"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 will be available soon!
Throughout International Education Week
International Recommended Reading hosted by OISS â€“ 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.
Friday, November 9
OISS Partnership with SEVP K-12 Outreach â€“ 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 â€“ International Education Week Storytelling Exchange hosted by the Fondren Library â€“ 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 â€śRoots.â€ť When we get together to share our stories, it ignites something special. Youâ€™ll uncover common ground with someone you might never have expected. Refreshments will be served.
This event is limited to 20 registrants, so please register in advance at https://goo.gl/forms/kuwty9KI8Wr8Z8Ah2. This event will take place in the Digital Media Commons Multi Purpose Room in the basement of Fondren Library.
Saturday, November 10
12:00 p.m.: Mini World Cup Soccer Tournament co-sponsored by OISS 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. Information on how to sign up will be posted soon! Even if you don't play soccer, please come out and support your team! The games will be played on the Rec Center outdoor fields by the Shepherd School of Music starting at 12:00 p.m. (noon).
Tuesday, November 13
Presidents' Lunch (by invitation only) hosted by OISS â€“ 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.
Wednesday, November 14
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: International Coffee Break co-hosted by the Rice Graduate Student Association (GSA) and OISS â€“ 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 15
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Thanksgiving Lunch hosted by OISS â€“ 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 100 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).
Team Americas â€“ winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2017!