International Education Week (I.E.W.) is a collaborative initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange on college campuses across the world every November. I.E.W. plays an important part in making an effort to promote programs that prepare U.S. students for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

I.P.C. collaborates with other departments and student groups on U.N.C.G.’s campus to promote international education, including the importance of international students and scholars on our campus, study and service abroad, and awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries. I.P.C. sponsors many activities for I.E.W. including an International Photo Contest, information sessions, and intercultural events and workshops. In addition, I.P.C. sponsors a booth in the Elliott University Center (E.U.C.) to give away country flag buttons, and to inform the community about I.P.C.’s programs and activities.

Schedule and Featured Events

October 27, 2020
  • UNCG International Education Week (Virtual)

    October 26, 2020  11:00 am - October 30, 2020  2:00 pm
    EUC Commons 2,4,6,8,10

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  • IEW: CLS Program Presentation

    October 27, 2020  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Register (same-day registration available!) here to attend:
    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

    Recipients spend 8-10 weeks in an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program.

    This session is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more. The 2020 deadline is November 17, 2020.

    Languages Offered:

    • Arabic
    • Azerbaijani
    • Bangla
    • Chinese (Mandarin)
    • Hindi
    • Indonesian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Persian
    • Portuguese
    • Punjabi
    • Russian
    • Swahili
    • Turkish
    • Urdu

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  • IEW: LGBTQ+ & Abroad Virtual Meetup

    October 27, 2020  5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Description:This meetup is designed to create a space for open dialogue where former study abroad students from LGBTQ+ identity groups will share their experiences studying abroad. Students considering international travel will get a chance to hear common anticipations before departure, gather insight on life abroad, and understand what it's like to adjust to life back home. Please feel free to share this information with others that you think may be interested.

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  • IEW: ISA Global Trivia Night and Interest Meeting

    October 27, 2020  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join the International Student Association to test your global trivia knowledge! This is a great opportunity to learn more about joining ISA, which is open to all students at UNCG who are committed to creating a welcoming environment for all and promoting intercultural exchange.

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October 28, 2020
  • IEW: Fulbright Scholar Program Opportunities Presentation

    October 28, 2020  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright offers flexible awards including multi-country opportunities.

    Representatives from IIE, the administrator of the Fulbright Scholar Program, will share information on how UNCG faculty and staff can apply for these international opportunities.

    UNCG faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

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  • UNCG International Education Week (Virtual)

    October 26, 2020  11:00 am - October 30, 2020  2:00 pm
    EUC Commons 2,4,6,8,10

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  • IEW: IGS Global Get Together featuring Maria Anastasiou and Noor Ghazi

    October 28, 2020  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Join the International and Global Studies Department for a meet and greet with the new Associate Provost for International Programs, Dr. Maria Anastasiou, and Arabic lecturer, Noor Ghazi. Open to all UNCG staff, faculty, and students.

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  • IEW: Fulbright Scholar Alumni Presentation

    October 28, 2020  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Hear from Dr. Dianne Welsh, the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Programs at UNCG, about her time as the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship for Central Europe at the Vienna University of Economics in Vienna, Austria.

    UNCG faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

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October 29, 2020
  • UNCG International Education Week (Virtual)

    October 26, 2020  11:00 am - October 30, 2020  2:00 pm
    EUC Commons 2,4,6,8,10

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  • IEW: Fulbright Student Program Presentation

    October 29, 2020  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards more than 2,100 grants annually to American students and professionals to study, conduct research, and serve as assistant English teachers in 160 countries around the world. Fulbrighters represent the richness and diversity of America through their varied backgrounds, home communities, professional and academic skills, and academic institutions, and create lasting connections while learning with their counterparts overseas.

    Current UNCG students and alumni are invited to attend.

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  • IEW: New Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Director Interest Meeting

    October 29, 2020  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Thinking of leading a study abroad program? Join the International Programs Center for an overview of new director essentials, including how to develop and apply for a faculty-led study abroad program.

    This training is required for faculty who have not yet led a program at UNCG or for new directors who are leading programs abroad for the first time.

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  • IEW: Global Leadership Program Info Session

    October 29, 2020  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Did you know that global/intercultural fluency and leadership are two of the top skills sought by employers (according to the NACE)? The Global Leadership Program is a phenomenal, co-curricular experience designed to help develop your intercultural competency and grow your global network. The program is open to all majors and levels of study. Learn about how the GLP can contribute to your global experience at UNCG!

    Email if you have any questions.

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October 30, 2020
  • UNCG International Education Week (Virtual)

    October 26, 2020  11:00 am - October 30, 2020  2:00 pm
    EUC Commons 2,4,6,8,10

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  • IEW: International Coffee Hour - U.S. Elections and Civic Engagement

    October 30, 2020  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    This international coffee hour is dedicated to holding space for a discussion on finding ways to civically engage as a non-citizen and learning more about the U.S. election system. The conversation is open to any and all students, staff, and faculty at UNCG as part of our International Education Week celebration.

    Email if you have any questions.

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Get Involved

Thank you for your interest in International Education Week. Take a look at the various opportunities to get involved below and email Stephanie Guzman at if you have any questions!

Host an Event

If you are part of a student group, academic department, or office on campus, consider hosting an event for International Education Week. The program or event can be part of your group’s regular programming with an international twist, or something completely new! We would love to see events related to international human rights issues, diversity and inclusion, study abroad, language exchange, art and food culture, and the like. If you are looking for ideas or would like to find another group to collaborate with, reach out to us at

Sign up to Volunteer

There are so many ways to get involved during International Education Week! We are always looking for volunteers to host tables in the E.U.C. Commons, support the photo contest, provide creative input, and assist with set up and break down each day. If you are interested in serving as an I.E.W. volunteer, please email to see what opportunities are available. We appreciate your willingness to serve!

Promote IEW on Social Media

Follow U.N.C.G.’s International Programs Center (I.P.C.) on Instagram at @uncgabroad to stay up to date on all things I.E.W.! We encourage you to take pictures during I.E.W. and post them on Social Media using the following hashtags:

  • #IEW2020

International Photo Contest

As part of International Education Week (IEW), IPC hosts an annual photo contest to showcase the diverse international experiences had by international students, UNCG students who have studied abroad within the last academic year, and faculty who travel internationally.