International Education Week 2018

November 12 - 16, 2018

What is International Education Week (IEW)?

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

We encourage the participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange activities, including schools, colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations, businesses, associations, and community organizations.  [Taken from http://iew.state.gov/

Saturday, November 10th

5:30-8:00pm: La Mezla Dinner (Latino Student Association)

Tickets are $5 students, $6 faculty/staff and $7 general public!

7:00pm Step Afrika!, Wadsworth Auditorium

Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Their company is critically-acclaimed for its efforts to promote the dance tradition's use as an educational tool for young people worldwide. Learn more here.

10:00pm-12:00am: Running Man game Experience (Korean American Student Association), College Union Lobby


Monday, November 12th

All Day: Special International Menu in All Dining Halls

All Day: Study Abroad Photo Contest, Library Main Floor

All Day: Artwork from Guantanamo Bay Prison Art Exhibit, Milne First Floor

Since it opened in 2002, the offshore U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba has been shrouded in secrecy.  One of the ways the men detained ­­­­­­­­­­have connected to the outside world and reclaimed their humanity is through art and storytelling. Creating art has been a way for prisoners to express feelings of uncertainty, torment, and hope, and imagine life beyond their detention. When formal artwork classes at Guantánamo were sanctioned under the Obama administration, government-censored artwork was permitted to travel outside the prison to family members and lawyers.  Some of the artists in this exhibit have since been released from Guantánamo; others have been detained for 16 years, with no end in sight. None of the artists have ever been charged with a crime.  In November 2017, the US military banned any more artwork from leaving the prison.

11:00am-1:30pm: Study Abroad Information Table, CU Main Floor

11:00am-1pm: International Fellowships & Scholarships Table, CU Main Floor

2:30-3:30pm: How to Plan a Faculty Led Study Abroad Course, Erwin 221D

This program is designed to introduce faculty and staff members to the process for designing and implementing a successful study abroad experience. We will examine issues of safety and security, fiscal planning, and pedagogical strategies. The Study Abroad Office seeks, encourages, and supports creative to develop new programs that respond to the college's mission and global challenges. The program will be run by Professor Wes Kennison!

3:30-4:30pm: Academics Abroad (GOLD Onyx/Amethyst), CU 114

Don't know how to get your classes approved for study abroad? Don't know how your grades will transfer in? Attend this session to learn more about the course approval process as well as strategies for success while abroad! Register here.

7:00-8:00pm: Study Abroad Facebook Live

Hosted on the SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Facebook Page. Get your questions answered by study abroad interns!


Tuesday, November 13th

All Day: Special International Menu in All Dining Halls

All Day: Study Abroad Photo Contest, Library Main Floor

All Day: Artwork from Guantanamo Bay Prison Art Exhibit, Milne First Floor

11:00am-1pm: International Fellowships & Scholarships Table, CU Main Floor

2:00-3:00pm: Tea Traditions, ISSS Office (Erwin 218)

Taste tea and light snacks from around the world as you learn more about the significance of tea in various cultures.

5:00-6:00pm: Study Abroad Photo Contest Exhibit Opening, Library Main Floor

6:00-7:30pm: BaFa BaFa – Wyoming Hall (GOLD Amethyst)

BaFa BaFa is a game designed to help people understand the challenges of social interaction across cultural groups. This highly interactive game has been used by thousands of groups all over the world to teach an appreciation of group differences and cross-cultural conflicts. This workshop builds on the lessons imparted by playing the game BaFa BaFa by Simulation Training Systems. Participants are split between two teams, an Alpha and a Beta culture. Each culture has its own distinctive traits. At its core, BaFa BaFa is a cultural studies game that allows participants to experience otherness, act out questions of diversity, and be conscious of their actions around other cultures. Participants, through facilitated exploration of their experiences, are encouraged to explore differing perspectives and points of view while reflecting on their own perspectives of different cultures. This workshop is particularly well suited for the introduction of diversity education and consciousness and serves as a valuable preparation for those wishing to travel abroad. Register here.

8:00pm: Human BINGO – Global House (Wyoming Hall) Main Lounge


Wednesday, November 14th

All Day: Special International Menu in All Dining Halls

All Day: Study Abroad Photo Contest, Library Main Floor

All Day: Artwork from Guantanamo Bay Prison Art Exhibit, Milne First Floor

11:00am-1pm: International Fellowships & Scholarships Table, CU Main Floor

11:30am-12:30pm: Unpacking Study Abroad: Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience to Employers, CU 322/323 (GOLD Amethyst)

Studying abroad positively influences your marketability to future employers. Skills and knowledge learned abroad can be easily transferable into the working world. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to demonstrate through your resume, cover letter, online presence, and interview the link between your study abroad experience and the skills valued by the company or organization you are applying to. Register here.

2:30-3:30pm: Study Abroad Fellowships and Scholarships Meeting, Milne 104

8:00pm: International Trivia Night - Fireside Lounge


Thursday, November 15th

All Day: Special International Menu in All Dining Halls

All Day: Study Abroad Photo Contest, Library Main Floor

All Day: Artwork from Guantanamo Bay Prison Art Exhibit, Milne First Floor

11:00am-1pm: International Fellowships & Scholarships Table, CU Main Floor

11:00am-1:30pm: Study Abroad Information Table, CU Main Floor

7:30pm: Karaoke Night – Nassau Hall Dance Studio


Friday, November 16th

All Day: Special International Menu in All Dining Halls

All Day: Study Abroad Photo Contest, Library First Floor

All Day: Artwork from Guantanamo Bay Prison Art Exhibit, Milne First Floor

11:00am-1pm: International Fellowships & Scholarships Table, CU Main Floor

6:00pm: LGBTQ+POC Fine By Me (Pride Alliance), Newton 201


Saturday, November 17th

5:30-8:00pm: Annual Japan Night Dinner (Japanese Cultural Club) College Union Ballroom

Tickets are $6 students, $7 faculty/staff, $8 general public.


Sunday, November 18th

5:00-8:00pm: Poetry Slam (Black Student Union & Caribbean Student Union), College Union, Fireside Lounge