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Intercultural activities

Cultural awareness and understanding is sought after by many graduate employers. Graduate jobs are likely to require you to deal with people from a range of different backgrounds and communicate with people across the globe.

We have a hugely diverse student body with a strong international community who are keen to share their cultures and learn more about the cultures of others.

You can get involved in events that celebrate the food, music, language and customs of different countries, while meeting people from all over the world and expanding your intercultural skills and awareness.

Language Exchange

With students from over 140 countries worldwide, our University is a truly international community and the Language Exchange is a great opportunity to learn or improve on a new language in a relaxed, informal environment. 

It works on a ‘buddy’ system – you will be matched with someone you can exchange languages with. You will meet up with your buddy regularly and spend half the time speaking in each of the respective languages to practise and learn. Popular languages include:

  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • German
  • French
  • English
  • Spanish.

Find out more about the UWE Bristol Language Exchange.

Language Cafe

The Language Cafe is for anyone interested in languages, cultures and cake! There are fun quizzes, activities and fascinating facts about languages and different countries of the world.

It is held at The Community Hub on Frenchay Campus at the start of every month. For more information please email communityhub@uwe.ac.uk.

‘Taste of…’ events

‘Taste of…’ events are a fun way to share information about your country or region with fellow students. These events are student and network-led, and can include anything from film screenings to music and dance, to food and quizzes. 

The ‘Taste of…’ evenings are a real celebration of culture and a great way to meet people and learn new things. These events are usually held once a term at The Community Hub on Frenchay Campus, featuring a different country each term. 

If you would be interested in putting on a ‘Taste of...’ event please contact communityhub@uwe.ac.uk.

One World Fiesta

One World Fiesta is delivered in partnership with The Students' Union at UWE Bristol and is a week-long celebration of all things cultural, pulling together activities from across the University showcasing the huge range of talent and variety that we have. 

In previous years, the week has included:

  • showcases
  • music
  • films
  • performances
  • workshops
  • food
  • talks.

Individuals, groups, networks and societies are encouraged to submit something for the event.

For more information, to put your name down to volunteer or to submit suggestions, please email volunteering@uwe.ac.uk.

Cultural Ambassadors

Cultural Ambassadors is an initiative that is run in partnership with the UWE Bristol Volunteering Schools Programme to bring different cultures and languages into schools and the local community. If you are an international student, or have origins outside the UK and would be interested in sharing your culture and language, being a Cultural Ambassador might be for you!

As a Cultural Ambassador you could be helping with a variety of different events and activities such as delivering workshops about your home country and culture in a school, or giving language support to newly arrived pupils or parents for who English is not their first language. You could also help out with cultural celebrations such as Diwali or Lunar New Year with local communities or organisations.

If you are interested in applying to be a Cultural Ambassador, please fill out the online form. We will then contact you when opportunities arise and you can decide if you would like to get involved.

Intercultural volunteering

Bristol is a vibrant city with a lot to offer in terms of intercultural activity. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, gain experience and make connections outside of the University. There are lots of charities based in Bristol who work internationally and welcome support from volunteers.

For more information on how to find organisations in Bristol to volunteer with, please look at InfoHub or email volunteering@uwe.ac.uk.

How do I put on my own cultural event?

The Community Hub Lounge is a great space that you can use to host your cultural event or activity and you can even access funding of up to £200 to help you put everything in place.

If you would be interested in putting on your own cultural event, either as an individual, a group or as part of a network, please email The Community Hub team at communityhub@uwe.ac.uk.

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