International Education Week

International Education Week is November 18 - 22

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 the University of Arkansas' efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

International Education Week, November 18-22, 2019

IEW Study Abroad Presentation Request


In honor of International Education Week, the Office of Study Abroad is proud to bring international education opportunities to your classroom. Presentations will introduce study abroad options available to University of Arkansas students (there more than 1,700!), discuss study abroad scholarships and provide guidelines for the application process.

If your class has a specific region or language focus, we would be happy to provide appropriate resources. Include details of class focus and demographic in the "notes" section of the Study Abroad Presentation Request.

Presenters are available Monday- Friday 8:00am -5:00pm. Presentations take approximately 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes allowed for Q & A. Requests are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve, basis. Please apply early.

If you have any questions, contact Veronica Mobley at 479-575-7582 or

IEW International Culture Team Presentation Request

The International Culture Team is a presentation team made up of international students and scholars, as well as, American students who have studied abroad or just want to be a part of the team. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your office or group, you can do that by filling in this submission form. Please allow us two weeks notice to set up your presentation.

International Culture Team Request Form

Contact: Cynthia Smith 479-575-6665;

More about International Culture Team

Wednesday, November 7th

International Hogs

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Jerry and Gene Jones Student-Success Athletic Center

All U of A student-athletes are welcome to attend this international hour to learn about cultures from around the world at the U of A and celebrate our 41 international student-athletes from 24 countries over lunch!  Contact:  Brandon Floyd This even is sponsored by the Jerry and Gene Jones Student-Success Athletic Center.  


Sunday, November 10th

Diwali: Festival of Lights

4:30-8:30 p.m., University of Arkansas Faulkner Arts Center

Diwali is the celebration of Lights in South Asia. Come join our celebration with performance, cultural booths, henna and more! This event is sponsored by the Friends of India and Associated Student Government. Contact Chandra Shekar

Friday, November 15th

Achieving Success as a Student

3-4:30 p.m., U of A Holcombe Hall Classroom

Nabil Lehlou will revisit the notion of success and what it means to a student. Then, he will share the main traits that should be pursued while a person is still in college, and how to go about that. Finally, he will give a few pieces of advice that can benefit anyone seeking happiness in the midst of a stressful environment.

This event is sponsored by International Students and Scholars, Graduate School and International Education, International Alumni Society. Contact Michael Freeman 479-575-5003

Dandiya Night

7:00-10:00 p.m., Arkansas Alumni House, 4891 Razorback Road

Let's celebreate Dandiya with great music, dancing, and food!

This event is sponsored by Indian Cultural Association & the Associated Student Government. Contact Gopi Lukhi

Saturday, November 16th

M & N Augustine International Festival

6:30-9:30 p.m., DeBriyn Center, St. Joseph's School, 1722 Starr Rd., Fayetteville

Enjoy a wonderful night of international food samples, French Creole food and the Great American Cookout. $20 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds to to the M & N Augustine Foundation to serve those in the community with emergency situations and those experiencing poverty and hunger. This event is sponsored by the M & N Augustine Foundation. Contact Joe Augustine at 479-236-3800 for more information.

Monday, November 18th

International Dress Day

11 a.m., Arkansas Union International Connections Lounge

Wear your favorite international hat, sports jersey, or cultural clothing and join in for a group photo.

Opening session and International Bazaar

11 a.m.–2 p.m., All are welcome, International Connection Lounge in the Arkansas Union

Opening Ceremony of the University of Arkansas' International Education Week, followed by a group picture of the University of Arkansas community in traditional dress. This event will be opened by the U of A World Music Ensemble led by Nikola Radan. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School and International Education. Contact Cynthia Smith at or 479-575-5003 for more information.

The International Bazaar will contribute to inclusion and diversity on campus though cultural table presentations and performances by international students. This event is sponsored by the International Students Organization and the Associated Student Government. Contact James Flammer at or 479-575-5003 for more information.

Study Abroad Photo Contest Display

11 a.m.–2 p.m., International Connections Lounge.

Winners of the Study Abroad Photo Contest will be announced and displayed during the International Bazaar. This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange. Contact Brian Poepsel at for more information.


5 p.m.– 6 p.m., JB Hunt 207

Advanced Spanish students will be able to practice their conversational Spanish with native speaking graduate students/staff and with student peers. This event is sponsored by World Language Department. Contact Andrew Van Lew at for more information.

