International Education Week

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"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 take place November 15-19, 2021, but we are starting our events already during the previous week! Please see below for a full schedule, and make sure to check back often as events will continue to be added.

Throughout International Education Week

Plant a Tree!

During this year's International Education Week, for each entry submitted to the virtual IEW events of Photo Competition, Recommended Reading, or International Recipes, 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 an entry to the photo competition, a recommended book or a favorite recipe (you can even do all three!).

By participating in the Photo Competition, Recommended Reading, or International Recipes, you will get to share a piece of your culture and help OISS plant trees!

OISS hosted Plant a Tree campaigns also during IEW 2019 and IEW 2020. As a result a total of 93 trees have been donated through American Forests in celebration of International Education Week at Rice University.

Flyer for Plant a Tree Campaign

International Recipes

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 To see the recipes submitted so far, please visit the IEW Recipes webpage.

For each International Recipe submission during IEW 2021, OISS will donate one tree through American Forests!

International Recommended Reading

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 To see the list of recommended reading, please visit the IEW Recommended Reading webpage.

For each Recommended Reading submission during IEW 2021, OISS will donate one tree through American Forests!

OISS Photo Competition

To celebrate this year's International Education Week (IEW), OISS is hosting a mini photo competition open to all members of the Rice international community. The person who submits the winning photo will win lunch for 2 at the Rice Faculty Club. The theme of the photo is open, but possible ideas include Rice spirit, global friendships, internationals making the world a better place through research, etc. The deadline for this competition is 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 14, 2021. To submit an entry, please visit

Competition Rules

  • All aspects of the Rice Honor Code will be enforced
  • To participate, you must be a member of the current Rice international population
  • Photos submitted must be taken by the person submitting the photo
  • No more than 2 photos per person may be submitted
  • Photos must be submitted as a JPG or PNG file
  • Photos must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Houston time (CST) on Sunday, November 14, 2021

The international community will be invited to vote on the photos during International Education Week (voting instructions to be posted on Monday, November 15th). The person who submits the winning photo will win lunch for 2 at the Rice Faculty Club.

OISS reserves the right to edit, publish, or otherwise duplicate any photo entered into the competition. All photos will be posted on the OISS website, and the winning photo will be featured in OISS materials (including the OISS newsletter). In addition, each photo submission will count towards our Plant a Tree campaign!

For any questions on this competition, please contact Andy at

Please also take a look at the Photo Competition from IEW 2020 at

To submit an entry to the OISS IEW 2021 Photo Competition, please visit!

Flyer for OISS Photo Competition

Thursday, November 11, 2021

"My World" (virtual) Tour: Lebanon & Philippines, Asia "End-to-End" – 12:15pm

During the pandemic, many members of the Rice international community kindly allowed us to join them on a virtual tour of their home countries, cities, or other favorite places. We heard amazing stories and saw so much of the beauty of our world through these presentations and perspectives. Now, in celebration of IEW, we're excited to bring back "My World" tours!

Join us on Thursday, 12:15 - 12:45pm, for a "My World" tour of Lebanon & the Philippines with Huckie Del Mundo (MBE in Applied Bioengineering) and Manwal Harb (PhD in Bioengineering).

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 984 6537 9489 | Passcode: 267058

Flyer for My World virtual tour

Friday, November 12, 2021

Fulbright Event – 4:00pm

Stay tuned for more information about an event that celebrates IEW and the 75th anniversary of Fulbright!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

International Student & Scholar Recognition at Rice Football

Rice Athletics celebrates International Education Week by recognizing the international community at the Rice Owls football game against Western Kentucky. Stay tuned for more information about the details, how to get tickets, etc.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Presidents' Lunch (by invitation only)

This lunch is held every year by OISS to celebrate the student leaders that we have across campus in international clubs. 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.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Discussion with Dr. Mary Prendergast – 12:00pm

The Office of International Students and Scholars, MultiCultural Center, and African Interest Group are co-hosting a discussion with Dr. Mary Prendergast. Dr. Prendergast, Associate Professor in Anthropology, will discuss her research areas about how human and animal worlds are intertwined. More information will be posted soon!

International Experiences and Career Trajectories – 5:30pm

Are you interested in studying or working abroad? Come to this panel to hear from current Rice students, alumni, and professionals as they share the value of their international experiences and tips on how to build your future international endeavors.

This event is hosted by the Center for Civic Leadership, and will take place on Tuesday, November 16th, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting at

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Learning How to Pronounce Chinese Names – 4:00pm

Rice Chinese Students & Scholars Association (RCSSA) and OISS invite you to join us for a quick overview on how to correctly pronounce Chinese names. This event is geared towards administrative staff and faculty, but is open to anyone wanting to learn. Sign-up instructions coming soon!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thanksgiving Lunch – 11:45am

Come celebrate a uniquely American holiday by joining the OISS staff for a traditional seated Thanksgiving meal! More information coming soon!

ARRUF Presentation on International Students – 2:00pm

Dr. Adria Baker will give a presentation to the Association of Retired Rice University Faculty (ARRUF) on international students at Rice. More information TBA.

Friday, November 19, 2021

International Research with the Wagoner Scholarship – 1:00pm

The Wagoner Scholarship provides students and alumni with the opportunity to conduct research abroad for a minimum of eight weeks and up to one year. At this information session, you'll learn more about the application process and hear from a Wagoner alumnus.

This event is hosted by the Center for Civic Leadership, and will take place on Friday, November 19th, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting at

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Mini World Cup Soccer Tournament – 12:00pm

OISS is so happy to bring back our most beloved IEW event, the Mini World Cup!! Get excited and play for your team!!

The tournament will take place on Saturday, November 20, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Rec Center Field #3 (next to the Shepherd School of Music). This event is co-sponsored by the Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center.

All members of the Rice community can sign up online at to play for one of our four teams: Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe. You don't have to play for the continent you are from. The sign-up fee of $5.13 for your team t-shirt can be paid online by credit or debit card. Sign-ups are due Tuesday, November 2nd.

You will be contacted by your team captain with information/confirmation about your team, and the captains will organize the teams and matches. Teams are co-ed, and each team has to have at least one woman playing. Each match will last 35 minutes (15 min. 1st half + 5 min break + 15 min. 2nd half).

Flyer for Mini World Cup

International Education Week poster 2021.

Group of students holding a trophy
Team Americas – winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2019!

Special thanks to all the IEW pacticipants:

  • Liz Brigman in IT for printing the IEW poster
  • African Interest Group
  • Association of Retired Rice University Faculty (ARRUF)
  • Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Brasil@Rice Office
  • Center for Civil Leadership (CCL)
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS)
  • MultiCultural Center
  • Office of the President
  • Rice Athletics
  • Rice Chinese Students & Scholars Association (RCSSA)
  • Students Huckie Del Mundo and Manwal Harb for giving a "My World" tour

International Education Week from Previous Years (click on the year for the calendar of events):

Click here for IEW posters from past years.

Please also see for the winning essays of the IEW 2019 Essay Competition.