Past International Education Week Events

International Education Week 2020

November 16 – 20 #UARKIEW2020

Monday: Celebration

How do you celebrate? Share your celebration with us by posting and tagging #UARKIEW2020

Tuesday: Dress Jersey Day

Share with us your cultural outfit or favorite sports jersey by posting and tagging #UARKIEW2020

Wednesday: Dance Day

Share your cultural dance with us by posting and tagging #UARKIEW2020

Thursday: Academic Spotlight

What are you studying? Let us know about your academic success by posting and tagging #UARKIEW2020

Friday: Food Day

Share with us your favorite recipe or food demonstration by posting and tagging #UARKIEW2020

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 16-20, 2020

IEW Study Abroad Presentation Request


NOTE: All events are in the Central Time Zone, CST

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 Virtual 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. Most presentations are virtual right now, but if you class is meeting in person, we can most likely find a presenter as well.

International Culture Team Request Form

Contact: Cynthia Smith 479-575-6665;

More about International Culture Team

Monday, November 9th

Art Education in Action Lecture by Alex Mendez
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
All are invited to Art Education in Action lecture by Alex Mendez. He will discuss culturally and linguistically responsive art pedagogy and how he uses contemporary art to promote social justice at his bilingual/bicultural school in Chicago.
Sponsor: Walton Arts Center
Contact: Kayla at

Tuesday, November 10th

Arabic Conversation Table
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Brush up on your Arabic - join fellow students, instructors and native speakers to practice your conversational skills over Zoom. Learn to speak about daily life and current events with confidence and ease. Make a cup of coffee and join us for the conversation!
Sponsor: Middle East Studies
Contact: Dr. Rania Mahmoud at

Wednesday, November 11th

Global Series - Rwanda
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join Rwanda Series in Zoom
Learn more about Rwanda's history and culture!
Sponsor: University Housing
Contact: Natalia Frolov-Nickels at

Thursday, November 12th

Campus Live @ U of A Rome Center
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (CST)
Campus Live @ the U of A Rome Center
Join Associate Dean of International Education Curt Rom and U of A Rome Center Director Francesco Bedeschi for a virtual campus visit from the Rome Center. Guests will learn about the latest updates on international travel, events at the Rome Center, new programming and student opportunities at the Rome Center.
Sponsor: Arkansas Alumni Association, the International Alumni Society and the Graduate School and International Education
Contact: Julie Olsen, Director of Development 479-575-6975

Friday, November 13th

International Alumni Society's Fayetteville After Five Social
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
IEW After 5 Social Canada
Join the Arkansas Alumni Association, the International Alumni Society and the Graduate School and International Education for a virtual social gathering with alumni and friends from around the U.S. and Canada.
Sponsor: Arkansas Alumni Association, the International Alumni Society and the Graduate School and International Education
Contact: Julie Olsen, Director of Development 479-575-6975

T-Shirt Design Contest
November 2 - November 13
T-Shirt Contest is focused on creating a unique design for FOI. The theme of the competition is "Unity in Diversity and Indian Culture". This will allow students to showcase their creative and cultural knowledge. This contest is sponsored by the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace
Sponsor: TFriends of India
Contact: Neel Chanchad at


Saturday, November 14th

International Students with the ISCA Biking Club Collect Canned Food
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to join ISCA, International Student Christian Association, on the Fayetteville trails Saturday to either ride with ISCA and be a food collector or drop off canned foods that will be donated to U of A Full Circle Food Pantry and Genesis Church Food Pantry.
Sponsor: International Student Christian Organization, U of A RSO
Contact: ISCA at to ride or see drop off locations for canned goods

Kaesespaetzle - German Cooking Club
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
On the menu is Kaesespaetzle (egg dumplings with cheese and caramelized onions). Everyone from the community is welcome to attend; a Zoom account is all that is needed to register.
Register in advance for German Cooking Club (inactive link)
Sponsor: German Cooking Club
Contact: Dr. Kathleen Condray at

Autumn festivals of Bangladesh
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Attend in person - Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center
Watch Autumn festivals online
Autumn and Late Autumn seasons are all about festivals. Most importantly Autumn is the harvesting season and we celebrate 'Nobanno Utshob' expressing our love to the new crops. 'Durga puja' is the biggest festival for people follow hindu religion and 'Sakrain' are also known as kite festival which is the oldest festival of Bangladesh.
Sponsor: Associated Student Government
Contact: Indrani Saha at or 254-410-2285


Monday, November 16th

Theme: "Celebrations." What celebrations are important to you? Share them on social media! Tag #UARKIEW2020.

