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Celebrate International Education Week and Attend U.Va.'s Passport Drive

October 29, 2013

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The University's draft strategic plan emphasizes the significance of global experiences for our students, faculty, and staff. International Education Week, a global initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, directs national focus on the need to prepare American students for the global economy, and to attract the best and brightest students and scholars from other nations to the United States.

This year, International Education Week takes place November 11-16, 2013, and I encourage students to participate in the diverse range of programming at U.Va. You can learn how to market your international experience, participate in a discussion on international human rights, practice your foreign language skills at a language fair, and explore the world at the Go Global International Festival, among other opportunities. Visit U.Va.'s International Education Week website to learn about all of the offerings.

As part of International Education week, we are holding our first-ever UVA GLOBAL Passport Drive on Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom to process passport applications. Having an up-to-date passport is an essential first step for international travel and for global citizenship. This opportunity is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

We are committed to providing all U.Va. students with the skills and cultural understanding that are necessary for living and thriving in an increasingly interconnected world. I urge the members of our University community to take advantage of the opportunities available during International Education Week.

Teresa Sullivan, President