International Education Week

IEW logo next to assortment of international flags waving in the breeze

International Education Week (IEW), which takes place November 15 - 19, 2021, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that draws attention to the value of international education. Miami University observes IEW annually with a wide range of activities, international food, and events in order to celebrate the diverse array of cultures on our campus and provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity for global engagement on our campus.

IEW 2021 will feature both in-person and virtual events. We are planning a week of learning and fun activities for all. Check back for updates, and follow us on social media!

Does your department have a globally-themed virtual or in-person event taking place during IEW? If so, contact Karen O'Hara and we will add it to the IEW schedule of events!

2021 IEW Schedule of Events

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View Past Events

IEW 2020 was virtual, educational, and fun! Take a look back at our events below, or visit our YouTube playlist for recordings of webinars and special thank-you videos!

View the IEW2020 YouTube Playlist


Thursday, Nov. 5

Global Holiday Party

Time: 6pm | Location: Virtual

figures hugging the worldA virtual celebration of our various multicultural student organizations. Come celebrate diversity with us! Register today at for joining instructions.

Weeklong Events (Nov 16-20)

'Find Your Place' Contest

"Find your place" with Global Initiatives during International Education Week and you could win a unique facemask made with travel-themed fabrics! Simply complete fun activities this week to earn points:

  • Attend an IEW event - 50 points per event
  • Explore the Education Abroad website - 10 points per activity
  • Make an Education Abroad advising appointment - 50 points
  • Follow us on Instagram - 30 points per activity
  • Share your input - 30 points

Critical Conversations: Education and Social Change

SIT webinar seriesJoin the School for International Training as we celebrate International Education Week on November 16-20, 2020. We will conclude our fall Critical Conversations webinar series with a week of events focused on the critical global issue of Education and Social Change. Highlights of the week include:

    • SIT Study Abroad Virtual Open House – Explore the Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change program with Academic Director Roberto Villaseca.
    • Careers in International Education – Join Dr. Sora Friedman, Program Chair for SIT’s MA in International Education, as she discusses the skills used by professionals in International Education and resources for breaking into the field.

The full week of events will include sessions appropriate for students, faculty, advisors, and global citizens. If you have questions or would like more details, please email

International Education Summit (IES)

International Education posterThe World Affairs Council – Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts the annual high school event, International Education Summit (IES) each year during International Education Week (November 16-20, 2020). This year, they are hosting a virtual International Education Summit on “Peace and Justice." Students and teachers will hear from a diverse group of speakers representing governmental, community, business, and nonprofit organizations on this year's theme. They will also interact in small groups with local global professionals for a “Speed Networking” session where they can learn about global careers.

Monday, November 16

Live From MUDEC

Time: 10am | Location: Education Abroad Instagram Live

MUDEC chateauHave you ever wondered what it's like to study abroad in a castle? Current MUDEC students will show you around the campus and answer your questions about their experiences.

Hosted Mapathon (GEOWeek 2020)

Time: 3pm | Location: Virtual

Join the Geography & Planning Society (GPS) student organization in a live hosted Mapathon! Part of GeoWeek 2020 and Miami University International Education Week

Standing up for Freedom: When Hate was in Vogue

Time: 3pm | Location: Virtual

Rodney Coates, Professor Global & Intercultural Studies, speaks on the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games and the triumph of 18 African American athletes over Hitler and Nazi Germany. Our world never shined so brightly as it did that day. Part of the Miami Art Museum Exhibit.

One World Concert

Time: 7pm | Location: Virtual

This concert, featuring music from all around the world celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. 

Recording, Part 1

Recording, Part 2

Tuesday, November 17

Education Abroad Day of Giving

Study abroad scholarships enable students to add a program abroad to their education, helping them to develop cross-cultural communication skills, independence, and an expanded worldview. During International Education Week, we ask for your help in making it possible for more students to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

International Cultural Exchange Program

Time: 10am | Location: Virtual

Performers at cultural eventFeaturing:

  • Moscow Nights - Award-winning musical group
  • Rustavi - National Georgian Dance Company
  • Ataman - Russian Cossack Ensemble
  • Kaluga - Regional Arts and Culture College

Emcee: Vitaliy Bezrodnov

Sponsored by Regional Campuses Global Programs

Going Global: Scholarships and fellowships for study, research, and teaching abroad

Time: 5pm | Location: Virtual

Join Global Initiatives for this International Education Week event to learn more about scholarship and fellowship opportunities to fund undergraduate study abroad, research, graduate study, or teaching abroad. This session will include information on Gilman, Boren, CLS, Fulbright, Rangel, Pickering, and more!