Opening Celebration for IEW!
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Join the Opening Celebration Passcode: iewUA20!
Opening Ceremony of the University of Arkansas' International Education Week.
Sponsor: The Graduate School and International Education.
Contact Cynthia Smith at for more information.

The International Instagram Bazaar
Share your culture through ISO's International Instagram Bazaar. Share photos videos, recipes, etc. The Bazaar is happening each week on Instagram counting down to IEW. Follow ISO @isouark on Instagram.
Sponsor: International Student Organization
Contact: Michelle Clark at

Global Hogs Playlist
Through out the week, ends Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Instagram (@isouark)
We want to share the vibrant music scene that exists on our campus, and you can help us! Send us a song from your country to @isouark on Instagram or, along with the name of song, name of the singer, and the country it's from. Throughout the week we will be posting the songs on our Instagram stories, and at the end of the week we will compile them all into a playlist for everyone to listen to.
Sponsor: International Student Organization and Spring International Language Center
Contact: Michelle Clark at

International Education Week Film Fest 2020
The event runs from November 16- November 20
Join the Film Fest (inactive link)
Please, join the University Libraries for Film Fest 2020. Each day a featured video from our Alexander Street collection will be highlighted. Education in various international settings is the theme. Sponsor: University Libraries
Contact Joel B. Thornton at for more information.

Adventures Abroad: Preparing to Study Abroad
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
On our Instagram, @hogsabroad
Join our peer advisor, Frenklyn Piggie, as he answers the questions you should be asking yourself as you prepare to study abroad.
Sponsors: Office of Study Abroad & International Education
Contact the Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange at or 479-575-7582

Tuesday, November 17th

Theme: "International Dress" - wear & share your favorite clothing, scarf, and jersey on social media. Do not forget to tag #UARKIEW2020.

Deus Kanza Frat - Republic of Congo
Learn about dressing styles in the Republic of Congo by watching this video (inactive link)
Sponsor: Spring International Language Center
Contact: Silvia Tomay 479-575-7600

Study Abroad Info Session Library
Join the info session
Visit the Study Abroad Info Session Library to watch videos about the study abroad programs available across the globe. These short videos are hosted by study abroad faculty, the U of A Rome Center, and our partners around the world. Stop by at your convenience to get a glimpse of the places you can go to globalize your ed!
Sponsor: The Office of Study Abroad
Contact: 479-575-7582

In Their Shoes: Understanding the Unique Constraints of International Students
9:15 a.m. -10:45 a.m.
Pre-registration required
Sponsors: Department of Communications & International Students & Scholars
Contact: Margaret Butcher

Adventures Abroad: Preparing to Study Abroad
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
On our Instagram, @hogsabroad
Join us for an Instagram Live event! Our peer advisor, Mia Dalton, will discuss how scholarships and studying abroad.
Sponsors: Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange
Contact the Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange at or 479-575-7582

Fulbright Scholars Application Workshop
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Application Workshop on Zoom
This is an information workshop for staff and faculty interested in applying for one of the several professional and scholars Fulbright programs.
Sponsor: Graduate School & International Education
Contact: Curt R. Rom, Associate Dean for International Education

Students with Refugees: Info Session on the Global Refugee Crisis
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Arkansas Union Room 507-508 or Join Students with Refugees event through Zoom
Join Students with Refugees to learn about the global refugee crisis. We will be discussing current conflicts involving refugees around the world, and the ways that the United States has worked with refugees during Covid-19. We will also be discussing a service project to provide local refugee families with a holiday treat!
Sponsor: Students with Refugees
Contact: Julianna Kantner at and 913-808-1424

