IEW Frequently Asked Questions


1. When (and what) is International Education Week (IEW)?
2. What is the main purpose of IEW?
3. Where can I find more information about IEW?
4. What kind of events will take place during IEW?
5. How can faculty get involved in IEW on campus?
6. I want to plan an event for IEW. How do I apply?
7. What is the deadline for submissions?
8. Where can I find a detailed schedule of IEW’s events?
9. Who can I contact for more information about IEW?


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

For the past 16 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
Monday, November 14 to Friday, November 18, 2016.

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?

Please visit https://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week/ and/or the NAFSA: Association of International Educators website to learn more about how others are celebrating IEW around the world.
 


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 cultural events and performances showcasing SF State's talented students and clubs.
  • 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 & Lectures: These programs 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 IEW 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

For additional suggestions, please visit http://iew.state.gov/ 
 

 


6. I want to plan an event for IEW. How do I apply?

  1. Plan your event. Proposals for events unrelated to IEW will not be accepted.
  2. Complete our IEW 2016 Event Proposal Form
  3. Contact Mr. Jay Ward at OIP (415-338-1121; jward@sfsu.edu) if you have any questions
  4. We will then add your event to our on-line schedule for IEW
     
 


7. What is the deadline to submit a proposal for an event or activity?

The deadline is Monday, November 7, 2016.
 


8. Where can I find a detailed schedule of IEW’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 IEW?

You can contact Mr. Jay Ward (415-338-1121; jward@sfsu.edu).  Jay Ward 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.