November 16 - 20, 2020

November 16 - 20, 2020


International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of internationalization on campuses across the U.S. International Education Week serves as a reminder that college and university campuses play a special part in shaping the awareness of our role in the global village. Wake Forest University faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to explore the value of education abroad, the richness that is brought into our classrooms and departments by international faculty, staff and students, and the benefits derived from all international programs on campus.

Sponsored by Center for Global Programs and Studies, Intercultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, East Asian Languages, and Campus Recreation.

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Join us as we celebrate both on campus and virtually!

  • MONDAY EVENTS 11/16/2020
    This event has been canceled due to Orange Status on Reynolda Campus.
    • We will be handing out treat bags outside the Pit on Monday, November 16, 11:00am – 1:00pm.
    IEW Kick Off Event
    • Location: Manchester Plaza
    • Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Stop by and enjoy a treat and learn about International Education Week events for the week. Have fun playing some games from around the world located in the center of Manchester Plaza. You don’t want to miss this!

    F-1 OPT and Beyond – Employment Visa Options for International Students

    • Time: 3:00pm
    • Are you interested in pursuing a career in the U.S. after graduation?  Do you want to learn more about employment authorization and visa status options after graduation? If so please attend the ISSS workshop “F-1 OPT and Beyond, Employment Visa Options for International Students.” We will discuss the transition from F-1 OPT to the H-1B and other visas that may be available to international students pursuing employment after graduation. This session will include a presentation with Dr. Penni P. Bradshaw, an experienced immigration attorney who specializes in employment matters. *Please note that this session is not a replacement for the mandatory OPT session with ISSS.*
    • Register here:



  • TUESDAY EVENTS 11/17/2020

    PDC Workshop for Faculty and Staff: Hiring International Faculty and Staff

    • Time: 10:00am
    • The process for hiring and maintaining a visa-sponsored employee is complex, especially in our current political climate.  Immigration regulations are changing constantly and it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with everything.  The ISSS team is here to help you throughout this process and ensure we are protecting the University and all of our international faculty and staff by maintaining compliance with federal regulations.  If you or anyone on your team is involved in hiring or supervising a visa-sponsored employee, this session is for you.  Registration and more information can be found here.

    Asian American Roundtable Discussion

    This discussion aims to highlight the experiences of Asian American Students on campus. All are welcome!

    • 4:00pm
    • Sponsored by: Chinese Culture Club – Chinese Department
    • For link to zoom event contact: Eric Omorogieva (
  • WEDNESDAY EVENTS 11/18/2020

    My Shelf to Yours: International Education Week Edition

    This event allows individuals to select a book by an International author. The carefully curated collection will feature a wide range of genres. Limited spots available.

    • Time: 12:00pm
    • Virtual:

    Global Pathways

    Join us and learn about studying abroad, programs available in 2021, and the abroad experiences from the Global Ambassadors and Intercultural Ambassador team. Here you will gain tips and tricks from our student leaders on how to travel, and much more!

    Bringing Abroad Home

    In collaboration with the WFU Scholars Office, this virtual event will overview a variety of ways that students can maintain their connection to global and to their abroad experience following their return. The workshop will cover ways to connect to global while still a student (research abroad, etc.) and ways to stay connected or even go abroad post graduation.

    Call to Conversation

    Join a special IEW Call to Conversation geared specifically towards Third Culture/Multicultural students, faculty, and staff as we discuss Defining Home. Answering the question “Where are you from?” is not simple for everyone. Share a story when you encountered this question and how it made you feel.

  • THURSDAY EVENTS 11/19/2020

    NAFSA Webinar: Perspectives on Engaging Today’s Students

    Discover innovative and creative approaches for engagement with students. Listen to the voices of students; read profiles of truly remarkable leadership; and access curated resources developed to aid student engagement and success. Convene with international educators for a panel on Supporting Students in Times of Global Uncertainty. The panelists will reflect on this year’s upheaval and share how they have weathered changing landscapes, what new approaches for student engagement will continue after the pandemic, who have emerged as critical allies, and why they continue to be optimistic about the future of international education.

    This webinar is provided by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. All faculty, staff, and graduate students who work with international students will benefit from this webinar.


    Join the Intercultural Center for a drop-in event to explore various teas from around the world! Each participant will leave with an assortment of immune-boosting and relaxing teas along with fun facts about each tea. The fun will continue, with a raffle for an IC swag-bag!

    • Time: 3:00pm
    • Location: Intercultural Center

    Panel: Effects of the U.S. Election on the Global Community

    Join us for a webinar featuring faculty, staff, and students, who will speak on the effects of the election on the global community from a variety of perspectives.


    • Ananda Mitra, Communications
    • Blair Bocook Thomas, International Student and Scholar Services
    • Helga Welsh, Politics

    Moderators: Alondra Janicek and Ryan Sheppard

  • FRIDAY EVENTS 11/20/2020


    Introducing Japanese Shibori. This allows people to dye a cloth which is tightened with a lot of rubber bands, and comes out with very beautiful pictures on the cloth. Come join us!

    • Davis Field
    • Time: 4:00-6:00pm
    • Sponsored by the Japanese Studies Club
  • WEEK LONG EVENTS 11/16/2020-11/20/2020

    International Food in The Pit

    Monday – Friday, Lunch

    Stop by the international food stations in The Pit during lunch.

    Dr. Joshua Ziesel, Carillon
    5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, Wait Chapel

    Listen daily at 5 pm for Dr. Joshua Ziesel of the University Counseling Center (UCC) who will be playing different countries’ national anthems on the carillon for International Education Week 2020.

    International Flag Display
    Monday-Friday, Farrell Hall

    Flags representing the countries of the School of Business faculty, staff, and students will be placed in Farrell Hall.

    Canceled: Museum of Anthropology Exhibit: Beyond the Boundary
    Monday-Friday, Benson Rotunda

    Explore objects from various non-European WFU study abroad destinations, curated by the Museum of Anthropology.

    “View From My Window”
    Monday-Friday, Instagram

    Share your favorite view from your window at home or from your time on a study abroad program and use the hashtags #viewfrommywindow #WFUinternationaled. Don’t forget to tag @GlobalWakeForest!