"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 18-22, 2019! 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!
Don't forget to check out the IEW Essay Competition!
Plant a Tree!
UPDATE: During IEW 2019, OISS received 63 submissions to the virtual IEW events. We are proud to announce that 63 trees have been donated through American Forests in celebration of International Education Week 2019. The Plant a Tree campaign has now ended for this year, but we are still accepting submissions to our Recommended Reading and Recipe collections.
During this year's International Education Week, for each entry submitted to any of our virtual IEW events, OISS will plant a tree via American Forests!
American Forests, one of the oldest conservation organizations in the U.S., works to reverse trends in deforestation. They have been restoring forests for more than 140 years. Today these efforts are more important than ever and OISS is excited to contribute. Please consider submitting a recommended book, a favorite recipe, or submitting an entry to the essay competition (you can even do all three!).
By participating in one or more of our virtual IEW events, you will get to share a piece of your culture, have an opportunity to win $500, and help OISS plant trees!
Throughout International Education Week (Virtual Events)
International Recommended Reading hosted by OISS
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.
International Recipes hosted by OISS
We all know that food brings people together. Therefore, to celebrate International Education, OISS is collecting a list of International Recipes to be shared among the Rice community. To submit your favorite international recipe, please visit http://bit.ly/IEWrecipe. To see the recipes submitted so far, please visit the IEW Recipes webpage.
Tuesday, November 12
12:00 - 1:00 pm – Information Session: Funding Opportunities for Rice Faculty and Doctoral Students hosted by the Puentes Consortium
The Puentes Consortium administration would like to invite you to a presentation on the funding opportunities available for Rice Faculty and doctoral students. The presentation will include an overview of the Puentes programs designed to promote research collaboration opportunities with Mexican counterparts. The information session will take place in the Farnsworth Pavilion. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please see the official invitation.
6:00 - 7:00 pm – GSA Town Hall: International Student Concerns hosted by the Graduate Student Association
GSA is hosting a Town Hall focusing on International Student Concerns. The panelists are Dr. Adria Baker, Associate Vice Provost for International Education and Executive Director of OISS, Dr. Seiichi Matsuda, Interim Provost and Dean of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, and Nathan Cook, Director of Government Relations. Free dinner will be served. This event will take place in the Grand Hall (RMC).
Click here for the Facebook Event page.
Click here for the event flyer.
Wednesday, 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.
Life After Rice: The International Student-Athlete Experience (by invitation only) co-hosted by Office of Alumni Relations, Rice Athletics SOAR Student Athlete Development Program, and OISS
The Life After Rice program brings together students and alumni for an interactive panel discussion and networking lunch. Alumni panelists provide students with professional advice and insight to help advance their career and life success. Students have the opportunity to connect with alumni, engage in discussion, and build their network.
Thursday, November 14
6:00 - 8:00 pm – International Student Employment in the U.S. Panel co-sponsored by Center for Career Development, OISS, GSA, and RISA
Are you an international undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral student looking for an internship or job in the U.S.? This panel discussion and networking event features alumni, employers, and staff, who will help you discover effective tips and strategies for navigating the U.S. job market, visualize how the process differs from job-hunting in other countries, and determine how to maximize your chances of landing a job in the U.S. Food will be provided. Please RSVP in Handshake to save your seat and receive updates on panelists as the event approaches. This event will take place in the McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall.
Friday, November 15
12:00 - 1:00 pm – International Dance Break hosted by OISS
Join OISS for a fun Dance Break during lunch! We will have other games available, but the main event will be a Wii Dance Dance Revolution competition, with prizes for winners! Come show us your best dance moves!! Food will be provided. This event will take place in the Welcome Center (Sewall Hall). Please also see the official event flyer.
