International Students Celebrated

Institutions in the United States and abroad are recognizing international students this week, who study overseas and in their home countries.

This is the 17th anniversary of International Education [IEW] week, which ends tomorrow, November 18. The week is dedicated to international student education, student exchange and study abroad.

IEW is an initiative between the U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Education. IEW’s goal is to promote understanding and support for international educational exchange and programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment.  

The first IEW was in 2000 and is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world.

Institutions include Columbia University, which held sessions on studying away in Australia. They also held a “Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour,” and addressed immigration through a seminar about “Journeys of Undocumented Students at Columbia.”

The University of Wyoming also extended their events to Saturday. The International Student Association collaborated with the Associated Students, where they put together workshops and “international night”, with hopes of introducing the student body to new cultures, global friendships and educational opportunities.

The University of Delaware Institute of Global Studies dedicates the whole month-long celebration of all things global at UD that correlate with #IEW. Some events that stand out from their long list of events include: “Brexit: A Crisis for Europe or Britain?”, Study Abroad Storytelling 101 and Thanksgiving with OISS that is exclusively for the first 350 international students, scholars, and their family members to register to attend.

Boston University, home to many international students, is hosting their fifth annual IEW. Each day this week they have Global conversations for faculty, staff and students, a Global Health Symposium and an event scattered from 8am to 8pm that are hosted by different student organizations.

To find events hosted by universities by you check out the events page.

Have you taken part in any #IEW activities? What are your best memories or experiences? Share with us by leaving a comment below and on our Facebook page.

Video courtesy of Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

This story was written by VOA Interns Rebecca Hankins and Arnella Sandy.

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