International Education Week


Students attend an International Education Week event in 2018.

What is 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. The annual event also highlights international diversity and promotes the opportunity to experience new cultures. To learn more about International Education Week, visit the Department of State website. Use the hashtag #IEW2019 to join the discussion and learn about upcoming events!

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View the 2018 Highlights

In 2018, UNL hosted 30 events across campus in collaboration with 20 campus partners. The events ranged from international food and culture spotlights, to foreign language and study abroad presentations, and more.

See #IEW2018 at UNL View the 2018 IEW Events Archive


2019 Calendar of Events:

Monday, November 18

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
IEW Kick Off & Global Tea Party
Stop by to celebrate the start of IEW with the International Student and Scholar Office, Student Involvement, and the Kawasaki Reading Room with live music and to experience teas from Japan, India, China, and more!
» Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Kawasaki Reading Room 302
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Suitcase to Briefcase: Selling Your Study Abroad Experience in Your Next Job Interview
So you've been abroad—but now what? In this come-and-go session, talk with career professionals on how to talk about your experience abroad. Bring a copy of your resume, your LinkedIn login and your job interview skills and see how you can set yourself apart from the crowd with your international experience. Join the College of Education & Human Sciences, College of Business and UNL Career Services for the return of this popular workshop.
» Henzlik Hall, Pixel Lab
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cultural Adjustment Talk: Study Abroad/International Student Support Group
Led by experts from UNL's Counseling and Pyschological Services (CAPS) team, this group provides an opportunity to hear how other international students experience life in the U.S., gain knowledge of living in a new country and practice your English in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
» Selleck Hall, Exeuctive Dining Room

Tuesday, November 19

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
International Opportunities & Fellowships: Session 1
Are you interested in teaching abroad, conducting research, or learning a foreign language? Dr. Laura Damuth, Director of UNL's Fellowships Office, will present on international opportunities like Fulbright English teaching and research awards, the Critical Language Scholarship and the Boren Award.
» Louise Pound Hall, 141
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chinese Name Pronunciation Workshop
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln community is invited to a Chinese Name Pronunciation workshop. Join us for a brown-bag session to learn more about pronunciation. No registration required.
» Howard L. Hawks Hall, 032
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
International Student & Scholar Office: East Campus Hours
Staff from the International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) will be holding East Campus office hours, welcoming walk-ins from 1-3 p.m. or appointments all day (via They will be holding office hours each Tuesday to provide more convenient access for students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars of the East Campus community—come in with questions or just to say hello!
» Agricultural Hall, 202
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
International Opportunities & Fellowships: Session 2
Join the second session of this workshop. Are you interested in teaching abroad, conducting research, or learning a foreign language? Dr. Laura Damuth, Director of UNL's Fellowships Office, will present on international opportunities like Fulbright English teaching and research awards, the Critical Language Scholarship and the Boren Award.
» Louise Pound Hall, 141
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Chinese Hour
Practice your Mandrin Chinese skills with UNL's current Chinese graduate assistant, Yi Yu. 
» Oldfather Hall, 1126 
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Global Huskers Festival
This multicultural festival, sponsored by ISSO in partnership with Athletics, Student Involvement, and Housing, provides attendees the chance to explore the world through informational booths that will have food, cultural décor, art, and more, each hosted by UNL students from those cultures! There will also be live performances including spoken word artist Lemon Andersen, and an international fashion show to explore cultures through clothing.
» Memorial Stadium, Gate 7, 3rd Floor 

Wednesday, November 20

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Global Engagement (Agriculture & Natural Resources) Open House
Come check out what's new in global engagement for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources! Meet our interim director, Stan, new staff member Tay, and learn more about the global activities happening across the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources! Our team will be sharing about the programs led by our office, capacity-building/scholar hosting opportunities, and resources for those looking to expand their research, teaching or extension in a more global way. Are you a student looking for ways to be involved in the international scene? We’ll have information on the IANR Student Diplomat Program, internationally-focused classes in CASNR/CEHS, as well as details on the upcoming faculty-led education abroad trips. International coffees, teas, and snacks will be served, and we'll even have a few global games to play around with! Come learn more about the increasingly global nature of agriculture and natural resources at Nebraska! 
» Agricultural Hall, 202 (East Campus)
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Global Hot Drinks
Join the College of Education & Human Sciences Global Exchange office and sample different hot drinks from around the world! Take a picture and tag #GlobalNebraska or #IEW2019 with your favorite.
» Louise Pound Hall, Husker Hub Atrium
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Arabic Conversation Table
Join this cultural journey to discover the spirit of the Arabic civilization through conversations, documentaries, arts, calligraphy, music, literature, cuisine, traditions and more! Learn the culture, speak the language and make new friends at the Arabic conversation table. All are welcome.
» Burnett Hall, 302 Lounge
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Spanish Conversation Table
¿Hablas español? Come practice your Spanish in casual conversation and improve your speaking skills while meeting new people!
» Burnett Hall, 302 Lounge
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Japanese Conversation Table
Konnichiwa! Practice your Japanese language skills at the Japanese Conversation Table, hosted each week by the Kawasaki Reading Room.
» Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Kawasaki Reading Room 302
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Join the German Club and practice your language skills or learn about the culture at Watering Hole.
» The Watering Hole, 1321 O Street, Lincoln, NE
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Global Cafe and Connection
The 2019 signature event of International Education Week in the College of Business, international and domestic students, staff and faculty are invited to experience a taste of the world. Highlighting local restaurant entrepreneurs, we will be sharing stories of success in a new culture. RSVP at
» Howard L. Hawks Hall, Henrickson Family Atrium
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Portuguese Film Screening: Democracia em Vertigem
What do you know about politics in Brazil, the largest country in South America? Join Brazilian native Alexandre Lopes Silva, UNL's Portuguese Fulbright teaching assistant, for a screening and discussion of Democracia em Vertigem ("The Edge of Democracy" in English). Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Department of Modern Languages. This event is free and open to the public, conducted in English. Learn more about the film here.
» Oldfather Hall, 1126

