International Education Week

November 15-19, 2021

Each year, the U.S. Departments of State & Education sponsor International Education Week (IEW). IEW is a celebration of the importance of international education in the United States. During IEW, the Office of International Services works with units around the university to host several cultural programming events.

Monday, November 15

Study Abroad Fair (Hall of Governors)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Meet with GSU faculty and staff to learn more about upcoming study abroad and service abroad opportunities at GSU!

  • • Faculty-Led Programs
  • • Exchange Programs
  • • Independent Programs
  • • Scholarships

US Diplomat in Residence (Virtual)
3 - 4 p.m.

Want to make a difference in the world while representing your country overseas?

Learn about opportunities in diplomacy for students and professionals, including in STEM fields like computer science and engineering.

Ron P

Ron Packowitz, the U.S. Department of State's Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, will share highlights of his 21-year career in the Foreign Service and describe how you, too, could play a role in American diplomacy.

Among other things, you'll learn about fellowship programs that cover two years of educational expenses and lead to an exciting career in the State Department.

Register for Virtual Session

Tuesday, November 16

Mental Wellness amidst the Pandemic – A Global Prospective (Virtual)
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Dr. Claire Openshaw, Assistant Professor, Department of Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health, has lived in South Africa, Ireland and now the U.S. As a former international student and expert in the field of wellness, she will share her perspective on how mental wellness can be viewed across the globe, especially during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register for Virtual Session

International Talking Circle (E - Lounge)
2 - 4 p.m.

Join the International Culture Organization (ICO) student club to be part of a casual talking circle about various topics from education and holidays to gender roles and marriage. The conversation is meant to allow everyone to share and express their perspective from their own culture. This event is open to all GSU students, staff, and faculty. 

Wednesday, November 17

Gender Equality From Colombia Webinar (Virtual)
10 - 11 a.m.

Join a young movement in Colombia on their mission to emphasize and reduce the gender equality gaps in the country and around the world.

Students will learn about the current situation of women around the globe and discover initiatives aiming to fight for Gender Equality. Students will also explore SDG5 and discover the importance of gender equality in creating a sustainable world and fighting climate change.

This event is hosted by Kagumu Adventures. The topic will be guided by Marcela and partners from Colective Feminista Aquelarre.

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International Cooking Lesson, Serbian Cuisine (Prairie Place)
1 - 3 p.m.

Join us to learn how to cook Serbian cuisine, directly from a GSU Serbian student. RSVP to Space is limited!

Public Health Brigade to Ghana Info Session (E-Lounge)
3 - 4 p.m.

Info session on the upcoming Public Health Brigade to Ghana. We will cover the program details, itinerary, program fees, scholarships, application, health & safety, and more!

Thursday, November 18

Stock the GSU Pantry 
10:00 a.m.

The CSEIP is expecting a large delivery and needs volunteers to help stock the pantry. Please come to the GSU pantry located near the game room in the A building and lend a helping hand! This service event will likely last 2-4 hours, depending on the number of hands.

For more information, please email

Paint the OIS Rock (GSU)
2 - 4 p.m.

Join the Office of International Services (OIS) in painting the rock on campus. We will choose one word for everyone to write something in their own language. 

Friday, November 19

GSU’s Story of the Stars Bonfire Event: an original telling of Star Teachings from the Anishinaabe (GSU Firepit)
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

In Honor of National Native American Heritage Month, GSU will celebrate by having a bonfire on campus with storytelling from Native Americans.

For more information, please email