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International Education Week

November 18 — 22, 2019 • University of Central Florida

Empowering Youth Through International Education

President Whittaker

IEW 2018 Message

2019 Event Calendar

Stay up-to-date with the events for the UCF's 2019 International Education Week! This page is constantly updating, so be sure to keep checking back for the latest developments.

UCF IEW 2016

Monday, Nov. 18


12th Annual International Breakfast 

Our kick-off event will feature David Ignatius, foreign affairs columnist and best-selling novelist. Ignatius is a globetrotting journalist with more than 40 years of on-the-ground reporting experience on politics, economics and the Middle East.

To secure tickets, please fill out this form.

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
UCF Student Union – Pegasus Ballroom


Ticket Admission Required

Japanese Shakuhachi

Monday, Nov. 18


Japanese Shakuhachi Performance

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami and the UCF Japanese program present a Japanese Shakuhachi Performance at UCF. Enjoy the shakuachi performance with an introduction and Q&A. Please RSVP on the event link below. 

 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  UCF Student Union – Cape Florida Ballroom

Colombian dancers

Monday, Nov. 18


Colombia — A Cultural Treasure

Colombia is a multicultural country, full of opportunities to grow with creativity in various areas. This event intends to showcase the richness of our culture, traditions and values. We will feature three different geographical areas with its food, clothing, music and folk.

 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  UCF Global Building – Room 101

Language Speed Dating

Monday, Nov. 18


3rd Annual Language Speed Dating

Hosted by Modern Languages and Literatures, this event offers attendees the opportunity to experience many different languages in a fun, multicultural setting.

 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  UCF Student Union – Room 218 A & B

russia culture

Monday, Nov. 18


Russian Students Discussion Panel

The Russian-American Student association at UCF presents the discussion panel with international students from Russia. This is a cross-cultural event where the participants produce some guidelines with which people from different cultures can better communicate with each other.

 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
 Trevor Colbourn Hall – Room 358B

belly dance

Monday, Nov. 18


Cultural Dance Bellydancing 

Get active with a Bellydance class and shimmy at the RWC with MSC. 

 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 Recreation and Wellness Center – Main GE Studio


Monday, Nov. 18


Russian Ethnical Groups

The Russian American Student Association at UCF is hosting a presentation on Russian ethnical groups. The presentation will discuss how different ethnicities contribute to the cultural identity of the nation as a whole and what traditions they bring to the table. 

 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
 UCF Student Union – Room 223 (Cedar Key)

Russian  Culture Night

Monday, Nov. 18


Russian Culture Night

This a Faculty Only event — Please RSVP by November 13th.

Hosted by Dr. Kourova, the Russian Culture Night presents different cultural topics about Russia. This Russian culture night will be about classical music in the life of Russian people. A short violin concert and Russian food will be followed by a presentation.  

 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
 Classroom Building 1 – Room 205


Monday, Nov. 18


Celebrate You…with Tower Two! 

An international night of food, crafts, games and fun!

 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Tower 2 – Lobby


Tuesday, Nov. 19


Intern Abroad Programs — Experiential Learning 

Are you interested in seeking global experiences and participating in internships abroad? Come to our info session to learn about how you can earn course credit, apply major-related theory, and develop cultural, adaptability skills at the same time! Internship opportunities are available in Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Dublin, Ireland; London, England; Asia; Europe; and Latin-America.

 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 Career Services Main Office – Room 121


Tuesday, Nov. 19


Ecuador — Located in the Middle of the World

Ecuador is a mega diverse country, from the miles of coastal beaches and fishing boats, to the towering Andean mountains and volcanos, to the Amazon – in addition to the Galapagos Island. Come join us in sharing our culture, folklore, traditions, and values through our folk, music, dance, art, and food.

 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
 UCF Global Building – Room 101


Tuesday, Nov. 19


Celebrating Quechua

This semester, UCF’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offered Quechua class for the first time. These classes, free to UCF students and the broader community, end on November 19th, and we will mark the culmination of a very successful semester with traditional Andean dances, food, and more.

 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 Trevor Colbourn Hall – Room 358B

puerto rico 2

Tuesday, Nov. 19


Celebrate Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is an island 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, and is a country full of culture with opportunities to grow creatively in various areas. This event is intended to show the richness of Puerto Rican culture, traditions, and values. We will present our culture through dances, music, and crafts, with the participation of Puerto Rican children and teachers of Renaissance Charter School.

