International Education Week (IEW)
"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, 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 18-23! Please see below
for a full schedule. Printable schedule also available!
Throughout International Education Week: OISS Centennial International Children's Book Collection Exhibit hosted by the Fondren Library and OISS As part of Rice's Centennial Celebration, OISS set out to collect 100 children's books to celebrate Rice's international diversity. 106 books were donated to the collection, representing 38 countries. A selection of these books is currently on display in the Fondren Library (1st floor). The complete collection is listed here.
November 11-15: Study Abroad Classroom Visits hosted by Study Abroad The Rice Study Abroad Office is offering classroom visits during the week of November 11-15 to promote Rice-approved study abroad programs. During the 10-minute presentation, students will learn the basics about the Study Abroad opportunities available to them as Rice students and how to get started planning their abroad experience. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
November 14: Rice International Website Information Session and Launch hosted by OISS This is the second meeting in our "Rice International" series where the entire Rice community is invited to participate in a discussion, and learn about what we're doing across campus internationally. In this meeting we will hear about Rice's international efforts from Sonny Lim, Special Assistant for International Collaborations with the Office of the President, and John Marsh, Operations Director with the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology, followed by the introduction and official launch of the new "Rice International" website! This event will take place from 10:00 –11:00 a.m. in the Kyle Morrow Room (Fondren Library, 3rd floor).
November 15: Lecture - Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance: Past, Present, and Future hosted by Chao Center for Asian Studies Mr. Wook-jin Chang, Director of North America Division I, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, will introduce the history of the alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States during the past 60 years. He will cover political and economic issues related to the ROK-US alliance and suggest the future of the alliance and implications. This interesting lecture will take place from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in Mechanical Laboratory 209.
November 15-18: 2nd Annual Mediterranean Film Festival hosted by Rice Cinema, in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, and Rice Public Affairs Join Rice Cinema and Public Affairs as they present the Second Annual Mediterranean Film Festival. Opening night features a reception at 6:00 p.m. and screening of Night Boats, a film from Croatia, at 7:00 p.m. Opening remarks during the reception will be presented by President David Leebron. The nations represented in this year's festival are Croatia, Greece, France, Israel, Italy, Turkey and Slovenia. All movies are shown in the Rice Cinema Film Auditorium in the Rice Media Center. For a full schedule, please click here.
November 18: 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 18: NanoJapan Info Session & Student Panel - Brown Bag Lunch hosted by NanoJapan Bring your lunch and come learn more about the NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. This summer program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are freshman or sophomore engineering or physics students. The program includes a three-week language and cultural orientation in Tokyo followed by an eight-week research internship at leading universities in Japan focusing on terahertz dynamics in nanostructures. Past program participants will share information on their research and cultural experience in Japan. This brown bag lunch will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Brockman Hall for Physics, Room 300. For more information see nanojapan.rice.edu.
November 19: Panel Discussion - Building Global Competence: Key to Professional Success hosted by OISS Come listen as our group of expert panelists will discuss and answer questions about the necessity to develop international competencies in the increasingly global work environment of today. Global competence refers to the understanding of international issues and one's ability to interact effectively with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The panel discussion will take place in Sewall Hall 301, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., and it will be followed by a Reception in front of the Rice Art Gallery from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
November 20: GSA Coffee Break co-hosted by the Rice Graduate
Student Association (GSA) and OISS The Graduate Student
Association (GSA) will continue its tradition of monthly coffee hours, but for
this week, OISS will be co-hosting the event with delicious treats from all
around the world! The coffee hour will take place from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
in the Graduate Student Lounge (in the RMC basement).
