International Education Week

IEW logo

"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."
iew.state.gov

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 16-20, 2020, 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. Please also check out https://oiss.rice.edu/myworld for information on a special IEW edition of "My World" (virtual) Tours.

Throughout International Education Week

Plant a Tree!

UPDATE: In celebration of IEW 2020, OISS donated 30 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 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 a recommended book or a favorite recipe (you can even do both!).

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

OISS hosted a Plant a Tree campaign also during IEW 2019, and as a result 63 trees were donated through American Forests last year in celebration of International Education Week 2019.

Plant a Tree

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 http://bit.ly/IEWreading. To see the list of recommended reading, please visit the IEW Recommended Reading webpage.

For each Recommended Reading submission during IEW 2020, OISS will donate one tree through American Forests!

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 http://bit.ly/IEWrecipe. To see the recipes submitted so far, please visit the IEW Recipes webpage.

For each International Recipe submission during IEW 2020, OISS will donate one tree through American Forests!

OISS Photo Competition

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Salma Alhashim, PhD student from Saudi Arabia, who submitted the winning photo!

Houston skyline visible through a hole in a fence containing several locks
There is always a promising path despite the presence of seemingly overwhelming obstacles.

Visit https://oiss.rice.edu/photo-competition to learn more about the winning photo and other submissions.

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. We will be awarding a $30 Coffeehouse gift certificate to the top photo. 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 15, 2020. To submit an entry, please visit https://bit.ly/IEWphoto.

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 15, 2020.

The international community will be invited to vote on the photos during International Education Week (voting instructions to be posted on Monday, November 16th). The person who submits the winning photo will receive a $30 gift card to Rice Coffeehouse.

OISS reserves the right to edit, publish, or otherwise duplicate any photo entered into the competition. The winning photo will be featured in OISS materials (including the OISS website and newsletter).

For any questions on this competition, please contact Jenny at jenny@rice.edu.

To submit an entry to the OISS IEW Photo Competition, please visit https://bit.ly/IEWphoto

IEW Photo Competition flyer

Monday, November 9, 2020

"My World" (virtual) Tour: Netherlands – 12:15-12:45pm

During the spring semester, 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 Monday for a "My World" tour of the Netherlands with Jesse van der Meulen, a freshman from Jones College.
Zoom link: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/97075670776?pwd=Y2RsdlVLZ2VkSGhtMzk3NnVLNDVvZz09
(Meeting ID: 970 7567 0776 | Passcode: MyWorld)

Please visit https://oiss.rice.edu/myworld to see how you can volunteer to lead a tour!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

"My World" Bonus Edition: Learn to read Hangul in a few minutes – 12:15-12:45pm

During the spring semester, 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 Wednesday for a Special Bonus Edition of "My World" where we learn to read Hangul (the language spoken in South Korea) in a matter of minutes, with Yuseon Kim, a PhD student in Bioengineering. You do not need to know how to speak Korean to participate!
Zoom link: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/97260032695?pwd=amVHajlvSng2T1cvK1drL0NRVURKZz09
(Meeting ID: 972 6003 2695 | Passcode: MyWorld)

Please visit https://oiss.rice.edu/myworld to see how you can volunteer to lead a tour!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

CCAS Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series – 7:00pm

The Chao Center for Asian Studies' Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series addresses grand challenges today in politics, economics, social justice, immigration, armed conflicts, and environment that are creating an overlapping effect between the Asian and the global, making it necessary that the existing framework for Asia Studies be re-crafted. All seminars are free and open to the public.

On November 12th, Dr. Ka-Kin Cheuk, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, will present a seminar: The End of a Diasporic Economy? Some Ethnographic Insights from the Indian Traders in Southeast China. This seminar will be presented over Zoom. Please visit https://chaocenter.rice.edu/programs/TARI for additional information.

Friday, November 13, 2020

"My World" (virtual) Tour: Rice at SUSTech – 8:00-8:45pm

During the spring semester, 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 Friday evening for a special live "My World" tour of the SUSTech campus in Shenzhen, China, with Yiyi Yang and Harper (Tianyi) Bo, freshmen from Lovett College, who are currently studying remotely and participating in the Go Local program at SUSTech.
Zoom link: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/97639941577?pwd=cWFhYUFKSXF3TUs4d2NKcE92dlBIZz09
(Meeting ID: 976 3994 1577 | Passcode: MyWorld)

Please visit https://oiss.rice.edu/myworld to see how you can volunteer to lead a tour!

