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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, 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 13-17! Please see below for a full schedule. Printable schedule coming soon!


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.

Wednesday, November 15

GSA 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 GSA Captain Lounge (in the RMC basement).

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.! Information on how to collect your ticket for this event is coming soon!

 Date & Time TBA

Mini World Cup Soccer Tournament Our most beloved IEW event will return as Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe compete for our wonderful soccer trophy. More information coming soon!  


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
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Fastbreak for supporting our annual Thanksgiving Lunch
  • 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!

Department of State's Information on IEW