IESL Activities and Traditions
Michigan Tech offers students many activities to enjoy during their time at the university. IESL students are strongly encouraged to participate in as many of these activities as they can.
In addition to these university-wide activities, IESL organizes some activities for students. These activities are additional ways to meet people and to learn about other cultures, the university community, and the Houghton-Hancock area, its history and culture. Specific activities and trips are announced to students as they become available. Recent trips have included a visit to the Hungarian Falls nature reserve for an ecology unit, visits to museums such as the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and the local courthouse. During the summer months activities have included canoeing and kayaking with the Michigan Tech outdoor education program, as well as visits to places of cultural interest around the Keweenaw Peninsula.
The International Programs and Services (IPS) office also offers international students a number of activities and trips throughout the year. IESL strongly encourages students to participate in these activities. For example, IPS organizes Parade of Nations and International Ski Day and trips to Minneapolis (over Thanksgiving break) and Chicago (over Spring break). Information about these trips is posted on the IPS page under “Programs and Events” and on the IPS Facebook page.
This page provides information about organizations and activities.
International Clubs and Organizations
- African Student Organization
Established to let people know about African cultures - to be ambassadors of Africa on & off the campus, to disseminate accurate information about African countries; to give the members of the organization opportunities to know each other’s culture.
- Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Established to serve as a learning resource for students and staff on the Michigan Tech campus; and to help people learn something about Chinese Culture and Mandarin Chinese for those who are interested in it. Contact
- Indian Student's Association
Established to provide for social, cultural, and fraternal relations among Indian nationals associated with Michigan Technological University; promote understanding and closer social friendships among Indian nationals and people of other nationalities. Contact
- International Club
Established to promote better understanding and closer relations between international and domestic students, and between the various national groups of international students themselves by means of discussions, exchange of opinions, and cooperative activities. Contact
- Malaysian Student Association
The Malaysian Students Association (MASA) was established to promote Malaysian life and culture to the community of Michigan Tech. Contact
- Muslim Student Association
Established to bring Muslims closer and promote Muslim brotherhood and sisterhood; improve communication and coordination among Muslims on campus; organize Islamic activities; promote Islamic morals; and promote communication between Muslim students at Michigan Tech. Contact
- Nosotros/Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Established to create a "sense of community" of the Hispanic/Latin culture at Michigan Technological University; to share the Hispanic/Latin culture with the campus community and to provide a forum for the exchange of information. Contact
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
The Rozsa hosts a number of performing arts events throughout the year as artists, performers, musicians, and lecturers make their way to Houghton. You'll find up-to-date information here.
Visual and Performing Arts
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) sponsors a variety of events throughout the school year. Performance venues include on-campus at the Rozsa or McArdle Theatre and off-campus at the Calumet Theatre. Students can attend some VPA events at no additional cost. Take advantage of this!
Student Development Center Facilities
Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex has unbeatable facilities, workout spaces, fitness centers, and game/activity areas—the SDC is a wonderful place to meet other students and get involved in activities.
Some Michigan Tech Traditions of Interest
- The Parade of Nations celebrates diversity with a day-long event of international food, culture, music, and dance.
- Cultural events of interest include the Cross-Cultural Exchange Program, Malaysia Night, Norouz (Persian New Year), Chinese Spring Festival, Africa Night and Dinner, Thai Night and Dinner, and Diwali Dinner.
- At K-Day, classes are cancelled for an afternoon in the fall so that students, faculty, and staff can celebrate the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula with a picnic on the shores of Lake Superior.
- The Huskies have built a strong tradition of excellence in the University's men's and women's varsity athletic programs. Men's teams include basketball, cross-country, football, ice hockey, tennis, track, Nordic skiing, and cheerleading. The University sponsors women's programs in basketball, tennis, track, volleyball, cheerleading, Nordic skiing, and cross-country.
- Few homecoming festivities on other campuses can rival Michigan Tech's for all-around fun. Besides the usual queen coronation and football game, there is a Hobo Parade featuring cars that have been customized by the students. Other activities include bed races, human pyramid, and tug-of-war challenges; a tailgate party before the big game; and professional entertainment.
- Winter Carnival began in 1922 and has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation. It features huge snow statues on and off campus; a home ice hockey series; men's and women's varsity basketball; skits, broomball, and other sports; sleigh rides; and more midwinter fun than you'd think was possible! Winter Carnival is usually held in late January to early February.