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Week highlights opportunities for international education

Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2011 10:11

International Education Week, which will kick off at the University of Northern Iowa on Monday, Nov. 14, includes a series of events highlighting many different countries that offer opportunities for teaching or studying abroad. The UNI Culture and Intensive English Program and the Office of International Programs sponsor the week as part of a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

According to Kristen Hora, a sophomore accounting major who helped plan the week, the events encourage students to participate as global citizens.

"(The events) focus on all the benefits of international education, all the experiences you can gain and why they will be useful," Hora said.

Information displays will be placed around campus all week, which will feature a variety of events. The first official event takes place at 12 p.m. in the University Room of Maucker Union.

The event will include a welcome by Nadia Korobova, assistant director of Office of International Programs. Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, will give opening remarks. Nicholas Chizek, a former UNI Study Abroad participant, will be the keynote speaker. There will also be dance and musical performances and refreshments.

International foods will be served all week long in Rialto, Piazza, Prexy's and Chat's. In addition, free cricket lessons are being offered on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the UNI-Dome at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday is Traditional Clothing Day, so students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear international clothing. There will also be a traditional clothing fashion show at 12:20 p.m. in the Hemisphere Lounge.

Thursday's main event is "Taste of Culture," which is sponsored by CIEP and will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education. It will include international food, cultural games and presentations.

The week closes with CME's Friday Fun Night at 6 p.m., hosted in the CME.

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