Lehigh University students, staff, faculty, alumni, and their families, as well as members of the Lehigh Valley community. Children are welcome!

Sunday, April 21

1:00 - 4:00 pm

University Center Front Lawn (at the Flag Pole)

Rain Location: Grace Hall

How Can I be Involved?

Host a Table

Any individual, group, student club, faculty member, staff member, or community organization may host a table. Hosting a table should showcase your country or culture (or a specific part of your culture). Some examples from past table hosts include:

  • displaying a poster, tri-fold, or infographic
  • serving food
  • displaying items or artifacts
  • playing a game
  • having something interactive for guests to do
  • wearing taditional/native clothing

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Any individual, group, student club, faculty member, staff member, or community organization may perform. Examples of past performances include:

  • dancing
  • playing a musical instrument
  • singing
  • performing with a band
  • spoken word/reading a poem
  • anything else that represents your cultural identity or country

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Model in the Fashion Show

We invite any member of our campus community to briefly model their native or traditional clothing. No previous modeling experience required! Clothing must be provided by the model. Clothing can be modeled individually, as a duo, or as a group of students. Previous modeling has included:

  • a group of students with West African clothing
  • a pair of students with Indonesian clothing
  • an individual modeling Spanish clothing (pictured above)
  • an individual modeling Thai clothing

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Our Bazaar cannot take place without the dedicated help from our volunteers. We need 30+ volunteers to make this a successful, well run event. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and first access to food. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • set-up (moving tables, chairs, flags, supplies, setting up tents)
  • serving food during the event
  • clean-up

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The Bazaar depends on monetary donations from our valued campus partners. With an annual planning budget of $15K, the donations from our sponsors allow us to make the event bigger and better each year. Sponsors will be thanked during the event, and be printed on our programs that are seen by 500+ attendees from the campus and local community. The generous contributions go toward the following things:

  • purchasing food from 10-12 local restaurants
  • supplies associated with the food (plates, napkins, etc.)
  • stage and audio set-up for our phenomenal performances
  • table and chair rentals
  • giveaways and other miscellaneous international themed items

To sponsor the 35th International Bazaar please email Thank you!

Meet the Planning Board

Patricia Goldman- Advisor

Assistant Director of International Student Engagement

Office of International Student & Scholars

Ibithal Gassem- Logistics Committee

Class of 2027

Political Science


Zahra Hassan- Food Committee Chair

Class of 2025

Political Science and Sociology with a Minor in French


3rd Year Bazaar Board Member

Victor Borges- Food Committee

Britney Venegas- Food Committee

Class of 2025

Marketing and Business Analytics

New York, with Peruvian heritage

Fathmat Bakayoko- Marketing Committee Chair

Class of 2025

Masters in Financial Engineering

Ivory Coast

Katrina Bui- Marketing Committee

Class of 2026

Industrial and Systems Engineering


2nd Year Bazaar Board Member

Baigalmaa Shura- Marketing Committee

Class of 2025

Special Education, M.Ed

Mongolia, Khalkh nationality

Dee Tamang- Entertainment Committee Chair

Class of 2026

Public Health


2nd Year Bazaar Board Member

Iqra Choudhry- Entertainment Committee

Class of 2026

Community and Global Health Major, Anthropology & Sociology, and Behavioral Neuroscience minors


Jose Luis De Piero- Entertainment Committee

Class of 2025

Instructional Technology, M.S.