Cultural Pop-Up: Turkish Coffee Fortune Reading

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Union Food Court

We will have demonstrations of the tradition of reading Turkish coffee grounds to people. This event is sponsored by The International Culture Team. Contact: Duru Erkan at 

Fulbright Friendsgiving 
Forum 5-9 p.m. Verizon Ballroom, Student Union
This year, the FSUA has decided to organize their flagship program around the theme “revisiting the legacy of the Fulbright” with focus to stories of the Fulbright students who have returned home. This event is sponsored by Arkansas Chapter of the Fulbright Association & Office of Sponsored Students and Special.  Contact: Ahmad Shah Mobariz

Holcomb Elementary International Night
6:30 p.m., Holcomb Elementary, Fayetteville
the world through Holcomb Hornets Around the World as the children share about the great places around the world that they learned about through people who traveled abroad or are from another country. Contact Cynthia Smith at or 479-575-5003 for more information. This event is sponsored by Holcomb Elementary School Parents & Staff and the University of Arkansas International Culture Team

Tuesday, November 19th

Cultural Pop-Up: Name Translator   

3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Union Food Court 

A fun event where you can get your name translated into different languages. This event is sponsored by The International Culture Team. Contact: Jeanie Guo at

Study Abroad #IamIcan with CIS
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education
CIS Study Abroad runs affordable programs for EVERY student! The #IamIcan campaign celebrate students’ identities and empower students to study abroad. This event is sponsored by CIS Study Abroad ( & The Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education. Contact: Veronica Mobley, 479-575-5383

 Pop-up Study Abroad Advising with CEA
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Arkansas Union Food Court
Stop by this pop-up event to learn more about CEA study abroad and internship opportunities in your major. This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad & CEA Study Abroad. Contact: Veronica Mobley at

International Jersey Day

12:15 p.m. Meet at the Fulbright Fountain behind Old Main for a Group Picture!

Celebrate International Education Week by wearing a jersey or shirt that represents your favorite sports team or athlete. You can join us for our first International Jersey Day group picture and share your photos on social media with hashtag #UARKIEW2019  Contact:  Cynthia Smith 479-575-5003

Faculty - Fulbright Scholars Information Workshop

3:30-5:00 p.m. Old Main 523

Faculty interested in applying for one of the Fulbright programs (Teaching Scholar, Research Scholar, Teaching and Research Scholar, Specialist, or Flex program) are invited to an informational workshop. David Levin, Senior Program Manager in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will be on the UA Campus to present a workshop on Tuesday, November 19, 3:30-5:00pm in Old Main 523. No registration is necessary. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School and International Education.  Contact:  Curt Rom 575-7434

Italian Conversation Group

4:30-5:30 p.m., U of A JB Hunt Room 2017 (backroom)

Come practice speaking Italian and talk about Italian culture. All levels welcome. This event is sponsored by the World Languages Italian Program Anthony Sargenti 479-575-5999

Myth- Busting Russia

5-7 p.m., AFLS 115

There will be cultural samplings of food, drink, and literature dedicated to dismantling Russian stereotypes. This event will feature an array of speakers, who will give mini lectures over a variety of topics regarding Russian-Eurasian life and how it contrasts to the many rumors our society has come to believe. This event is sponsored by the Russian- Eurasian Student Organization. For more information, contact Amy McCampbell at 972-979-7435 

Rome Center Study Abroad Info Meeting 

5:30-7 p.m., GEAR 102

Learn about Summer and Semester programs to study at the U of A Rome Center, the university's only permanent international satellite. Take courses in a wide range of subjects. Programs are open to students from all majors! This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, University of Arkansas Rome Center. For more information, contact Brian Poepsel at 479-575-7582. 

