Programs & Events

Explore the programs, events, and service opportunities the MUSC Center for Global Health offers to our international community.

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Spotlight: MUSC International Bazaar

MUSC's annual International Bazaar brings food, music, dancing, art, and activities to MUSC from our international community and local partners. 

Dancing in costume at Bazaar. A group of women and children at an International Bazaar art booth.

Food vendor at International Bazaar A man and a woman conduct a martial arts demonstration.

International Community Events

Explore the programs and events offered by the MUSC Center for Global Health for our international community.

International Student Orientation 

Orientation for new MUSC international students and scholars. Speakers from across campus share information and resources available to students. 

Welcome Back Lunch

A networking and welcoming of new international students and scholars to Charleston and MUSC campus at the start of the Fall semester. Also, an opportunity to learn about International Programs and Events for the year.

Tax Seminar

A short presentation offered by the MUSC tax office to our International community reviewing tax forms and procedures, including a question and answer opportunity. Tax Information

Charleston History Boat Tour

A chance to explore Charleston’s rich heritage and maritime history, including sites such as Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, Morris Island and Sullivan’s Island Lighthouses, and the USS Yorktown. Check for porpoises swimming along!

International ‘Friends and Family’ Picnic

An end of the year traditional family picnic, including ice-cold watermelon and hotdogs & hamburgers with all the fixins’ at our local county park. Kickball and a fantastic water balloon toss are favorite games among the included activities.

Globe-Trotting with ISA (International Student Association)

An MUSC ISA event to promote cultural awareness. Multiple International students give short presentations sharing their love for their country, on topics such as country beauty, activities, food, family, and healthcare. A trivia game based on the presentations follows.


A cultural lunch celebrating and learning about Native American History while enjoying a ‘typical’ Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, including pumpkin and apple pie! Everyone shares something they are thankful for.

Lowcountry Heart Walk

MUSC International team joins the American Heart Association to walk for a cause at the annual Lowcountry Heart Walk, bringing awareness and raising funds for heart health research.

Holiday Gift Exchange/Secret Santa 

International Students and Scholars sign up for a ‘random’ gift exchange. Gifts are sent by ‘Secret Santas’ via mail and then the group meets together to reveal their gift while discovering who their ‘Santa’ is.

Chili Cook-Off and Square Dance

MUSC Internationals pair up with a local community group and compete to win the gold, silver, and bronze ladle for best chili…don’t forget the cornbread! Professionals will then teach the group a bit of square dancing!


Service Opportunities

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MUSC believes that it is important to partner our international students with opportunities to help the community. We offer many programs allowing international community members to meet other individuals and give back to the Charleston and MUSC community in an activity that interests them.

Big Siblings Program

MUSC Big Siblings Mentorship Program provides our international students an opportunity to partner with other MUSC community members to learn more about MUSC, academics, and living in Charleston and the United States. 

Read more about the ISA Big Siblings Program.

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Food Basket Drive

ISA volunteers purchase and gather donations, organize and put together food baskets for our local homeless shelter.

Bone Marrow Drive

ISA sponsors a ‘Be the Match’ event including information sessions and a drive for MUSC campus volunteers to pick up cheek swab kits from individuals joining Be The Match Registry®, in hopes of becoming
part of every patient's search for a bone marrow donor.

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Sugar-Free Fall Festival

ISA sponsors a table with games to win sugar-free treats and prizes at this MUSC student-driven event to give children with diabetes the chance to enjoy Halloween fare in costume.