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International Student Orientation

Volunteers_1Prior to the beginning of each semester, new students from all over the world are warmly welcomed by the ISS staff and volunteers at the New International Student Orientation. The Orientation offers informative sessions as well as fun social activities. ISS seeks friendly and enthusiastic Lehigh students (both domestic and international students are welcome) to help with a variety of events during the Orientation such as check-in, set up/clean up, picnic (fall only), game night, and student panel, etc.

If you are interested in helping the new students with their transition to Lehigh and making new international friends, please contact Jeanne T.Ma at jet206@lehigh.edu.

International Bazaar

Volunteers_3The International Bazaar started in 1988 when a small group of international students at Lehigh University got together in Maginnes Hall to celebrate their culture through music and dance. Over the years, the Bazaar has evolved to become the largest non-Greek event on Lehigh campus. Organized by the Office of International Students & Scholars, this four-hour event (takes place in April annually) provides an opportunity for the international as well as the domestic students to showcase their culture and heritage. It allows people from different backgrounds to learn from each other and exchange experiences together.

Volunteers_4The Bazaar gives the audience a glimpse of the dance performances, music, and arts and crafts from all around the world. One’s taste buds will also appreciate the traditional ethnic foods prepared by the international students at Lehigh. Highlights of the day will also include a fashion show featuring the beautiful costumes from countries around the world.

More photos of the Bazaar are available in the Photo Gallery.  Click HERE to see a short video from International Bazaar 2010. Click HERE to see a video of the Fashion Show from International Bazaar 2012.

The International Bazaar Planning Committee is consisted of four sub-committees.

  • Entertainment Committee (EC) - is in charge of searching and organizing talented student groups at Lehigh that would like to perform (dance, musical instruments, martial arts, etc.) at the Bazaar. The EC is also responsible for finding a master of ceremonies for the show as well as a guest speaker who will briefly address the crowd before the show.
  • Fashion Show Committee (FSC) - is in charge of recruiting student models from various countries represented at Lehigh and organizing the flow of the show.
  • Food Committee (FC) - is in charge of collecting food ingredients information from the participating clubs for the Bethlehem Health Bureau; organizing and conducting food safety workshops; distributing chafing dishes; overlooking the Bazaar site to make sure all groups are complying with the food regulations required by the Health Bureau.
  • Publicity Committee (PC) - is in charge of all the advertising of the event including creating and posting flyers, posters, and emails; designing the Bazaar logo; and fundraising for the event.

If you would like to participate in the Bazaar (as a performer, volunteer, etc), please contact Jeanne T. Ma at jet206@lehigh.edu.  Follow us on Facebook!

27th Annual International Bazaar - Sunday, April 13, 2014


Update - April 16, 2014

Many thanks to the International Bazaar Planning Committee members, our generous sponsors, performers, participating clubs and organizations and everyone who helped make this year's Bazaar a great success.  We could not have done it without you. THANK YOU! Photos are available at https://www.facebook.com/IntlBazaar.

Congratulations to all the 2014 Bazaar Photo Contest finalists! The winning photos can be viewed here.



(poster designed by Domenica Massamby '17, from Mozambique)


We are excited that this year we will have the following Lehigh clubs, organizations and offices participating in the Bazaar. Many of these clubs will be selling ethnic food and drinks. Bring your appetite!

Asian Cultural Society
Association of International Students
Caring for Cambodia
Chinese Students & Scholars Association
Council for International Students/Scholars Hospitality
Designs by Tracey
Global Citizenship Program
Global Union
Hellenic Club
India Club
International Spouses Support Network
Japan Club
Korean Student Association
Morocco (Moroccan arts and crafts)
Muslim Student Association
Office of International Students & Scholars
Rumi Club
Southeast Asia at Lehigh
Spanish Club
Study Abroad Office
Taiwanese Student Association
Thai Student Association
Turkish Students Association
Turkish Student Club

Performers/performances confirmed to be at the Bazaar - Julie and the Mi-Was ft. Blue Skies Band (Jazz band), Galuu Shuvuu (Mongolian dance), Belly Dancing Club, LU Dance Team, Chinese Dance, Swing Club, LU Glee Club, Dancin' Club, Korean Martial Arts (from the Northampton Community College Self-Defense Club), Latin Dance, Diabolo/Chinese yo-yo (Leon Shum & Brian Bell), Let It Go (Japanese song performed by the Japan Club)

International Bazaar is also on Facebook! Check it out for more updates! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, April 13! For questions, please contact Jeanne at jet206@lehigh.edu or 610-758-4873.

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