Campus observes International Education Week Nov. 13-16

A diverse lineup of entertainment, culinary and educational events is planned for International Education Week, Nov. 13 – 16.

"This special week highlights the value of studying abroad and recognizes the contributions that international students make to our campus," said Jay Ward, associate director of international programs. "It's also a time for us to recognize the international communities that we have in the Bay Area."Photo of five Chinese dancers performing at Malcom X Plaza.

Chinese Culture Day festivities during last year's International Education Week.

SF State joins college campuses across the world in celebrating the 13th annual International Education Week, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

This year, events will take place at both the main campus and the Downtown Campus. Students, faculty and staff can choose from more than 40 different activities designed to help the campus community learn about the world's cultures.

In addition, there will be workshops geared toward international students as well as video presentations and seminars encouraging students to consider studying abroad. 

"There are profound academic, professional and personal benefits of study abroad," said David Wick, study abroad services coordinator. "Students often return with a new perspective on who they are and the impact they would like to have on the world."

Celebrating International Education Week continues SF State's longstanding commitment to providing students, faculty and staff with international experiences and perspectives. That commitment will be recognized this November when the campus receives the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

SF State is a top destination for international students, ranking fifth among U.S. master's institutions for the number of international students hosted. The University also has a strong track record of sending students abroad, with approximately 500 students taking part in study abroad programs each year. SF State ranks second in the nation among master's institutions for the number of students who spend a year studying overseas.

Highlights of International Education Week include:

  • South Asian cuisine offered each lunchtime at the Vista Room
  • Chinese Culture Day featuring lion dancing, martial arts, and a calligraphy exhibition
  • Cultural Food Fair each day on the quad
  • An International Conference on Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony)
  • "A Day in the Life of a Diplomat" featuring foreign service professionals from around the world
  • A concert by the SF State Afro Cuban Jazz Ensemble

For the full schedule of events visit SF State's International Education Week website.

For information about study abroad, visit the Office of International Programs website.

--Elaine Bible