Office of International Programs (OIP)

Frequently Asked Questions
1. When (and what) is International Education Week (IEW)?

For the past 13 years, San Francisco State University has celebrated International Education Week, an international event that emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world¡¯s cultures, peoples and languages. Coordinated by the SF State Division of International Education and the Office of International Programs, this year¡¯s annual celebration will take place from Tuesday, November 12 to Friday, November 15, 2013.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education (Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) and the U.S. State Department. IEW was inaugurated by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and today is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. IEW¡¯s events are held around the world by secondary schools, colleges and universities, international and community organizations, businesses and associations, seeking to promote awareness about international education and opportunities for cross-cultural exchange.

2. What is the main purpose of IEW?

The main purpose of IEW is to celebrate the importance and benefits of international education in the United States and around the world. This annual event also aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.

3. Where can I find more information about IEW?

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4. What kind of events will take place during IEW?

International Education Week consists of a number of events hosted by various members of the SF State campus community:

CultureFest: A series of events and performances showcasing SF State's talented students.
Cultural Fair: A 3-day cultural fair organized by SF State's more than 200 student clubs and organizations. Each organization is invited to participate in SF State's annual Cultural Fair by putting together a display table full of cultural and historical information about their cultural groups and information about thier specific organizations.
Chinese Culture Day: Chinese cultural activities including music, dance, kung fu presentations organized by the SF State Confucius Institute.
Diplomat Day: A panel discussion by various members of the San Francisco diplomatic corps about what it is like to be a diplomat in today's world.
Open Classes and Lectures: These special classes and lectures will be held by SF State's faculty.
Various Cultural Events: Films, performances, art exhibits, and much more!

5. How can faculty get involved in International Education Week on campus?

SF State¡¯s faculty can get involved in the following ways:

Host and present an internationally-focused program for the campus community
Publicize IEW among your colleagues, students, and friends
Offer your students extra credit for attending selected IEW events
Attend CultureFest, Diplomat Day, Chinese Culture Day and other events hosted by your colleagues and students
Incorporate an IEW event into a part of your class curriculum during regularly-scheduled class sessions
Encourage student and department-wide attendance at IEW events

6. I want to plan an event for International Education Week. How do I apply?
Plan your event (NOTE: Proposals for events unrelated to International Education Week will not be accepted).
Contact Mr. Jay Ward at OIP (415-338-1121; if you have any quetions.
We will then add your event to our on-line Web schedule for International Education Week.

7. What is the deadline for submissions?

The deadline is Monday, November 4, 2013.

8. Where can I find a detailed schedule of International Education Week¡¯s events?

Our detailed Web schedule can be found on our Calendar page and will be continuously updated as event proposals are received.

9. Who can I contact for more information about International Education Week?

You can contact Mr. Jay Ward (E-MAIL:; PHONE: 415-338-1121). Jay is the campus-wide Coordinator for International Education Week as well as the Associate Director of the Office of International Programs at San Francisco State University.

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