International Community

Students from around the world have found a second home here at CMU. Why? Our tight-knit community hosts student organizations, cultural celebrations and support services to help you meet new people, foster connection and thrive.

Number of international students: 1,726

Total number of CMU students: 14,426

Number of countries students call home: 62

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Student organizations

There are 300 student organizations and clubs at CMU for you to get involved in. You’ll find sports organizations, volunteer opportunities, groups for academic areas of study and so much more. 

There are also specific organizations for international students and those interested in different cultures. These groups include:

  • International Student Organization
  • Indian Student Association
  • African Student Association
  • Asian Cultural Organization
  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association
  • Empowered Latino Union
  • Bangladeshi Student Association
  • Saudi Student Club

Each group hosts their own events like trivia nights, food tastings and cultural celebrations to educate and foster community. 


Cultural celebrations

Each year, dozens of cultural celebrations are hosted on campus including; Hispanic Heritage Month, Arab American Heritage Month, discussion panels, fashion and art displays and more. These events offer opportunities for students to engage with individuals from various cultures through food, music, activities and celebrations. 

Support services

As an international student, you’ll have a unique set of opportunities. We’re here to help you make the most of them.

Our International Students and Scholars team provides a range of services including visa and immigration assistance, orientation programs, support for navigating health insurance and more. 

In addition to resources tailored specifically for international students, you will also have access to campus-wide resources including:

  • Tutoring services: Free one-to-one tutoring in various subjects from other CMU students.
  • Career Development Center: Get support crafting your résumé, practice interview skills or view one of the 2,200 unique employers posting job and internship opportunities for CMU students and graduates.
  • Writing Center: Support through every step of the writing process, from brainstorming to proofing and final edits.
  • Student Food Pantry: Open to all CMU students, the Student Food Pantry offers free food, hygiene and cleaning items to help combat food insecurity. 
  • Free and confidential mental health support: The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed mental health professionals and graduate level trainees. 
  • Helpdesk (Information Technology): Technology support on university owned or your own devices including help setting up your Global ID, connecting to Wi-Fi and accessing instructor course materials.
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People are very friendly and helpful. They are open-minded and often eager to learn about other people's cultures.