International Festival and Food Drive

International Festival and Food Drive 2018

Catch a glimpse of what the International Festival is all about!

Take a trip around the world—without leaving Michigan—to enjoy some of the music, foods, fashions and traditional dances of many cultures by attending Western Michigan University’s 29th Annual International Festival and Food Drive. The 2018 festival is scheduled for Sunday, March 25 on the second floor of the Bernhard Center from 4 - 8 p.m. 

A popular event since 1989, the Festival features cultural display tables, performances, and a fashion show presenting apparel from the students' home countries. Admission is free, and for a nominal fee, attendees may sample traditional cuisine from around the world prepared by international students in campus kitchens under the supervision of WMU Dining Services employees. 

For the first time, the International Festival will feature a food drive for the Invisible Need Project Food Pantry. Each non-perishable food item will enter attendees in to a darwing to win prizes from around campus. 

The International Festival annually attracts around 7,000 students and community members.  With this opportunity to "travel" around the world, participants gain knowledge and appreciation for the diversity of cultures active on campus and in the community.  

The University enrolls more than 1,800 international students from about 96 countries and has many international student groups.


We are looking for volunteers who are able to assist in organizing the International Festival. If you are able to volunteer on that day, please fill out the form below!


WMU International Student Groups Host

More than 100 students volunteer to host International Festival for campus and the community, and many international students have said it is the highlight of the academic year and their WMU experience.

“International Festival is a showcase of WMU’s multicultural diversity, providing a rich opportunity for international students to share their culture with the local community, as well as to learn about other cultures,” said Daniel Nunez, an undergraduate from Spain majoring in business and chair of the festival planning committee. “We welcome campus and the community to join us for this celebration of our cultures.”

Attendees get to experience traditions from around the world including henna.

Attendees get to experience traditions from around the world including henna.

The group's hosting this year's event are:

  • Indonesian Student Association
  • Alliance of Filipino-American Students
  • Fulbright Student Organization
  • Dominican Student Organization
  • Malaysian Students Association
  • Pakistani Student Association
  • Omani Student Association
  • The Association of Chinese Students and Scholars
  • Indian Student Association
  • Saudi Students Association
  • WMU Japan Club
  • German Club
  • Latino Student Alliance
  • Afghan Student Organization
  • Iraqi Student Union
  • Asian Pacific American Student Association (APASA) and Korean Student Association
  • Russian Club
  • Arab Student Association 

WMU's International Festival is organized by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education's International Student Activities office and is co-sponsored by the University Cultural Events Committee and Western Student Association.

For more information, contact the International Activities office at (269) 387-3966.