Thursday, November 21

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Kawasaki Reading Room: Stress Relief Day
Feeling overwhelmed? All students are invited to stop by the Kawasaki Reading Room for some stress relief before finals and cultural exhcange. Make your own essence oil or roll-on blend, enjoy fresh pastries and try some some new coffee and tea!
» Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Kawasaki Reading Room 302 
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Passport Booth
Learn how to start your application for a U.S. passport and meet with representatives from the UNL Passport Office. Where will you travel in the world?
» Henzlik Hall, Lobby
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
International Internship Showcase
Students who have participated in internships abroad will share about the placement process and their experience working in another culture/country. Presented by the International Business department at the College of Business.
» Howard L. Hawks Hall, 111 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese Movie Club
The Kawasaki Reading Room invites all to join for a screening of a Japanese film in their space, located on the 3rd floor of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. The film is to be announced.
» Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Kawasaki Reading Room 302
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Russian Conversation Table
Join us for informal conversation, various fun games, and activities! Practice your Russian and meet new friends.
» Burnett Hall, 301 
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Edythe Wiebers Scholarship Reception
The Edythe Wiebers International Studies Program Scholarship is awarded annually to undergraduate students seeking to build their foreign language skills abroad. Each November the Education Abroad Office hosts the Wiebers Scholarship Reception where we invite the Wiebers family to the UNL campus to hear presentations from students who received the scholarship to study abroad during the previous academic year. Join us for inspiring stories from our #HuskersAbroad alumni!
» Nebraska Union, Platte River South
4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Dinner
University Dining services welcomes all students to join at one of the dining centers for a cultural exchange and Thanksgiving Dinner. The centers will be serving some of the American favorites for the holiday, so you don't want to miss it! Check the menu at
» UNL Dining Centers
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
La Table Française
Come and join us for casual French conversation and yummy pizza at Yia Yia's every Thursday from 3:30-5pm! We would love to see you there!
» Yia Yia's Pizza, 1423 E O Street, Lincoln NE 68508 

Friday, November 22

11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea Time Friday at the Kawasaki Reading Room
Come join us for freshly prepared teas every Friday! Each week take a taste of one (or more) varieties of international tea served with a delicious snack. Teas rotate every week, so come in to enjoy a favorite or try something new. Relax and unwind with us, every Friday at Tea Time!
» Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Kawasaki Reading Room 302
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: Teaching International Students
Open to all Faculty, this installment of the Teaching and Learning Center's Lunch & Learn series will focus on best practices for encouraging success for the international students in the classroom. Lunch is provided. RSVP here:
» Howard L. Hawks Hall, 231
6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
International Business Club Presents: Insight China
Join the International Business Club for a viewing of the new documentary, American Factory, focusing on the workplace differences between US and Chinese culture. A short panel discussion session will precede the screening. No registration is required for this event.
» Nebraska Union, Platte River Room

Weeklong Events

UNL International Flag Display
» Meier Commons (Green Space outside City Union)
International flags will be displayed in the Meier Commons on City Campus to showcase where our international students are from. Stop by and see where our students are from! Find your favorite and share with #GlobalNebraska!
College of Business Display of Flags & Photo Gallery
» Howard L. Hawks Hall, Henrickson Family Atrium
The College of Business will recognize its international community by displaying the flags of all the countries and territories that its students, staff and faculty call home. Stop by the atrium to find your flag or test your flag IQ while enjoying all the colors of the world! Then check out the photo gallery display and hear expressions from students about their experiences around the world.
Exhibition: Old World Quilts
» International Quilt Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St, Lincoln, NE
Old World Quilts transports us to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, an age of burgeoning global commerce and cultural exchange. Here you will view some of the earliest textiles from the International Quilt Museum's collection. In this era, Europe's desire for goods from unfamiliar, "exotic" Asian cultures led to unprecedented growth in overseas trade, which also fueled a boom in domestic manufacturing and fed a growing consumer mentality. The introduction of novel production techniques and materials, as well as the development of hybrid designs and aesthetic approaches, resulted in textile designs that are still relevant in our lives today.
Exhibition: Diana Harrison: Traces in Cloth
» International Quilt Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St, Lincoln, NE
UK artist Diana Harrison manipulates found items with a variety of techniques that transform them. The fabric, patchwork and quilts in Traces in Cloth retain a visual 'trace' of their original state, but are modified by stitching, dyeing, shrinking, bleaching, and printing. The end result is a new textile, with a tactile appeal heightened by a lack of color and an emphasis on the stitched line. Harrison is a senior lecturer in textiles at the University for the Creative Arts, School of Crafts and Design, Farnham. 
Exhibition: Studio Champloo
» International Quilt Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St, Lincoln, NE
The word Champloo (alt. Champuru) is Okinawan slang for “mixed up” or “stirred together.” Exploring such quilt-related themes as layering, amalgamation, assemblage, materiality, color, pattern, and non-objective imagery, ten regional artists explore quilts and quiltmaking in the context of their own studio practices. In addition to work in a variety of mediums (painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, etc.), the show will present the artists’ experiences of engaging with the quilt form.

Do you know of an event happening during International Education Week that's not listed, or do you have questions about IEW? Email Courtney Van Hoosen at