Monday, November 16, 2020

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. This year's lunch will be outdoors and informal, and we will follow physical distancing protocols.

Virtual Whiteboard Campaign

The Study Abroad Office invites you to tell them what you think about study abroad! Send a picture of yourself with the following question and your response written on your whiteboard or piece of paper:

  • Thinking about studying abroad? "I want to study abroad because..."
  • Already studied abroad? "I studied abroad because..."
  • None of the above? International education is important because..."

Send your picture via this form by noon on Friday 11/13 to be featured on the Study Abroad social media! For more information, please see https://abroad.rice.edu/iew20.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Mental Health/Wellbeing Session for International Students – 12:00-1:00pm

Please join Agnes Ho, Director of Wellbeing and a former international student, in a discussion on how to best take care of yourself in these difficult times. This session is specifically for international students at all academic levels. Agnes will explain what to look out for, strategies for coping, and how to find hope in the new year.

Join Zoom Meeting https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/96850446730?pwd=RkFDS3RlTzVZb1hrakdZVi9BQXl2Zz09
Meeting ID: 968 5044 6730 | Passcode: 963751

Japanese Table (2nd - 3rd year level) – 3:00pm

The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites you to learn more about the Japanese language. Please contact CLIC for Zoom information.

The Evolution of Employment: Global Job Searching During COVID-19 – 4:00-5:00pm

The Center for Career Development (CCD) invites you to join Mary Anne Thompson, GoinGlobal Founder and President, for an introspective into the “new normal” of employment with insights gathered from experts across the globe.

Gain insider tips on how to navigate economic changes related to the pandemic and intelligently pursue remote work as well as job searches during COVID.

This 50 minute presentation offers a global perspective on the evolution of employment in the world of COVID-19 including:

  • Evolution of employment
  • Emerging careers
  • Virtual job search tactics
  • Remote interviewing tips
  • Working from home

This event is sponsored by the Center for Career Development (CCD), and registration for this presentation is limited to a first-come first-serve basis. RSVP via Handshake tinyurl.com/RiceCCDGoinGlobal2020 to receive link to participate.

The evolution of employment event flyer.

Live Cooking Demonstration – 6:00-7:00pm

The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites you for a live cooking demonstration on Zoom. This event will feature foods from three Spanish-speaking countries.

Join Zoom Meeting https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/97985389743?pwd=UitxUGo3TEJaVVNmbGM4SUM3MDNUdz09
Meeting ID: 979 8538 9743 | Passcode: 994911

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

German Table – 12:30-1:00pm

The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites you to learn more about the German language. Please contact CLIC for Zoom information.

REAP International Information Session – 1:00-2:00pm

Have you heard about REAP?

REAP International (Rice Experiences Advertised to Prospects – Internationally), is an OISS program designed to increase Rice University’s visibility abroad.

Do you have connections in your home country and would like to share your academic experience with other students? This is a great way to connect to new people and practice your presentation skills! OISS is looking for new creative ways for international students and scholars to share their Rice experience with other students from their home country.

If you are interested please join the REAP information session: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/98537330929?pwd=UVpmM0ZMMnFjUEljZWROR2gxL0pIQT09
Meeting ID: 985 3733 0929 | Passcode: 028310

Another REAP information session will take place at 1:00 p.m. on December 1st (same Zoom information). For more information about REAP, please see https://oiss.rice.edu/reap.

REAP International Program Flyer

Arabic Table – 1:00-2:00pm

The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites you to learn more about the Arabic language at the Arabic Conversation Table. The group meets weekly to chat in Arabic! This semester, the language table is led by Farouk Badawi and is open to students with Arabic skills varying from beginners to advanced. You do not need to attend the entire period of any session.

Join Zoom meeting: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/3714896766?pwd=Z0tnVVV1TEZOSzhoaVdmSzVpa0RNdz09
Meeting ID: 371 489 6766 | Passcode: 402404

Cafe Francais – 1:30-2:30pm

The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites you to Cafe Francais.

