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International Education Week

Join us in celebrating International Education Week!
November 11-15, 2013

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education was first held in 2000, and today, is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

For members of the VCU community, we hope IEW will be an opportunity for you to learn something new, discover the international opportunities such as studying abroad or participating in VCU Globe, or meet someone from a different part of the world.

The Global Education Office organizes specific events to celebrate international diversity here at VCU, as well as recognizes events being hosted by other offices around campus.

Schedule of Events

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Monday, November 11

Tastes from around the world in Shafer Court Dining Center
Each day throughout the week, VCU Dining Services will highlight cuisine from a different continent in Shafer Court Dining Center, Market 810. Today’s lunch feature: Europe

Study Abroad Students on campus
Interested in hearing a first-hand account of what it’s like to study abroad? Look for VCU’s Study Abroad returned students around campus today who will be wearing their Education Abroad t-shirts. They will be more than willing to discuss their experiences with you and provide advice about how you can benefit from studying abroad. Contact: abroad@vcu.edu

Study Abroad General Information Session
12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m., Franklin Street Gym, Room, 323
This information session is the first step for anyone interested in studying abroad. We will explain the basics of study abroad at VCU, including program options, funding, and academic credit. 

Tuesday, November 12

Tastes from around the world in Shafer Court Dining Center
Today’s dinner feature: Asia

VCU Globe Open House
2 p.m. - 4 p.m., West Grace North

The Dialogue screening and discussion
6 p.m. – 10 p.m., West Grace North, Room 1030J
GEO will host a screening of The Dialogue, a 70-minute documentary that follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Intrigued by the complex context of Sino-US relations, together the characters explore elements of meaningful dialogue and cultural identity.  Their shared travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the “other” and themselves. Although the film is set in Hong Kong and China, the “lessons learned” about intercultural understanding and the communication skills needed for conflict mediation and collaborative problem solving are applicable globally.

Wednesday, November 13

Tastes from around the world in Shafer Court Dining Center
Today’s lunch feature: Africa

International Education Week Fair
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rodney’s at Shafer Court Dining Center
GEO will hold an International Education Week Fair in the Rotunda of Shafer Court. International food vendors will be set up in the area with a selection of cuisine from their restaurants and Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Programs, and VCU Globe will have information tables. International student organizations also share performances of cultural dances and musical selections.

Thursday, November 14

Tastes from around the world in Shafer Court Dining Center 
Today’s dinner feature: Australia

School of World Studies Student Research Conference 
The VCU School of World Studies and Global Education Office will present the 19th annual Student Research Conference.  Undergraduate and graduate students from across the university will present research on topics related to the influence of culture, language, and/or religion on education, health, the millennium development goals, women’s rights, social justice, and war and peace.

International Café
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D
Students, staff and community visitors are invited to the International Café. This time of socializing and refreshments offers the opportunity for international and American students to meet, develop friendships, relax, enjoy ethnic and American foods, contribute ideas, and discuss upcoming semester activities with classmates and Americans in a casual setting.

Study Abroad General Information Session
12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m., Franklin Street Gym, Room, 323
This information session is the first step for anyone interested in studying abroad. We will explain the basics of study abroad at VCU, including program options, funding, and academic credit. 

Study Abroad Funding Forum
2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Student Commons, Forum Room
In collaboration with the Financial Aid Office and the National Scholarship Office, the Education Abroad office will hold its annual Study Abroad Funding Forum.  The forum will focus on how to utilize federal financial aid, national scholarships, and VCU scholarships to pay for study abroad. Students will receive detailed information about the financial aid process and about scholarships such as the VCU Education Abroad Scholarships, the Gilman International Scholarship, the Boren Scholarship, Fulbright, and more.

Friday, November 15

Tastes from around the world in Shafer Court Dining Center
Today’s lunch feature: South America

School of World Studies Student Research Conference
The VCU School of World Studies and Global Education Office will present the 19th annual Student Research Conference.  Undergraduate and graduate students from across the university will present research on topics related to the influence of culture, language, and/or religion on education, health, the millennium development goals, women’s rights, social justice, and war and peace.

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