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 October 24th. This year's theme is arts and technology. Please continue to check back for updated information about the schedule of events. If your U.Va. department or organization would like to host an event during IEW, please use the contact information below to let the IEW Committee know.

Schedule of Events

If your U.Va. department or organization is planning an international-related event during IEW and would like to be included on this website and other IEW promotional materials, please complete an event submission form.

Select a date to see the day's events.

Please continue to check back for events description and more events

Wed - Fri
Global Lens Photography Exhibit

Newcomb Hall, 2nd floor

Organized by the Global On-Grounds Committee, the exhibit is intended to highlight the international diversity the University has on Grounds, the world-class programs abroad offered to UVA students, as well as our global reach with networks of UVA alumni and friends around the world.

See exhibit submission criteria

Mon - Fri
12:30 - 1 pm
Art Speaks! Docent Tours in World Languages

The Fralin Museum of Art

Each day of the week, a docent will give a tour of the exhibits in a different foreign language.

Monday: French with Samantha Heitsch and Lucie Lyon

Tuesday: Spanish with Parks Remcho and Lauren Patton

Wednesday: French with Delaney Mitchell

Thursday: German with Ty Vanover

Friday: Mandarin with Susan Xie

Saturday, October 24

11:00 am - 3 pm
CultureFest and International Tea Festival

Amphitheatre (Rain Site: Aquatic and Fitness Center)

Collaboration by Cultural CIOs, Global Student Council, University Programming Board

As part of Parent’s and Family Weekend, CultureFest is a student run event that features artistic performances, interactive booths, free international food and tea.

11:00 am - 1 pm
Education Abroad Open House

Minor Hall Lobby

Education Abroad

Bring your parents and come to an information session that lasts ½ hour – stay for refreshments and to meet students who have studied abroad as well as International Studies Office staff and advisors

12:30 – 2:00 pm
SEAS International Programs

Thornton Hall’s Darden Courtyard

School of Engineering and Applied Science: International Programs

Interested in Studying Abroad in Engineering? SEAS International Programs will be on-site at Thornton Hall's Darden Courtyard to discuss the benefits of studying abroad for engineering students. Whether it's a full semester, January Term or the summer, SEAS has programs available world-wide.

Sunday, October 25

Monday, October 26

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Not Just a Data Point: Making Personal Connections to Global Issues

Garrett Hall

The Global Policy Center at the Batten School

Aaron is a Data Analyst in the Office of HIV/AIDS at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He serves on an inter-agency team to promote and facilitate integrated analyses of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) data and strengthen the use of data in the field and headquarters to maximize PEPFAR’s impact. Prior to his current position, Aaron worked in the Office of Economic Policy and served under USAID’s Chief Economist. He has traveled to Tanzania, worked on a number of cost-benefit analysis and inclusive growth diagnostic projects and trainings, provided analytical support for the Ebola crisis, and launched a data analysis, visualization, and data services group. Aaron attended the University of Virginia, receiving a BA (’12) in foreign affairs and economics and a MPP (’13) from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Making Space for Women's Rights in the American City– Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Peabody Hall Auditorium

Lorna Sundberg International Center

Professor Daphne Spain, James M. Page Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, will discuss gendered public spaces and women's rights in cities in the U.S. and other nations.

3 - 5 pm
Creative Arts, Media and Design Career Community Office Hours

Open Grounds

UVA Career Center

Drop in to chat with a counselor about international careers in Creative Arts, Media and Design or a current job or internship search.

6 - 8 pm
"Kon-Tiki" Screening and Popcorn Bar

Lorna Sundberg International Center, 21 University Circle

Lorna Sundberg International Center

"Kon-Tiki" tells the story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl's Pacific Ocean crossing with five men in 1947 on a balsa-wood raft built from an ancient design. His goal was to prove that South Americans could have settled in Polynesia pre-Columbus.

7:30 - 8:30 pm
Journalism as a Tool for Change

South Meeting Room

Brody Jewish Center

Benjamin Pogrund, a South African journalist who reported during the Apartheid Regime, will be discussing journalism as a tool for change. Dinner will be provided. 25 seats are available. Please RSVP to melissa@brodyjewishcenter.org to reserve a space.

8 - 9 pm
Salsa Night

Ern Commons

University Salsa

Take part in a free beginners salsa lesson lead by the UVA Salsa Club. The event will feature 40 minutes of a free beginners Salsa lesson followed by a social dance. Paid members will be allowed to stay for the remainder of the event. Free food and beverages will be available.

Tuesday, October 27

3 - 5 pm
Engineering, Science and Technology Career Community Office Hours

Rice Hall, Room 107

UVA Career Center

Drop in to chat with a counselor about international careers in Engineering, Science and Technology or a current job or internship search.

6 - 8 pm
"The Wolf at the Door" (O Lobo Atrás Da Porta) Screening

Minor 130

Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Wednesday, October 28

10 am - 3 pm
Fall Job and Internship Fair

Newcomb Hall, 3rd Floor

UVA Career Center

The Fall Job and Internship Fair is a great way to meet employers who want to recruit UVA students. Check out the Career Center website to find the list of participating companies including those with international opportunities.

12 -1 pm
The Challenges of Policy Change: US-Cuba Relations

Garrett Hall

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson will present in Garrett Hall on “The Challenges of Policy Change: US-Cuba Relations as a Case Study.” Open to all U.Va. students.

