International Education Week

When is International Education Week?

Event date(s): Monday, November 16, 2015 - Friday, November 20, 2015

Download a full 2015 schedule (PDF, 459KB)

2015 International Education Week Photo Contest

International Education Week Photo ContestThe 2015 International Education Week Photo Contest will have three themes:

  • Journey- photos depicting the steps and experiences involved in the study abroad process. Entry photos can be taken at Appalachian or abroad.
  • Worlds Colliding- photos depicting the colliding of or juxtaposition between cultures and places. Entry photos can be taken at Appalachian or abroad.
  • International at App- photos depicting cultures, global impact, diversity, global interactions here at Appalachian (Please note: photos in this category must be taken on campus or in the surrounding community.)

Each submitted photograph must be accompanied by your name, location where the photo was taken, and a brief caption or description relating the submitted photo to the selected theme.

See them on Facebook, and see them in person all week in the atrium of the PSU!

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 16

  • Networking Mutually Beneficial Partnerships, 10-11am Tater Hill Room 155 PSU: This talk will detail networking strategies for mutually beneficial partnerships between international student learning and host country offices and institutions. The speaker, Dr. William Schumann, has organized study abroad trip to Wales for ASU since 2003.
  • Education Abroad Fair, 10am-2pm Grandfather Mountain Ballroom Room 137 PSU: The International Fair gives students the chance to learn about all of the study abroad options App State has to offer. Faculty leading short-term programs, and semester and year-long study abroad staff, international students, and representatives from third-party study abroad providers will be on hand to talk about their programs and institutions and answer students' questions. Free refreshments will be served.
  • Film Screening: Volver, 5pm, Sanford Hall 5th floor Faculty Lounge:  Maria Abad Carretero shows a weekly film in Spanish with her students and explains some cultural facts about it. This is a public event and everyone is welcome!
  • Global Perspectives International Student Panel, 7:30pm Table Rock Room 201B PSU: Global Perspective Panel is an event hosted by the Business Committee of INTAPP, which consists of a panel of seven international students who answer questions posed by domestic students about specific aspects of their culture.  Often times the topics of politics, religion, business, economy, traditional customs, language, and food are discussed.  This event raises awareness about international affairs and differing cultural perspectives.

 Tuesday, November 17

  • International Advertising Fair, 10:30am-12pm Attic Window Room 137C, PSU: This program is designed to enhance participants’ understanding of advertising in the fast-changing global environment. I am passionate about delivering content from different perspectives and encouraging students’ global thinking. As an institution, a business, and an industry, advertising has been an important force that shapes the worldwide drive toward globalization. The program will introduce different culture dimensions and advertising strategies in different countries to program participants at Appalachian.
  • Politics, Place, and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland, 12:30-1:30pm Three Top Mountain Room 169, PSU: This talk will focus on the divided neighborhoods in Northern Ireland, some of the history of the violence, the political murals, and key efforts made for peace and reconciliation in this contentious place.
  • Study Abroad 102 Workshop, 3:30-4:30pm Tater Hill Room 155, PSU: Are you interested in studying abroad for a semester or year and wondering how to find courses that meet your degree requirements? Join us for this one hour worshop specifically devoted to showing you how to search for classes abroad and helping you to understand the coarse approval process. Open only to students who have already attended the Study Abroad 101 workshop.
  • Hillel Club Film: Beneath the Helmet, 6:30pm Greenbriar Theater Room 200, PSU: Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front is a coming-of-age story which follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families and friends these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be. From the creators of the PBS-featured documentary film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, Beneath the Helmet illustrates how these young men and women are defending not only their homes, but also the values of peace, equality, opportunity, democracy, religious tolerance and women’s rights. The lessons they learn along the way are lessons that can be appreciated, understood and internalized by the film’s main target audience. Trailer available at:
  • iPals & Belk Library, Global Film Series: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, 7pm, I.G. Greer Theater: In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.
  • Healthcare Around the World Panel, 7-8pm Calloway Peak Room 137 PSU: This will be a panel discussion addressing health care systems of various countries, comparing and contrasting the how health care is perceived and delivered around the world. Faculty will discuss the health systems from their native countries. Scheduled so far are faculty from Great Britain, Ireland, Ukraine, and South Africa.