Coffee and Karaoke

6 - 8 p.m., Spring International Language Center, Uptown Campus, 1001 E, Sain Street

Join us at SILC for an evening of hot drinks and snacks from all over the world! Belt out your favorite tunes on our karaoke stage and relax as we take our taste buds on an international tour! This event is sponsored by Spring International Language Center. For more information, contact Nicholas Allred at

Wednesday, November 20th

Cultural Pop-Up: Cooking & Snack Tasting   

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 a.m., ISS classroom, Holcombe Hall 

Come to have a hands-on experience of the Panamanian Cuisine. We will learn how to cook one of the favorite Panamanian snacks "platanitos" -fried plantains. You will get the chance to taste them! This event is sponsored by The International Culture Team. Contact information: Suellen Ayala at

Kukur Tihar

3:00 p.m. - 4 p.m., Gearhart Hall Courtyard

Join us as we celebrate the Nepalese "day of the dog" taking place on Wednesday, November 20 at 3 pm in the Gearhart Courtyard! We'll be celebrating with REAL dogs who will receive all the love and scritches we have to offer! Anyone who would like to participate will need to sign a waiver at the event. Contact: Laura Moix at This program is sponsored by Graduate School and International Education and Nepalese Student Organization. 

2019 Scholars at Risk Lecture

3:00 p.m. - 4 p.m., Arkansas Union 403

Dr. Shuchi Karim, Bangladeshi feminist scholar will give the presentation "Scholar Activism: Importance of Academic Freedom and Solidarity in Challenging Times". Dr. Karim is currently teaching at the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western University in Canada.  Contact: Michael Freeman 575-5003 This program is sponsored by University of Arkansas Scholars at Risk Committee, Graduate School and International Education, Department of Sociology, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Program, International Studies Program, Multicultural Center, Diversity and Inclusion, Gender Studies, Honors College, Graduate and Professional Student Congress.

Let's Talk and Resource Tabling

4:00 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education- ARKU 404

Counseling and Psychological Services Center will be hosting free "Let's Talk" informal consultations, as well as providing information about our resources available. We are looking forward to meeting with students and sharing our resources!

COEHP International Reception

4:00 p.m. - 6 p.m., GRAD 340

Informal celebration of international students and faculty in the College of Education and Health Professions. This event is sponsored by the College of Education and Health Professions. Contact: Steve Dittmore at 

International Scholars Reception

5:30-7 p.m., by invitation only, Fowler House Conservatory

The Graduate School and International Education will be hosting a reception to honor international faculty, staff, and researchers. Remarks and presentation of this year’s Hoyt Purvis Awards will also be a highlight of this event. Please note, this event is by invitation only.

Thursday, November 21st

Cultural Pop-Up: PersonaliTEA

11:30 - 1:00 p.m. in front of the Multicultural Center

Come learn about different teas from all over the world. A fun interactive event where you will get a tea matched to your personality. This event is sponsored by The International Culture Team. Contact: Vinci Chan at

Pop Up:  Study Abroad Bucket List Bean Bags

12 p.m. -1 p.m., Union Food Court

Join the Office of Study Abroad for bucket list bean bag toss to win candy and learn how to make your study abroad dreams a reality! Contact Veronica Mobley at or 575-5383. This event is sponsored by the Study Abroad Office.

Pop Up:  Study Abroad Drop-In Advising with ADPI

12:15 p.m. -1:30 p.m., AFLS Atrium

All students are invited to drop by to learn more about how they can study abroad with ADPI ( and earn credits toward their degree. API study abroad programs are available in over 20 countries, with many affordable programs and additional scholarship opportunities. Contact Veronica Mobley at or 575-5383. This event is sponsored by the Study Abroad Office.

Deadline for Host sign-up for Thanksgiving Dinner in an American Home

4 p.m. 

The iFriend program at the University of Arkansas and Spring International Language Center are looking for local families who would like to share their Thanksgiving holiday dinner on Nov. 22 with a few students, scholars and their family members. If you have room at your table for a few extra guests (or more than a few), we would appreciate you signing up for Thanksgiving Dinner in American Home. This is a great opportunity for our students and scholars to celebrate a traditional American Holiday. The deadline to sign-up as a host for this Thanksgiving program is Nov. 15. To sign-up, please fill out the Thanksgiving Host Application or contact This event is sponsored by Spring International Language Center and the Office of International Students and Scholars. Contact Christina Foor at or 479-575-6665 for more information.

