International Education Week 2021

International Education Week (IEW), November 15-19, 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. We encourage the participation of all individuals and groups interested in international education and exchange activities.

For more information and to find activities across the US, please visit the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs website.

Does your group have a globally-themed event taking place during IEW? If so, submit the event using the link or e-mail Capstone International Center at Once the event has been approved it will be posted on the online calendar.


International Education Week (IEW) 2021 Event Schedule



2:00 PM   | 144 BB Comer  | Study Abroad 101

Want to study abroad but not sure where to get started? In Study Abroad 101 the Education Abroad team will discuss a variety of topics including program searching, dispelling myths about Education Abroad, and providing an overview of the process & timeline for you to better plan your international education experience. Education Abroad recommends that all students attend a Study Abroad 101 BEFORE seeing an Education Abroad Advisor.

For more information please contact Education Abroad at


Monday, November 15


9:00 AM   |  Gorgas House Lawn  | Tai Chi Workshop

Step into International Education Week by joining this Tai Chi workshop led by “Rocky” Junsheng Guo. Learn basic movements, breathing practices and philosophy of this ancient art. Broaden your intercultural awareness and capture the spirit of IEW. Go to register.

For more information please contact Mary Holliday at

11:30 AM   |  Zoom  | Fulbright Specialist Program for Faculty and Staff Virtual Information Session

The Fulbright Specialist Program virtual information session will include an in-depth look at the program and an overview of topics such as:
• eligibility requirements;
• benefits for participating Specialists;
• application process; and
• examples of past Fulbright Specialist projects around the world.
In addition, attendees will hear from colleagues at the University of Alabama regarding their experiences serving as Fulbright Specialists.
Please RSVP at

For more information please contact Mary Holliday at

5:00 PM   |  Zoom | Peace Corps Virtual Information Session

Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join us at this virtual information session on Monday, November 15th at 5 pm to :
-Learn about Volunteer experiences
-Ask questions about service
-Gain tips to guide you through the application process
Must RSVP at

For more information contact Kenyatta Spiller at


6:00 PM   |  109 BB Comer | Academic Culture Seminar

The International Student & Scholar Services office and the Counseling Center have teamed up to offer a seminar series directed to international student success at UA. This seminar will be about Academic Culture in the US and will be held on Nov. 15th from 6-7:30 pm in 109 BB Comer Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Charter Morris at


Tuesday, November 16

12:30 PM   |  IDC  | 2021 Fall Intercultural Experience Showcase

Students in CIP 202 (Introduction to Global & Cultural Perspectives have prepared displays about experiences with international students in the English Language Institute. This is an in-person event at the Intercultural Diversity Center on the 2nd floor of the UA Student Center.

For more information please contact Kelly McPherson at

1:00 PM   |  102 Graves Hall  | International Faculty Panel with Guest Speakers

The Office of International Programs will host an “International Faculty Talk” on Tuesday, November 16th at 1:00 pm in 102 Graves Hall. Dr. Cory Callahan, Dr. Jennifer Jolly, Dr. Oleg Sinelnikov, and Dr. Firat Soylu will be on the panel.

For more information please contact Michelle Deason at

3:00 PM   |  Zoom | U.S. State Department Virtual Information Session 

Allen DuBose, Diplomat in Residence, will be speaking to students about careers, fellowships, and internships with the U.S. State Department in this virtual information session on November 16th at 3 pm (CT). He will talk about his life as a diplomat, what opportunities are available, and the application process. You must register before the event at

For more information please contact Mary Holliday at

5:00 PM   | 1803 Capital Hall  | Global Café: Fulbright Opportunities for International Study and Mutual Understanding

UA Fulbright winners share their experiences and offer valuable advice for applicants. Refreshments are provided. Parking passes are available at the front desk. Students and community members are welcome.

For more information please contact Dr. Beverly Hawk at

Wednesday, November 17

9:30 AM   |  Virtual | Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Institute for International Education (IIE) is hosting a VIRTUAL campus visit for UA students! The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is for Americans who want to go abroad for 8-10 months to do research, study, or teach English. This session will introduce you to the program, the application, and the Fulbright Program Advisors that are here at UA to assist you. This event requires registration for you to be sent the link. Please register at

For more information please contact Megan Legerski at


1:30 PM   |  109 BB Comer | Gilman Scholarship

Are you one of the following?

Pell Grant Eligible Child Dependent of Active Duty Service Member & Needs Based?

The Gilman Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is assisted in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The Gilman Program provides grants for undergraduate U.S. citizens of limited financial means to study and intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. Come learn more about this study abroad scholarship!

For more information please contact Education Abroad at


2:30 PM   |  144 BB Comer | Money Matters

This workshop is meant to help address questions about financial aid, scholarships, and budgeting as they pertain to studying abroad.

