International Week

International Week 2020: February 23 - 29, 2020

Internationalization isn't confined to one day at IUPUI! International Week expands the festivities of the International Festival to the entire week surrounding the event itself, with programming from all across the university.

Do you know about an event that should be on this year's calendar?  Let us know!

Submit an Event for 2020

And check back soon for this year's events.

International Week 2019: February 18 - 23, 2019

See below for what went on in 2019, and check back soon for 2020 events.  All events were free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 19
 fulbright logo on a blue background

U.S. Fulbright Program Information Session
UL 0110, University Library
12 - 1 pm

Are you interested in traveling, exploring, and learning while living in another country? Do you have a project idea or interest that you wish to complete in another place? If so, come to this information session to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers fellowships for US citizens who are graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and creative and performing artists to spend an academic year abroad.

During this session we will have the opportunity to learn about Maureen Meyer’s Fulbright experience living in and conducting research in a rural village in Cameroon.

Pizza will be provided.

Three students on one side of a table learning about studying abroad at the Study Abroad Fair

Study Abroad 101
ES 2132, Education Social Work Building
2:30 - 3:30 pm

Want to study abroad, but don't know where to start?  Do you have questions about what study abroad is actually like?

Meet with our Study Abroad Ambassadors to get the inside scoop on how to go about studying abroad and what it's really like to study in another country.



Wednesday, February 20
I-house residents sitting outside under a tree on a sunny day, smiling at the camera

International House Alumni Panel
Foundations of Leadership: Going Global at IUPUI
Campus Center Theater
3:30 - 4:30 pm

Please join the Office of International Affairs in welcoming former residents of IUPUI’s International House for a panel reflecting on their intercultural foundation at I-House and the world-class education at IUPUI that has enabled them to pursue global business careers across the world. Panelists include Nelly Tuikong Park, Helen Du, Christiana Halim, and Elizabeth Sabato.

Join us for a brief reception from 4:30-5:00 pm, then celebrate OIA as a whole at the Anniversary Celebration.

Supported by the IUPUI Welcoming Campus Campus Innovation Fund

  • Learn more about the Panelists

    All alumni of I-House, the Foundations of Leadership: Going Global at IUPUI panel includes four IUPUI Graduates from around the world:

    • Nelly Tuikong Park - B.S. Nursing, 2010
      Owner/Founder of Pauline Cosmetics
      Eldoret, Kenya
    • Helen Du - I-House 1996-97
      Sr Marketing Director APAC Region, GORE-TEX
      Beijing, China
    • Christiana Halim - M.S. Industrial Engineering 1999
      Senior Logistics Manager, Express Scripts
      Bandung, Indonesia
    • Elizabeth Sabato - B.A. Geography, 2004
      Appraiser/Gemologist, Moyer Fine Jewlers
      Crown Point, Indiana

    The panel will be moderated by Dawn M. Whitehead, Association of American Colleges & Universities

    With special guest Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar

2018 Award winners stand on stage with OIA staff

Office of International Affairs 30th Anniversary Celebration
Campus Center Theater
5:00 pm

Celebrate the global impact of IUPUI, and recognize the distinguished work of people and organizations that make IUPUI a global campus in a global city. A panel of current and past OIA leadership including Gil Latz, Susan Buck Sutton, and Sara Kurtz Allaei will examine IUPUI in the world and reflections on progress toward campus internationalization over three decades while also looking to future opportunities and challenges.

Join us to celebrate honorees of the 2019 Global Engagement Award and the Susan Buck Sutton Faculty and Staff Awards for Study Abroad. 

Learn More about the Celebration

A photo with the two performers, Babalawo Awodele Ifasina and Lasana Kazembe and the event info

Catch a Fire! Honoring the Black Arts
An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry and Drumming
Lilly Auditorium, University Library
6:00 pm

The IUPUI Africana Studies Program invites one and all to a special evening of creative artistic expression.  Featuring Babalawo Awodele Ifasina on drums and Lasana Kazembe sharing his poetry, this event is free and welcomes all.


Thursday, February 21
Miniature world flags displayed on a table

IUPUI International Festival
Campus Center Atrium, Barnes & Noble and Lower Level
10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Eat, explore, and engage in IUPUI’s global community at the International Festival! Learn about global organizations, enjoy free food, and wear cultural attire to win prizes and more.

Stop by the International Photo Booth and use #GlobalJags on social media, then fill out your festival passport for a free prize while supplies last! 

