International Jayhawk Festival returns to ‘celebrate KU’s diverse student body’

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The International Jayhawk Festival will return to the Burge Union from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, according to a news release from KU.

The sixth annual festival, which is free to attend, “celebrates KU’s diverse student body, the importance of global citizenship, the value of international education and the need for global awareness,” according to the release. Participants will receive free international snacks and T-shirts as they “learn what it means to be a global Jayhawk” with crafts, games and activities that represent cultures from around the world. 

The festival is going to feature music from India, Ukraine and Russia; dance performances from Unity Hip Hop and the Indonesian Student Association; and poetry read in Urdu and translated to English.

More than 25 different organizations will be involved, with trivia games, “intercultural communication activities” and craft demonstrations, like henna art. Five student clubs and organizations interested in representing their countries and cultures at the festival received up to $150 from the Pederson Grants for Global Engagement to purchase items that will help them educate others and celebrate, according to the release.

“KU has many reasons to celebrate its global community: More than 1,600 international students from over 100 countries attend KU, the most of any school in Kansas,” according to the news release. “In 2020, KU ranked 22nd in the country for study abroad participation among public doctoral-granting institutions, with almost 29% of the total undergraduate student population participating in a study abroad program before graduation.”

KU students will also be able to explore potential international academic and career paths at the festival as they meet with advisers from study abroad programs and foreign language clubs. They can also learn about international career opportunities, student organizations, and academic programs for international studies at KU.

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