International Education Week, and exploring study abroad

By Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer

International Education Week is a week dedicated to informing students about unique study abroad opportunities and all the life-long benefits these experiences promote. Photo retrieved from Twitter

Have you ever thought about participating in an education program abroad or a summer international education excursion? With International Education Week (IEW) happening across the country during November 16th-20th, now is the perfect time to ask questions and educate yourself on the matter. This week celebrates the benefits of international education and foreign exchange throughout the world.

The Department of State described their efforts to provide education through travel opportunities to students, stating, “This joint initiative with 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.”

Not only does international education provide the perfect opportunity to travel outside of the U.S., but participants also make lifelong friendships with the students they meet through each experience. International education also gives participants new travel experiences and promotes unique worldviews.

At Saint Martin’s University, there are a variety of international programs for students to take part in. From faculty lead summer trips to a year-long station abroad, there is a lot to choose from.

In celebration of IEW and to inform Saint Martin’s students about study abroad opportunities, the Office of International Programs has created a list of events to educate students on all aspects of international education. Attending any of these events prompts an increased world view and gives you the opportunity to interact and ask questions to students who have had the international education experience.

Starting on Nov. 14th, the Office of International Programs has teamed up with Catholic Relief Services for a National Call event on Zoom. On Nov. 16th, the IEW kickoff event will start early in the afternoon, with a presentation highlighting student experiences with Saint Martin’s Study Abroad programs later in the evening. On Nov. 17th, they are hosting an in-person cultural parade from Parson’s Hall to Old Main’s Grand Staircase. On Nov. 18th, there will be an intercultural communication discussion which is titled, “Transform Your Perspective,” followed by the Hui O’ Hawai’i Club’s annual Ho’Olaule’a on the 3rd floor of Cebula that evening. The week will wrap up with Professor Gendelman and Birkenstein’s Cooking Class titled, “Transform Your Appetite” on Zoom Friday evening.

Engaged. Resilient. Global. That’s how the U.S. Department of State describes the purpose behind International Education Week. Don’t put off your desire to study abroad. Be resilient and engage in this week’s opportunities to learn more about International Education.

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