Three international students laughing with the IUPUI mascot, Jawz the Jaguar

Learn something new at the International Lecture Series
Organized by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, School of Liberal Arts
Campus Center, CE 305 and the atrium stage
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Head up to the third floor of the Campus Center to hear global-themed lectures from IUPUI's liberal arts faculty. 

  • International Lecture Series Schedule

    Campus Center 3rd Floor, CE 305

    9:00 am

    “On the Edge of the Third Millennium: Religious Interpretations of the Space Age in Brazil”
    Kelly Hayes, Department of Religious Studies

    11:00 am

    “Teacher Training in Romania, China, and Mexico”
    Estela Ene, English for Academic Purposes Program, Department of English

    11:30 am

    “Health from the Perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine” 
    Jing Wang, Program in Chinese, Department of World Languages and Cultures

    12:00 pm

    “A Moroccan University’s Approach to Improve its Nation’s Maternal and Child Health”
    Jack Turman, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Fairbanks School of Public Health)

    12:30 pm

    “Motherhood, Female Prophecy, and the Villa of the Mysteries Frieze”
    Elizabeth Thill, Classics Program, Department of World Languages and Cultures

    1:00 pm

    “The Power of a Problem: Cultural Differences on Perceptions of Breastfeeding Challenges and Communication across 3 Islands in Indonesia”
    Nicole Johnson, Department of Communication Studies

    1:30 pm

    “Traditional Agriculture in the Tropics and around the Globe”
    Rick Bein, Department of Geography

    2:00 pm

    “Germans as Emigrants: A History of a Diaspora”
    Kevin Cramer, Department of History
    A “Wunderbar Together” Event

    2:30 pm

    “Guest Workers and the Immigrant Question in Postwar Germany”
    Michael Snodgrass, Department of Global and International Studies
    A “Wunderbar Together” Event


Stylized flyer with paper cutouts of figures made of international flags circling a globe.  Text reads "Intercultural Mixer! Mingle with international and domestic students and share your culture"

Intercultural Mixer

CE 309, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Mingle with international and domestic students and faculty!  Enjoy food and entertainment from another country, share your culture, and learn about others!  Explore the festival downstairs, then come up to the third floor to slow down, socialize, and get to know another culture on a personal level.

An IUPUI Welcoming Campus Initiative hosted by the PIE Student Association and the Gateway Community of Practice on Intercultural Learning (PIE)

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ResearchMedia: Social Media and Global Learning
An interactive series of workshops
University Library, Ashby Browsing Room

In this workshop, participants will learn ways to use social media platforms and other technology for critical and global engagement.

Session 1: Introduction to #ResearchMedia  10 - 11:30 am

Session 2: Hands-On practical applications  1 - 2 pm

Session 3: COIL&Slack - Go Global  2:15 - 3:30 pm

Photo of the gallery description with a portrait of artist Lin Dihuan and two of his works

Waiting for a Flower to Bloom Artist Lecture

CE 309 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Visiting Chinese artist Lin Dihuan, M.D. will be giving a reception for his Cultural Arts Gallery exhibition, "Waiting for a Flower to Bloom," in the gallery at noon, followed by a lecture in Room 309 at 2 p.m. The Guangdong native has gained popularity thanks to his series of ink-and-brush paintings dedicated to China's 24 solar terms. These illustrations were recently added to UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. "Waiting for a Flower to Bloom" can be viewed free of charge in the Cultural Arts Gallery through Feb. 28.

Friday, February 22
Students on a study abroad trip work quickly to photograph a scene on a rocky cliff in front of a sunset

Be A Study Abroad Champion
ES 2132, Education/Social Work Building
10:00 - 11:30 am

Study Abroad is a fantastic way to expand your education and knowledge, but many students don't even know it's an option.  How do you, as a faculty or staff member, help expand awareness of study abroad within your academic community?

This interactive session will teach you just that, helping you to become a study abroad champion!

Saturday, February 23
Three students in African-styled attire, smiling and posing for the camera

IUPUI International Fashion Show
CE 450 B,C Campus Center
Doors open at 8:00 pm

International Club presents its 11th Annual International Fashion Show! As part of International Week, you, friends, and family are all invited to this FREE event. 

See everything from traditional to modern wear from all across the globe on this one night! The fashion show unites students from different countries by portraying their own cultures through their traditional fashion. This event is funded by International Programming Grant, the IUPUI Office of International Affairs and the IUPUI Student Organization Grant.