International Education Week

November 16-20, 2015

International Education Week is an annual celebration during which University of Minnesota colleges, campuses, and student groups plan events and activities to highlight the University's support of international education.

International Education Week logoAbout International Education Week

International Education Week was first declared by the U.S. Departments of State and Education in 2000 as part of their effort to encourage policies and programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the U.S.

In 2014, International Education Week at the University of Minnesota included more than 20 events. This year, colleges and offices are once again planning receptions, seminars, brown bag sessions, and other events to highlight the University's support of international education.

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance has a leadership role in supporting and publicizing these events. The GPS Alliance will provide limited matching funds to colleges and campuses to support events.

2015 Calendar of Events

Submit information about your event so it can be included on the International Education Week calendar.

Monday, November 16

Open Doors Report Release

The results of the 2015 Open Doors report on student mobility were released today. Open Doors is the national standard by which study abroad participation and international student enrollment in the U.S. are tracked. Read the University of Minnesota's news release on the Discover website.

Tuesday, November 17

International Photo Contest

On November 17, the Learning Abroad Center will announce winners of its International Photo Contest. The following week, the winning photos will be on display on the ground level of Coffman Memorial Union. Watch our website on November 17, then visit Coffman November 23–30 to view the eye-catching winners for yourself!

Sponsored by the Learning Abroad Center, Village Travel, and STA.

Wednesday, November 18


Thursday, November 19

Global Health Day

11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Mayo Auditorium

Global Health Day provides an opportunity for those engaged in global health to come together, exchange knowledge across disciplines, and make connections. Open to all interested U of M faculty, staff, and students.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Keynote and Panel Discussion: Health Without Boundaries: Global Health and Inter-professional Education Keynote Video Address by Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, and noted leader in global public health. Panelists will be Barbara F. Brandt, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Education, Academic Health Center; Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; Andres Perez, DVM, Ph.D., Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety; and Shegitu Kebede, small business owner, community activist, published author, and motivational speaker

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Poster Session and Networking Reception

Sponsored by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility.

International Pop-up Library

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Willey Hall Atrium

Come to the International Pop-Up Library where we'll have a sampling of books for you to check out from the Libraries' rich and diverse international collection. Have snacks and learn more about the services that the Libraries provides for both international and study abroad students!

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Humphrey School International Education Week Celebration

12:00-2:00 p.m.; Humphrey School

All Humphrey School graduate students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend this global cultures educational celebration and potluck. This event is a premier way for the Humphrey community to be able to break down social barriers of difference and highlight the diversity of our local/visiting global cultures. It is a great opportunity for students, visiting scholars, faculty, and staff to come together collectively to share favorite foods and to connect across divides of religion, class, ethnicity, and gender. As a means of highlighting diversity at Humphrey, the event will feature displays through photos, videos, artifacts, maps, and more, both personal and national, to start conversations across the school. Open house style; come when you can.

Sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Becoming Aware of Your Own Culture

2:00-4:00 p.m.; 101 University International Center

All University staff are invited to attend this interactive workshop where you will be challenged to uncover aspects of your own culture and how these shape your perception of the world. You will also learn to identify relevant cultural differences between yourself and others, making it easier for you to take actionable steps to create bridges between cultures throughout the University of Minnesota. Register on ULearn.

NOTE: Participants must pay $25 to cover the cost of the Cultural Detective® Self Discovery material used in this class. ISSS will email those who register regarding billing.

Sponsored by the International Student and Scholar Services.

International Poster Session

2:30-4:30 p.m.; Nolte Center Dining Room

How much do you know about fashion in Saudi Arabia, the cuisine of China, or pop culture in Oman? Come interact with students from around the globe and explore a variety of poster presentations that provide snapshots of different cultures. Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) students will present these cultural snapshots in English. All are welcome!

Sponsored by the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP).

International Tea Time

4:00 p.m.; Burton Hall Atrium

The International Tea Time event (the second year we are hosting this event during International Education Week) brings together faculty, staff, and students for an opportunity to socialize and engage in conversation. We provide light snacks and a wide selection of teas from around the world. We have received tea donations from several faculty, staff, and students throughout the year! It's exciting to know they have been looking forward to the event. We also will have music during the event—a live band that plays a selection of international music.

Sponsored by CEHD International Initiatives and Relations.

Friday, November 20

International Scholarship Reception
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (program to begin at 10:15); Arthur Upson Room, Walter Library Room 102
Please RSVP by November 16.

Each year, International Student and Scholar Services awards a collection of competitive, merit-based scholarships to outstanding international students. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the International Scholarship Reception to recognize these students and the unique perspectives and efforts they bring to the University. This is an opportunity for you to meet some of the international students who are doing extraordinary work in your colleges, programs, and the University community.

Sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services.

Finding Fermented Food
4:00 p.m.; 120 Coffey Hall

All students are invited to join us at Coffey Hall in St. Paul as we take you on a culinary adventure! Try fermented foods from all over the world, from Japanese nato to Malaysian stinky tofu, and Korean Kimchi, to Chinese doubanjiang.

Sponsored by Small World Coffee Hour; cosponsored by SSF, ISSS, CFANS, UMN Real Food Challenge, VSA Minnesota, Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), Korean Student Association (KSA UMN), and Persisma Minnesota.

Award for Global Engagement Ceremony
4:30-6:30 p.m.; by invitation only (Contact the GPS Alliance if you wish to receive an invitation.)

The all-University Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. The 2015 recipients are:

  • Khary D. Hornsby: Director, International & Graduate Programs, Law School
  • Christopher J. Johnstone: Director, International Initiatives and Relations, College of Education and Human Development
  • Randall Singer: Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Sponsored by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Submit Your Event

Submit information about your event so it can be included on the International Education Week calendar.

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Monday, Nov. 16
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Thursday, Nov. 19
Friday, Nov. 20

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Matching Funds

Pending available funding, the GPS Alliance will provide a limited amount of matching funds to colleges, campuses, and student groups to support International Education Week events. Generally, only one award will be provided per college/campus.

Requesting matching funds

1. Obtain approval from your college/campus/unit representative on the International Programs Council.

2. Submit an email to, GPS Alliance, with the following information:

  • Name of department, unit, college, campus, or group requesting funds
  • Name and email address of accountant
  • EFS account number where the funds should be sent
  • Brief description of event and how the matching funds will be used
  • Statement that you have discussed the request with your IPC representative

3. Submit information about your event to be included on the events calendar.