International Education Week, November 13th-17th

Posted By: Vicki McDonald On: 2023-11-13
Posted On: 2023-11-13

International Education Week, November 13th-17th

Special activities and fun prizes will be available during the week of November 13th-17th in recognition of International Education Week (IEW).

IEW is an annual opportunity to celebrate international education and exchange worldwide.  An initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, IEW provides a dedicated week for institutions across the U.S. to recognize international students, promote education abroad, learn about other countries and cultures, and support internationalization.

SMU’s International Center has planned the following events and encourages students, faculty and staff to participate.  Please contact with any questions.

Schedule of Events

Trivia Contest – all week – online

Test your ability to correctly answer trivia from a variety of the home countries of SMU’s undergraduate international students.  In the spirit of friendly competition, participants are asked not to use the internet to assist with answer choices.  Answer all questions for a chance to win a prize (student category and a faculty/staff category).  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in each category for participants answering the most questions correctly.  Should any tie occur, a random drawing will be held to declare winners. Trivia Contest ends Friday, November 17th at 4:00 pm. Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, November 20.

Link to Trivia Contest

International Movie Monday (6:30-8:30pm, Nov. 13)

Watch Belle, Monday, November 13th, 6:30-8:30pm in the International Center (the Heights bld.).  Written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda, Belle is a Japanese film (anime, fantasy, adventure), which tells the story of Suzu Naito dealing with life both inside and outside of the virtual world.  Rotten Tomatoes ranks this movie in its top ten best foreign-language movies of 2022.  Belle has an IMDb rating of 7.1/10 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95%.

Prove It For A Treat Tuesday-Friday (1:00-4:30pm, Nov. 14-17)

Do you know where the International Center (IC), home to study abroad & international student services, is located?  If you can prove it by finding your way to the IC & stopping in to say hello to any of the staff (1:00-4:30pm, Tuesday-Friday), you will not only earn a treat-bag with international candy but also have your name entered into a drawing for a chance to win a larger SMU/international themed prize!

Talking Tolkien With Tadie (& Halberg) Thursday (12:15-1:00pm, Cardinal Club, Nov. 16)

Come to the Cardinal Club, 12:15-1:00pm, Thursday, November 16 to engage in a fun and informative discussion about all things J.R.R. Tolkien.  The conversation also includes information about how you can explore Tolkien’s England through SMU’s newest travel-study course, PH 388 Talking Tolkien in England, happening spring semester.  A representative from the International Center will also be present to answer questions about all SMU study abroad programs.  All participants can enter to win a Lord of the Rings travel mug!

Fortune Cookie Friday (Nov. 17, various offices & cafeteria)

The finale of International Education Week will be celebrated with fortune cookies with attached fun facts from countries representing both the homelands of SMU’s undergraduate international students and locations of study abroad opportunities.  On Friday, cookies and fun facts will be distributed throughout various Winona campus offices and the cafeteria.

Taste The World – all week – cafeteria

Each day, Monday through Friday, Chartwells will prepare a variety of foods from the home countries of some of our international students.

Monday lunch – Canada:  Tourtiere, a savory meat pie with pastry crust

Tuesday dinner – China:  Char Siu Pork Roast

Wednesday lunch – Argentina:  Chicken Empanadas

Thursday dinner – France:  Coq Au Vin Rouge

Friday lunch – Japan:  Shrimp Yakisoba