Taste the Nations

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Taste the Nations is our kick-off event each year where students have the opportunity to try food from many different regions of the world, and hear about other ways CBU is engaging in cultural awareness throughout the school year. Check out a highlight video of this year's Taste the Nations!


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Lunar New Year

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Lunar New Year is an important holiday for many of our international students and we want to celebrate alongside them! Millions of people around the world celebrate Lunar New Year, and every year on campus we ring in this holiday with food, boba milk tea, a photo booth with traditional East Asian clothing, and student and professional performances.




Conversation Partners

The conversation partner program is an opportunity designed to partner domestic and international students. Over the course of a semester, partners will design a schedule that works well for them and meet once a week for a minimum of one hour. Students will not only improve their English but also have an opportunity to learn about one another's country and culture in a conversation-based program. Partners are also encouraged to attend on-campus events together. If you are interested in applying to be a conversation partner, please fill out the application here.  

Contact Bernice Shamfuti for more information about Conversation Partners.



Cultural Café

Cultural Café is a once a month opportunity to highlight and experience a different culture through food, music, games and art. Each month we partner with our international students to provide an opportunity for them to show their culture to the CBU community. This is a chance to experience something new and meet some great people in the process.

Contact Noelle Avera to get updates on upcoming Cultural Cafes, or sign up to cook food from your home.


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International Celebration Week

November 13 - 18, 2023

International Celebration Week is promoted by the U.S. Department of Education and celebrated on college campuses all over the United States. We highlight multiple aspects of culture throughout each day of the week through events that highlight music, food, sports, and games.


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Festival of Color

Friday, April 5, 2024

Festival of Color is a night to celebrate Indian culture, one of our largest international student population on campus. The evening starts with a bazaar where students can bargain for food, henna, and chai. The bazaar is followed by student performances representing traditional Indian style dancing. Finally we end with the Color Throw, the highlight of the event. 


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International Chapel

We understand our students come from all different backgrounds and beliefs. International Chapel (iChapel) is an opportunity for those in our Intensive English Program to learn more about Christianity in a smaller, discussion-based setting. During iChapel we have the opportunity to hear the stories from the Bible and discuss in small groups what was taught. As undergraduate students at CBU, you are required to attend 15 chapels in a semester and iChapel is a great way to meet this requirement. If you are interested in being a group leader for International Chapel, please let us know!

Contact Vance Brown for more information about how you can be involved in iChapel.



Intramurals & Outdoor Activities

Interested in sports or want to try something new? We would love to have you join one of our rec sports teams which include: basketball, flag football, volleyball and soccer. Sports are a great way to connect with others who have a similar interest and meet some new people so we would love to have you join us! Join us for our Outdoor Adventure events, too!

Contact Erica de Jong to sign up for a Rec Sports team, or for information on our Outdoor Adventure trips.


Contact the International Center

Phone: (951) 343-4690

Lancer Arms 56
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504

Intensive English Program

IEP Director: Heather Snavely

International Student and Scholar Services

ISSS Director: Courtney Watson

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