Wednesday, November 18

GIS Day 2020 Virtual Mapathon (GEOWeek 2020)

Time: All day | Location: Virtual

Join us on Wednesday, Nov 18 for a virtual Mapathon Event where you can learn about Humanitarian Mapping with OpenStreetMap and actively participate by mapping for a great cause! Learn about Humanitarian Mapping with OpenStreetMap and watch stories of how GIS students at Miami have incorporated Humanitarian Mapping into their coursework.

Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico

Time: 6pm | Location: Virtual

Sones de MexicoLet the GRAMMY™ nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble, a specialist in these regional styles, be your guide in this special lecture/demo on Mexico's musical geography. They will speak about what to listen for in the major regional styles, perform musical demonstrations and take questions from the audience at the end. This program is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Recording of Q&A (intermission)

Hosted by the Association of Latinx Faculty and Staff and in partnership with Unidos, Students Latinx organization, Miami University.

Sponsored by the Office of the President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Miami University.

Thursday, November 19

Talking Turkey in the Time of COVID: An Education Abroad Parent Webinar

Time: 12pm | Location: Virtual

Turkey ad for Talking Turkey webinarParents and family members are invited to hear from Education Abroad advisors to answer your questions about study abroad in the 'new normal' of the COVID era. Recording.

What is Food Sovereignty for Rice Farmers in Northern Iran? (GEOWeek2020)

Time: 12pm | Location: Virtual

In this interactive research talk, Dr. Maryam Zamanialaei, PhD and Visiting Scholar at Miami University, will discuss how food sovereignty is at the intersection of food security and sustainability for rice farmers in Northern Iran. This talk includes new results from community-level surveys and insights into women in agriculture as well as women researching agriculture in Iran.

Taste the World

Time: 6pm | Location: Virtual

Join us for a live Zoom event where hosts from different regions of the world will have an opportunity to demonstrate how to cook a recipe from their country. Each chef will teach participants how the dish is prepared.

Recording (Pt. 1)

Recording (Pt. 2)

  • Appetizer: Chinese Beef Pot Stickers
  • Entree: A traditional Jordanian dish, chicken in the oven
  • Dessert: A northern German fruit pudding called "Rote Grütze" (vegan)

Friday, November 20

2020 Triennial International Let Us Dream Conference (through Nov. 22)

Time: 8:30am-10:30am daily | Location: Virtual

The Let Us Dream conference is a three-day event focusing on education, health, and social community improvement initiatives. Each day is only 2 hours total and will include inspiring keynote speakers, the Unsung Hero Awards, and the Let Us Dream Band.


Thursday, Nov. 14

Geo Week: Trivia!

Time: 2:40pm | Location: Shideler 132

Do you know what the longest river in the world is? What about the most populated country? Can you make educated guesses?

You are invited to test your geography trivia skills against your fellow peers.

Teams: You can participate on a team of one or up to four.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

Please show up 10 minutes prior to the event to register your team and get seated.

Questions? Contact Dr. Amelie Davis ( or Dr. Bart Grudzinski (

The Resistance Playlist: Latin/x American Stories of Hope and Inspiration

Time: 5:30pm | Location: MacMillan Hall

Latin American Studies faculty will present brief vignettes using songs or music that tell stories of resistance. Stories will be drawn from the news, experiences in the field, lived experience, and from historical heroes in the Americas.

Confluence - Classical & Regional Music - Indian Subcontinent

Time: 7pm | Location: Oxford Community Arts Center

The Oxford Community Arts Center is hosting Utpola Borah, a vocalist from Assam, India and her group of international musicians for a performance. The group will perform music from India and Bangladesh and will cover traditional and classical pieces. A reception with Indian food will follow the performance.

This is your opportunity to do just that with the broader Oxford community!

Friday, Nov. 15

Geo Week: Mapathon

Time: 1pm | Location: 134 Shideler Hall  

A person looks at a screen showing the map being worked onCome participate in a Humanitarian need-based crowd-sourced mapping event!


Pizza and drinks available on-site.

Study Abroad is for Me Showcase + IEW Contest Awards

Time: 3pm | Location: 152 Shideler Hall

During this fun-filled showcase, students will tell their study abroad stories, winners from the IEW Contest will be announced, prizes will be awarded, and student groups will perform. Don't miss out on this inaugural event to celebrate International Education Week at Miami!