"American Factory" Panel Discussion 

4:30-5:30 p.m. Willard J. Walker Hall 218

The panel discussion of “American Factory” will directly follow the documentary screening. Our panel of industry experts will discuss navigating a multi-cultural workplace while taking questions from the audience. Please feel free to attend both events or just the panel discussion if you have already seen the documentary.This event is sponsored by the Walton College Engagement Office.  Contact information: Emily Chanmanivong at  

Cultural Pop-Up: Nepalese Henna and Cultural Ink

5 p.m. - 6 p.m., Union Food Court 

A fun event where you can get a temporary henna tattoo and get your name written in devanagari (nepali) script. Also, get to know more about Nepal and 'Visit Nepal 2020'. This event is sponsored by The International Culture Team. Contact: Sriya Pokharel at0

Panama: Past, Present, and Future

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Union - International Connections Lounge

Experience Panama through interactive activities and performances. Traditional music such as Tamborito will be showcased! Sponsors: Panamanian Student Organization. Contact: Roque Viera

Dance Around the World

6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Holcombe Hall

Come watch performances from around the world. There will also be food from different regions of the world. Sponsor: Holcombe Hall For more information, contact Natalia Frolov-Nickels at

Friday, November 22nd

Chinese Arts Festival

4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Reynolds Center
We will be spreading Chinese culture and arts through performances, crafts and food. There will opportunities for drawing, games and prizes. This event is sponsored by the Chinese student and scholars association and the Associated Student Government. For more information, contact Jeanie Guo at   

Deadline for Students & Scholars Sign-up for Thanksgiving Dinner in an American Home

12 p.m.

The Office of International Students and Scholars at the U of A and Spring International Language Center are invited to participate in a program that connects them with American hosts for Thanksgiving Dinner celebrated on November 23th. This program gives our international community the opportunity to celebrate the Thanksgiving meal with local families. Host families will provide food and transportation. To sign-up, please fill out the Thanksgiving Guest Application or contact Christina Foor at for more information.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Luncheon

12:30-1:30 p.m.   International Students and Scholars Classroom, Holcombe Hall
Our on-campus RPCVs will be treated to lunch by Dean Rom and GSIE. They will get to hear about the latest developments in the Peace Corps Prep Program, as well as meet some of its current student participants. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School and International Education. Please note, this event is by invitation only. Contact: Andrew VanLew

Saturday, November 23rd


Sunday, November 24th



This is your opportunity to get students excited about expanding their world and to encourage them to seek study abroad and travel opportunities. At the same time, you can connect with new resources and find opportunities to engage new students within your college.

You can promote IEW within your college, RSO, across campus and around the world in the following ways:

  • Have a group of international visitors in town during IEW? Advertise the connection! Arrange a short meet and greet or a brief presentation that is open to the student body.
  • Arrange a presentation for advertising your college’s study abroad programs. Encourage students to apply for a passport and if they are eligible, share the information about Study Abroad scholarships. Contact the Study Abroad Office for more information.
  • Share this toolkit and list of resources with faculty and administrators in your departments and encourage them to incorporate activities into their curriculum during IEW. If it is too late to add material for 2017, plan ahead to include IEW 2018 in your curriculum.
  • Talk to media outlets on campus like the UA Traveler, Newswire, KXUA UATV, or to those in our community like KUAF, 40/29 or the Fayetteville Flyer. Tie IEW to your departmental mission with stories of your planned activities and international connections.
  • Host an International Career Day by inviting alumni and/or local international experts as speakers.
  • Organize a presentation on campus or in the community with an "international" theme.
    • The importance of foreign language study
    • International exchange and study abroad opportunities
    • International education as the key to homeland security
    • The internationalization of higher education
    • The internationalization of business and global food systems
    • The global classroom: Internet exchange and distance learning.
    • Intercultural communication
    • Dealing with culture shock
    • Host an International Career Day by inviting alumni and /or local international experts as speakers.
    • Recruit local citizens or alumni with overseas experience (Fulbright students, scholars and teachers, former diplomats, Peace Corps volunteers, business leaders, or journalists) to discuss their international careers and the importance of international education and exchange. This can be as formal as a panel presentation or speech or as informal as a coffee hour or brown bag lunch.
    • Produce and/or screen a video about the experiences of international students in your department and/or students back from a semester or year abroad. We have included a great template for this project in this IEW College toolkit.
    • Screen a film highlighting the impact of your field of study on the global stage. Allow time for group discussion after the movie.
    • Host live performances, art exhibits or interactive elements utilizing student or faculty talent of your department

Let us know information about your events and activities by submitting them to our IEW calendar. We will also publish your event on the national IEW website, once it has been submitted to us. If you have any other questions or need information about the resources in this toolkit, just let us know.

A special thank you to those who have supported and sponsored IEW events: