International Education Week 2018: A Guide to Getting Involved

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International Education Week.

International Education Week 2018: A Guide to Getting Involved

Students. Teachers. Exchange participants and alumni. Colleges and universities. Professionals. Volunteers. What do they have in common? They all bring the power of international education to life during International Education Week (IEW)!

IEW is an annual celebration of international exchange programs. Held November 12-16, 2018, IEW is a joint initiative organized by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Looking for ideas about how you can get involved in #IEW2018 this year, from wherever you live? Consider taking part in one of these activities:

Host An Event

Organize an International Education Week event and submit it to our IEW events page so people in your area can learn about it and attend. You can also use our website to find events in your area. If you need help promoting your event, check out the social media content that we created to help you get the word out. Everything from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram graphics to IEW videos and certificate templates are available in this guide for your use.

Get Your Passport At Passport to the World

If you are a U.S. citizen who is considering study abroad, you must have a passport. If you already have one, be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport is required to be valid for at least six months after you return home from studying abroad and also have two or more blank pages, depending on your destination. If this isn’t the case, it is time to think about renewing it.

The good news is the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is working across the country to make it easier for those who want to apply for or renew thier passports. These passport acceptance events are a part of the Department's annual "Passport to the World" events, which happen at universities across the country throughout the month of November.

We'll be sharing information about upcoming "Passport to the World" events at Check to see if there is an event near you! While you're at it, learn how to stay safe while traveling overseas at

Introduce yourself with the #IEW2018 Alphabet

What are the greatest benefits of international education? The people you meet and the new things you discover about them! This IEW, introduce yourself and share more about your country, culture, and your interest in exchange programs by participating in the #IEW2018 "Exchange Your Name" game. To participate in this game, use the graphic below to select questions about yourself using the letters in your name and share your answers on social media with #IEW2018.

View a larger version of the graphic here.


Get the Latest International Education Statistics in the Open Doors Report


Where do students study abroad? How are enrollment numbers changing from year to year? During IEW, the U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (IIE), will release the Open Doors Report. Be sure to check out the report to discover the latest trends in international education. You can even watch the release of the report live on Facebook.

Tune in to CollegeWeekLive for International Students Day

Speaking of live events, if you’re an international student interested in studying in the United States, be sure to participate in EducationUSA’s virtual college fair with CollegeWeekLive November 14 from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. During this event, you can chat with admissions representatives from over 80 U.S. universities and EducationUSA advisers about qualifying for a student visa, finding a U.S. institution, and undergraduate and graduate admission requirements. Register here.

Share #IEW2018 Moments With Us on Social Media

Will you discover a new place you want to visit or share something unique about your country with your classroom as a part of International Education Week? Are you a teacher whose students did a special project focusing on another culture, or did something to educate others on a different country in your community? Help us discover your stories on social media! Share them with us by using the hashtag #IEW2018 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can make an impact by lending your voice to promote the value of international education from a personal perspective. You can also help your family and friends learn more about the opportunities that are available to study abroad and experience the world when you share your #IEW2018 experiences on social media.

FLEX Program alumna Sofiia Zrazhaieva (Ukraine/IL) met a woman whose parents were from Ukraine while giving a presentation at a nursing home as part of IEW in 2017.

Whether it’s helping Americans find a study abroad program, learn a new language, prepare for a new global experience, or attracting future leaders from abroad to study in the United States, International Education Week is something worth celebrating this November and year-round! Thanks for joining the celebration.

About the Author: Becca Bycott serves in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Editor's Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.

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