International Education Week (IEW) is a world-wide celebration of international education endeavors. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education initiated IEW in 2000. The purpose of IEW is to promote and celebrate international programs and to encourage participation in them.

Students, faculty, and staff at the University engage in a variety of study abroad programs, research, collaboration, and service across the globe. All of these activities result in a knowledge exchange that enriches the community on grounds and around the world.

IEW will showcase international activities at the University through a series of events throughout the week of November 11th. View the schedule of events below for more information.

Passport Drive

Tuesday, November 12 &
Wednesday, November 13

Join us at the UVa Global Passport Drive for students, faculty, and staff. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on Grounds to accept passport and renewal applications and to answer questions. You can get passport photos taken at the event for $6. You must bring appropriate materials with you.

Go to the Passport Drive main page for more details.

Schedule of Events

All Week
Mon - Fri
8 am - 5 pm
Tom Cogill Exhibits ‘Pictures from a Room’

Brooks Hall Commons

Department of Anthropology

Monday, November 11

all day
International T-Shirt Day

Wear a T-shirt from your favorite country!

4:30 - 5:30 pm
Kick-Off Celebration

Newcomb Ballroom

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, International Studies Office, U.Va. Dining

Celebrate the beginning of IEW with speakers, performances, and a reception!

5:30-8 pm
IEW Celebration at Fresh Food Co.

Newcomb Hall

U.Va. Dining

A Mini-Theme meal in honor of IEW. Two stations at Fresh Food Co. will have menus with an International Flair.

6-8:30 pm
"Dark Girls" Documentary Screening

Newcomb South Meeting Room

Theta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Understand the Shade Debate and how it affects our cultural unity. Duke Media's documentary "Dark Girls" explores the sometimes painful, undercover story of colorism -- discrimination based on skin tone -- inside and outside the black community. Thoughtful discussion to follow. More info on the movie: http://officialdarkgirlsmovie.com/

6:30 - 9:00 pm
CORE: Discovering Identity in Cross-Cultural Contexts

Monroe 130

International Studies Office

This seminar introduces theories of how the experience of cultural difference can transform a person and their sense of self, identity, and role in the world. We explore beliefs about healty and socially productive change (such as development, increased maturity, new useful knowledge and skills) as well as changes that can become unhealthy (culture shock, denial, depression). We use these theories to discuss your ambitions, expectations, experiences, and fears about living abroad and reflect on the challenge of keeping a senese of integrity while being open to change.

Tuesday, November 12

10 am - 3 pm

Newcomb Ballroom

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, U.S. Department of State, Bryan's Photo Store

Join us at the UVa Global Passport Drive for students, faculty, and staff. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on Grounds to accept passport and renewal applications and to answer questions. You can get passport photos taken at the event for $6. For information on required materials and fees, please visit the website or see event details here.

12 - 1 pm
Cross Continental Partnerships:
Growing Through Interdisciplinary Teamwork

McLeod Hall 5060

School of Nursing

Presented by Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) Group and UVA Center for Global Health Scholars: Nursing Students, Meg Wightman and Christina Luckett; Medical students, Ashley Keller, Chris Winstead-Derlega, and Rochelle Zarzar; MPH and MPP Batten School student, Katherine Stanley; and UVA-Wise student, Laura Stamper. Please bring your lunch.

12 - 1 pm
Emilie Charmy & In the Shadow of Stalin Exhibits Tour

Fralin Museum of Art

Fralin Museum of Art

"Game of Pawns"

Kaleidoscope Room, Newcomb Hall

ISPRO, University of Virginia

FBI representatives will present this film on cybersecurity issues, one of which is security issues while traveling or studying abroad. An excellent movie for anyone planning on study or travel abroad

5-6 pm
Haiti, with Jacques Pierre

Maison Francaise

Department of French

Meet Jacques Pierre, Professor of Creole (joint program UVA/Duke University) and author of a collection of poetry entitled "Omega." Jacques Pierre will talk about the Haitian culture, languages, history and religion.