Dante and the Revolution of Poverty
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Dante Webinar Registration
By dismissing a wealthy church establishment, Dante's Divine Comedy Proposes - in subtle, sophisticated terms - a renovation of society through a refusal of riches in general and in acceptance of poverty as revolutionary tool.
Sponsor: Italian Program & Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Contact: Ryan Calabretta-Sajder

Bate-Papo: Virtual Portuguese Conversation Meeting
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Bate-Papo simply means 'chat' or 'informal conversation'. So, if you are learning Portuguese or if you already speak it, you should join our weekly virtual Portuguese conversation meetings! It does not matter how much or how little you know. All that is important is that you are willing to practice what you know to improve your skills and help others do the same. Sign up for Virtual Portuguese Conversation to receive the Zoom link or email Dr. Edvan Brito, the head of the Portuguese Program, for more information.
Sponsor: Portuguese Program
Contact: Dr. Edvan Brito at

Wednesday, November 18th

Theme: "Dances Around the World" - share your favorite dances on social media. Tag #UARKIEW2020 and keep us moving all day.

Take a Dance Break and Learn the Lambada with Elisangela Brito from Brazil
Anytime - It takes only 10 Minutes
Watch the Dance Lesson!

Study Abroad Fair
11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
The Study Abroad Fair will be hosted virtually on Zoom.
The 2020 Study Abroad Fair will introduce students to faculty, program providers, the U of A Rome Center, and advisors from your college that are ready to help you internationalize your education (even in a pandemic!). From virtual international internships, to independent experiences immersed in foreign institutions, to programs hosted by U of A faculty, there really is a program for students on every budget, from any major.
Sponsor : The Office of Study Abroad
Contact: Veronica Mobley at and 479-575-7582

Peace Corps Application Workshop
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Register for Peace Corps Workshop (inactive link)
Sponsor: Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange Peace Corps Prep Program & GSIE
Contact: Alshaatha Alsharji at for more information.

Political Stress and Next Steps Panel
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Arkansas Union room 310 or Join Political Stress in Zoom Passcode: Lunch20!
Pre-register fro Political Stress!
Join us for a discussion about political stress and the next steps for a unified country with speakers Dr. Romona West, Shawn Mehrens and Patricia Morency.
Contact: Sponsor: University Housing
Contact: Thalita Da Silva at

Majlis: Middle East Discussion Group
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Join through Teams
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in Majlis, a biweekly informal discussion group on the Middle East. Topics are determined by participants, and discussion is open to anyone interested in the Middle East and North Africa. Majlis, the Arabic word for gathering, is led and organized by Samer Mayyas, a doctoral student in the Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies program. These meetings will offer a unique opportunity for interested people of all backgrounds and levels to discuss topics related to the region and beyond in an informal, outside-the-classroom setting. No specific knowledge is required to participate, and all are welcome.
Sponsors: Middle East Studies
Contact: Samer Mayyas at

Gentle VariYoga class 
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Join Yoga Class on Zoom Passcode: IEW4yoga!
How to prepare and what to bring for this yoga class (inactive link)
This will be a gentle yoga session of the VariYoga style - a type of Hatha yoga. It will also include some breath meditation, visualization, and commentary guided meditation at the beginning and/or end of session. For poses, variations will be provided to help to make it accessible to all body types. 
Sponsor: International Culture Team
Contact: Akshita Mishra at

Professor Dick Bennet Scholars at Risk Lecture - Featuring Prof. Bakyt Beshimov from Kyrgyzstan. Theme: “Post-Soviet Central Asia: New Authoritarianism and Academic Freedom”
5p.m. - 6 p.m.
Join Scholars at Risk Lecture on Zoom
The University of Arkansas Scholars at Risk Committee brings scholars who have been displaced from their home countries. Scholars address academic freedom and challenges scholars face in their home disciplines and home countries. Scholars at Risk is an international organization assisting persecuted scholars and defending academic freedom worldwide. This session will be 30 minutes plus 30 minutes of Q & A.
Sponsor: Graduate School and International Education, Comparative literature and Cultural Studies Program, Professor Dick Bennett Scholars at Risk Endowed Lecture.
Contact: Luis Fernando Restrepo at

Reconnecting with our roots
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Join Reconnecting with our Roots on Zoom Meeting ID: 840 7600 0134 Passcode: =B4Qscng
November is Panama's national month, and the Panamanian Student Organization wants you to come to celebrate with us while we reconnect with our roots being far away from home. We will have a display of our traditions, games and have a fun time to share with the University of Arkansas community. Check flyer for this event (inactive link).
Sponsor: Panamanian Student Organization
Contact: Raziel Hernandez at and Felipe Hernandez at for more information.

