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International Education Week (IEW)   IEW logo 2016

"International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate 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 is part of our efforts 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.  

We encourage the participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange activities, including schools, colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations, businesses, associations, and community organizations."  

International Education Week is typically held during the third week in November. Rice University has participated for many years in IEW as a way to celebrate our international students and scholars who come from all around the globe, and many other globalization initiatives across the university, helping to make Rice an internationally diverse and culturally rich campus. As Rice's IEW celebrations continue to evolve and cross-campus participation continues to increase, OISS strongly encourages departments across campus to find ways to commemorate internationalization efforts in their areas.

Please check back often for changes and updates to our IEW activities taking place in November and click below to see events from previous IEW's!

**Special appreciation goes to our own Andy Meretoja for all her efforts in coordinating the many IEW activities!!

 

This year's IEW will be held from November 13-18! Please see below for a full schedule, and make sure to check back often as events will continue to be added until the start of IEW. Printable schedule also available!  

 

Throughout International Education Week: International Recommended Reading hosted by OISS For this year's International Education Week, OISS is putting together a list of International Recommended Reading. These are books that somehow represent what is special and amazing about the culture they are from. To submit a book to be included, please visit http://bit.ly/IEWreading. To see the list of IEW 2017 Recommended Reading books, please visit oiss.rice.edu/recommendedreading

Monday, November 13

November 13: Presidents' Lunch (by invitation only) hosted by OISS This lunch is held every year to celebrate the student leaders that we have across campus in international clubs. We always share this special occasion with key members within the Rice community. This is a great opportunity for us to give thanks for all the hard work that the club presidents do over the year while celebrating the diversity that we have on this campus.

November 13: Italian Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Learn more about the Italian language at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Martel College.

November 13: Whiteboard Campaign: What Does International Education Mean to You? hosted by Study Abroad Stop by the RMC Grand Hall and tell us why international education/study abroad is important to you, and take pictures for the Study Abroad Whiteboard Campaign! Grab some international candy while you're there as well! This event will take place 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. outside of the Grand Hall in the RMC.

November 13: Ice Cream with OISS hosted by OISS To celebrate the start of International Education Week, OISS will be serving ice cream to the first 300 international students and scholars who stop by our office on Monday, starting at 2:30 p.m.

November 13: Italian Gelato Study Break hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Come enjoy some Italian gelato with CLIC at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Rayzor Hall Lobby.

November 13: Origami Study Break hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Have you always wanted to learn Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding? Then join CLIC for the Origami Study Break at 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Rayzor Hall Lobby.

November 13: Panel Discussion: International Experience and Career Trajectories hosted by the Center for Civic Leadership The Center for Civic Leadership's Loewenstern Fellowship in International Service provides a yearlong experience for students to conduct service and civic research abroad. The 2017 cohort of Loewenstern Fellows has engaged in reflection activities this fall and are concluding their reflection sessions with this panel event. Panelists from a range of careers - including government, international NGO, international development and education, and public health - will discuss how international experience shaped and enabled their career paths. The panel discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. in HUMA 119.

Tuesday, November 14

November 14: Japanese Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Learn more about the Japanese language at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Lovett College

November 14: Learning How to Pronounce Chinese Names co-hosted by RCSSA and OISS Join us for a quick overview on how to correctly pronounce Chinese names. This event is geared towards administrative staff and faculty, but is open to anyone wanting to learn. This event will take place from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Lovett Hall Conference Room (Entrance B behind the Welcome Center)

November 14: Spanish Loteria & Pan Dulce hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Loteria is a game of chance, similar to bingo, but using images on a deck of cards instead of plain numbers on ping pong balls. Come and play and eat pan dulce and drink Jarritos! This event will take place 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Rayzor 113

November 14: German Study Break hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication As part of International Education Week, CLIC's German program will show the movie Good Bye Lenin! (2003) followed by a discussion of East/West Germany 28 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This event will take place 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Rayzor 305

Wednesday, November 15

November 15: Study Abroad Lunch Series: Exchange Students hosted by Study Abroad Come to Miner Lounge to hear from current exchange students from different partner universities. Lunch will be provided and there will also be international candy! This event will take place from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Miner Lounge.

November 15: Mesa de português and Desserts from Brazil co-hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) and Brasil@Rice The Portuguese Table invites you to join them to learn more about Portuguese language and enjoy some delicious Brazilian desserts. This event will take place from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Lovett College PDR.

November 15: German Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Learn more about the German language at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Sid Rich College

November 15: Russian Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Learn more about the Russian language at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in McMurtry College

November 15: Fondren Library 101 – Learn the Library Tour in Chinese hosted by the Fondren Library Here's your chance to get the Fondren Library orientation in Chinese! The group will meet in the Quad (East) entrance area of Fondren Library at 1:00 p.m., and the tour will last about an hour. The second hour is reserved for Q&A. RSVP at https://library.rice.edu/101 or contact Jane: janezhao@rice.edu for further information. For information about Fondren 101, please see https://library.rice.edu/news/fondren-101-learn-library-tour.

November 15: Korean Tea Time hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication This event will take place 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Rayzor Hall

November 15: International Coffee Break co-hosted by the Rice Graduate Student Association (GSA) and OISS The Graduate Student Association (GSA) and OISS will co-host a coffee break with delicious treats from all around the world! The coffee break will take place from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Multicultural Center (in the RMC basement).

November 15: Russian Pysanky Workshop hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Come learn how to create pysanky! A pysanka is an Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, "to write", as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. This event will take place 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Rayzor Hall Lobby

November 15: TAPIF Event hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Come learn more about TAPIF, a Teaching Assistant Program in France. This will be a one-hour preserntation, including a PowerPoint presenting program details and a brief Q&A session. This event will take place 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Rayzor 119

November 15: Arabic Study Break hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication This event will take place 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Rayzor Hall Lobby

November 15: Panel Discussion  International Student Employment in the U.S. co-hosted by the Center for Career Development, the Rice Graduate Student Association (GSA) and OISS Interested in learning strategies to make the most of your job search as an international student? A panel of experts will answer questions about the internship and job search process for international students and how to make the most of it. Food will be provided. Please RSVP in Handshake through the CCD website. This event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center (RMC).

November 15: International Bingo hosted by Study Abroad Stop by and play a round (or a couple) of International Bingo! There will be prizes and snacks provided, and you can talk to our awesome study abroad alumni as well about their experiences abroad! This event will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Miner Lounge.

Thursday, November 16

November 16: International Meet and Greet hosted by the Intensive English Program Come join the Intensive English Program and meet their students from all over the world. There will be cookies, sodas, music, and teas for students to try from different places around the world! This event will take place in the Anderson-Clarke Center, Student Lounge (2nd floor), 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

November 16: New Bridge along the Silk Road or Old Connection Revived  On the Transnational Connectivity among the Sinophone Muslims in China and Central Asia hosted by Chao Center for Asian Studies Jing Wang, a Ph.D. student from the Department of Anthropology will be giving a lecture at 12:30 p.m. in Mechanical Laboratory 209. Lunch will be served.

November 16: Hindi Henna Study Break hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication This event will take place 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Rayzor Hall Lobby

November 16: Portuguese Brigadeiros hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication In celebration of International Education Week we will be making (and eating!) the popular dessert, brigadeiros. This event will take place 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Rayzor Hall Lobby

Friday, November 17

November 17: Thanksgiving Lunch hosted by OISS  Come celebrate a uniquely American holiday by joining the OISS staff for a traditional seated Thanksgiving meal at the Farnsworth Pavilion in the Student Center, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.! EDIT: There are no more tickets available for this event. Tickets for a free meal will be given to the first 90 international students and scholars who sign up (limit 2 tickets per person), starting Monday, November 13, at 9:00 a.m. As is our tradition, we also remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves, and we ask that you consider bringing a donation of $1, which will be donated to the Houston Food Bank (this is completely optional). For more information, please see the official invitation.

November 17: Performed Localism, Translated Federalism – South Korea's Cinematization of Koreanness under U.S. Hegemony hosted by Chao Center for Asian Studies Han Sang Kim, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, will give a talk as part of the Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series at 12:00 p.m. in Mechanical Laboratory 209. Lunch will be served.

November 17: Spanish Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Learn more about the Spanish language at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Baker College

November 17: Mock Thanksgiving Study Break hosted by Study Abroad  Stop by for a Thanksgiving-themed study break with the exchange students, complete with hot coco, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and Thanksgiving crafts! To join in on the fun, visit Room 231 (above the Study Abroad Office) in the Ley Student Center, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

November 17: Japanese Conversation Tea Time hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication This event will take place 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. in Rayzor Hall. Japanese Proficiency Required.

Saturday, November 18

November 18: Mini World Cup Soccer Tournament co-sponsored by OISS and the Rec Center Our most beloved IEW event will return as Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe compete for our wonderful soccer trophy! Remember that you do not have to play for the continent you are from--feel free to make friends from other parts of the world! Teams are co-ed and any Rice community member is more than welcome to participate. To sign up, please click here. Please note that there is a $5 sign-up fee, and the sign-up deadline is Friday, November 10th. Even if you don't play soccer, please come out and support your team! The games will be played on the Rec Center outdoor fields by the Shepherd School of Music starting at 12:00 p.m. (noon). For more information, please see our Facebook Event and official flyer.   

 

IEW soccer 2016

  Team Africa - winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2016!

 

 Look who's participating:

Special thanks to:

  • Liz Brigman in IT for printing the IEW poster
  • Brian, Dapo, Luis, Matheus, Priscilla, Satya & Weixuan for their help with the Mini World Cup Soccer Tournament
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Fastbreak for supporting our annual Thanksgiving Lunch
  • Study Abroad
  • Center for Career Development
  • Fondren Library
  • Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
  • Center for Civic Leadership
  • Chao Center for Asian Studies
  • Intensive English Program
  • Rice Chinese Students and Scholars Association (RCSSA)
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Office of the President   

 

International Education Week from Previous Years

IEW 2016
Program for IEW 2016

IEW 2015
Program for IEW 2015

IEW 2014
Program for IEW 2014
Rice News Article about the Focus on Fulbright Celebration

IEW 2013
Program for IEW 2013
Rice News Article
Dr. Adria Baker talks about IEW on Fox 26's Asian Connection

IEW 2012
Program for IEW 2012

IEW 2011
Program for IEW 2011

IEW 2010
Program for IEW 2010

IEW 2009
Program for IEW 2009
Texas Proclamation 2009 
Rice News article

IEW 2008
Program for IEW 2008

IEW 2007
Program for IEW 2007 - on-campus
Program for IEW 2007 - off-campus
International Leadership Competency Forum
IEW Photo Album 2007

IEW 2006
Program for IEW 2006
IEW Photo Album 2006

IEW 2005
Program for IEW 2005
IEW Photo Album 2005

Past IEW posters.

Remember to also read about our past IEW Essay Competitions, and read the winning essays!


Resources:
Department of State's Information on IEW