For more information please contact Education Abroad at



3:00 PM   |  144 BB Comer | Course Equivalency

Students who have been accepted into a study abroad program and need help/guidance through the course equivalency process are welcome to join! In the Course Equivalency Workshop, a Study Abroad Advisor will guide students through the electronic course equivalency process and answer any course equivalency questions you might have.

For more information please contact Education Abroad at

 3:30 PM   |  144 BB Comer | Visa Research

When a student is unsure about the visa process, this is where they can get a head start! The Education Abroad Advisors are here to help you research the next step in applying for a visa for the host country. They are NOT visa experts but are here to help research/point your students in the right direction.

For more information please contact Education Abroad at



3:30 PM   |  Recreation Center, Combative Arts Room | Judo Workshop

Continue moving into International Education Week by joining this Judo workshop led by Yuta Sukegawa and WenHung Hsieh. Learn basic movements and the history of Judo. Broaden your intercultural awareness and move with the spirit of IEW. Go to to register.


5:00 PM   |  Lakeside Dining Hall | International Food Fair

Try international foods at Lakeside Dining Hall and meet some of the Education Abroad team.

For more information please contact Education Abroad at

Thursday, November 18

1:00 PM   |  Virtual | Ask Us Anything: Fulbright Scholar Program 2023 – 24

On Wednesday, November 17th at 1 pm the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program will hold a virtual session on how applicants can better prepare for the 2023 – 2024 application cycle. Staff will discuss award opportunities, the application & selection process, and answer your questions. Register at to attend.

For more information please contact Mary Holliday at

Space Industry Insight & Navigating the Industry for Minority Groups

3:45 PM   |  Zoom | Space Industry Insight & Navigating the Industry for Minority Groups

This webinar is offered by Human MEE, Inc. (Human Mind Exploration & Expansion), a U.S. federal and California state government recognized non-profit organization. It contains an overview of the government, defense, and private sectors of the space industry and the career opportunities existing within the industry for all engineering majors. There is also emphasis on navigating the engineering industry for minority groups and as an international student.

For more information please contact Adrienne Hall at

6:00 PM   |  109 BB Comer | Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Panel

The panel is composed of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from multiple sectors and host countries. Learn about Volunteer experiences. Ask questions about service. Gain tips to guide you through the application process. This is an in-person event at 109 BB Comer.

For more information please contact Megan Legerski at

7:00 PM   |  UA Student Center (Formerly Ferg) 3111 | Bhakti: The Path of Transcendence 

Free yoga class, mantra meditation, and vegan food

For more information please contact Prabandha Nakarmi at

Friday, November 19

10:00 AM   |  Gorgas Library, Camilla Room | Living & Learning Abroad: A Student Perspective

To celebrate education abroad during the U.S. State Department’s International Education Week, we invite you to come, listen, and learn directly from students about their experiences learning and living abroad. Learn how students’ experiences have helped lead to academic success as well as understanding how to better encourage students to study abroad and navigate the study abroad system. In addition to a student panel, you will hear from UA Education Abroad Advisors as well as how the State Department-funded IDEAS program is aiming to increase study abroad advocacy and knowledge among student advisors.

For more information please contact Lacy Sellars at

Living and Learning

Around the World Tea Tasting

11:30 AM   | IDC | Around the World Tea Tasting

Join us for a special IEW Tea Tasting Event during the Multicultural Coffee Hour!!! Taste teas from different cultures and enjoy snacks with friends.

For more information please contact International Student Scholar Services at

12:30 PM   | 109 BB Comer| Paint the Trail with Capstone International Center

In celebration of International Education Week, the Capstone International Center invites students to paint this Friday, November 19th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm in 109 BB Comer. The canvases painted will be used to decorate a tree on the Tinsel Trail. Please contact Mary Holliday at if you would like to help decorate the tree.

Capstone International Center

Other Events

Sunday, November 21

6:00 PM   | UA Student Center (formerly Ferg), 3300 Ballroom | Yalda Night

Celebrating Yalda Night, featuring live music, Persian dinner, dance, caligraphy, games and fun.

For more information please contact Maria Arekhi at


Tuesday, November 30

6:00 PM   | Streaming Live| Fulbright 75th Anniversary Celebration

Please join the U.S. Department of State in celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program with a live broadcast from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

The event will include personal stories and performances by some of our most extraordinary alumni, including recent participants and those who have had long and distinguished careers. The celebration will highlight the Fulbright Program’s impact in five important areas: the environment; education; public service; science, technology, and public health; and the arts.

Please register to receive reminders and a link to the virtual event. Registration is recommended but not required for this event.