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!

UPDATE: In celebration of IEW 2021, OISS donated 22 trees through American Forests. 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 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

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Carlos Llanos, PhD student from Peru, who submitted the winning photo!

Three students are facing the camera looking at a data sample. Picture is taken through the see through frame that contains the sample.

Visit to see all the photos.

Competition information available below.

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 11:59pm 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.

Stories from Owls Abroad by Study Abroad Office

To celebrate International Education Week, the Study Abroad Office will be spotlighting different students’ experiences abroad this semester. Follow @ricestudyabroad and watch as different students takeover the Rice Study Abroad Instagram account and take you around the world! They’ll showcase different aspects of their lives abroad including what they’re studying, how they get around, what they’re eating, where they live, and more. Spend a day in their lives.

Monday, 11/15 - Madrid, Spain
Tuesday, 11/16 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday, 11/17 - Edinburgh, Scotland
Thursday, 11/18 - Cambridge, England

Note if you miss any, you can also check out our highlights to watch them again or watch any of our previous takeovers!

Check out the Study Abroad Instagram at @ricestudyabroad!

International Student Athlete Feature Interview by Rice Athletics

A special International Education Week feature interview with international student athlete, Cat Albuquerque (soccer) is available at

Thursday, November 11, 2021

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

Update: If you missed the wonderful presentation by Huckie and Manwal, a recording is available to view at

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

Decompress with OISS – 4:00pm

Decompress with OISS at 4:00 - 5:00pm on Thursday, November 11. We will be at Brochstein Plaza (outside courtyard next to Lovett Hall, in front of Sewall Hall/Welcome Center). Come and learn ways to stress less, and decompress meditating with Agnes Ho, Director of Rice Wellbeing, while enjoying some coffee and snacks, and the good company of OISS and your fellow internationals.

We invite you to decompress with OISS for a moment to stress less.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Coffee, Chat & Academic Travel Opportunities to Latin America – 4:00pm

Join the Puentes Consortium, Brasil@Rice & OISS for coffee and to learn about travel opportunities, especially for faculty. Topics will include Puentes Consortium funding opportunities, Brazil travel grants, and Fulbright opportunities. This event will take place on Friday, November 12th, 4:00 - 5:00pm, at the Brochstein Pavilion. Please RSVP by email to Dr. Adria Baker at

Coffee, chat & academic travel opportunities to Latin America. Friday, November 12, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Brochstein Pavilion. RSVP to

Chai Party – 6:00pm

The Rice Pakistani Students Association (RPSA) invites everyone to their cultural showcase event, Chai Party, on Friday, November 12th, 6:00 - 9:00pm at Ray Courtyard.

The event strives to share with the Rice community how chai - or tea - is not just a drink to be had for Pakistanis. But instead, illustrate how it has served as a means of bringing the community together, rich or poor, young or old, and remains a central component to our cultural values of sharing and caring. RPSA will be hosting interactive activities like traditional games, subcontinental calligraphy, and cricket. Please RSVP at

Chai Party IEW event.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

International Student & Scholar Recognition at Rice Football – 1:00pm

Rice Athletics celebrates International Education Week by recognizing the international students and scholars during the Rice Owls football game against Western Kentucky on Saturday (starting at 1:00pm). All students can get in for free with their Rice ID, scholars and family members of both students and scholars can pick up free tickets (donated by Rice Athletics) from OISS starting 9:00am on Wednesday, November 10th.

Make sure to also download the Rice Owls Game Day app, which will feature a Football 101 landing page during the game to help you follow along even if you're not very familiar with football!

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

Talk by Dr. Mary Prendergast – Rangelands and resilience: pastoralist foodways in Africa – 12:00pm

The Office of International Students and Scholars, MultiCultural Center, and African Interest Group are co-hosting a talk Dr. Mary Prendergast on Rangelands and resilience: pastoralist foodways in Africa. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 16th, 12:00 - 1:00pm, at the MultiCultural Center, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP at

IEW Event Flyer.

Panel: 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 - 6:30pm. Join the Zoom meeting at

Event flyer.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

CCAS Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series – 12:00pm

The Chao Center for Asian Studies' Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series brings together scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines and methodologies. All seminars are free and open to the public.

On November 17th, Dr. Ka-Kin Cheuk, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, will present a seminar Remaking the transnational connections: Sikh diaspora in Hong Kong and their return visits to India. This seminar will be presented over Zoom. For more information and the registration link, please visit!view/event/event_id/233479.

IEW event flyer.

Peace Corps Panel Discussion – 2:00pm

You are invited to a panel of Returned Peace Corps volunteers as they share their experiences on job sectors, regions, diversity and inclusion topics. This is hosted in conjunction with the University of Houston Peace Corps Prep Program.

This event will take place on Wednesday, November 17th, 2:00 - 3:30pm via Zoom. Register at

Peace Corps Panel Discussion event flyer.

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 at

Event flyer.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thanksgiving Lunch – 11:45am

This event is full, we have no more tickets remaining!

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, 11:45am - 1:00pm! Tickets for a free meal will be given to the first 80 international students and scholars who sign up (2 tickets per person), starting Monday, November 15, at 9:00am. (We have also reserved the Brown Courtyard outside of Farnsworth, in case you feel more comfortable sitting outside.)

Menu: Sliced roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner roll, and your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie.

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).

Event flyer.

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 via Zoom. Please see the ARRUF announcement for more information. If you are interested in listening to the presentation, please respond to Adria at, and you will receive the Zoom link before the event.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Info Session: 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 - 1:30pm. Join the Zoom meeting at

Event flyer.

OISS/GSA Coffee Break – 3:30pm

Celebrate with us Rice's diversity and growing international community with coffee (hot & cold) and treats from different countries! The event is co-hosted by OISS and GSA (Graduate Student Association). Presidents and leaders of international graduate student clubs will be happy to meet you and introduce you to what they do and their country. Share your culture and learn about others.

This event will take place at the Brochstein Plaza (outside courtyard next to Lovett Hall, in front of Sewall Hall/Welcome Center, not to be confused with Brochstein Pavilion), 3:30 - 5:00pm.

Flyer for OISS and GSA IEW event.

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 - 4:00pm 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 and the Graduate Student Association.

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.

Registration for this event is closed, but everyone is invited to come out and support your team!

Players will be contacted by their team captain with information/confirmation about their 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 Soccer World Cup Tournament.

International Education Week poster 2021.

Group of students holding a trophy.
Team Europe – winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2021!

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)
  • Chao Center for Asian Studies (CCAS)
  • Fulbright
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS)
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • MultiCultural Center
  • Office of the President
  • Peace Corps
  • Puentes Consotrium, Mexico Center
  • Rice Athletics
  • Rice Chinese Students & Scholars Association (RCSSA)
  • Rice Pakistani Students Association (RPSA)
  • Students Huckie Del Mundo and Manwal Harb for giving a "My World" tour
  • Study Abroad Office
  • Wellbeing & Counseling Center

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.