IE students enjoy dinner and a night out with the IE Portuguese Club.

Not only does IE have alumni clubs in cities around the world, it also has several cultural student clubs on its campus in Madrid. These clubs hold cultural events, where students from one country share their food, music and customs with their classmates. IE has student clubs representing a range of countries in Europe and around the world. Among those included are France, Italy, the UK, Lebanon, Israel, Japan, India and Singapore.

Recently, the IE Portuguese Club held an event (pictured) with Portuguese food, drinks and music. “It was for people to know each other and mingle. There was a lot of Portuguese culture and really good Portuguese music during the dinner,” said David Coutinho, president of the Portuguese Club.

“I met a lot of new Portuguese form IE because of the dinner,” he said, noting that he knew there were 7 Portuguese students in his International MBA program, but he met several others studying in different masters programs. He also met many  non-Portuguese as well.

“I had several people that I didn’t know coming up to me and saying that they love Portugal and because of that they wanted to join the party,” he said.

Other cultural events that took place this Spring included a St. Patrick’s Day event from the Ireland Club, the Italian Club’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the reunification of Italy, and the Iran Club’s celebration of the Persian new year.

Now students are in the middle of exams, but even more events can be expected in the summer. The biggest — The Global Village — will be held on May 26.  There cultural clubs will converge outdoors on IE’s campus, offering food, drinks, dance and music from all over the world. The video below shows the Global Village event from last year:

As you can see, the highly international student body at IE offers students access to cultures from all over the world, all in one place!