International Night

Please note

Many of the student events, including the one described below, are reflective of RCSI student life, pre-COVID-19.

For at least the next year, we will be living with a 'new normal' in terms of student life at RCSI. This means that many of our events will move to virtual platforms, will be replaced with other more socially distant-friendly alternatives or will not take place in an effort to keep all of our students, staff and patients safe and healthy.

March in Ireland is usually all about St Patrick’s Day and the celebration of all things Irish. But our Students’ Union (SU) have turned that tradition on its head – March in RCSI is Cultural Diversity Month. This culminates in the spectacular International Night.

At RCSI we know there is strength in diversity and we’re proud to say that our campus is a diverse place; students from more than 60 countries worldwide study at RCSI, bringing their unique culture and outlook to the University.

Students dancing at International Night 2017

During International Night, students from every corner of the globe take to the stage to showcase the dance, poetry and music of their home country, all while dressed in traditional clothing. This takes a lot of practice and dedication, which is evident in the stellar performances of the night. To appreciate just how impressive these performances are, you’ve got to experience it for yourself.

Then the judges – made up of members of the faculties and the SU – have the difficult task of choosing the winners.

The event is held in suitably prestigious venues around Dublin, which have included the Olympia Theatre and the Mansion House. And even if you’re not performing on the night, sporting a traditional outfit from your country is always highly encouraged and adds to the fun.

Girls at International Night 2017

Here are just some of the societies that regularly perform at the annual event:

  • Pakistan, Indian, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Society
  • Middle Eastern Student Association
  • Irish Society
  • Choral Society
  • Caribbean-African Society
  • Canadian-Irish Medical Students Association
  • Southeast and East Asia Society