Zumba Dance with Natalia
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Join Zumba class!
Watch a Special Invitation to Join (inactive link)
Join this Zumba class with Natalia Pizarro, University of Arkansas alumna.
Sponsor: International Culture Team

Dance Around the World
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Join Dance Around the World (inactive link)
Dance Around the World is an opportunity for various cultures to be showcased at the U of A! Multiple groups will perform during Dance Around the World for attendees to see, with breakout rooms at the end of the event for attendees to learn some of the dances that were featured throughout the evening. There will also be prizes for our trivia winners to pick up after the event.
Sponsor: University Housing
Contact: Natalia Frolov-Nickels at

 Razorback Connections: Karen Chia
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join Razorback Connections
Karen is a graduate of the University of Arkansas from Singapore. She has a wealth of experience with the importance of networking in your professional and personal life. Two 20 dollar gift cards will be given in this event.
Sponsor: International Students and Scholars, University of Arkansas Alumni Association, Graduate School and International Education.
Contact: James Flammer at

Thursday, November 19th

Theme: "Academic Spotlight."- Share with us what you are studying and researching on social media. Tag us using #UARKIEW2020!

University of Arkansas Campus in Rome, Italy
Did you know that we had a U of A Campus in Rome?  We do!  Check out the ways that you can be a part of it by seeing their webpage and social media links below.
Also, have a cup of coffee with them virutally this morning.  See below for drop in time!
YouTube   Facebook  Instagram

Cancel Covid Video
#canCOVID #bewellArkansas

2 minutes video. View and forward to your community.
Watch the Cancel COVID-19 Video
We are proud to hightlight his film made by U of A international and US students.  The film shows how as a university community we can protect others and ourselves from COVID19. The video was created by domestic and international students and staff at the University of Arkansas for a contest organized by the Arkansas Department of Health. All participants in the video come from differenet countries such as Brazil, France, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Timor-Leste, Turkey, and the USA.
Sponsors: UA for Unicef and International Culture Team
Contact: Paulina Sobczak

Coffee Break with the Rome Center
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Join Coffee Break online
Want to learn more about the University of Arkansas’ Rome Center? Want to hear about how to gain international work experience (and U of A credit!) next semester through the Rome Center? Drop by our zoom room and chat with Rome Center staff over a cup of caffé.
Sponsor: Office of Study Abroad & Rome Center
Contact: the office at and 479-575-7582

Fulbright Visiting and Degree-Seeking Scholar Process Panel Discussion and Workshop
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join in Teams by using this Conference ID: 472 543 194#
Featuring a panel discussion by: Dr. Trish Starks, Professor of History, Dr. Michael Daugherty, Distinguished Professor of STEM Education, and Dr. Curt Rom, Associate Dean of International Education. Facilitated by Ms. Gloria Flores Passmore, Director of Sponsored Students and Special Programs. OPEN to all Faculty. Please contact Gloria Flores Passmore to participate.
Sponsor: Graduate School and International Education
Contact: Gloria Flores Passmore at

Around the World in 60 Minutes
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Join Around the World online (inactive link)
Our event aims to focus on the cultural aspects of a Peace Corps service, including but not limited to: clothes, music, language, food, customs & traditions, etc. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will provide personal stories, pictures, videos, and historical or contextual background about any specific cultural aspect of the various countries they served in.
Sponsor: Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange Peace Corps Prep Program & GSIE
Contact: Alshaatha Alsharji at and 479- 575-7582

International Students Panel - Our Journeys
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Join International Students Panel Meeting ID: 843 2927 2650 Passcode: k*eNwi4A
There will be 5 panelists who are current international students at the U of A. They will be answering questions about their journey as international students, starting from talking about the challenges they had to face and the positive impacts this experience has had on their lives, to sharing their opinion on the importance of international education.
Sponsor: Associated Student Government
Contact: Angel Meneses at

International Scholars Reception
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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.
Sponsor: The Graduate School & International Education & International Students & Scholars
Contact: Audra Johnston at


Friday, November 20th

Theme: Food! Make a cooking video, show photos of common or favorite foods from your country

See BELOW for the “Menu Cooking Demonstrations” from Around the World & the IEW Cookbook!

