"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 – 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.
Russian Students' Photo Exhibition hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – You can view this photo exhibition in Rayzor Hall.
Wednesday, November 7
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.: International Fest and Dance Contest hosted by the Intensive English Program Come join the Intensive English Program as we celebrate International Education Week with the intensive English students from all over the world. There will be international food and music, and a dance contest for our students! This event will take place in the Anderson-Clarke Center, Dean's Commons (1st floor).
Friday, November 9
OISS Partnership with SEVP K-12 Outreach – 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 – International Education Week Storytelling Exchange hosted by the Fondren Library – 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 “Roots.” 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. You’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 firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. This event will take place in the Digital Media Commons Multi Purpose Room in the basement of Fondren Library. For more information, please see the event flyer.
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 – 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. 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 12:00 p.m. (noon). For more information, please see the event flyer.
Sunday, November 11
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Bollywood Dance hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – This event will take place in the Recreation Center.
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.: International Night Fall 2018 co-hosted by SA and RISA This event, co-hosted by the Rice Student Association (SA) and Rice International Student Association (RISA), aims to provide Rice students with an easy access to international culture, cuisine, and entertainment. Each participating cultural organization will have their own booth to provide representations of their culture that can range from traditional games or food. This event, which will take place in the Grand Hall in the RMC, will have free admission, so we encourage everyone to come out and learn about how diverse our Rice student body is!
The cultural organizations represented are: Rice Japanese Club, Korean International Association, Korean Student Association, Rice University Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Rice Filipino Student Association, Rice African Student Association, South Asia Society, Rice Taiwanese Association, Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice, Rice Riyaaz, Black Student Association, Rice Middle Eastern Student Association, French Club, and Caribbean Student Society.
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Monday, November 12
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Korean Game: Yut hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Come learn a new game with CLIC in Rayzor Hall!
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Whiteboard Campaign – 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!
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: 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 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: email@example.com for further information. For information about Fondren 101, please see https://library.rice.edu/news/fondren-101-learn-library-tour.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.: International Strategy Coffee Hour hosted by Office of Global and Digital Strategy – Caroline Levander invites faculty and staff to an international strategy coffee hour, to discuss their own international collaborations and opportunities for Rice to increase its global presence. This event will take place in the Cohen House Living Room.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Korean Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Learn more about the Korean language in Rayzor Hall.
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.: Roundtable panel discussion for Rice faculty international opportunities hosted by Fulbright, Brasil@Rice and Puentes Consortium – 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). Please also see the event flyer.
Tuesday, 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.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with Study Abroad Alumni hosted by Study Abroad – 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 students’ experiences abroad!
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Spanish Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Learn more about the Spanish language at Wiess College.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: French Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Learn more about the French language at Sid Rich College.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Belgian Study Break hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – This event will take place in Rayzor Hall.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: International Tea and Resources hosted by Wellbeing & Counseling Center – Please drop by the Wellbeing and Counseling Center at the Gibbs Wellness Center for a cup of tea, a pastry and information on the international wellbeing resources at Rice and in the Houston Community.
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Global Scholars Program Information Session hosted by Rice Online, Office of the Dean of Undergraduates & Office of the Registrar – Come learn about Rice's Global Scholars Program, a unique opportunity for Rice undergraduates to get an international education experience without leaving Houston. The session will be presented by 1) Dr. Caroline Levander, Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy, 2) Dr. Brian Gibson, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduates, and 3) David Tenney, University Registrar. This event will take place in the Founder's Room (Lovett Hall, Entrance B, 2nd floor). To view a recorded video of this event, please see http://online.rice.edu/global-scholars-program/about. For more information about the Global Scholars Program, please see http://online.rice.edu/global-scholars-program/. Please also see the event flyer.
Wednesday, November 14
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.: Webinar – Applying to Research Universities in the U.S. and Rice University co-hosted by Brasil@Rice and EducationUSA Brazil – Rice's Brasil@Rice Office joins EducationUSA Brazil to host a webinar for undergraduate and graduate students in Brazil on applying to Rice and other U.S. universities. To join the webinar, please visit https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/502631269.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: German Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Learn more about the German language at Sid Rich College.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Portuguese Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Learn more about the Portuguese language at Lovett College.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Italian Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Learn more about the Italian language at Martel College.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Russian Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Learn more about the Russian language at Baker College.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Spanish Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Learn more about the Spanish language at Martel College.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: 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! The coffee break will take place in the Multicultural Center (RMC basement). Please also see the event flyer.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Café e Bate Papo & Pão de queijo Workshop co-hosted by Brasil@Rice and CLIC – The Brasil@Rice Office and the Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication invite you for Café e Bate Papo, or Coffee and Chat, to celebrate Brazilian culture during International Education Week. The event starts with a cooking workshop, where you will learn to make the delicious Brazilian pão de queijo (cheese bread). You definitely don't want to miss this, so please join us for the cooking workshop (3:00 - 3:30 p.m.), as well as coffee and chat (3:30 - 5:00 p.m.) in the Lovett House (right by Lovett College). Please RSVP by Monday, 11/12, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please see the official invitation.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Café Français & Tarde Caribeña hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – This event will take place in Rayzor Hall.
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.: International Hygge Study Break hosted by Study Abroad – 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 – 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! EDIT: There are no more tickets available for this event.
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 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). For more information, please see the official invitation.
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: German Christmas hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – This event will take place in Rayzor Hall.
6:00 - 7:15 p.m.: Forró Class hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – This event will take place in the Recreation Center.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: International Student Employment in the U.S. Panel co-sponsored by Center for Career Development, GSA, RISA and OISS – Are you an international undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral student looking for an internship or job in the U.S.? CCD, GSA and OISS are co-sponsoring an Employment Panel specifically for international students. During this event you will 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 through the CCD website. This event will take place in the McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall. Click here for more information or here for the Facebook event.
Friday, November 16
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Spanish Table hosted by Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication – Learn more about the Spanish language at Baker and Brown College.
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Give Thanks for Intercultural Exchange – Mock Thanksgiving Study Break hosted by Study Abroad – 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.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion: International Experiences and Career Trajectories hosted by the Center for Civic Leadership – The Center for Civic Leadership’s Loewenstern Fellowship in International Critical Service and Civic Research provides a yearlong experience to study a social issue with global implications in an academic and experiential setting. The International Education Week Career Trajectories Panel is the conclusion of the 2018 Fellows cohort and the beginning of the 2019 Fellows cohort. It is also an opportunity for the wider University community to learn about how international experiences-whether academic, experiential, or work-related can influence a student’s career trajectory. This panel discussion will take place in Rayzor 119. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Saturday, November 24
12:00 p.m.: 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 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. The event also includes an official recognition on the field during the first half of the game!! Please RSVP by email to Elmira at email@example.com by Wednesday, November 21st, if you would like to join this event!
International Education Week 2018 in Rice News:
Team Americas – winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2018!