The University of Iowa

International Education Week

International Education Week Nov 15-19 bridge of international flags at UI

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 2021 will be observed November 15 - 19, 2021.

International Education Week Events

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

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Internationalizing the Curriculum featuring Dr. Dawn Michelle Whitehead

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual through Zoom

Sponsor(s): Global Education Initiatives, Baker Teacher Leader Center, and UI International Programs

Dr. Whitehead will address the historical trends associated with internationalization in education colleges and looks at integrating global learning with an emphasis on thematic local and international experiences that can transform educational learning opportunities for our students. Whitehead will discuss frameworks for engaging in internationalization and will provide curricular examples to get faculty and students alike thinking about ways they might internationalize their curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Zoom link for Dr. Whitehead discussion

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Academic Year in Freiburg Info Session

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Virtual through Zoom

Sponsor: Study Abroad

Learn more about the Freiburg info session

Friday, November 12, 2021 

Global Health Case Competition - Presentation of Team Interventions 

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: virtual through Zoom 

Sponsor: College of Public Health  

Join us for a livestream of this year's case competition team interventions. Due to COVID precautions, all presentations will be pre-recorded and available for streaming on YouTube at any time following this screening. 

Learn more about the case competition

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Multicultural Showcase (OASIS)

Time: 9:00 - 11 p.m.
Where: IMU Main Lounge

Monday, November 15, 2021

WorldCanvass – International Impact Awards and Global Student Awards

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. CST
Where: Zoom and FB (virtual)
Free and open to the public

Sponsored by International Programs

2021 recipients of the UI’s International Impact Award and Global Student Award will be honored on the November 15 WorldCanvass program as a kick-off to the UI’s celebration of International Education Week (Nov. 15-19).  UI President Barbara J. Wilson and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Russell Ganim will present the awards at the beginning of WorldCanvass, followed by interviews conducted by WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer.   The live WorldCanvass conversation will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. on November 15 and will be streamed through Zoom (register below) and Facebook Live at ‘University of Iowa International Programs.’  The program will be recorded and posted to YouTube, iTunes, and the Public Radio Exchange.  Links to the recordings will be found on this page after the event passes.

Register for WorldCanvass here

BGC/BUILD: An Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students 

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: virtual through Zoom 

Sponsor: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) 

Immigration laws regulate many aspects of international students' lives, including entry to the United States, the conditions under which they may remain in this country and re-enter after traveling abroad, and eligibility for immigration benefits such as employment and extension of stay. This session will provide an introductory overview of the application and visa process, foundations of U.S. student immigration law, ISSS responsibilities to the Department of Homeland Security and to the student, and the basic rules that international students must follow to remain in status while studying in the United States. Registration required in Self Service.  

Learn more about this BGC/BUILD event

Global Health Case Competition - Live Judging Sessions 

Time: 11:30pm-1:30pm

Where: virtual through Zoom 

Sponsor: College of Public Health  

Tune in to hear our case competition teams defend their creative and innovative interventions to a panel of expert judges from around the world. Each team will have 20 minutes to respond to questions and challenges from our panel of 5 judges and answer questions from the audience. The names and biographies of this year's judges will be revealed on Friday, November 12th.  

This year’s Global Health Case Competition topic is Institutional Racism as a Barrier to Health in Poland. Learn more about this year's teams and competition at cph.uiowa.edu/case. 

Open to all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Iowa.  

Visit cph.uiowa.edu/case for more information or email cph-global@uiowa.edu with questions. 

Learn more about the judging sessions

Stanley Awards for International Research Information Sessions

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST
Where: Virtual through Zoom

Sponsor: International Programs

Learn more about the Stanley Awards

Working Internationally With Interstride 

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Where: S307 PBB 

Sponsors: Tippie College of Business & Pomerantz Career Center 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Boren Scholarship Info Session

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

Where: Virtual through Zoom

Sponsor: International Programs

Learn more about the Boren info session

Funding Study Abroad 

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Where: Virtual through Zoom

Sponsor: Study Abroad 

Funding Study Abroad Zoom link

Italian Culture: Facts, Customs, and Misconceptions 

Time: 4:00pm

Where: Virtual through Zoom

Sponsor: CIMBA  

What do you think about when you hear the word "Italian"? Do you think you know Italian food? Is it true that Italians speak with their hands or is it just a stereotype? Could you "speak" with your hands in Italian? Join us for a short and light introduction to Italian culture and customs with Claudia Sartini-Rideout, a University of Iowa professor of Italian. During her time at the University, she has been teaching elementary and intermediate level Italian language courses and a course on Italian Food Culture.