  • $1,000 scholarship to be used on a Miami summer 2020 study abroad program
  • US passport grant (value of $110)
  • Global Initiatives swag bag

Global Dance Party

Time: 8pm | Location: Armstrong Pavilion A/B

The Global Dance Party kicks off an exciting time at Miami: International Education Week. Join us at no cost for an unforgettable evening of dancing, food, and fun!

We want to hear from you! Request music for this event.

Saturday, Nov. 16

First Career Discovery Conference for International Students

Time: 10am | Location: 152 Shideler Hall

At the First Career Discovery Conference for International Students, international undergraduate and graduate students will 1) share testimonies of career or career-related experiences, 2) disseminate knowledge and information regarding searching for and successfully completing jobs, and 3) explore various career opportunities around the world that have been available to Miami international students.

Conference theme: Discover! Learn! Contribute!

Awards: 1st and 2nd place in undergraduate and graduate student categories. Awards will be given based on the attendees’ ratings of each presentation (survey administered after each presentation).

Taste of Africa

Time: 6pm | Location: 322 McGuffey Hall

Array of African continent foods on a colorful clothThis potluck allows you to get a 'Taste of Africa'. Not only will it be a showcase of food from around the continent, but also a chance to immerse yourself in what it means to be Africa. This year's theme is: What It Means to be African Now. Come and learn from your fellow students about their experiences and growth as an African.

Free food will be served at this event!

Hosted by African Students' Union, Miami University

Sunday, Nov. 17

International Blanket Making

Time: 3pm | Location: Clawson Hall Lobby

(Requires Registration)

Participate in a global event to help the local community! The Global Connections Living Learning Community (sponsored by Residence Life and the Center for American and World Cultures) is excited to host the first ever International Blanket Making event!

Join members of the LLC and other Miami community members to make no sew fleece blankets to benefit children via Lighthouse Youth & Family Services. Not crafty? No experience making blankets? No problem! This no sew blanket making process is fun, fast and team-oriented. You'll get to chat with your group while you tie knots to form the blanket, enjoy light refreshments and learn more about the world through your fellow Miamians!

Space is limited, so please RSVP! Contact Mais Omar, omarmm@miamiohedu with any questions.

Monday, Nov. 18

Global Lunch Series: China

Time: 10:45am | Location: Western Dining Commons

Celebrate International Education Week by dining at Western Commons.


  • Entree 1-Tofu Beef MaoPo
  • Entree 2-Chicken Kung Pao
  • Side 1-Pork Dumpling
  • Side 2-Vegetable Spring Roll
  • Vegetable-Green Beans Spicy Szechuan
  • Vegan-Potatoes w/ Green Peppers & Eggplant

Sergiu Musteață, Ion Creanga State Pedagogical University Lecture

Time: 4:30pm | Location: 204 Harrison Hall

Topic: The experience of the Moldovan Truth Commission: In search of a new approach for the study and remembrance of Soviet history.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Education and the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies

Faculty Director Appreciation Reception

Time: 5pm | Location: Goggin Ice Center

(Invitation Only)

President Crawford dining with faculty Global Initiatives is grateful to the faculty, staff, and academic departments who, through their significant contributions and support, have helped to make our global programs possible this year. We appreciate the time, energy, and expertise you have invested, and know that it is because of your dedication that Miami is able to offer such a robust portfolio of programs for our students.

As a small token of our thanks, we invite you and a guest to enjoy entertainment, a variety of light hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and the company of education abroad faculty-led program directors who have offered programs this year at the Faculty Appreciation Reception.

This event is invitation only. Please RSVP via your email invitation.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Global Lunch Series: India

Time: 10:45am | Location: Western Dining Commons

Celebrate International Education Week by dining at Western Commons.


  • Entree 1-Chicken Tika Masala
  • Entree 2-Chana Masala Diwali
  • Side 1-Aloo Gobi
  • Side 2-ASC StrEATS - Miami Samosas
  • Vegetable-Moong Dal
  • Vegan-Paneer Style Spinach with Tofu 

ACIREMA Exercise

(Requires Registration)

Time: 11am | Location: Shriver Center Dolibois Room B

The simulation exercise, ACIREMA, is designed to sensitize participants to the difficulties that international students encounter in their quest for an American education. It acquaints the participants with the procedures students must follow from the initial contact with a U.S. educational institution to their arrival on campus. The cross-cultural aspects of the exercise help to explain international students perspectives. The objective of the simulation is to assist participants in identifying emotionally with international students coming to their institution and become more patient and understanding.

