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Purpose of the Cosmopolitan Club

The oldest international organization on the University of Illinois campus, the Cosmopolitan Club has been serving the needs of American and international students since 1907. The purpose of the Cosmopolitan Club is to cultivate social and intellectual relationships among persons of different nations through a variety of activities and services, all of which are open to all students and staff of the university and their guests.

The Cosmopolitan Club provides a strong, unique link between the university and community. Over the years, the Club has continued to stand for building bridges among persons of various nationalities, races, cultures, and religions. Members' interest in sharing their cultures has contributed to the Cosmopolitan Club's success.

Club activities include ethnic dinners, international coffee hours, parties, and various excursions to cultural and social events and local attractions. These programs offer opportunities for Americans and those from other countries to share experiences and exchange ideas. In addition, and of prime importance, the house at 307 East John Street serves as a "home away from home" and as an international meeting place very close to campus.

Membership fees provide the on-going support for Club activities; members receive our calendar of events, Cosmo Connections, and a warm welcome at all Cosmo gatherings. You are invited to join the Cosmopolitan Club, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization supported by volunteers dedicated to the principles and values exemplified by our club motto:

Above all nations is humanity