IEW 2020 | 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. Who can I contact for more information about IEW?

1. What (and when) is International Education Week (IEW)?

For the past 17 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 2nd, to Friday, November 6th, 2020.

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. Who can I contact for more information about IEW at SF State?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IEW 2020 will be held entirely online. Please visit or email for additionall information about SF State's virtual IEW events.


4. Where can I find more information about IEW beyond SF State?

Please visit, and/or the NAFSA: Association of International Educators website to learn more about how people are celebrating IEW around the world.