Event unites community, students from around the world


More than 15,000 visitors experienced a lively intercultural exchange during Virginia Tech’s annual International Street Fair on April 2, 2011. “What began as a potluck dinner more than 50 years ago has grown into one of the longest running street fairs in the country,” said Kim Beisecker, director of the university’s Cranwell International Center.

This year, 70 booths from more than 40 student organizations featured food, dance, music, performance, and art from throughout the world.  

The International Street Fair offers visitors a look at the variety of nationalities represented on campus, provides international students a chance to share the traditions of their home countries, and celebrates the collaboration between international students, domestic students, and the local community to unite diverse cultures and backgrounds in a welcoming and supportive environment.

The International Street Fair is the largest, most popular event the Cranwell International Center provides for students and community members, but it is only a glimpse of the services and programs it offers.  

More than 2,300 international students from 113 nations attend Virginia Tech. The center’s staff and volunteers help international students acclimate to their surroundings and make the most of their time at Virginia Tech, while promoting understanding and positive relations between all students, both international and domestic.  

Written by Leigh Ann Benson of Wrentham, Mass., a senior majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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By the numbers

More than 2,300 international students from 113 nations attend Virginia Tech. The top five countries from which students hail are:

  • 1. China, 619 students
  • 2. India, 483 students
  • 3. South Korea, 186 students
  • 4. Iran, 74 students
  • 5. Taiwan, 49 students

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