International Education Week (IEW)

International Education Week (IEW) is an annual celebration that promotes the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Typically held in November each year, IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. 

The week-long event highlights the importance of global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and international cooperation. During IEW you can expect the following; 

  1. Cultural fairs and exhibitions: Institutions organize events where students from different countries can showcase their culture, traditions, food, music, dance, and art.

  2. Guest lectures and panel discussions: Experts in international education, global affairs, and cross-cultural communication may be invited to give talks or participate in panel discussions on relevant topics.

  3. Workshops and seminars: Workshops and seminars may be conducted to provide practical guidance on studying abroad, applying for scholarships, navigating cross-cultural challenges, and building international networks.

  4. Language exchange programs: Language exchange events offer students the opportunity to practice speaking different languages with native speakers and language learners from other countries.

  5. Study abroad fairs: Institutions often host study abroad fairs where students can learn about study abroad opportunities, exchange programs, and internships in foreign countries.

  6. Virtual exchange programs: With the advancement of technology, virtual exchange programs allow students to connect with their peers in other countries through online platforms, fostering cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.

  7. Community engagement projects: Schools and universities may organize community service projects or volunteer opportunities with an international focus to encourage students to make a positive impact globally.

International Education Week serves as a reminder of the importance of international education in preparing students to be global citizens and fostering peace and understanding across borders. It provides a platform for students, educators, policymakers, and the public to engage in meaningful discussions and activities that promote intercultural exchange and collaboration. 

Check out below what UNCP did for IEW 2023!

International Education Week Fall 2023

Monday, November 13, 2023 (Service Learning)

  • 10 a.m.- Noon: Join us for Blossoming Braves at the Belk Hall Courtyard where we will plant flowers in our new flower fountain!
    • Hosted by the Office of Global Engagement (OGE)
  • 2–6 p.m.: Join us for Indoor Cultural Bazaar Fest in the University Center Annex for performances and fun! There will be Traditional Cuisines provided!
    • Hosted by the Office of Global Engagement (OGE)

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 (Expanding Globalization)

  • 10 a.m.-Noon: Join us for the Study Abroad Expo in the Student Center (SC) Mall to learn more information about studying abroad.
    • Hosted by the Office of Global Engagement (OGE)
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Join us for Cultural Bingo in Old Main, Room 124 for an evening of prizes and culture.
    • Hosted by the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 (International Languages)

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Join us for Coffee and Culture at the new Dunkin' Donuts! Domestic and International students will have guided conversations about their respective cultures. There will be free coffee provided!
    • Hosted by the Office of Global Engagement (OGE)
  • 6-7 p.m.: Join us for SignatureScript Board in the Student Center (SC) Mall! 
    • Hosted by the Office of Global Engagement (OGE)

Thursday, November 16, 2023 (Cultural Development)

  • 10 a.m.–Noon: Join us for Local Culture, Museum Tour at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at Old Main for an opportunity to learn more about Indigenous people and UNC Pembroke history! 
    • Hosted by Office of Global Engagement
  • 2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Join us for Student Panel: Best Practices for Supporting International Students in Old Main, Room 124!
    • Co-Hosted by Office of Global Engagement and Office of Student Inclusion & Diversity
  • 5 p.m.-9 p.m.: Join us for the ESport FIFA Tournament in the Hawks Nest!
    • Hosted by Office of Global Engagement

Friday, November 17, 2023 

  • 2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Join us for Lunch and Learn Immigration Employment Session in the James A. Thomas Building Trading Room (Main Computer Lab) 
    • Hosted by Office of Global Engagement; Sponsored by Career Center

IEW is sponsored by the Office of Global Engagement, Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, the International Education Week Committee, Career Center, Financial Aid, and Sodexo.

For more information about IEW, please contact Rosa Ball with the Office of Global Engagement at 910.775.4718 or

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