12:00 - 1:00 pm – A Experiência da Perda: O Golpe de 2016 e a Crise da Democracia Brasileira hosted by Brasil@Rice Office and the Humanities Research Center
Dr. Sidney Chalhoub, one of the most notable Brazilian historians and a professor at Harvard, will be hosting a conversation during Portuguese Table on the 2016 impeachment of Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff. Dr. Chalhoub will revisit conversations he had at the time with several politicians, academics, and civil rights activists. Please note that the event will be in Portuguese, and it will take place in the Lovett College Private Dining Room (PDR). Please also see the official event flyer.
Saturday, November 16
1:00 - 5:00 pm – OISS World Cup Soccer Tournament co-sponsored by OISS, Brasil@Rice, Student Activities 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.
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 snacks 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. Registration for this event is closed, but everyone is invited to 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 1:00 p.m. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Sunday, November 17
5:00 - 8:00 pm – International Night Fall 2019 co-hosted by Rice International Student Association (RISA) & Student Association (SA)
Rice International Student Association and the Rice Student Association are presenting you the biggest & most diverse undergraduate cultural fair —— INTERNATIONAL NIGHT. Remember the HUGE participation and success last year? Now we’re gonna bring back the fun with 16 new and returning cultural organizations on campus! Join us at the RMC Grand Hall to get a taste of Rice’s diverse culture through food, music, games, and performances! *** FREE ADMISSION *** (You’ll even get a chance to win prizes from visiting more booths!)
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8:00 - 9:00 pm – Espresso Yourself: International Poetry Night co-hosted by Espresso Yourself and OISS
OISS and Espresso Yourself are are excited to partner for a special IEW Espresso Yourself event with performances focusing on international poetry. Join us for poems, celebration, and FREE COFFEE for participants (courtesy of OISS)! Sign-up at bit.ly/IEWpoetry for a spot to read. (We will also have an open mic.) This event will take place in the Rice Coffeehouse in the Student Center. Please also see the official event flyer.
Monday, November 18
11:55 am - 12:55 pm – Arabic Table hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
Learn more about the Arabic language in the Martel College Commons.
12:00 - 1:00 pm – How a Foreign Language Can Enhance Your Career! hosted by the Center for Career Development
Learn how to leverage your language experience in this interactive panel! Come learn about the value of speaking of another language and how it can lead to additional opportunities, travel, projects, promotions, and more. Hear from a group of experienced professionals with a variety of language backgrounds to see how your language experience can enhance your job search and career opportunities! Food will be provided. Please RSVP in Handshake to save your seat and receive updates as the event approaches. This event will take place in Huff House.
1:00 - 2:00 pm – Whiteboard Campaing: What does international education mean to you? hosted by Study Abroad
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 you’re there as well!
8:00 - 9:00 pm – Exchange Student Perspectives hosted by Study Abroad
Study Abroad Ambassadors at the south colleges will be hosting a presentation on exchange student perspectives, and students will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with the ambassadors about study abroad! This event will take place in the Will Rice College PDR.
Tuesday, November 19
3:00 - 4:00 pm – Fondren Library 101: Learn the Library Tour in Mandarin Chinese hosted by the Fondren Library
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 3:00 p.m. Each session, including tour and classroom time, will last about 50 minutes. RSVP at https://library.rice.edu/101 or contact Jane: email@example.com for further information. For information about Fondren 101, please see https://library.rice.edu/news/fondren-101-learn-library-tour.
4:30 - 7:00 pm – International Cooking Gathering hosted by Brasil@Rice and OISS
Please join us for our first Recipe Exchange Cooking Gathering to try out some of the international recipes submitted through the IEW Recipe Exchange. For the first gathering, we have selected a Kenyan dish called Beef and Potato Pilau (you can see the recipe already at https://oiss.rice.edu/recipes). Space is limited, so reserve your spot as soon as possible and RSVP with the number of people attending with you by emailing Mayra at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come ready to join in the cooking! This event will take place in the Housing and Dining Kitchen (the Housing and Dining Office is located across the Inner Loop from Herring Hall). Please also see the official event flyer.
Wednesday, November 20
12:00 - 1:00 pm – Study Abroad Lunch Series: Research Abroad hosted by Study Abroad
Come to Miner Lounge to hear from students who have participated in research while studying abroad abroad! Lunch is provided. RSVP here.
12:00 - 1:00 pm – German Table hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
Learn more about the German language at Hanszen College.
12:00 - 1:00 pm – Portuguese Table hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
Learn more about the Portuguese language at Lovett College.
12:50 - 1:50 pm – CLIC Workshop: Narrative and Identity hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
This CLIC Research Workshop will offer an opportunity for the Rice Community to analyze connections among language, narrative, and identity construction. Illustrations of these relations will be presented through discourse analysis activities and a follow-up discussion. For more information and RSVP instructions, please see the event website. This event will take place in Rayzor Hall 113.
2:00 - 3:00 pm – Korean Tea Table hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
This event will take place in the Rayzor Hall Coffee Bar.
3:00 - 4:00 pm – Cafe Francais hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
This event will take place in the Rayzor Hall Lobby.
3:00 - 6:00 pm – 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! This event will take place in the Multicultural Center in the Student Center.
6:00 - 7:30 pm – Panel Discussion: International Experiences and Career Trajectories hosted by the Center for Civic Leadership
For International Education Week, the Center for Civic Leadership is hosting a panel on International Experiences and Career Trajectories. The goal of the panel is for students to understand how their international experiences don’t end when they return to campus, but can continue to inform their trajectory and their work in a variety of ways. We hope that hearing from a diverse array of professionals in different sectors and in different stages of their careers will highlight for students how their experiences abroad help build skills that will be useful across multiple potential career trajectories. This event will take place in Huff House, room 107.
Thursday, November 21
12:10 - 1:00 pm – IGNITE Session: Professional Etiquette & Networking for International Graduate Students hosted by OISS
IGNITE stands for “International Graduate News/Information/Training/Education” and these 1-hour sessions present graduate international HOT TOPICS that allow you to equip and empower during your lunch hour. Free pizza will be provided. This event will take place in the Farnsworth Pavilion in the Student Center.
Friday, November 22
11:45 am - 1:00 pm – 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! 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 18, at 9:00 am. 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.
12:00 - 1:00 pm – Italian Table hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
Learn more about the Italian language at Martel College.
12:00 - 1:00 pm – Russian Table hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
Learn more about the Russian language at Lovett College.
12:00 - 1:00 pm – Spanish Table hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
Learn more about the Spanish language at Lovett College.
2:00 - 4:00 pm – Holidays “Owl”Round the World hosted by Study Abroad
Come learn about and celebrate holidays from around the world with our exchange students! This event will take place in the Miner Lounge.
4:00 - 5:00 pm – Juegos de Mesa: Tutti Frutti hosted by the Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication
Have fun, challenge your friends, and practice your Spanish by playing this game from Argentina! Everyone is welcome. Refreshments provided. This event will take place in Rayzor Hall 119.
4:00 - 5:00 pm – North Colleges Study Abroad FITQ hosted by Study Abroad
It’s a Friday in the Quad with the north colleges' Study Abroad Ambassadors! Come by for music and international snacks, stick around to learn about studying abroad from the ambassadors! This event will take place outside West Servery.
Saturday, November 23
2:30 pm – International Student Recognition at Rice Football hosted by Rice Athletics and Rice Football
To conclude our International Education Week celebrations, Rice Athletics and Rice Football are inviting international students and scholars to the Rice Owls' last home game of the season. 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. The event also includes an official recognition on the field!! Undergraduate students can get in for free with their student ID. OISS has a limited number of free tickets available for graduate students and scholars, starting Monday, 11/18. Please note that by picking up a ticket, you're committing to joining us for the on the field recognition.
International Education Week 2019 in Rice News: International Education Week celebrates Rice’s cornucopia of cultures
Team Americas – winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2019!