Hula Dance at the Regionals

Time: 11am | Location: Johnston Hall 142

Hula is a dance that was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. Come experience hula dance with us!

Global Holiday Party

Time: 5pm | Location: Shriver Center Heritage Room

The Miami University Diversity Affairs Council is committed to forming and providing spaces for coalitions and alliances to be built within the intercultural community of multicultural and diverse student organizations and their membership through analyzing and addressing issues of climate, policy, procedure and curriculum within the Miami community. Annually, the Miami University Diversity Affairs Council organizes the Global Holiday Party – which includes a lineup of local and global performances alongside food prepared and brought by participating student organizations. Attending organizations are given the freedom to represent their culture in whichever creative way they see fit.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Mini U International Story Time

Time: 9:30am | Location: Mini U

During this event, Miami international staff, faculty, and graduate students will read stories from their own cultures to the children at Mini University.

This event is not open to the public.

Global Lunch Series: Vietnam

Time: 10:45am | Location: Western Dining Commons

Celebrate International Education Week by dining at Western Commons.


  • Entree 1-GC sand bahn mi chicken
  • Entree 2-Pork Noodles Grilled Bun Thit Nuong
  • Side 1-Vegetable Spring Roll
  • Side 2-Mini Pork Egg Roll
  • Vegetable-Vegetable Papaya Goi Du Du
  • Vegan-Tofu Lemon Chili

Henna Art at the Regionals

Time: 12:30pm | Location: Harry T. Wilks Conference Center

henna art displayed on a person's forearms, wrists, and handsHenna refers to the temporary body art resulting from the staining of the skin from dyes. Come and experience this activity with us!

Discover Islam

Time: 5pm | Location: Hall Auditorium

Dr. Baher Foad will speak about the true values and beliefs of Islam, clarify misconceptions about Islam and the Quran, and help students find common ground between different religions. Foad is a rheumatologist by training but has a BA and Master’s degree in theology. He has been writing religious books for the past 30 years and approaches religion from a logical perspective, seeking to understand the rationale of divine orders.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a meet and greet in the green room at Hall Auditorium followed by a lecture and Q & A from 6 - 7:30 p.m. There will also be books on display in the lobby with some of the speaker's publications.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Global Lunch Series: South Korea

Time: 10:45am | Location: Western Dining Commons

Celebrate International Education Week by dining at Western Commons.


  • Entree 1-Pork Bulgogi
  • Entree 2-Chicken Bulgogi
  • Side 1-Kimchi
  • Side 2-Potatoes Braised Korean
  • Vegetable-Salad Lettuce Korean
  • Vegan-Spicy Tofu and Black Bean Stew

Henna Art at the Regionals

Time: 11am | Location: Johnston 142

Henna refers to the temporary body art resulting from the staining of the skin from dyes. Come and experience this activity with us!

NAFSA Simon Award for Campus Internationalization Presidential Panel

Time: 4pm | Location: MacMillan Hall 212

NAFSA logoLeaders from Simon Award-winning institutions, including Miami University, will discuss their successes in campus internationalization during this Live Webcast Panel discussion.

ISSS Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 5:30pm | Location: MacMillan Hall 212

Guests seated together at annual Thanksgiving dinnerThis annual event takes place during International Education Week and is open to all Miami University international students and scholars, staff and faculty, as well as Oxford community members. The purpose is to share this American tradition with our international students and scholars.

With around 300 people in attendance each year, it is one of ISSS’ signature events and includes a traditional Thanksgiving dinner as well as plenty of opportunities for fellowship and conversation.

Friday, Nov. 22

Global Lunch Series: Brazil

Time: 10:45am | Location: Western Dining Commons

Celebrate International Education Week by dining at Western Commons.


  • Entree 1-Brazilian Beef Stew
  • Entree 2-Chicken Wings Brazilian
  • Side 1-Roll Potato Skillet Cheese
  • Side 2-Rice Brazilian Style
  • Vegetable-Greens Collard Brazillian
  • Vegan-Beans Black Brazilia

A Taste of Luxembourg

Time: 6pm | Location: MacMillan Hall 212

Luxembourgish students at Miami invite everyone to come out and try traditional luxembourgish Gromperekichelcher (potato pancakes) and homemade applesauce! Gromperekichelcher are associated with every celebration throughout the year; they are sold on Christmas markets, on farmers markets, on our national holiday etc. The potato pancakes are traditionally eaten with apple sauce and are made of onions, potatos, flour, salt and pepper, butter, parsley, shallots, garlic and eggs.