 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  UCF Global Building – Room 101


Tuesday, Nov. 19


Art and Puppetry in Modern Israel

Join us for an evening of art and puppetry with Israeli visiting professor Ayelet Golan. Golan will present about her work and puppetry in Israel followed by a Q&A with the audience. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP here:

 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  Central Florida Hillel


Tuesday, Nov. 19


Voices of Venezuela

This event brings together a cross-section of displaced Venezuelans who have settled in Central Florida, ranging from laborers to artists and activists. Come listen to a panel portraying their  perspectives.

 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  Trevor Colbourn Hall – Room 358B

connecting classrooms

Wednesday, Nov. 20


Connecting Classrooms

Connecting Classrooms is a Skype conference and an international project between the Intermediate Russian class and Lyceum 7 in Novocherrkas, Russia.

 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  Classroom Building 1 – Room 205


Wednesday, Nov. 20


Fall 2019 Service-Learning Showcase

Join us as students present their academic service-learning projects to faculty judges and the general public. Come and learn how service with local, regional, national, and international organizations benefits student learning outcomes as well as the greater community. 

 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 UCF Student Union – Pegasus Ballroom


Wednesday, Nov. 20


Rosen College International Day 

Join faculty, staff, and students as we gather for light snacks, games, and information sharing!

 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
 Rosen Campus – Three Pillars Student Lounge

mexican console

Wednesday, Nov. 20


Celebrate Mexico 

Come out and celebrate the various treasures Mexico has to share with the world. The Mexican Consulate in Orlando is honored to feature Mexican talents that represent our culture and traditions with artists, musicians and a discussion featuring the General Consul of Mexico Juan Sabines.

 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 UCF Global Building – Room 101


Wednesday, Nov. 20


Festivals of the World 

Come join us as we celebrate different festivals from around the world! We will have stations set up around the room.

 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 UCF Student Union – Cape Florida Ballroom


Wednesday, Nov. 20


Cultural Traditions of India: Music and Art

Pandit Nandkishor Muley, Sanjana Deshmukh, and the students of UCF’s Burnett Honors College will showcase the music, visual art, and food of India.

 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
 Burnett Honors College – Reading Room


Wednesday, Nov. 20


Russian Tea Hour

This event is hosted by Dr. Kourova and will be about different language and cultural program opportunities for students in Russia.

 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  Trevor Colbourn Hall – Room 358B


Wednesday, Nov. 20


UCF Spanish Master’s Showcase: Access to the Future, Access to Cultures

There will be ativities, readings, and food related to the UCF Spanish Master’s degree program in Spanish. All are welcome, and this will be of particular interest to prospective graduate students in cultural studies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish.

 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 Trevor Colbourn Hall – Room 358B


Thursday, Nov. 21


UCF Global Expo

A showcase of international and global efforts at UCF and in the Central Florida community. Learn how to get involved internationally while enjoying fun activities, food, music, and giveaways. If you are interested in tabling and being represented during the Expo, please email 


 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 UCF Student Union – Pegasus Ballroom


Thursday, Nov. 21


Immigration 101

Immigration is a prominent topic in the national discourse and affects the lives of millions of people, yet it is incredibly complex and difficult to understand. The Immigration 101 workshop explores basic immigration concepts so that participants walk away with a better understanding of this important topic. 


 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
 UCF Global Building – Room 122

Study in Canada

Friday, Nov. 22


Study in Canada and Beyond!

Come learn about Canada’s Express Entry option from the Consulate General of Canada. This is a great benefit to students exploring post-study choices. Light refreshments will be served.

 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
 UCF Global Building – Room 101A


Friday, Nov. 22


Saudi Festival

Come celebrate the culture and heritage of Saudi Arabia in the biggest Saudi festival! Al-Jenadriyah is an annual celebration in which we celebrate by presenting our ancient heritage of traditional arts and customs. The event is organized to showcase Saudi Arabia’s past, present and future. Come join us and navigate through each and every region of Saudi Arabia to try our local food, present traditional music and dance performances as well as try on our unique costumes!

 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 Memory Mall


Friday, Nov. 22


Hear From Your Peers: International Students share their Successful Internship Journeys

Learn from other international students about their journey securing and completing successful internships in the United States. Along with how their internship experiences enhanced their academic endeavors and build new skills and knowledge. 

 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 Career Services Main Office – Room 121


Friday, Nov. 22


Intercultural Competency Workshop

This interactive session explores key concepts in intercultural competency and engages participants in activities to increase self-awareness and understanding across difference.


 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
 UCF Global Building – Room 101


Friday, Nov. 22


Rosen International Movie Night

Join us as we watch CRAZY RICH ASIANS (2018) and enjoy light refreshments.

 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
 Rosen Campus – Room 102R

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