Programs & Events

OIA is pleased to offer a variety of ongoing programs and virtual events to support and connect with international students from all academic divisions. Please see below for details & join us!

Spring 2021 Events

Ongoing Programs

Campus Partnerships

Global Hangouts Series

Join and be a part of the Global Hangouts series, a partnership between UChicagoGRAD, the Office of International Affairs, and International House. These sessions aim to mitigate the isolating effects of lockdown by providing international students with a space to come together, chat, share ideas and connect with fellow students from different countries. 

Meeting ID: 973 0530 4510 
Passcode: Global

Friday, April 30 - 8am & 5pm - Join Here

Thursday, May 27 - 8am & 5pm - Join Here

Thursday, June 17 - 8am & 5pm - Join Here

Work Authorization Webinars with OIA + Career Advancement

International undergraduate students are invited to attend these webinars, during which advisers from Career Advancement & OIA will provide important information about who is eligible for off-campus work authorization and how to apply, OR what additional options to pursue if you are not yet eligible. These webinars are intended for international College students (undergraduates) only

Work Authorization Overview

For first year students who were not physically present in the U.S. in Autumn 2020

More Sessions TBA

CPT Webinar

For all students who are eligible for CPT in Summer 2021: includes first year students who were physically present in the U.S. for the Autumn 2020 quarter AND second, third, fourth year students who are planning for off-campus jobs/internships. 

More Sessions TBA

OPT Workshops & Packet Review Sessions

Students who are in the final year of their academic program and intend to work in the U.S. following graduation are encouraged to attend an OPT Workshop in order to prepare for their post-grad work authorization. Upcoming OPT workshops dates and times are listed here on the OIA OPT Page. Registration links will be provided when available. 

Global Mentorship Network

The Global Mentorship Network (GMN) is a collaboration between International House and the Office of International Affairs that aims to develop and facilitate a network of support for international graduate students at the University of Chicago. 

This year-long program connects graduate mentors with a cohort of new international graduate students. Mentors and mentees are expected to communicate at least once per month throughout the academic year, and with support from our offices, mentors will foster a sense of community and provide resources for their mentees. Through this collaborative cohort model, inclusive programming, and regular reflection and feedback, GMN intends to enhance the overall international student experience at the university. 

We are no longer accepting applicants for the 2020-2021 year. Please stay tuned for the following academic year if you are interested in participating in the future. 

International Student Support Space

Weekly throughout Spring Quarter, starting Week 2: Fridays at 9am. 

Virtual OIA and Student Counseling have partnered together to develop a support space and outreach programming for international students. This support space is for international students to stay connected during these uncertain times. Through theme-based discussion, participants will have opportunities to reflect together on their needs and goals and learn to approach challenges with a growth mindset. Please sign up through or email Dr. Yu-Yun Liu at to sign up or ask questions. 

Weekly Themes:

4/9         Healing from Challenging Experiences                      

4/16       Debunking Myths about Mental Health                  

4/23       Managing Stress and Uncertainty related to Job Search

4/30       Engaging in Advocacy and Activism

5/7         Creating Structure and Routine for Productivity

5/14       Building Community and Staying Connected        

5/21       Managing Cross-cultural transitions             

THRIVE Collective

THRIVE is a partnership with UChicagoGRAD Diversity & Inclusion, Student Counseling Services (SCS), Student Support Services (SSS), and the Office of International Affairs (OIA)  to provide emotional wellness related workshops for graduate students every quarter. 

Past workshops have included topics such as imposter syndrome and cultivating unconditional self-worth. These workshops are just some of the tools available for stress and mental health management. 

UPCOMING: Hearing & Incorporating Criticism & Feedback

10-11:30am on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Receiving and incorporating feedback is a key part of the academic experience. Students in a highly competitive environment, such as UChicago may feel intense pressure to produce high-quality research and writing, and engage in demanding, intellectual discourse at the cost to our well-being. Underrepresented minority students face unique challenges in navigating these demands. Critical feedback can cause us to doubt ourselves, question our abilities, and negatively impact our productivity, self-worth, and sense of belonging. Join us in this workshop to learn ways to hear and incorporate criticism and challenging feedback in an active, empowering way.


Visit the home page for more information. 

Check out this quarter's THRIVE event information