Cultural Pop-Up : Chinese Taste Test & Name Writing
1:00 p.m. - 2;00 p.m. (or until food samples run out)
Join us at Morgan Hall, Lobby area on the way to Fulbright Dining Hall
Do you know how to spell your name in Mandarin? How do parents in Chinese culture name their children? Taste a delicious, common Chinese dessert prepared by Chartwells Catering on campus.
Sponsor: University Housing and the International Culture Team
Contact: Thalita Da Silva at and Jeanie Guo

Adventures Abroad
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
On our Instagram, @hogsabroad
Join our peer advisor, Meg Feeley, to talk about communicating while abroad. Get some tips for intercultural & international communication that you may not have thought of before.
Sponsors: Office of Study Abroad & International Education
Contact the Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange at or 479-575-7582

Thanksgiving with Full Circle
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration for Thanksgiving Full Circle Learn how to make two delicious Thanksgiving sides through a cooking virtual lesson! You must attend the Zoom Cooking Lesson to receive the bag of grocery items for this recipe. All ingredients will be provided by The Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry. Pick-ups from Tuesday, Nov. 17- Friday, Nov. 20- 8am-5pm at ISS Office in Holcombe Hall.
Sponsor: The Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry & International Students and Scholars Office
Contact: ISS office at

Bangladesh Dish - Indrani Saha
Watch Bangladesh Dish video

Mexican Tortas - Elizabeth Gamboa
Watch Mexican Tortas video

Mate - Adriana Treadway
Watch Mate presentation and videos (inactive link)
Make sure to go to the link and download the ppt, open it and clic "present" to enjoy the videos on the slides.

Chimichurri sauce - Silvia Tornay
Watch Chimichurri sauce video

Chartwells International Cooking Demonstrations from Argentina & Poland
Visit the Chartwell’s YouTube links belowl to watch U of A chefs create one-of-a-kind international cuisine. You can follow the steps and create a delicious new meal to celebrate IEW. |Argentinian

Churrasco Steak - Sanitago Ortiz-Fernandez
Watch Churrasco Steak video
Read Santiago's words:
I began my culinary passion at a very young age helping my Nonna in the kitchen. By 16 I was working at a local restaurant washing dishes eventually climbing up to the line. Worked in restaurants all over the world from catering to food truck to 5 star restaurants. My passion for food has taken me all over the world and it continues to inspire and amaze me. This dish showcases the ability of Native South Americans to work with different types of muscle cuts from animals not popular in other places as well as growing hundreds of different varieties of potatoes to show case their understanding of food and the effect we can have on it when we understand the ingredients we are working with, and the basic gastronomic reactions that happen at a chemical level. Their ancient knowledge And adaptations from a diverse spectrum of cultures guides them through the ability to manage the ingredients available to them to create their own unique flavor. It is dishes and techniques like this that I have gained knowledge of in my studies that fuel my passion for a more broader understanding of food as well as the diversity that multiculturalism brings to the food we enjoy.

Polish Bigos - Justyna Magdziarz
Watch Polish Bigos video
Justyna Magdziarz’s words:
I was born and raised in Szczecin, Poland. Growing up we had only so many ingredients to work with, so our dishes had to be creative. Cooking was one of the centers of our gatherings. We cooked as a family, and we made large portions to eat on for multiple days. Some of the most popular ingredients we cook with in Poland are cabbage, sausage, potatoes, and sauerkraut. When I moved to the U.S., I had to learn a different style of cooking entirely. I love being in the kitchen. Cooking for others has always been a passion of mine. Seeing the smile that a delicious meal brings to a face melts my heart.

Sponsor: Chartwells Dining
Contact: Ashley Meek at

International Education Week Cookbook

Enjoy recipes from all around the world. These recipes have been submitted by UofA students and scholars. Access IEW Cookbook (inactive link).