Register for Italian Culture event

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 

Fulbright Program Presentation

Time: 9:30am-10:30am

Where: Virtual

Sponsor: Institute of International Education

Learn more about the Fulbright presentation and register

Global Health Case Competition - Presentation of Awards 

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: virtual through Zoom 

Sponsor: College of Public Health  

Join us for the presentation of awards to the top 3 teams in the Fall 2021 IIPHRP Global Health Case Competition. This awards ceremony is a celebration of months of work for our student competitors and a continued acknowledgement of the importance of a maintaining a global view in our approach to the health of each individual and the community. 

This year’s Global Health Case Competition topic is Institutional Racism as a Barrier to Health in Poland. Learn more about this year's teams and competition at cph.uiowa.edu/case. 

Open to all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Iowa.  

Visit cph.uiowa.edu/case or email cph-global@uiowa.edu with questions. 

Learn more about the presentation of awards

University of Iowa Passport Office Grand Opening

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Where: 1111 University Capitol Centre

Sponsor: International Programs

International Programs is proud to announce the Grand Opening Celebration of the University of Iowa Passport Office, Wednesday, November 17, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in 1111 University Capitol Centre. 

Open to the public, festivities will include remarks from Russ Ganim, associate provost and dean of International Programs, a ribbon-cutting, free UI luggage tags, light refreshments, and a visit from Herky, who will be applying for a passport and posing for selfies.

Learn more about the UI Passport Office Grand Opening

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council presentation by Marcella David on “The Global Impact of Black Lives Matter” 

Time: 4:00pm-5:15pm

Where: virtually through Zoom 

Sponsor: Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC)

Marcella David is senior vice president and provost at Columbia College Chicago. From 1995-2015, she was professor of law in the University of Iowa College of Law specializing in international law. She served from 2004-2006 as interim associate provost for diversity and director of Opportunity at Iowa, and from 2006-2009 as the special assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity. 

Visit ICFRC website

Academic Year in Freiburg Info Session

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Virtual through Zoom

Sponsor: Study Abroad

Learn more about the Freiburg info session

Fearless Forward: Identities and Resiliency in the United States 

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Where: 2750 UCC & Virtual Option  

Sponsors: International Student Support & Engagement (ISSE), Graduate College  

This semester, classes and activities are transitioning back to in-person, some serious conversations with the international student community need to happen – how did the pandemic ushered them to adapt on a drastic measure, to reevaluate their identities in the United States, to persevere isolation and consequential independency? How much of these stories are a part of a larger, collective international student experience and how do we as a community can learn from their stories and help each other construct a brighter future, instead of simply ‘celebrating’?   

Learn more

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Commitment to Internationalization Lecture Series

Where I Come From: Leading Campus Internationalization Without Walls | Featuring Dr. Jewell Winn

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST
​Where:  UCC 1117 (in-person) and Zoom and FB (virtual)
Free and open to the public

Sponsored by International Programs

Learn more about the lecture series

 

International Paper Crafts in the CLCL (multi-week event)

111 Phillips Hall

Sponsor: Center for Language and Cultural Learning 

Week of November 8: Japanese and Swahili

Japanese: Chirigie is a Japanese art form in which colored paper are torn (chigiru, meaning to tear) to create images. Traditionally, washi, a fibrous paper, has been used to create chigirie.  

Swahili: paper sailboats. Sailboats are used by Swahili peoples for domestic fishing especially in the coastal regions of Tanzania 

Week of November 15: Chinese and Arabic

Sponsor: Center for Language and Cultural Learning 

Chinese: Paper cutting, or 剪纸 (jiǎnzhǐ), is a traditional Chinese folk art most often associated with the Chinese New Year. The designs are intricate and delicate, ranging from flowers to auspicious animals and Chinese characters such as 喜 (xǐ - joy) and 福 (fú - luck/prosperity) used to express wishes for happiness and good luck.  

Arabic: Lanterns are used during the month of Ramadan as many streets across the Arab world are decorated with lanterns to celebrate the beginning of the Month. Also, lanterns were essential artifacts present in many old households and historical places in the Middle East.   

Week of November 29: ASL and Korean

ASL: The "I-LOVE-YOU" sign has moved into the mainstream with many people recognizing its meaning. The handshapes for letters "I", "L",  and "Y" are combined together to make the formal sign for "I-LOVE-YOU" in American Sign Language. This sign is often exchanged in Deaf culture between family, friends, and loved ones to show appreciation.   

Korean: Ddakji is a traditional Korean game that is part of Korean culture such that every Korean person would know it just like how every American would know hopscotch or leapfrog. To make the tiles, you need to fold the papers step by step and even join and fold separate papers together, similar to how Korean Hangeul builds syllables character by character and combines those syllables to form a complete word that has meaning. 

Week of December 6: Portuguese and Russian

Portuguese: Carnival Masks 

Russian: Russian nesting dolls