International Education Week (IEW) 2020

 

IEW is hosted and sponsored by Office of International Programs, Division of International Education, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.  

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. Inaugurated by President Bill Clinton in 2000, IEW celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world. Today, IEW is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

Since its inception in 2000, IEW has helped to showcase international education and foster inter-cultural understanding at San Francisco State University and beyond.  IEW's focus has always been to promote awareness and understanding of our world’s diverse cultures both abroad, as well as within our own campus community. We hope that this year’s exciting events will provide you with a wealth of fun and interesting opportunities to experience the many cultures that are part of the SF State community through food, music, dance, lectures and more.

IEW's mission is particularly relevant in 2020, which has been rocked by global health concerns and travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, we should come together and celebrate the importance of international education and the global ties shared by SF State students, staff, and alumni around the world.

We encourage members of the San Francisco State University community to participate in our virtual events.

Learn more about International Education Week at: http://iew.state.gov/ .

Calendar of Events:

Monday, November 2nd

SF State Abroad Open Talks: Reflections on Study Abroad

The session is an open zoom talk with a study abroad advisor and study abroad alumni about the experience of studying abroad. It is open format without a set agenda allowing participants to ask any questions as well as learn more about how study abroad works at San Francisco State University. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak directly with study abroad alumni and get their perspective. Follow us @SFStateAbroad on Instagram to see more study abroad stories as well as check out the SFStateAbroad.com blog site. 

Session 1: Monday, November 2nd at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Session 2: Friday, November 6th at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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International Students discuss working in the U.S.

Join International Outreach Advisor Florentino Ubungen as he chats with SF State international students about their experience working and interning in the United States. This session will focus on students’ personal experiences and cover topics such as US workplace culture and expectations. Please note that this event will NOT cover topics related to immigration and work authorization. This event will take place over Instagram Live. There’s no need to sign up. Just follow  @sfstateoip to tune in and view previous interviews.

Date: Monday, November 2nd at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

No need to RSVP. Join live on Instagram.

 

Tuesday, November 3rd

Building a Better Understanding of Chinese Culture in International Education

Celebrate International Education Week 2020 with elegant and beautiful Guzheng Chinese Music hosted by the Division of International Education, Chinese Language & Exchange Programs. Presenter: Sandy Li, S&L Guzheng Ensemble.

Date: Tuesday, November 3rd at 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

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SF State Abroad: Studying and Living in Japan, Specifically Kwansei Gakuin University

A representative from Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU), Amina Dante, who works in their international office will be leading the session. This a perfect step for anyone thinking about studying abroad in Japan and must if you are considering KGU. The session will include a Q&A part. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak directly with someone from Japan.

Date: Tuesday, November 3rd at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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The International Student Journey

Please join a panel discussion with international alumni from SF State's English for Academic Preparation program and Academic Certificate programs to hear unique student stories and valuable advice on reaching academic and professional goals. Center for Global Engagement program alumni will share insights from their academic and professional journeys focusing on navigating transitions from English langauge study to university certificate and degree programs to career.

Date: Tuesday, November 3rd at 8:50 pm - 9:40 pm

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Wednesday, November 4th

Teach English as a Foreign Language

Are you interested in teaching English abroad after graduation? Join Lina Jurkunas, Geoff Fattig, and Lily Ferris as they discuss their experience teaching English as a Foreign Language, steps students can take to become an EFL instructor, and how their international experiences informed their current careers. 

Date: Wednesday, November 4th at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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SF State Abroad: Information Meeting

The first step to studying abroad is to attend an information meeting where the advisor will cover how the programs work at SF State (same tuition, access to financail aid, and resident credit), how to find a program, connecting with other students, and the process to get started.

Date: Wednesday, November 4th at 2:00 - 3:00 pm

 

Thursday, November 5th 

Internships, Fellowships, and Careers Abroad with the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State represents U.S. interests around the world.  The Department’s employees, with their skills, character, and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America’s diplomacy. Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm will talk with students about careers in the Foreign Service and about the U.S. Department of State’s internship and fellowship programs. She will provide information on how you can apply for these different opportunities and join this dynamic team in a wide variety of student and career positions. A 23 year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm is the Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia.

Date: Thursday, November 5th at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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H-1B Work Visa and U.S. Permanent Residency Workshop

Are you interested in obtaining a H-1B Work Visa or U.S. Permanent Residency? Attend the H-1B Work Visa and U.S. Permanent Residency Workshops hosted by two employment immigration lawyers to learn more information about current trends. You are encouraged to attend both sessions for different perspectives.

Session 1: Thursday, November 5th at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Session 2: Friday, November 6th at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Peace Corps: Work and Live Abroad While Making a Difference in the World

Want to work and live abroad after graduation? Interested in making a difference in the world? Consider joining the Peace Corps. Brianna Maltez, a Peace Corps alumni and now representative, will share her experience working abroad for the Peace Corps and share with you opportunities you have to do the same. Brianna will be taking over the @SFStateAbroad Instagram account on Wednesday, November 4th. Follow us @SFStateAbroad to learn more. 

Information Session: Thursday, November 5th at 2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Application Workshop: Thursday, November 5th at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Friday, November 6th 

SF State Abroad: Applying Your International Experience to Your Future Career

SF State students, who study abroad, tend to get jobs faster after graduation and have more opportunities, than their peers who do not. Hear from SF State graduates who studied abroad and how it influenced and shaped their professional lives after graduation. 

Session 1: Friday, November 6th at 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session 2: Friday, November 6th at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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SF State Abroad Open Talks: Reflections on Study Abroad

The session is an open zoom talk with a study abroad advisor and study abroad alumni about the experience of studying abroad. It is open format without a set agenda allowing participants to ask any questions as well as learn more about how study abroad works at San Francisco State University. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak directly with study abroad alumni and get their perspective. Follow us @SFStateAbroad on Instagram to see more study abroad stories as well as check out the SFStateAbroad.com blog site. 

Date: Friday, November 6th at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

RSVP here.

 

H-1B Work Visa and U.S. Permanent Residency Workshop

Are you interested in obtaining a H-1B Work Visa or U.S. Permanent Residency? Attend the H-1B Work Visa and U.S. Permanent Residency Workshops hosted by two employment immigration lawyers to learn more information about current trends. You are encouraged to attend both sessions for different perspectives.

Date: Friday, November 6th at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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SF State Abroad: Budgeting for Life & Overseas Travel

Considering studying abroad, but have questions about how it is financially possible? SF State students who studied abroad share their advice on how they made it financially affordable to not only live but travel abroad. Learn their tips and tricks!

Date: Friday, November 6th at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Week Long Celebrations

J. Paul Leonard Library

Check out the virtual display of books featuring the international education experience. Also, they have a wonderful digital display highlighting films from their collections that focus on the international LGBTQ+ expereince. All films can be watched online remotely.