International Education Week


About International Education Week:

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. As part of a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week showcases the efforts of programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. This year's theme is "International Education: Advancing Access for All." To learn more about International Education Week, visit the Department of State website. Or, use the hashtag #IEW2015 to join the discussion and receive updates about events!

2015 Calendar of Events:

Monday, 11/16/15:

Education Abroad - IEW Kick-off!
Stop by the Education Abroad booth and pick up a flyer of all IEW events for the week! 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Nebraska Union City Campus Booth

French Club Informational Booth/Bake Sale
Come stop by the booth to learn more about the French program/studying abroad. All proceeds from the bake sale will go to the French Red Cross to support the victims of the attacks on Friday. 
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Nebraska Union Booth

Chinese Language Demonstration
Is Chinese really as hard to learn as it may seem? Learning to recognize the Chinese characters is easier than you may think! Did you know that Chinese has a phonetic system with sounds similar to English and that the shape of many basic characters are like pictures of the object? We invite you to experience the fun of learning Chinese, the language spoken by almost 25% of the world’s population. Sponsored by UNL Confucius Institute and UNL Globetrotters.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Nebraska Union, Colonial Room

Open House - Education Abroad & International Engagement
Please join us for coffee and cookies in our new space located in Love Library South, 110. 
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Love Library South 110

Health & Wellness Quiz Show
Come and answer fun, weird, and serious health & wellness trivia questions while learning about insurance and the healthcare services available at the University Health Center! Don’t don’t need to be a doctor to win! There will be a mix of questions. Anyone could win! Plus, free pizza for all participants.
First Place= $300
Second Place= $100

How to Participate:
Gather your team of 2, 3, or 4. All UNL students welcome - student organizations, teams of friends or co-workers, etc.!
Register by Saturday, Nov. 14th at 11pm at:
You will get an event schedule on Sunday, Nov. 15th telling you when your team should arrive.
6:00 PM, University Health Center, 1500 U St. 

Tuesday, 11/17/15:

Education Abroad Returnee Poster Fair
Come learn more about students' education abroad experiences.
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

International Dance Class - Zumba 
Try out some Latin and International inspired dance steps while working up a sweat. The easy to follow movements provide a dynamic and exciting workout for all levels of fitness! 
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM, South Studio, Recreation and Wellness Center

Finding Hope in My New Home - Skit
In this skit, students will educate their audience about three issues international students struggle with in their new educational environment and home: cultural values and customs, food, and language.  The students will also present educational and humorous possible ways international students can overcome culture shock and find hope in their new home.  
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Nebraska Union, Ballroom

Opportunities in International Research: A Networking event for IANR graduate students
Come and learn about the importance of international experience in graduate research, as well as funding opportunities on campus. The offices of the Agricultural Research Division, Grad Studies, and IANR Global Engagement will be represented. Three speakers will discuss the impact of international research, including SNR faculty member Karl Reinhard, and industry contacts during our informal walk-in event. Light refreshments will also be provided. 
 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, East Campus Union

Edythe Wiebers International Studies Scholarship Presentation 
Hear from student recipients and learn about the Wiebers scholarship. 
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Regency C, Nebraska Union

Global Dinner
You are invited to attend a Global Dinner organized by Global Studies, University Honors Program, and New Student Enrollment. At this dinner, guests will also hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Courtney Hillebrecht. This event is specifically geared at students enrolled in Conversation Partners course.  However, other students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend but they will need to pay for their own dinner.  For questions contact Emira Ibrahimpasic (
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Neihardt Dining Hall

Wednesday, 11/18/15:

International Food Bazaar
Buy and try food from around the world.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Nebraska Union City Campus

World Tea Party Day
Come and sample different teas from various countries around the world.
 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Kawasaki Reading Room, JGMC

IEP Culture and Language Bazaar
Come learn about different languages, cultures, food, and religions from various IEP students. There will also be cultural games, skits, and videos to watch and participate in.  
 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, The Crib, Nebraska Union

Chinese Cooking Class - Hosted by the Confucius Institute
Join us in creating Firecracker Shrimp and Kung Pao Triple Delight at the Chinese Cooking Class! Class size limit is 2o, and the cost is $20. Please RSVP to Mikki Sandin ( 
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Leverton Hall, Room 206

Thursday, 11/19/2015:

International Trivia Game 
Stop by the Nebraska Union Booth to visit with Chandra Schwab, Erika Hepburn, and Rachel Ayalon to partake in cultural trivia questions. Winners may receive prizes! Hosted by: First Year Experience & International Engagement 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Nebraska Union Booth 

International Teaching Panel - Chandra Schwab & Rebecca Faber
The focus of the panel will be on preparation for teaching abroad, understanding the skills needed, and first-hand experiences related by those who have done so before.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, TEAC 250

Senshu 30th Anniversary Celebration and Reception
Join CBA as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the exchange between UNL and Senshu University. All students, faculty, staff and guests are welcome for the short presentation and reception.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, CBA 222 and Atrium

Summer Programs Abroad in Modern Languages Info Session
Come learn about all of the Faculty-Led programs being offered this coming summer 2016 in Russia, France, Spain, Brazil, or Germany! Faculty will present on their programs and answer questions. 
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Oldfather Hall, 1126

International Dance Class - Zumba 
Try out some Latin and International inspired dance steps while working up a sweat. The easy to follow movements provide a dynamic and exciting workout for all levels of fitness! 
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM, Fitness Room, City Campus Recreation Center

Friday, 11/20/2015:

Chinese Music, Education and Scholarship Opportunities
Enjoy UNLCI’s Chinese Music Instructor playing the guqin, the most classical Chinese instrument. Learn about Chinese higher education and scholarships available to students who wish to explore and study in China. Sponsored by UNL Confucius Institute
2:30 PM - 3:50 PM, JGMC, Ubuntu Room

Joint Study Session for students of French, Spanish, and German 

Please join us for this joint study session! Pizza, cookies, and horchata will be provided. 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, JGMC, Ubuntu Room 

Festa Junina: Celebration of Brazilian Culture
Celebrate Brazilian harvest with different types of Brazilian food and drinks. Dress in country-style clothes and wear farmer straw hats. Learn Brazilian traditional dance Quadrilhas and play fun games to win more "money" for food, drinks and games at the bazaar!
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, CPN Dining Center (north side)

All week events (16th-20th):
Wanderings: Travel Photography of Crystal Bock Thiessen (
Caffina Cafe - UNL City Campus Union

International Partners
Would you like to participate in the International Partners project and be paired with an international student at UNL for a week of interaction, sharing, and learning during International Education Week? If so,  please contact 
Crystal Bock Thiessen in Programs in English as a Second Language ( for additional details. 
Sign up here by Nov. 1: or contact Crystal directly. 

International Quilt Study Center & Museum
The Quilt House at UNL will be hosting two exhibitions during International Education Week. 
The Quilted Conscience (quilts made by students from refugee communities) 
Getting to Know You (including many examples from the international collection)
For more information please contact, Marin Hanson (

Know of an event happening during International Education Week that's not listed here? Email Rachel Ayalon at: