The University of Iowa

International Education Week

International Education Week Nov 16-20

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week celebrates the many ways international education and exchange opportunities prepare citizens for community building in both national and international settings. International Education Week 2020 will be observed November 16 - 20, 2020.

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"As the University of Iowa celebrates International Education Week, International Programs wishes to give special recognition to our international students for their resilience and contributions throughout this unspeakably difficult year. The unflinching courage you have shown in the face of seemingly unending crises serves as an inspiration to us all. Your commitment to Iowa must be honored by our unflagging commitment to you. We are deeply grateful for all you have taught us this past year in terms of grace and resolve. Please be assured that you are always part of Hawkeye nation and that we will continue to stand together and learn from each other now and in the future." ~ IP Associate Provost and Dean Russell Ganim

International Education Week Events

Events will be added as they are confirmed, so check back often. 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Global Health Case Competition Live Judging

12:30 p.m.

The IIPHRP Global Public Health Case Competition offers an innovative student learning experience that trains future public health leaders. Through the IIPHRP Global Public Health Case Competition, students creatively address critical global health challenges in a competitive and collaborative environment that simulates future workplace settings by requiring a multidisciplinary team composition. Competition day is filled with excitement as teams present their recommendations to a panel of expert judges. Teams will have 15 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A by judges. Teams must justify recommendations to judges following their presentations. Following the presentations, judges will convene to decide on a winner.



Schooling in the Time of COVID: Perspectives from College of Education Partners Around the Globe 

1:00 p.m.

Join host Will Coghill-Behrends as he moderates a session featuring College of Education Global Education partners from around the globe who will discuss global perspectives on the challenges of schooling in the time of COVID. Partners from India, Costa Rica, Morocco, Japan, and Ecuador will share their experiences, insights, and discuss the challenges and opportunities that have presented during the pandemic.

View recording of Schooling in the Time of COVID


WorldCanvass - Iowa in the World: Personal Commitment/Global Impact

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sarah Lande, a lifelong proponent of citizen diplomacy and key figure in the history of Iowa's relationship with China, and Patrick and Susan Keefe, whose commitment to serving the health needs of under-resourced and marginalized communities has taken them to many parts of the U.S. and the world, are the recipients of the UI's 2020 International Impact Award. UI President Bruce Harreld and International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russell Ganim will present the International Impact Awards during WorldCanvass, the official kick-off for the UI celebration of International Education Week.  Recognition will also be given to Mishma Nixon and Nicholas Stroup, recipients of the UI's Global Student Awards. 



Out in the Field: Finding Wonder Under the Water, in the Ground, and on the Waves

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Three researchers whose work takes them into the field will reflect on the experience of being far removed from screens, phones, and what many of us associate with everyday work. Together, they will talk about the wonder and joy of being physically connected to these places and how they balance that awe with the need to be in researcher mode—taking in information and safely doing their jobs. 



Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Discover Study Abroad

12:30 p.m.

This virtual session covers the basics and first steps of pursuing study abroad.

Learn more about Discover Study Abroad


Boren Awards Virtual Information Session

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Boren Scholarships (Undergraduate) and Fellowships (Graduate) are an initiative of the National Security Education Program. They provide funding for U.S. students to study less commonly taught languages in regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.



IAESTE Webinar – Global Internships, Summer 2021

1:00 p.m.

Interested in an international internship opportunity in a STEM field? The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences (IAESTE) United States is a reciprocal exchange program that matches U.S. students in technical fields with paid internships around the world. Recent University of Iowa Engineering interns have worked in Poland, Serbia, Kazakhstan, and Brazil, and appreciated the opportunities to develop their professional skill sets and intercultural communication skills. 


Commitment to Internationalization Lecture Series: Andrew Gordon

3:30 p.m.

Andrew Gordon, social entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad, will discuss advancing equity and inclusion through global engagement.



Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Phi Beta Delta Initiation Ceremony 

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars has a unique position in scholarly honor societies because of its internationalism. The mission of Phi Beta Delta is to recognize achievement in international educational interchange and to serve as a catalyst to increase the recognition, credibility, and importance of the international experience, and develop network of individuals involved in international experiences.



Chat from the Old Cap: Rita Guzmán (18BBA)

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

To celebrate International Education Week, join Rita Guzmán (18BBA) as she shares how her experience at Iowa and teaching English in Portugal through the Fulbright Program led to a career in study abroad.

Learn more about this Chat from the Old Cap event


Friday, November 20, 2020

Discover Study Abroad

11:00 a.m.

This virtual session covers the basics and first steps of pursuing study abroad.

Learn more about Discover Study Abroad