The UT campus community, led by the Center for International Studies and Programs, will celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 17-21, with more than 30 events.
International Education Week serves as a reminder that university campuses play a vital role in shaping global awareness, preparing students for the global environment, and encouraging them to become international leaders.
“International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” said Michelle Ploeger, international education specialist and coordinator of International Education Week. “This year we have again partnered across campus to offer a variety of programs and activities for the UT community to enjoy and learn about different cultures, international opportunities and global issues.
“There will be fun, academic opportunities for students, faculty and staff. These include International Village, foreign film screenings, international photo contest, and excellent speakers,” Ploeger added. “This week provides the campus community with several opportunities to meet international students and scholars, try international food, and prepare for experiential learning outside the country.”
The keynote address, “Go Global! Education Abroad Launches Career Opportunities,” will take place Tuesday, Nov. 18, at noon in Student Union Room 2582/84. Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, a global executive, international career expert, and award-winning author, will provide information on how to succeed in the worldwide marketplace.
Have you wondered about working overseas? Does the life of a U.S. diplomat intrigue you? Attend Diplomat in Residence Michelle Jones’ informational presentation, “Ask a Diplomat,” and learn about U.S. Foreign Service careers. Questions about career opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and Civil and Foreign Service positions will be answered Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. in Student Union Room 2591.
An interactive presentation titled “Global Climate Disruption: How Do We Know? What Can We Do?” with Dr. Andy Jorgensen, UT associate professor of chemistry and chair of the American Chemical Society Committee on Education, will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. in Student Union Room 2591. Jorgensen spent a sabbatical leave as Senior Fellow at the National Council for Science and the Environment, where his work focused on the development of climate change curricular materials.
Listed by date, other highlights for International Education Week will include:
Monday, Nov. 17
• Passport Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1000. Stop in to schedule a passport appointment during fall semester and receive a free passport photo.
• Education Abroad Info Session Featuring European Destinations, 3 to 4 p.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. Are you interested in traveling and experiencing a new culture while gaining college credit? Get inspired by UT students as they share their European education abroad experiences.
• Arabic Film Viewing, 6 to 8 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 1050. Watch an Arabic film with the Department of Foreign Languages.
• Education Abroad Info Session for Campus Residents, 7 to 9 p.m., Carter Hall Huddle. Get inspired by UT students as they share their study abroad experiences.
Tuesday, Nov. 18
• Education Abroad Info Session Featuring Costa Rica, 11 a.m. to noon, Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. UT faculty and students will share their education abroad experiences.
• Peace Corps Info Session, 3 to 4 p.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. Learn about the opportunity to live, learn and work overseas from returned volunteers.
• Spanish Film Viewing, 6 to 8 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2480. Watch a Spanish film with the Department of Foreign Languages.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
• International Village, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. International Student Association members will showcase their cultures with free food and performances.
• Department of Foreign Languages Study Abroad Reception, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2420. UT faculty members will talk about studying and teaching abroad.
• Education Abroad Info Session Featuring India, 3 to 4 p.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. UT faculty and students will share their education abroad experiences in India.
• International Food Mixer & International Trivia, 5 to 6 p.m., Rocky’s Pub in the Student Union. Sample international appetizers, mingle with new international and American friends, and test your knowledge of international trivia and current events.
• German Film Viewing, 6 to 8 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 1050. Watch a German film with the Department of Foreign Languages.
Thursday, Nov. 20
• Education Abroad Info Session Featuring Asia, 11 a.m. to noon, Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. UT students will talk about their time abroad in Asia.
• Fulbright for Scholars, noon to 1 p.m., Student Union Room 2591. Faculty are invited to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in some 125 countries worldwide.
• Global Health Exhibit, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 1711. Global Health students will present approximately 30 countries’ public health status. Learn about economic status, leading causes of death, public health services, and medical work force statistics for several countries.
• French Film Viewing, 6 to 8 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2480. Watch a French film with the Department of Foreign Languages.
Friday, Nov. 21
• Fulbright for U.S. Students, 10 to 11a.m., Student Union Room 2591. Learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides annual grants to study, conduct research or teach English worldwide.
• Education Abroad Info Session Featuring South American Destinations, noon to 1 p.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. Brazilian exchange students and UT students will share stories about their time abroad in South American.
• Film Screening: “American Dreams in China,” 3 to 5 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 1050. How did China do it? Was it simply the sheer size of its population that rocked the nation from Communist underdog to global economic superpower? This film suggests otherwise. Inspired by a true story, this stirring tale dramatizes both the spirit and the details of China’s historic rise.
International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and have exchange experiences in the United States.
For a complete list of International Education Week events, visit utoledo.edu/cisp/iew.