5:30 - 7:30 pm
Step Into Japan

Lorna Sundberg International Center

Lorna Sundberg International Center and East Asia Center

Be transported to Japan for an evening at the IC. We will bring Japanese culture to you by having Japanese cultural presentations and activity stations, such as origami and dessert sushi.

6 pm
Camino de Santiago, Pilgrimage Medieval and Modern

Nau Hall 211

Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Lecture by George Greenia, Prof. of Hispanic Studies at William & Mary

6:30 PM
International LGBTQ Rights Seminar

Monroe 118

Speaker: Deena R. Hurwitz - Professor of Law and Director of International Human Rights Law Clinic and Human Rights Program at U.Va. Register online.

Please also join us for the Ally Reception from 3:00pm-5:00pm in Newcomb Hall’s Main Lounge and Gallery on the 3rd floor. This mix/mingle event is sponsored by the LGBTQ center. All LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

7:00 pm
Cine-Club French Film Night

Maison Francaise

Department of French

"Les Quatre Cents Coups" (The 400 Blows) (1959) by Francois Truffaut

Wednesday, November 13

10 am - 3 pm
Passport Drive

Newcomb Ballroom

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, U.S. Department of State, Bryan's Photo Store

Join us at the UVa Global Passport Drive for students, faculty, and staff. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on Grounds to accept passport and renewal applications and to answer questions. You can get passport photos taken at the event for $6. For information on required materials and fees, please visit the website or see event details here.

2 - 4 pm
Global Café

Newcomb Gallery

International Studies Office

A monthly event that brings together students from around the world over FREE coffee, tea and snacks. Engage in casual conversation about topics of your choice, as well as participate in some other internationally-focused activities. Stop by any time between 2-4.

2 - 3:30 pm
Photography-Personal Vision

Newcomb Hall Kaleidoscope Room

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Make compelling photographs with simple equipment.

Learn how to create inspired and unique images that capture engaging moments. Cultivate your creative eye and discover techniques for developing your personal style. Learn what makes a good photograph and how to take one.

This workshop is open to all levels of photographers

Dave Woody was the 2009 winner of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He has exhibited widely throughout the country and internationally. Woody teaches photography at the University of Virginia.

Deirdre Davie was a horse racing photographer for many years. Her current art practice centers on photography based work.

To sign up for the workshop, please email mb2tr@virginia.edu. Attendance will be capped at 70.

3:00 - 4:30 pm
Scarification: Revolution in the 18th Century Upper Nile

Nau 342

Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

Speaker: Noel Stringham

5:00 pm
"Waging Peace, the Peace Corps Experience", a film by award winning filmmaker, Allen Mondell

130 Monroe Hall

United States Peace Corps

Free Independent Film Screening to celebrate International Education Week

5 - 10 pm
IEW Flavors

O’Hill Dining Room

U.Va. Dining

A Mini-Theme meal in honor of IEW. Two stations at O'Hill will have menus with an International Flair.

Thursday, November 14

1 - 3 pm
Language Fair

Newcomb Commonwealth Room and South Meeting Room

International, Summer, and Special Academic Programs Office, Office of the Dean of Students

Meet faculty teaching foreign languages at UVA, learn about courses and opportunities to start, improve or practice a language.

Visit resource tables featuring Arabic, Biblical and Modern Hebrew, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Swahili, Tibetan, and Urdu. Grab some coffee and chat with native speakers or just listen to conversations in most of these languages.

Listen to Student Testimonies at 2:00pm and get tips on how to learn a language or improve your skills. Learn how having fluency in a foreign language has changed these students’ lives.

3:00-5:00 pm
Pause Cafe French Conversation Group

Maison Francaise

Department of French

Come to enjoy refreshments and speak French in a convivial setting

5 pm
Roots of Immigration

Newcomb Commonwealth Room

Latino Student Alliance and Peer Mentoring Program

Immigration has been and will always be part of the identity of the United States. This panel – which includes professors, immigration lawyers, and community advocates – will analyze the push and pull of immigration: exploring the causes of migration from Latin America, the risks immigrants see themselves forced to take and the complex inter connectivity between Latin America and the United States.

5 - 10 pm
IEW International Cookie Delight

Runk Dining Room

U.Va. Dining

Dessert bar with a variety of cookies in honor of IEW. A special performance by Beleza Brasil from 5:30-7 PM.

7 - 9 pm
"Go Grandriders" Screening

Nau 101

Lorna Sundberg International Center, East Asia Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States

“One day when you are 80 years old, will you dare to dream?” While many people might hesitate to answer this question, a group of octogenarians proved that dreams and passion do not necessarily fade with age. This film depicts the story of 17 senior citizens who embarked on a 13-day, 730-miles journey to fulfill their dream of riding around Taiwan. The “grandriders” trip, filmed by director Howard Hua, was organized by Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) headquartered in Taichung, central Taiwan. A reception will take place before the movie.

7:30 - 9 pm
Indian Classical Music - Guided Listening

Lorna Sundberg International Center


Are you curious about Indian classical music, and would you like to know more? Come listen and learn in an open and inviting setting at the International Center. UVA music professor Nomi Dave will lead a group listening session and discussion on one or more pieces from this rich repertoire. The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY @ UVA) is hosting the event and will provide tea and Indian snacks. The event is free but registration is required, please register online.

Friday, November 15

10 AM - 1 PM
Marketing Your International Experience

Garrett Hall

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, International Studies Office, and University Career Services

Presentation series about the logistics of international job/internship searches, how to frame your international experiences, and a Peace Corps information session. Representatives from University Career Services (UCS), the University Internship Program, and the Parent’s Committee Grant will also be present to share their resources and opportunities. You can also get your resume reviewed by UCS.

5 - 8 pm

TJ Memorial Church

Vietnamese Student Association

Enjoy Pho, summer rolls, and other Vietnamese dishes! All proceeds will benefit One Body Village charity.

7 - 8:30 PM
"The Dialogue" Screening

Minor Hall 125

International Studies Office, Center for American English Language & Culture and Global Student Council

A documentary that follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Intrigued by the complex context of Sino-US relations, together the characters explore elements of meaningful dialogue and cultural identity. Their shared travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the “other” and themselves. Although the film is set in Hong Kong and China, the “lessons learned” about intercultural understanding and the communication skills needed for conflict mediation and collaborative problem solving are applicable globally. This film was created by Crossing Borders Education (CBE) and co-produced by Michigan State University (MSU).

Saturday, November 16

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Australian Aboriginal Art Tour

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

Discover the Australian outback in this free special tour of the current exhibitions and art storage space of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va! The Kluge-Ruhe Collection is the only museum dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art in the United States, and one of two museums of its kind in the world. Education and Program Coordinator Lauren Maupin will give a tour of the museum’s galleries, which will be followed by a tour with Collections Manager Nicole Wade, who will take participants behind the scenes to learn how the museum cares for its collection of nearly 2000 objects. Bodo’s Bagels will be served to whet your appetite until after the tour, when you can head back to Grounds for the Go Global Expo International Festival.

11 AM - 3 PM
Go Global Expo, International Festival, and Tea and Dessert Festival

Newcomb Ballroom, Main Lounge and Gallery

Cultural CIOs and Office of the Dean of Students

UVA’s first ever International Festival will feature exhibitions by UVA cultural dance and performance groups, interactive booths representing different cultures of the world, and an international tea and dessert festival. Watch performances and learn different cultures while munching on delicious international food and refreshments! Organized by a committee of students representing different cultural groups such as Global Students Council, Asian Student Union and Latino Student Association, and the A/APA & Multicultural Programs and Services in the Office of the Dean of Students.


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