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Social and Cultural Programs

The Office of International Engagement is pleased to offer a variety of social and cultural programs that are focused on enhancing the educational experiences of international students and scholars at Montclair State University.

Connecting Across Cultures

Connecting Across Cultures is an informal, supportive discussion group for international students, students who have studied abroad and any students who are interested in dialoguing and connecting across cultures. It is a place where students can obtain support and make connections at Montclair State University. The group meets every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. in the Drop-In Center.

Global Living Community (GLC)

The Global Living Community (GLC) is a residential community of international and domestic students at Montclair State. The mission of the GLC is to support the internationalization of the campus by providing a living and learning community in which American and international students can learn across cultures and develop global friendships. The Office of International Engagement provides an array of programs for residents of the GLC including discussion groups, excursions to cultural sites, social events, and other educational and cultural activities. GLC programs promote global awareness and intercultural respect and understanding. Living in the GLC offers students and international scholars a unique opportunity to make friends from around the world who share an interest in broadening their cultural perspectives. Spaces in the GLC are limited, and priority is given to international visiting and exchange students and returning residents. You can visit the Special Interest Housing page to learn more about this and other residential communities that Residence Life offers.

Montclair State World’s Fair

Each spring semester, Montclair State hosts a campus-wide World’s Fair—a celebration of cultures from around the world! The Fair includes international exhibits, entertainment and food, and is held on the quad in the center of campus. Experience the cultural diversity of Montclair State! Listen to music, watch dance performances, learn words in a new language, try cultural crafts, and taste delicious food from around the world. Dozens of university organizations and student groups participate in the festivities. Explore the world, right here at Montclair State!

International Student Career Week

Are you planning to pursue an internship or career in the U.S.?  Applying for jobs and interviewing in the U.S. can be challenging—not to mention navigating your immigration status! International Student Career Week is held each fall semester and includes workshops on F-1 and J-1 student employment options, immigration options after student status, preparing for job interviews, and job search essentials.

Social and Cultural Programs/Excursions

The Office of International Engagement offers ongoing on-campus events and off-campus cultural excursions for international students and scholars.  We also host a culminating International Student Achievement Ceremony each semester, prior to graduation.  These events and excursions promote intercultural understanding and present a broader experience of American culture. Current students and scholars will be notified of programs via e-mail and can also visit our HawkSync page to see our upcoming events.  If you have an idea for an event or cultural excursion, let us know; we’re happy to try something new!

For more information about any of our social and cultural programs, please email