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International Education Week


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. 

Each year, the Center for International Education hosts a series of events to celebrate International Education Week and our international students. International Education Week is November 16th-20th for 2020. Due to COVID-19, we will be hosting all events virtually.

All events will be held over Zoom this year at this link.

UNC's 2020 International Education Week Speakers

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Accent and Identity: Understanding Accent Modification Therapy

Gabriela Masztalerz - Monday, November 16th at 4pm (MST)
This presentation explores the unique relationship between an individual's accent and their identity. Additional information covered pertains to the controversial practice of accent modification therapy, and how changing the way we speak may directly impact our personal, social, and professional lives.

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Exploring Fulbright International Opportunities for Students

Karen Barton – Tuesday, November 17th at 12pm (MST)

This talk will explore some of the benefits of the Fulbright Program for students interested in intercultural opportunities abroad. Karen will be presenting on her experience with the Fulbright program. Karen will share tips for applying, what her time was like, and the impacts on her life.

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Communicating Between Cultures

Jane Borisova and Gwen Vandenberg – Wednesday, November 18th at 12:30pm (MST)

This session will have information and discussion based on methods of communication with linguistically diverse individuals. The primary focus will be on educational feedback and errors in understanding the communicative intent from the perspective of all parties involved. The presenters will draw from the research literature and their personal experience teaching and preparing international students for university in the United States.

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The ESL Experience: Learning English as an Immigrant or Refugee in the United States

Nada Cohadzic – Thursday, November 19th at 4pm (MST)

In this presentation, Nada will recount her personal experience of learning English as a refugee from Bosnia in 1996. She will talk about the best and worst experiences that she has had and how those experiences have shaped her current position at UNC as well as my teaching philosophy in general. The presentation will also include some information about language acquisition that aspiring teachers of culturally and linguistically diverse students should be aware of. 

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The Student Experience

Dyani Dussault, Pan Yone, Theodora Bellos, and Najla Alshaqha - Friday, November 20th at 12pm (MST)
This session will feature short video stories of student experiences from some of our international students and students who have studied abroad. Come hear about cross-cultural experiences and engage in discussion with staff.

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StudyColorado Photo Contest

StudyColorado is offering prizes to the best photos submitted to their International Education Week photo contest. Photos must be submitted by November 18th to be considered.

Entries are posted on StudyColorado's Facebook page, so be sure to LIKE StudyColorado on Facebook to see your entry!

Additional Events

  • International Education Week events are being held virtually and in person worldwide.  The US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has many of these events listed on their website here.
  • On November 16th, 2020, representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute of International Education will release findings from the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.  You can register to attend the virtual event at 7:30 a.m. MST on the 16th.
  • Diversity Abroad is presenting on State of Diversity & Inclusion in International Education on Thursday, November 19, 2020
    2:00 - 3:00 PM EST.  More information and registration here.


NAFSA, the Association of International Education, has a series of exciting IEW events that anyone may access for a fee.  More information, including registration details, can be found on their website. NAFSA events include:

  • An analysis and discussion of the impact of the 2020 U.S. election on the field of international education - Monday, November 16 at 11am (MST)
  • A special dialogue on Social Justice and International Education featuring award-winning journalist, author, and social advocate Michele Norris - Tuesday, November 17 at 8am (MST)
  • Presidential panel focused on internationalization today featuring institutional leaders representing the 2020 NAFSA Senator Paul Simon award winning institutions - Wednesday, November 18 at 11am (MST)
  • A reflection and exchange on engaging and supporting students during times of global uncertainty - Thursday, November 19 at 11am (MST)
  • The Fall 2020 NAFSA Research Symposium, a critical discussion connecting research to practice - Friday, November 20 at 7:30am (MST)