Wednesday, November 18

  • Global Symposium, 9am - 3:45pm  2nd and 4th floors, PSU: The Symposium highlights global activities engaged in by faculty, staff, and students through a series of short lectures throughout the day. Symposium presenters will be discussing a variety of topics including science, technology, business, education, music and politics.
  • Global Studies Department Study Abroad Student Showcase, 3:30pm-5pm Calloway Peak Room 137, PSU: Students in the Global Studies program share their study abroad experiences and talk about how they have incorporated those experiences in their program of study at Appalachian.
  • Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment Panel with International Finger Foods 6-8pm Katherine Harper Hall Room 11: This forum will feature a panel of students and faculty with unique perspectives on the value of being a global citizen in the 21st century by sharing their experiences abroad related to Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment. An open discussion will follow. Finger foods from Korea, Peru, Austria, and Central America will also be provided! This event is open to the public.
  • International Poetry Slam, 7-8:30pm Table Rock Room 201B, PSU: Students in the department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Language and Culture Community share their favorite poems and short texts in the languages they are learning. These are bilingual readings, so English translations will be provided!

Thursday, November 19

  • Managing the Logistical Labyrinth of Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs, Thursday, Nov. 19, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Hubbard Programs Classroom, Anne Belk Hall Room 218: This workshop is designed to help faculty better understand university policies relevant to logistical arrangements of faculty led study abroad programs. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from university administrators on how to manage such issues, follow appropriate university policies to make the logistical labyrinth easier and avoid major pitfalls, and to share best practices on such issues with their peers.  We ask that participants read the faculty led handbook (PDF, 1.27 MB) and the International Crisis Management Protocols in advance of the workshop. We also ask that participants register for this workshop which can be done at
  • Global Exchange, 4-5:30pm Whitewater Café Room 220 PSU: Come experience other cultures through food and dance! This is open to the entire campus community and we would love to see many people out for this event. Food will be provided.
  • Hmong Harvest Festival, 6-9pm Parkway Ballroom Room 420 PSU: Going along with this year's theme, which is Throwback Thursday, we want to portray the Hmong culture more out to the students and staff here at ASU. We want to make this somewhat informational so that our guests can walk away knowing more about the Hmongs, but at the same time, it will be creative and interactive. We've always had great turnouts and we hope that people will continue to support us and come out to join us on this eventful night!
  • iPals International Trivia Night, 7-9pm Lost Province Brewing Co.: Join iPals as they host an International Trivia Night at Lost Province Brewing Company! Test your knowledge at all things international and you may walk away with a prize!

Friday, November 20

  • OIED Wine and Cheese Reception for Faculty and Staff, 4-6pm Turchin Center: Faculty and Staff are invited to join the Office of International Education and Development at the Turchin Center for a wine and cheese reception.
  • Culture Crawl, 7-9pm Grandfather Ballroom Room 137, PSU: Come see student clubs and organizations sharing their cultures. There will be free food, trivia, and performances throughout the night!
  • Black Student Association Presents: Kwanza Celebration 7pm, Parkway Ballroom Room 420. PSU: During Kwanzaa, people in the community get together and celebrate in one of several ways: drumming and dancing performances; poetry reading; storytelling; sharing information about our African and African American ancestors; honoring the elders of the community; learning about the principles and how they can be practiced throughout the year; feasting; gift giving; and many other activities.

Ongoing Events

  • iPals Global Bake Sale in PSU
  • International foods available in Roess Dining Hall
  • International Photo Contest winners displayed in PSU
  • PSU Maps in 6 different languages newly available at 
  • PSU Information Desks


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More information

IEW on the national level is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and 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 in the United States.

For more information about International Education Week worldwide, please visit