"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."
International Education Week (IEW) 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!
This year's IEW will be held from November 12-16, 2018! 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 â€“ To celebrate International Education, OISS is creating 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 recommended reading, please visit the IEW Recommended Reading webpage.
Friday, November 9
OISS Partnership with SEVP K-12 Outreach â€“ OISS is proud to partner with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) as they provide a specialized training here at Rice University for local area K-12 schools and their Designated School Officials (DSOs) on matters of immigration regulations and F-1 student advising.
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.: One Story Closer â€“ International Education Week Storytelling Exchange hosted by the Fondren Library â€“ StoryBox is a unique storytelling event that brings people together to ask big questions, share life stories, and illuminate what we have in common. We will be telling each other stories inspired by the theme of â€śRoots.â€ť In groups of two and then four, you will explore topics such as what feels like home, your earliest memories, and welcoming strangers into your home. We've all got a story to tell. When we get together to share our stories, it ignites something special. Youâ€™ll uncover common ground with someone you might never have expected, and you may even make new friends. Refreshments will be served.
This event is limited to 20 registrants, so please register in advance at http://library.rice.edu/storybox, or you may contact Lisa Spiro at email@example.com for any questions. This event will take place in the Digital Media Commons Multi Purpose Room in the basement of Fondren Library.
Saturday, November 10
12:00 p.m.: Mini World Cup Soccer Tournament co-sponsored by OISS, GSA 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 â€“ 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. You can sign-up online at https://signup.rice.edu/iewsoccer or in person at OISS. The $5 fee covers your uniform (t-shirt) and pizza for the event (please note that a 2.5% convenience fee is added to all online credit card payments). Sign-ups are due October 26th. Even if you don't play soccer, please come out and support your team! The games will be played on the Rec Center outdoor field #3, by the Shepherd School of Music starting at 12:00 p.m. (noon).
Monday, November 12
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Whiteboard Campaign â€“ What Does International Education Mean to You? hosted by Study Abroad â€“ Stop by the RMC Grand Hall to tell us why international education/study abroad is important to you and take pictures for our Whiteboard Campaign! Grab some international candy while youâ€™re there as well!
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Fondren Library 101 â€“ Learn the Library Tour in Mandarin Chinese hosted by the Fondren Library â€“ Here's your chance to get the Fondren Library orientation in Mandarin Chinese! The group will meet in the Quad (East) entrance area of Fondren Library at 1:00 p.m. Each session, including tour and classroom time, will last about 90 minutes. RSVP at https://library.rice.edu/101 or contact Jane: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. For information about Fondren 101, please see https://library.rice.edu/news/fondren-101-learn-library-tour.
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.: Roundtable panel discussion for Rice faculty international opportunities hosted by Fulbright, Brasil@Rice and Puentes Consortium â€“ Join us for a roundtable discussion regarding mobility grants, international academic collaboration, and faculty travel grant opportunities. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Caroline Levander, Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy. The panelists are: 1) Ivonne Cruz, Puentes Consortium, Mexico Center, 2) Mayra Onuchic, Brasil@Rice Office, and 3) Dr. Adria Baker, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Ambassador. The panel discussion will take place in the Lovett Hall Conference Room (Lovett Hall, Entrance B, 1st floor).
Tuesday, November 13
Presidents' Lunch (by invitation only) hosted by OISS â€“ 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.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with Study Abroad Alumni hosted by Study Abroad â€“ Stop by the either the Duncan or Lovett College commons to have lunch with some Study Abroad alumni and Study Abroad advisors to ask any questions you may have or just hear about studentsâ€™ experiences abroad!
Wednesday, November 14
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: International Coffee Break co-hosted by the Rice Graduate Student Association (GSA) and OISS â€“ 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 in Ray Courtyard and Brown Garden (RMC).
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.: International Hygge Study Break hosted by Study Abroad â€“ Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality. Take a break to learn about this and other traditions around the world, play some board games, and chat with study abroad alumni! This event will take place in Miner Lounge, RMC.
Thursday, November 15
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Thanksgiving Lunch hosted by OISS â€“ 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! 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 12, 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).
Friday, November 16
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Give Thanks for Intercultural Exchange â€“ Mock Thanksgiving Study Break hosted by Study Abroad â€“ Stop by for a Thanksgiving- themed study break with the exchange students, complete with hot coco, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and Thanksgiving crafts! This event will take place in Miner Lounge, RMC.
Saturday, November 24
12:00 p.m.: International Student Recognition at Rice Football hosted by Rice Athletics and Rice Football â€“ To conclude our International Education Week celebrations, Rice Athletics and Rice Football are inviting international students and scholars to the Rice Owls' last game of the season on Saturday, November 24th (Thanksgiving weekend). If you're staying in Houston over the Thanksgiving break, this is a great way to have some fun, interact with other international students and scholars, as well as some of the OISS staff members while watching a game of football. We are still working through the logistics, but the event may include a tailgate specifically for international students and official recognition on the field during the game, so please stay tuned!
Team Americas â€“ winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2017!