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 12-18! Please see below
for a full schedule. Printable schedule also available!
Saturday, November 12
November 12: Mini World Cup Soccer Tournament co-sponsored by OISS, GSA and the Rec Center Our most beloved IEW event will kick off our IEW activities, as Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe 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 email Satya at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 9:00 a.m. Official schedule available here.
November 12: Rice Owls vs. UTSA Volleyball Game hosted by Rice Athletics Rice Volleyball is hosting an International Student Day before their home game against UTSA! The game will start at 1:00 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse, but we encourage everyone to arrive early. Don't forget that students get in for free with their Rice ID. For more info, please click here.
Monday, November 14
November 14: 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 14: Whiteboard Campaign – What does international education mean to you?, hosted by Study Abroad A whiteboard campaign will be held in the RMC to promote International Education Week. Students can write why study abroad/international education is important to them and take pictures with the Study Abroad staff. The event will take place outside the Grand Hall in the RMC, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
November 14: Liu Distinguished Visitor Series – "The Quest for Human Values and the Crises of Our Time" by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, hosted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies Supported by a generous gift from Frank ('78) and Cindy Liu, the Liu Distinguished Visitor Series brings distinguished visitors to campus to give a lecture on a topic of broad humanistic interest. Lectures are free and open to the public. The lecture will take place in Humanities 117, at 4:00 p.m., and it will be followed by a reception.
November 14: Conversations with Houston's Consular Corps – Republic of Korea, hosted by the Master of Global Affairs Program Join the Master of Global Affairs Program each afternoon during International Education Week for an engaging dialogue with members of Houston's Consular Corps. Refreshments will be served. Conversation with Ambassador Joohyeon Baik, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, will take place in Sewall Hall 307, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Click here for the event flyer.
Tuesday, November 15
November 15: Cooking with Brasil@Rice hosted by the Brasil@Rice Office Want to learn how to make Pão de queijo, Brazilian cheese bread? The Brasil@Rice Office invites you to sign up for Cooking with Brasil@Rice at the Lovett College Masters' House, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. There is limited space available, so please RSVP by Friday, November 11, by emailing email@example.com. Please also see the official invitation.
November 15: Conversations with Houston's Consular Corps – Italy, hosted by the Master of Global Affairs Program Join the Master of Global Affairs Program each afternoon during International Education Week for an engaging dialogue with members of Houston's Consular Corps. Refreshments will be served. Conversation with Elena Sgarbi, Consul General of Italy, will take place in Sewall Hall 307, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Click here for the event flyer.
November 15: Rice Asian Studies Organization's (RASO) Kick-off Meeting 2016-2017, hosted by RASO Any and all undergraduate students who are interested in Asian Studies are invited to attend the 2016-2017 Kick-off meeting of RASO, the Rice Asian Studies Organization. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Rayzor 205.
Wednesday, November 16
November 16: Career Advice – Integrating Study Abroad into Life After Rice, hosted by Study Abroad A speaker from the Center for Career Development will talk about how studying abroad can be beneficial for your career, including how to incorporate your study abroad experience into the job application process. There will also be international candy and study abroad trivia! This event will take place in the Duncan College PDR (Private Dining Room), 12:00 p.m.
November 16: German Language Table hosted by CLIC Rice's Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication is hosting a German Table in the Sid Richardson servery, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Look for the German flag if you'd like to join them for an opportunity to speak German and learn more about the German culture.
November 16: International Meet and Greet, hosted by the Intensive English Program Come join the Intensive English Program as they celebrate International Education Week with their students from all over the world. There will be international food, music, and "world trivia questions" for the opportunity to win prizes! This event will take place in the Anderson-Clarke Center, Dean's Commons (1st floor), 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
November 16: 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. In addition, there is a second hour reserved for a Q&A. RSVP at https://library.rice.edu/101 or contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. For information about Fondren 101, please see https://library.rice.edu/news/fondren-101-learn-library-tour.
November 16: Rice in Country Gathering hosted by CLIC Learn more about Rice in Country study abroad programs in Argentina, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, and Spain from former participants and current faculty leaders. The event will take place in Rayzor Hall, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please RSVP at http://riceincountrygathering.eventbrite.com.
November 16: Conversations with Houston's Consular Corps – Turkey, hosted by the Master of Global Affairs Program Join the Master of Global Affairs Program each afternoon during International Education Week for an engaging dialogue with members of Houston's Consular Corps. Refreshments will be served. Conversation with Ferhat Alkan, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey, will take place in Sewall Hall 307, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Click here for the event flyer.
Thursday, 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 80 international students and scholars who sign up (limit 2 tickets per person), starting Monday, November 14, 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: German Kaffeestunde hosted by CLIC For an opportunity to speak German or learn more about the German culture, please join CLIC on the first floor (coffee bar) of Rayzor Hall, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. for a German Coffee Break!
November 17: Presentation "An Overview of Possibilities - USP-Rice Collaborations Focus on Humanities", hosted by the Brasil@Rice Office Join Brasil@Rice for a presentation by Professor Vladimir Pinheiro Safatle from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), as he talks about collaborations between Rice and USP with a focus on the School of Humanities. The presentation will take place in the Lovett Hall Conference Room (Entrance B, behind the Welcome Center), 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please see the official invitation.
November 17: Conversations with Houston's Consular Corps – India, hosted by the Master of Global Affairs Program Join the Master of Global Affairs Program each afternoon during International Education Week for an engaging dialogue with members of Houston's Consular Corps. Refreshments will be served. Conversation with Dr. Anupam Ray, Consul General of India, will take place in Sewall Hall 307, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Click here for the event flyer.
November 17: Korean Film Series – Assassination, hosted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies Assassination will be shown in Korean with English subtitles, as part of the Korean Film Series: Politics of Memory in Contemporary Korean Cinema. The film will be shown in Mechanical Laboratory 251 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 18
November 18: Mock Thanksgiving Study Break – Give Thanks for Intercultural Exchange, hosted by Study Abroad Stop by Miner Lounge for a Thanksgiving-themed study break, complete with hot cocoa, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and Thanksgiving crafts! This event will take place in Miner Lounge, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
November 18: Truco Championship, hosted by BRASA The Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) invite you to learn about Truco, a famous Brazilian card game. Once you've learned the game, there will be a championship tournament in pairs with awards for winners. Snacks will be provided. This event will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the GSA Captain Lounge (in the RMC basement). Limited space available, so please RSVP by clicking here.
Monday, November 21
November 21: GSA Coffee Break co-hosted by the Rice Graduate Students 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).
Team Europe - winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2015!
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
- Satya Rao for coordinating the Mini World Cup Soccer Tournament
- Study Abroad
- Rice Athletics
- Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication
- Fondren Library
- Chao Center for Asian Studies
- Master of Global Affairs Program
- Intensive English Program
- Brazilian Student Association (BRASA)
- Rice Asian Studies Organization (RASO)
- Fastbreak for supporting our annual Thanksgiving Lunch
More thanks are needed
for our supportive departments and clubs:
- Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- Office of the President
International Education Week from Previous Years
Program for IEW 2015
Program for IEW 2014
Rice News Article about the Focus on Fulbright Celebration
Program for IEW 2013
Rice News Article
Dr. Adria Baker talks about IEW on Fox 26's Asian Connection
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
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