Monday, October 24, 2022

international students walking on IMU footbridge with world flags

The University of Iowa celebrates International Education Week (IEW) each year, serving as an example of our commitment to preparing Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to come to the U.S. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with universities around the country. This year IEW is taking place November 14-18.

"International Education Week celebrates Iowa’s commitment to global learning. This year’s theme of “Growing Global Hawkeyes” underscores the effort to highlight Iowa’s role in the world through lectures, cultural events, and student and alumni engagement," says Russ Ganim, associate provost and dean of International Programs. 

Multiple events are planned during and leading up to the week, all of which are organized by UI students, faculty, and staff from across campus.  As a prelude to the university's celebration of IEW 2022, the International Impact and Global Student Awards will be presented during WorldCanvass on November 7, at the Stanley Museum of Art.

A sampling of other events includes:

  • The Global Seal of Biliteracy, a credential that can be awarded to anyone for demonstrating proficiency in English and one or more other languages, will offer multiple test options during IEW 2022.
  • On November 11, the Second Floor Ballroom in the IMU will be renamed the International Ballroom to reflect the IMU's commitment to its values along with a permanent display of flags installed in the ballroom that represents the international students and scholars that attend the UI.
  • Bernie Burrola, vice president of Office for International, Community, and Economic Engagement at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), will explore how and why the world needs greater engagement/integration and not less as part of the Commitment to Internationalization Lecture Series. His talk, "Combatting Nationalism: Why the World Needs More Internationalization," will take place on November 17 at the University Capitol Centre.

Additionally, numerous cultural events, information sessions on study abroad and research opportunities, and a Main Library Gallery exhibition featuring the International Writing Program’s 55th anniversary are included in this year’s IEW celebration on the UI campus.

For more details on this year's activities, please see the UI International Education Week website.


International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa (UI) is committed to enriching the global experience of UI students, faculty, staff, and the general public by leading efforts to promote internationally oriented teaching, research, creative work, and community engagement.  IP provides support for international students and scholars, administers scholarships and assistance for students who study, intern, or do research abroad, and provides funding opportunities and grant-writing assistance for faculty engaged in international research. IP shares their stories through various media, and by hosting multiple public engagement activities each year.