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UD will celebrate International Education Week from Nov. 18-22 with a world of activities, including a Festival of Nations event Friday, Nov. 22.

IEW celebration

UD to mark International Education Week with world of activities


9:42 a.m., Nov. 13, 2013--The University of Delaware will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) from Nov. 18-22 with a world of activities.

IEW, an annual celebration of culture, will kick off with a concert and will include panels of experts, opportunities to meet with representatives from international organizations, activities to relate studying abroad to career interests and a Festival of Nations. There will be music, contests, dance, fashion, film, lectures and food.

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The week is dedicated to promoting UD’s global community on campus and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchanges. Activities are designed to attract students to learn, study and exchange global experiences through the theme “Going Global.”

Students who participate throughout the week will be able to pick up raffle tickets at scheduled events. They can submit these tickets at the Festival of Nations on Friday, Nov. 22, to win a variety of prizes including an iPad.

International Education Week across the country is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.  It was established 13 years ago and is now celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide. IEW aims to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States,” according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website. 

IEW at UD is a collaborative effort of the Institute for Global Studies, Office of Residence Life and Housing, Office for International Students and Scholars, the English Language Institute and the Confucius Institute, with additional contributions from other offices and departments throughout campus.

A full schedule can be found below or visit the website

For an IEW 2013 flyer in PDF format, click here.

Monday, Nov. 18

All day, Global Color Day. Students who have been abroad, have studied abroad in the U.S., or who vave an interest in “Going Global” can help kick off International Education Week by wearing their best Global Green.

7:30-9:30 p.m., 6ixwire Project concert, Mitchell Hall. A performance by 6ixwire Project will provide listeners an Eastern-Western violin crossover featuring producing artistic director and violinist Xiang Gao, international erhu (Chinese violin) and zheng (Chinese zither) virtuoso Cathy Y. Yang, and guest artists Matthew Brower, collaborative pianist, and Liqun Lie, Chinese dulcimer performer. Tickets for students with an ID cost $5, and can be purchased at the Trabant University Center and Bob Carpenter Center box offices. General admission tickets for the community, faculty and staff cost $25 and can be purchased at the box office or on Ticketmaster. If the performance is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 at the same cost. 

Tuesday, Nov. 19

5-6 p.m., Campus Chatter Showcase, Bayard Sharp Hall. A discussion will be led by composer Xiang Gao and lyricist Joyce Hill Stoner on creating a “revue-sical” about challenges of college life in the 21st century. For more information on the production, visit the website. To RSVP for the showcase, click here.

7 p.m., Quizzo. Scrounge, Perkins Student Center. The week’s theme will be “Going Global” and there will be snacks, raffles between rounds, and a great prize for the winners who prove to know the most about “Going Global.”

8 p.m., Faculty Connection Series, Rodney Corner, Independence East Lounge, Russell D/E Lounge. Faculty members will speak with students in the residence halls on a variety of topics related to international affairs.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

2-4 p.m., Going Global: Exploring International Opportunities, Perkins Student Center Concourse. Meet with representatives from a variety of international organizations and fields to learn more about how you can “Go Global” by going abroad and also taking advantage of internationally minded opportunities within our borders.

2:30-3:30 p.m., Going Global: Panel of Experts, Perkins Student Center Gallery. The panel presents a unique opportunity to hear leaders in government, academics, media and industry share how international experiences helped propel them into prominent careers.

7:30 p.m., Food and Game Night, Warner Hall Lounge. Food and Game Night will feature a variety of foods from different parts of the world including dishes provided by the Confucius Institute, the English Language Institute and Residence Life and Housing. Attendees can also play games and make crafts from different cultures throughout the world. For those who like to cook and would like to provide a dish for this event, contact Siobhan May, student engagement coordinator, Residence Life and Housing, at

Thursday, Nov. 21

3-4 p.m., Relating Study Abroad to Career Interests, Career Service Center, 401 Academy Street. The session will address how a student can implement career planning and professional development skills to maximize their study abroad experience. The session will also discuss how to effectively market the study abroad experience to employers and graduate schools. Presented by the Career Services Center.

8 p.m., RSO Spotlight, Redding Hall Lounge, Dickinson C/D Lounge, Christiana Commons. Different multicultural-focused registered student organizations are invited into the residence halls to hold events to share their culture with attendees.

Friday, Nov. 22

4-6 p.m., Essay Contest Reception, 44 Kent Way. This event will honor all students who submitted entries to the 2013 OISS international student essay contest. Everyone has an interesting story to tell about their experiences in the U.S. and this is a chance to appreciate those who have shared their stories. Light refreshments will be served as the winner of the essay contest is announced and participants are recognized.

5-9 p.m., The Festival of Nations, Trabant University Center Multipurpose Rooms. This culminating event of International Education Week brings UD students and organizations from all over the globe to share their culture and talent with the UD community. It will feature an International Talent and Fashion Show, as well as the Festival of Nation’s Culture Fair. The International Talent Show highlights unique and interesting talents that emphasize both international and American heritage. The International Fashion Show will highlight the diverse fashions of the students on campus and at the English Language Institute. Throughout the night guests from the UD community are invited to visit exhibition tables representing various countries and cultures at the Festival’s Culture Fair.

Ongoing events

Going Global Bands. Keep an eye out for a chance to pick up one of the IEW “Go Global. Be Global. IEW2013” wristbands. Wristbands are sponsored by the International Caucus and will be distributed throughout campus.

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Name That Flag, Institute for Global Studies, Elliot Hall, 26 E. Main St. Students are invited to visit Elliot Hall on Main Street anytime from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and play an international flag-guessing game and win prizes. There will be a new flag each day so students can keep coming back for a chance to win.

Article by Elizabeth Adams

Photo by Lane McLaughlin

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