International Student Life

Getting involved in some of the many social, recreational and educational activities available on the Detroit Mercy campus and in metropolitan Detroit is a great way to learn about the new culture, meet new people and just kick back, relax and have fun. The Detroit Mercy Student Life Office organizes a wide variety of activities for all students, and the International Services Office sponsors a number of events designed especially for international students.

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    International Services Newsletter

    The Office of International Services publishes quarterly newsletters to cover topics on immigration regulations and updates, international student health insurance, travel guides, cultural events and other important information pertaining to the international students who study at the University of Detroit Mercy. Should you have any questions regarding the newsletters, please contact Weihong Sun, Director of International Services at, or Leyla Field at



    Reasons to live on campus

    Not only does Detroit Mercy strongly encourage you to consider living on campus to facilitate your acculturation, the following are just a few reasons why many of our domestic and international students choose to live on campus:


    The residence hall population is comprised of energetic, friendly and interesting people all working toward the same goal — academic and personal growth. Also, being a part of a community reinforces and enhances the acculturation process.

    Independence and responsibility

    Life beyond high school brings with it new responsibilities, like budgeting and time management. The transition will be smoother when spent in a friendly, supportive environment.


    Residence halls put classrooms, faculty, support services and campus recreation at your doorstep. In addition, quick, easy and nutritious meal plans are available.

    Interpersonal and leadership skills

    Prepare for leadership opportunities in your future career by learning to communicate, understand and motivate others. Living on campus gives you practical experience outside the classroom.

    Campus life

    The 60-plus clubs and organizations available at Detroit Mercy are even easier to get involved with when you live on campus. Enjoy activities that are built on common bonds-from social clubs to academic organizations and even intramural sports.

    Greater career opportunities

    Friendships that residence hall students make with fellow students are lasting ones — often evolving into a lifelong network of clients, colleagues and contacts to serve you in your future.

    Beyond the books

    Outside the University gates, a bustling city awaits you: Detroit, aka The Motor City, aka Motown. Enjoy nightlife, dancing, comedy clubs and concerts. Enjoy cultural events, museums, opera and live theatre. Sports more to your liking? How about the Red Wings, Tigers, Pistons, Lions and even our own Detroit Mercy Titans at Calihan Hall.

    Academic success

    Students who live in a residence hall consistently have higher grades than non-resident classmates. Plus, they are more likely to graduate and to do so within the goal of four years.


    International Services Events

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    International Night

    One of the most important events for international students on the Detroit Mercy campus is International Night. Held every year in late March or early April, this event attracts crowds from the Detroit Mercy and metro-area communities to the colorfully decorated Student Center Ballroom, where they enjoy an evening featuring a lavish dinner of ethnic foods, cultural displays and a program of international entertainment. Sponsored by the ISO and organized by Detroit Mercy international student associations, the event is free of charge and open to all.


    Student Organizations.

    One good way to get involved in campus life is to join one or more Detroit Mercy student organizations. Among the more than 60 clubs and organizations that bring Detroit Mercy students together for friendship and fun are several international or cultural associations. For more information and for a list of registered student organizations, check here.

    International Education Week

    Held in mid-November, International Education Week is an annual, worldwide event sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. At Detroit Mercy, a variety of events encourage a global perspective in the University community and promote awareness of cultural diversity on campus.

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