Join Zoom Meeting https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/92351563113?pwd=WUR1R1NCM0pRVWZ4WW4yaHJrV2NCZz09
Meeting ID: 923 5156 3113 | Passcode: 387299

Medical Spanish Speakers – 5:30pm

The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites you to a presentation by Dr. Joseph Varon on the importance of having accurate health-related information in Spanish for the Spanish-speaking community.

Join Zoom Meeting https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/95206775056?pwd=alNhaXBHUHBwNzRXT1BkS2NmUHArQT09

International Trivia Night – 8:00-9:00pm

The Study Abroad Office invites you to test your knowledge with international-themed trivia! Join up solo or in teams of up to three. The winner(s) will receive a gift card (winning pairs or trios receive one for each member)! Separately, for prospective study abroad students, this is the final chance to enter the fall gift card raffle campaign!

Join Zoom Meeting https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/92563109733?pwd=VE4yZlk4L1ByT0h6ZERueFpoakI1dz09
Meeting ID: 925 6310 9733 | Passcode: 502473

For more information, please see https://abroad.rice.edu/iew20.

International Student Athlete Recognition

Check out the Rice Athletics social media channels on Wednesday, as they recognize some of the amazing international student athletes in celebration of International Education Week!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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

The Chao Center for Asian Studies' Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series addresses grand challenges today in politics, economics, social justice, immigration, armed conflicts, and environment that are creating an overlapping effect between the Asian and the global, making it necessary that the existing framework for Asia Studies be re-crafted. All seminars are free and open to the public.

On November 19th, Dr. Eric Huntington, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, will present a seminar: In Light of Color: An Interdisciplinary and Transnational View of Buddhist Chromatics . This seminar will be presented over Zoom. Please visit https://chaocenter.rice.edu/programs/TARI for additional information.

Portuguese Table – 1:00-2:00pm

The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites you to learn more about the Portuguese language.

Join Zoom meeting: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/91013033960?pwd=SXdBOFZ2OGtYVVIrOXlpc1ZqSzRlZz09
Meeting ID: 910 1303 3960 | Passcode: 397526

Puentes Consortium Funding Opportunities – 4:00pm

Come learn about the Puentes Consortium funding opportunities for collaborative research between U.S. and Mexico. The virtual information session is hosted on November 19th at 4:00 p.m. by Ivonne Cruz, Puentes Consortium Program Administrator.

Link for the Zoom webinar: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/97574440801?pwd=OW5zc2kzRFJyMWo2WUxTSllvZm1mUT09.

The Puentes Consortium Grants

International Student Athlete Recognition

Check out the Rice Athletics social media channels on Thursday for a video interview with Victoria and Anastasia Smirnova from the women's tennis team, as they recognize some of the amazing international student athletes in celebration of International Education Week!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Alumni Advice Video Showcase

Study abroad alumni--Study Abroad wants to hear your advice to students thinking about study abroad in the future! Send a short video (30-60 seconds) where you share your one main piece of advice about study abroad.

The winner of the fall raffle campaign will also be announced!

Send your video via this form by noon on Friday 11/13 to be featured on the Study Abroad social media!

For more information, please see https://abroad.rice.edu/iew20.

Russian Table – 12:00-1:00pm

The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites you to learn more about the Russian language.

Join Zoom meeting: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/4957284370?pwd=TUxHTU80SVBUbTBpZ3doc0dIRTlUdz09

International Student Athlete Recognition

Check out the Rice Athletics website RiceOwls.com on Friday, as they recognize some of the amazing international student athletes in celebration of International Education Week!

International Education Week 2020 Poster

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
  • Baker Institute for Public Policy
  • Brasil@Rice Office
  • Center for Career Development (CCD)
  • Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC)
  • Chao Center for Asian Studies (CCAS)
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS)
  • Office of the President
  • Puentes Consortium, Mexico Center
  • Rice Athletics
  • Study Abroad Office
  • Wellbeing and 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 https://oiss.rice.edu/essay-competition for the winning essays of the IEW 2019 Essay Competition.