17th Annual International Education Week

November 13-17, 2017

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange, and to develop a broader understanding of international cultures and languages worldwide.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education, SSU’s participation in IEW is part of a national effort to prepare American students for a global environment, and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S.

This event is observed across the U.S. and around the world each November (the week before Thanksgiving). All events are free and open to the SSU community. For more information, please contact the Center for International Education (CIE) at (707) 664-2582 or stop by International Hall 107. Come by and pick up a schedule!


Scan your SSU ID card at every event you attend. Attendees of the most events will win:

1st Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card

2nd & 3rd Place: Free Yogurt @ Swirl Time

For more information about IEW visit: https://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week.

What's happening this week:

Faculty Lecture Series, daily @ 1pm

Many of our faculty have international experience and expertise on a range of international matters. Hear from SSU faculty on a number of international topics, from immigration, to the European Union.

Cultural Presentations, daily @ 2pm

Meet our international students as they explore the cultural nuances of studying at an American university. Participate in open discussions and activities!

Information Sessions, daily @ 3pm

Learn about the various international programs offered at SSU and meet the people who can help you go abroad.

Special Events, evenings after 4pm

Join us for a number of events throughout IEW and bring further appreciation to global citizenship and honor those who contribute to the internationalization of our campus.

International Exhibit | all week | Library

View a number of pieces collected internationally by our students, faculty, and staff. Artifacts, fine art, instruments, etc. will be on display throughout the week in the university library display cases.

Essay Contest

Win $300, $200, or $100! All SSU students are invited to write a comparative convincing essay on one out of the following topics: "The EU and USA: Partners or Competitors?" or "A Critical Look at Integration Efforts of Refugees in Germany and in the USA." More information is on the Modern Languages and Literatures department website at http://web.sonoma.edu/modlang/events/index.html. Deadline is Monday, November 27th at 5:00 p.m.

Many make IEW possible, including SSU students, staff, and faculty. Thank you to the following contributors:

  • Center for International Education
  • International Education Exchange Council
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Provost
  • Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Conference and Events Services
  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington
  • Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Jewish Studies
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Economics
  • Schultz Information Center
  • Sonoma County Taiko
  • Campus Life Programming
  • ...and many more!