"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 will be available soon!
Remember to also read about our IEW Essay Competition!
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.
Tuesday, November 12
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.
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 email@example.com. For more information, please see the official invitation.
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.
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.
Saturday, November 16
OISS 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 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. 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
8:00 - 9:00 pm – IEW Poetry Night co-hosted by Espresso Yourself and OISS
OISS and Espresso Yourself are excited to partner for a special IEW event with performance focusing on international poetry. Stay tuned for more information. This event will take place in the Rice Coffeehouse in the Student Center.
Monday, November 18
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. For information about Fondren 101, please see https://library.rice.edu/news/fondren-101-learn-library-tour.
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.
3:00 - 5:00 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! Location TBA.
Thursday, November 21
12:10 - 1:00 pm – IGNITE Session: Professional Development & 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.
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!! Stay tuned for more information.
Team Americas – winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2018!