Eighth annual International Education Week kicks off
for release: Nov. 5, 2010
MONMOUTH – Western Oregon University’s (WOU) eighth annual International Education Week kicks off Monday, Nov. 15. This year’s theme is “striving for a sustainable future” and all events are free and open to the public.
A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week was first held in 2000 and today, is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. The events are co-sponsored on campus by the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges, Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs, and the International Education and Services Committee.
Monday, Nov. 15
Experiences around the world – where no regular classroom can go
Noon to 1 p.m. – Werner University Center (WUC) Columbia Room
Opening comments followed by student presentations.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Study abroad: ESOL in América Latina
11:30 to 12:30 p.m. – WUC Willamette Room
Hear from English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students who studied in Rosario, Argentina and learn about the opportunity to take ESOL classes in Rosario during summer 2011.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
World exposition – games from around the world
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – WUC Oregon Room
Stop in to learn and play mahjong from China, mancala from Africa, ddak-ji from Korea, shoji from Japan, and other country’s games. This event is hosted by the International Club and will continue to have its regular cultural goods, movies and art on display.
Thursday, Nov. 18
AHA International study abroad opportunities
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – WUC Concourse
Learn about the many opportunities to study abroad through AHA International and hear returning study abroad students talk about their experiences.
Friends of Gentle House Scholarship for Study in Germany
Noon to 1 p.m. – Gentle House
Meet the 2009 Friends of Gentle House scholarship winner, Alexa Moss, who studied in Germany during the 2009-10 academic year and hear her presentation about her year abroad.
National Student Exchange: opportunities to study in North America
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – WUC Ochoco Room
Learn about opportunities the National Student Exchange program offers WOU students to study at another NSE college or university in Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and the United States.
Friday, Nov. 19
The Chinese Students and Scholars Club and other international students will share a taste of their country’s homemade dishes at the international potluck. Enjoy an evening of meeting new friends, and learning about their cultures. Attendees are not required to bring any food unless they have an international dish they wish to share.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Gentle House
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