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Travel around the world without leaving campus during International Education Week

Nov 4, 2019

While Indiana University students and faculty are dedicated to global engagement every day of the year, the IU Bloomington campus hosts a series of special events each November celebrating international education.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to these International Education Week events celebrating intercultural exchange and the diversity of the campus from Nov. 7 to 17.

Dancers perform at the IU World's Fare
Several events, including the IU World’s Fare, will celebrate intercultural exchange and the diversity of the campus from Nov. 7 to 17.Photo by Chaz Mottinger, Indiana University

Get connected at a global career panel

The IU Global Gateways and Career Success Stories in the Global Market event will help students plan for their international careers from the comfort of campus.

From 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in Woodburn Hall Room 120, the directors of IU’s five Global Gateway offices will share how their offices serve as in-country links to IU and global regions as well as how students can leverage them as a resource for networking and international employment options.

A student and alumni panel from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will showcase success stories from students who have had global career opportunities. Event attendees will receive a free continental breakfast and a copy of “What’s Next: An International Student’s Guide to the U.S. College and Job Search Process,” by IU alumnus Lawrence Nah.

Score big at ‘World Cup’ soccer tournament

A trophy with people playing soccer behind it
The Office of International Services will host the IU World Cup, an annual, indoor soccer tournament that follows a knock-out-style bracket, on Nov. 9.Photo courtesy of the Office of International Services

Watch IU teams go head-to-head in the IU World Cup Tournament, a 5-on-5 indoor soccer tournament from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, on courts 4 and 5 at the Student Recreational Sport Center.

The third annual tournament follows a knock-out-style bracket, featuring 18 teams. To represent a country or region, each team must have at least two players from that part of the world. See students and scholars from around the world engage in friendly competition and find out why soccer is the most popular sport globally.

Win a free passport at the Study Abroad Fair

Students can learn more about a semester overseas during this year’s Study Abroad Fair, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Indiana Memorial Union Solarium.

Attendees can meet representatives from IU study abroad and international program offices, learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, connect with fellow students who are interested in or have studied abroad, and enjoy photo exhibitions from other students’ study abroad experiences. Plus, students can enter a raffle to win a free passport.

Enjoy food and culture from across the globe

The Indian Student Association at the IU World's Fare
The IU World’s Fare features interactive exhibits and diverse performances by international student groups.Photo courtesy of the Office of International Services

Sample food and engage with cultures from around the world through regional art, dance and music at the IU World’s Fare – the campus’s premier international event.

Hosted by Union Board and the Office of International Services, this event features interactive exhibits and diverse performances by international student groups that celebrate their home country’s culture. Attendees can also sample food from around the world.

Admission to World’s Fare, which takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Alumni Hall at the IMU, is free and open to the public. Food tickets include eight samples and are free for students with their Crimson Card or $5 each for others. This is a popular event, so arrive early to avoid lines.

Other ways to see the world

  • Africa: Watch funk pioneer and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Bootsy Collins emcee the IU African American Arts Institute’s Potpourri of the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at IU Auditorium. Enjoy performances from the African American Dance Company, African American Choral Ensemble and IU Soul Revue.
  • Asia: Hear experts discuss U.S.-Japan relations in the Trump era at the conference, “U.S.-Japan Partnership in the 21st Century: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges,” taking place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Shreve Auditorium at the Global and International Studies Building.
  • Europe: Follow a dancehall DJ during the 1980s in South London as he pursues his music and confronts racism and xenophobia in Margaret Thatcher’s England in the film “Babylon,” showing at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at IU Cinema.
  • North America: Visit the Día de los Muertos exhibit hosted by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies during the First Thursdays Festival on Nov. 7.
  • South America: Admire ceramics, textiles and other works created by people living in the Amazon rainforest of Peru in the Mathers Museum exhibit “Echoes of the Rainforest: The Visual Arts of the Shipibo Indians.” The exhibition hall is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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