Welcome to UNC!

Welcome international students! Whether you are new to UNC or just returning from summer vacation, we are glad you are here and hope to be seeing you soon at one of our many welcome events!

Chance to Win a $100 iTunes Gift Card!
International Friends wants to get to know you better by asking you to fill out a brief survey with your contact info so that we can update you about our fun sightseeing trips, parties, events and more!  Taking the survey will enter your into a drawing for a $100 iTunes gift card!  To take the survey, you can visit http://mhub.cc/c/UNC and take it online (you must have a facebook account to take it this way); or you can text the word “UNC” to 75572 and take the survey on your phone!  Cool, right?  Or just stop by our table and take it in person.

Campus Tour and Franklin Street Hang Out; Tues. Aug 23rd, 7pm, Belltower
Meet at the Belltower at 7pm for a campus tour led by some seasoned UNC students. Learn everything from the best places to study on campus, the where to print for free, where to get football tickets, where to see free movies on weekends, and all the cool places to go on Franklin Street.  After we will go to Franklin together to get ice cream or bubble tea.  Great chance to make friends after your first day of class!

Ice Cream Social; Wed. Aug 24th, 4-6pm, Battle House
Join us for free ice cream and a meet-and-greet with other international students and Americans. A great way to hear about other events International Friends has to offer and meet lots of new friends! The Battle House is located near the intersection of Country Club Rd and Battle Ln, near the Forest Theatre and the Kenan Quad dormitories.  It is a big white house with big front yard. Click here to see the map.

Hoedown Picnic, Fri. Aug 26th, 5:45pm, Carrboro Town Commons

Come with us to the Hoedown Square Dance and Picnic hosted by UNC student organization Cornerstone.  What’s a Hoedown?  It’s an American folk dance most popular in the rural South–but more importantly, it’s tons a fun and a very unique cultural experience that only comes around once a year! (See video here).  There will be barbeque pork, beans, sweet tea and other traditional southern food and dance lessons.  Bring your camera and join us for an unforgettable night!  Email us at UNCinternationalfriends@gmail.com for more info.  For transportation, meet at the ATMs near Davis library on Raleigh Rd at 5:45pm.  Tickets are on sale in the Pit between 10am-2pm ever day this week for $8 (at the Cornerstone table), or you can buy them at the hoe-down Friday night for $10.  This includes a full meal and the dance.

Day Trip to Topsail Beach, NC; Sat. Aug 27th, 7:45am-9pm
Join us for a day at one of North Carolina’s beautiful beaches. We will provide transportation and meet at 7:45am in front of Carmichael Dormitory, across from Kenan Stadium, and we will return around 9:00 pm.  Bring a lunch with you, and we’ll stop to eat some Southern American food at the famous Smithfield Barbeque on the way home.  Space in the vans is limited, so register early. Contact us for more information at UNCinternationalfriends@gmail.com.  Cost is $25 to cover van rentals and gas.

Friday Night Dinner; Fri. Sept 2nd, 6-9pm, School of Public Health Atrium (Hooker Building)
Join us for the semester’s first Friday night dinner for a free dinner and American culture seminar. The dinner will be catered by Chick-fil-a in University Mall.  After dinner discuss topics, such as “How to Relate to American Professors,” “How to Make Friends with Americans,”  and other practical tips on succeeding during your studies in America.  A great place to make new friends!  The Hooker Building is located near the Health Science Library  on South Columbia St.  See it on the map here.

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