IUP’s Office of International Education will host virtual events for International Education Week from Oct. 12 to Oct. 21.
According to the Office of International Education, International Education week “is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education to promote cross-cultural awareness, prepare students for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S.”
The office held several events already this week including Europe Monday, International Radio Hour, a Six O'clock Series and studying abroad information. If you missed any of these events, there are still more to come.
Wednesday will be dedicated to opportunities in Asia. Participants will learn about studying abroad at IUP’s Asian partners and hear from IUP staff. This event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Zoom information is
On Thursday, participants will learn about where and how to study abroad with IUP’s faculty-led programs during the Let’s Go Together! event. Staff will also be available to answer questions. The Zoom information for this event is iupvideo.zoom.us/j/95781025917.
Additionally, International Poetry Night will be held at 7 p.m., offering a different look into other cultures. Participants will read poetry, which will be shared in their original language and English. This event’s Zoom information is iupvideo.zoom.us/j/96254636928.
Oct. 16, will feature dinner and an international film. Everyone is invited to get an international-themed to-go dinner from North Dining Hall and watch “Freaks – You’re One of Us.”
This is a 2020 German film about people being treated for mental illnesses discovering that they have superpowers. The film will start at 8 p.m. and registration is required. To watch the film, participants will need to have a Netflix account or sign up for a free 30-day trial. More details will be provided after registering for the event.
The week’s final event will be held at noon on Oct. 21. It will be a virtual lunch and learn titled “Voting Around the World” sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement.
At this event, a panel of faculty and students from Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand and U.S. will share an examination of politics in their countries as well as what the process of voting is like compared to the U.S. The Zoom information for this event is iupvideo.zoom.us/s/91720792308.
A new episode of the Office of International Education’s new streaming podcast “Tales from Abroad: Celebrating the Student Journey” will be released each day during International Education Week. The podcast will feature stories from IUP faculty, friends, staff and students about their time spent abroad. The shows stream on anchor.fm/tailsfromabroad, Apple, Google, Spotify or other podcast providers.
The funds for the week’s events are provided by the Office of International Education and IUP Student Cooperative Association. According to the Office of International Education, IUP has more than 400 international students from 53 countries this year.