5 - 6:30 pm
Securing a Global Internship: Panel and Resource Fair

Great Hall in Garrett Hall

UVA Career Center, UVA Global Internships Office, Education Abroad, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, McIntire Career Services, and Center for Engineering Career Development

Interested in finding an internship abroad? Join us as we hear from current UVA students who have pursued international internships and learn what steps they took to obtain these experiences. Panelists will represent a variety of industries, regions of the world and majors. A resource fair will follow the panel where you can learn more about specific opportunities. Resource fair attendees will include Education Abroad, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UVA Global Internships Office and many others!

6 - 7:30 pm
International Speed Friending

Reading Room in Rouss and Robertson Hall

Office of the Dean of Students

Meet fellow students from around the world and other parts of Grounds, from other majors and different paths of life, make new and lasting friendships in a casual and fun atmosphere! Expand your horizons!

6 pm
Fulbright Lecture on Nordic Architecture: Einar Jarmund

Campbell Hall 153

School of Architecture

This is the second lecture of the Fulbright Lecture series on Nordic Architecture. Free parking for this event is available in the Culbreth Rd. Garage. This event is free and open to the public.

6:30 - 8 pm
IWL Language Dinner Table

Bavaro 116

Institute of World Languages

The IWL Language Dinner Table aims to meet the needs of students who are passionate about learning world languages and cultures on grounds. During this event, students from across the UVa community who are studying will enjoy a free catered dinner while seated at one of many different language tables. When you sign up, you will indicate which language you are studying, and we will seat you at a table with other students who are studying the same foreign language. All table conversations will be conducted in that language, providing you with an opportunity for full immersion! We hope that by providing a dynamic, informal social setting, students will have the chance to practice their target language while meeting people who share similar interests. The dinner will be filled on a first come, first served basis. We will do our absolute best to accommodate everyone who signs up, though there is a chance certain languages will not have enough sign-ups to fill up a table. We will notify you as soon as possible if this is the case. Click here to sign up.

7 - 8:30 pm
Show Me the ‘K-Pop

O-Hill Forum

Korean Student Association

Learn more about the impact of Korean Pop Music in the entertainment industry and learn a few dance moves from dancers in the Korean Student Association (KSA). Participants will have a chance to learn dance moves from recent K-Pop hits. Open to all dance-levels!

8 - 9 pm
Exploring Israel through Spoken Word

Grit Coffee

Brody Jewish Center

Spoken Word Artist, Andrew Lustig, will perform a poem that expresses his relationship with Israel and hopes for the country. Following the short performance, attendees will participate in a writing workshop, during which they will compose their own spoken word poems, expressing their personal connection to Israel-- or another country of choice.

Thursday, October 29

10 am - 3 pm
Fall Job and Internship Fair

Newcomb Hall, 3rd Floor

UVA Career Center

The Fall Job and Internship Fair is a great way to meet employers who want to recruit UVA students. Check out the Career Center website to find the list of participating companies including those with international opportunities.

11 am
Teaching Abroad with Search Associates

Newcomb Hall Gallery

UVA Career Center

Dr. Gunther Brandt, Senior Consultant with Search Associates, will present on Teaching Abroad during the Fall Job and Internship Fair.

Dr. Brandt is currently an International Education Advisor to ESOL Education and has been a board member since 2013. He has served as Head of School for many international schools located in Dubai, Puerto Rico, Germany, Costa Rica, Brazil, the United States, and Egypt. He has provided leadership to multiple international organizations and has a wealth of experience to share with students interested in teaching abroad.

6:30 pm
Weedon Lectures in the Arts of Asia with Jenny F. So

Campbell Hall 153

The Fralin Museum of Art

Foreigners at China's Doorsteps by Jenny F. So.

Friday, October 30

9:30 am - 4 pm
Institute of World Languages Fall Symposium

Newcomb Hall Ballroom

Institute of World Languages

The IWL Fall Symposium is organized by the Institute of World Languages in Conjunction with International Education Week. The theme for this year's event is Technology and Language Teaching and Learning. The event will feature a number of distinguished speakers in the areas of technology and foreign language learning and conclude with concurrent interactive sessions that showcase student testimonials and program highlights.

12 -2 pm
Tour of Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum

Global Development Organization at UVA

Did you know Charlottesville has the only museum in the country dedicated to Australian aboriginal art? Join us for a free tour of the museum to learn more about its collection and its role in our community. We will be organizing carpools from grounds, leaving at 12 pm.

Please fill out the online registration form! We will accept registrations until noon on October 29th and send a confirmation email with carpool details at that time.

4 - 5 pm
Education in Ancient India: An Introduction- Post Lunch Talk

Gibson 441

The Buddhist Studies Group

Visiting Scholar Pintu Kumar, Fulbright Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellow, will discuss educational development in ancient India. He will talk about both Brahmanical (Gurukula) and Buddhist (Monastery) learning centers.

5:30 - 7:30 pm
Final Fridays

The Fralin Museum of Art

The Fralin Museum of Art

Exhibitions on view: Cavaliers Collect, Collection: Sol LeWitt and Photography, Jacob Lawrence: Struggle... From the History of the American People


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If your U.Va. department or organization is planning an international-related event during IEW and would like to be included on this website and other IEW promotional materials, please complete an event submission form.

For questions about a specific event - contact the department or organization that is hosting it.

For general IEW questions: Erica Goldfarb.

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