November 20: Workshop - Cricket: A Dive Into India's Passion co-sponsored by The Rice Cricket Club and OISS The most watched event in 2011 wasn't the Super Bowl, or an EPL/NBA match. It was a Cricket match on March 30, 2011 in a laid back city of Mohali, India. Guardian estimates a billion people tuned in to watch on their televisions. Wonder what makes Indians forget their work and watch 22 players settling scores with bats and balls? Cricket is not just a mere sport in India, it's almost like a religion. Rice Cricket Club is proud to present a workshop on Cricket, which will let you dive in and experience the magic firsthand. There will be yummy Indian samosas as well! This workshop will take place in the OISS multipurpose room (Lovett Hall, Entrance A, 3rd floor), from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
November 21: Thanksgiving Lunch hosted by OISS Come celebrate a uniquely
American holiday by joining the OISS staff for a traditional Thanksgiving
meal! The Hess and Holland Private Dining Rooms (the small rooms next to Droubi's) are reserved for this lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and the food will be provided by Droubi's. Tickets for a free meal will be given to the first 100 international students and scholars who sign up (limit 2 tickets per person), starting Monday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. Everyone else is welcome to join us for the meal at their own cost as we enjoy each other's company. Remember to also check out the international menu Droubi's is serving throughout IEW!!
November 22: Roundtable Luncheon (by invitation only) hosted by OISS Rice University is hosting a roundtable luncheon/discussion entitled "Encouraging International Academic Students and Research Exchange in Texas." We will attempt to bring together key people from various sectors in the Texas community and encourage friendly dialogue, including discussing areas of possible obstacles for international education exchange and student mobility, as well as develop bridges of communication in order to expand Texas' global academic impact.
November 22: Badminton Tournament co-sponsored by OISS, Rice Badminton Club and the Rec Center In celebration of IEW 2013, OISS is hosting its very first Badminton Tournament! Everyone in the Rice community is invited to participate, spend some time with friends and make new ones, as well as join us for an afternoon of games, snacks and prizes. Use our sign-up form to register for one of our 5 categories (men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles). Additional details with contact information can be found on the official event flyer. No experience or equipment is necessary, happy mood and cheering are also allowed! This tournament will take place in the East Gym (Tudor Fieldhouse), from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
November 23: Mini World Cup Soccer Tournament co-sponsored
by OISS, GSA and the Rec Center Our most beloved IEW event
will take place on the final Saturday of IEW, as Asia, Europe, The Americas and
Africa will compete for our wonderful soccer trophy! Remember that
you do not have to play for a particular continent--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
contact Marco.Santoro@rice.edu. Even
if you don't play soccer, come on out and support your
team! The games will be played on the Rec Center outdoor fields by
the Shepherd School of Music. Official schedule available here.
IEW in Media
"international" could translate so many different ways?
Look who's participating:
Special thanks to:
- Liz Brigman in IT for printing the IEW poster
- Marco Santoro for coordinating the Mini-World Cup Soccer Tournament
- Daniel Du for coordinating the Badminton Tournament
- Droubi's Mediterranean Grill for serving an international menu throughout the week and supporting our annual Thanksgiving lunch
- Patricia Zubioli, Beth O'Sullivan and Petros Tratskas for serving as panelists at the Building Global Competence: Key to Professional Success panel discussion
- Fondren Library for displaying a selection from the OISS Centennial International Children's Book Collection
- Study Abroad
- Chao Center for Asian Studies
- Rice Cinema, Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts
- Rice Public Affairs
- Graduate Student Association (GSA)
- Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center
- Rice Badminton Club
- Rice Cricket Club
More thanks are needed
for our supportive departments and clubs:
- Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- Office of the President
- Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology
International Education Week from Previous Years
Program for IEW 2012
Program for IEW 2011
Program for IEW 2010
Program for IEW 2009
Texas Proclamation 2009
Rice News article
Program for IEW 2008
Program for IEW 2007 - on-campus
Program for IEW 2007 - off-campus
International Leadership Competency Forum
IEW Photo Album 2007
Program for IEW 2006
IEW Photo Album 2006
Program for IEW 2005
IEW Photo Album 2005
Remember to also read about our past IEW Essay Competitions, and read the winning essays!
Department of State's Information on IEW