International Education Week (November 18-22, 2019) is a national week of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences. IEW events also showcase the diversity brought to the United States by the nearly 1 million international students that come here every year.

International Education Events

The national week brings opportunities to participate in cultural and educational programming as international students from all over celebrate and share their experiences. Many universities in the United States schedule events and invite students to share cultural traditions, some nonprofit organizations share stories or launch fundraising campaigns to support international education initiatives, and some social groups get together for potlucks.

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education partner to provide materials for organizations or institutions hoping to hold events for IEW. It is the goal of the week to connect local and global communities in the spirit of friendship and communication. No matter how you celebrate IEW, recognizing the beauty in diversity, equity, and cultural cooperation can encourage us all to think about a more connected, peaceful world.

International students are global citizens

Global citizenship is defined as awareness, caring, and embracing cultural diversity while promoting social justice and sustainability, coupled with a sense of responsibility to act. In the spirit of international education and global citizenship, ETC encourages anyone who is able to study abroad. By becoming more open to the people global, people embrace environments that may make them uncomfortable in order to learn more. They get rid of the fear of not knowing recognize and respect culture and recognize diversity within oneself and within others. Participating in or supporting international education communicates that individuals, groups, and communities care about cultural cooperation and value the perspective of others.

Bring your culture to IEW in November with ETC

Those who are already here can celebrate IEW with ETC (Education Travel & Culture) by entering our presentation competition. The top 3 presenters win amazing prizes—the first prize presenter will join ETC in New York City in March (**  Airfare not included). Prizes will be awarded to the students who show the most effort and originality. Choosing different ways to present your culture will increase your chances of winning – i.e. creating a video, presentation, AND preparing a meal. 

To help you brainstorm the topic you would like to present, consider the following ten categories that, according to authors Robert Moran, Philip Harris, and Sarah Moran, can be used for understanding either a macroculture or a microculture, and can be useful for studying any group
of people:

1. Sense of self and space
2. Communication and language
3. Dress and appearance
4. Food and feeding habits
5. Time and time consciousness
6. Relationships
7. Values and norms
8. Beliefs and attitudes
9. Mental processing and learning
10. Work habits and practices

There are special and valuable aspects of every culture and international students have the unique opportunities to teach others and be citizen ambassadors. We hope you start planning your presentation soon because we can’t wait to hear from you! May you all learn some new things about yourself and for others this International Education Week.

Check out the ETC winners from last year here!

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