International Education Week 2015

International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide with the goal of preparing American students for a global environment and attracting future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

The Office of International Programs has a full slate of activities both educational AND fun planned for IEW, including:

Go-Global photo contest
Undergraduate Library Atrium
Nov. 16 - 20

Wayne State students and staff have traveled the world this year! Stop by this special exhibit to see how they captured their adventures on film. Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs

Ketchup & Curry:
Your Guide to Life and Success in America
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Hilberry A, Student Center

Join us for a free presentation and book signing with author/alumnus Vivek Sreedhar, who will share his experiences as an international student and provide tips that will help all students prepare for success both inside and outside the classroom.

Ever wonder what American students mean when they invite you to "pre-game?" Sreedhar had to figure that out, and how to convert rupees to dollars, and what the best cell phone plan is for international calling. He can relate to names being butchered; argue Bollywood vs. Hollywood; and understands what it's like to be called an FOB (Fresh off the Boat). His humorous and informative reflections on his time at Wayne State will help all students bridge the gap between cultures.

Sreedhar, who works in marketing/R&D for Alps Electric North America, received a master's in electrical engineering in 2006 and an MBA in 2009, both from Wayne State.
Presented by the Business Student Senate, College of Engineering, WSU Alumni Association and the Office of International Programs

Breaking Stereotypes for Better Cultural Understanding
Tuesday, Nov. 17
2 p.m.
Greek Room, Manoogian Hall

Session features videos "I'm a Muslim, but..." and "I'm a Mexican, but..." made by English Language Institute students, whose goal is to erase typical beliefs about the Muslim religion and Mexican people. The two groups of students will be available for conversation about their videos, religion and culture. Sponsored by the English Language Institute.

Learn to Samba!
Tuesday, Nov. 17
6 "" 7 p.m.
Towers Residence Hall Living Room

Learn the exciting Brazilian dance of Samba! Brazilian students studying here at WSU will teach you the easy basics of Samba "" enough to help you get by at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Take a break from studying to work on your fancy footwork with this electrifying Latin dance and have a good time!

Fulbright Scholar Workshop - Awards for Faculty
Wednesday Nov. 18
Noon "" 1 p.m. | McGregor Room J

The Fulbright Program, the flagship educational and cultural exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State, offers research and teaching opportunities in more than 125 countries for faculty with U.S. citizenship. Have you ever wanted to collaborate with partners abroad, but weren't sure if a Fulbright Grant was right for you? Attend this workshop to learn more about the program and how Wayne State can support you during the application process.

International Education Week Keynote Presentation
Yousif B. Ghafari, '74, '75, '77
Wednesday, Nov. 18
4 p.m.
Partrich Auditorium, Law School

Join alumnus and former U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Yousif B. Ghafari for a discussion about his experiences as an international student, business leader and philanthropist. Ghafari, namesake of the Ghafari Residence Hall on the WSU campus, is chairman of Ghafari Associates and a member of the College of Engineering's Hall of Fame. A native of Lebanon, Ghafari moved to Detroit when he was 19 and enrolled at WSU, receiving a bachelor's in math in 1974, a master's in applied math and computer applications in 1975 and a master's in chemical engineering in 1981. After earning an MBA from Michigan State, he became a licensed professional engineer determined to build his future on the use of computers in manufacturing design. Among many notable architectural and engineering projects on his firm's resume are refurbishment of Old Main and work on the Danto Engineering Development Center. Learn more about one of WSU's most illustrious alumni and ask him about the secret to his success during this keynote presentation, which will be followed by a reception in the Partrich lobby.
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs

Study Abroad information session
4 - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Towers Residence Hall lobby

Learn about the academic opportunities that are available for WSU students overseas. Study business in China, cinema in Italy or event anthropology in Cuba - or maybe all three! We have short- and long-term programs in more than 20 countries throughout the year, so let us find the one that's right for you. Financial aid is available for qualified students, and some departmental scholarships are, too. Our team can help you figure out a budget so your dreams of learning and traveling can come together. Bring your questions and your academic calendar when you stop by to learn more about our exciting programs!

Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad

Wayne State Insiders
Thursday, Nov. 19
Italian Room, General Lectures Building

Imagine earning credit for recreating the Beatles' iconic "Abbey Road" album cover. Picture spending a month learning to speak Italian while living in a Benedictine monastery. These opportunities and many more are available through WSU's Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs!

Join the Wayne State Insiders and Ahmad Ezzeddine, associate vice president for Educational Outreach and International Programs, as we discuss the university's global agenda and the benefits of international study. You'll learn about the expansion of international programs at WSU and how you can participate in Study Abroad as a member of the Wayne State community. Hear from M.L. Liebler, senior lecturer in English, who created the "Magical Mystery Tour through Pop Culture in London and Liverpool," and Associate Professor Tim Butler from the Mike Ilitch School of Business, who created a Study Abroad program in Czech Republic and Poland. You'll also enjoy refreshments from a sampling of the countries where we study abroad. RSVP requested.
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Office of Marketing and Communications

Holidays and Tourist Attractions from Around the World
Thursday, Nov. 19
1:30 p.m.
Greek Room, Manoogian Hall

Attend this interactive poster presentation to learn about tourist attractions and holidays from WSU's international students from China, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. See pictures and traditional clothes, taste traditional foods, listen to music and more!
Sponsored by the English Language Institute

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