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The world comes to campus Nov. 15 through 19

Nov. 9, 2010 -- The campus will focus on the value of international education during a week of entertainment, food and educational events, Nov. 15 -19.

The logo for International Education Week

Organized by the Office of International Programs, this year’s event marks the 11th anniversary of International Education Week at SF State. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education initiated International Education Week in 2000 to encourage a worldwide celebration of the benefits of international education exchange. Since then, thousands of schools and institutions of higher education have participated.

At SF State the flavor of International Education Week is expressed through entertainment and educational events, including open classrooms and ethnic food, music and film festivals.

Events kick off  Monday, Nov. 15, with Chinese Culture Day, presented by SF State's Confucius Institute and featuring art exhibits, music, dance and Kung Fu demonstrations at the Cesar Chavez Student Center from noon to 5 p.m.

Other major components of the observance open to the campus community are:

  • A cultural food fair on Monday through Wednesday in the quad
  • A culture fest of ethnic performances on Wednesday
  • Diplomat Day on Thursday, which is an opportunity for students to meet a panel of diplomats from other countries
  • An Office of International Programs Open House on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon in its new offices in Centennial Village

A number of sessions will be devoted to encouraging students to consider study or service abroad, including Peace Corps informational meetings, and films and slide shows of student experiences abroad.

"The benefits of studying abroad range from learning more about the global economy to gaining a foreign perspective on your field of study or anticipated career," said Jay Ward, associate director of International Programs. "The variety and depth of the sessions that faculty, staff and students have prepared this year will provide ample opportunities to hear from classmates who have studied abroad and meet faculty and staff who are eager to help with applications, financial aid and selecting the most appropriate programs and countries."

Musical events throughout the week include performances by the SF State Wind Ensemble and the Creative World Ensemble.

A traditional Japanese tea ceremony is among the events requiring reservations.

For tea ceremony reservations or a full schedule of International Education Week events, visit the International Educational Week website. For more information about finding and selecting a study abroad program, visit the Office of international programs website.

-- Denize Springer


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