IEW 2015 Events

International Education Week ends this Friday! This is your chance to put yourself on the map. Stop by the atrium of Clough Commons to mark where you’ve been, where you’re from, and where you are going. More events at

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Monday, November 16th

Tuesday, November 17th

Wednesday, November 18th

Thursday, November 19th

Friday, November 20th

Saturday, November 21st

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. Watch a video of Hillary Clinton discussing IEW here.  Read a letter from Michelle Obama here. 

Georgia Tech celebrates International Education Week (IEW) each year with a series of events that highlight Tech's international opportunities and that recognize the international accomplishments of Tech students, faculty, and staff. With the OIE Photo Contest and International Coffee Hour recurring annually,  new events encouraging global engagement are introduced each year.


   IEW 2015: Sustainability and Service Learning with a Global Focus

                  Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 20



Monday, November 16th
  • Free Hot Chocolate: 9 - 11am, Tech Walkway. Find out more about International Education Week by picking up your 'passport' to the week of event! Grab a cup of hot chocolate with Buzz!

  • IEW Kick Off - Put Yourself on the MAP: 11 - 1pm, Clough Atrium, Come ‘put yourself on the map’ with Buzz! Stop by the Clough Atrium to say hi to Buzz and put stickers on our world map to show us where you’ve been, where you’re from and where you are going!



  •  "Embodied Democracy: Sexual Harrassment and Activism in Egypt": 4 - 5:30pm, Stephen C. Hall Bldg Room 102. Join us for a lecture by Dr. Laura Bier, Associate Professor of History.


  • OIE Campus Partners Updates: 4 - 5pm, Student Center Commons Crescent Room. Open to all, but specifically geared to faculty and staff - please join us to learn about how OIE has changed over the past year and how we can collaborate to better serve GT students. 


  • Irina Prokhorova at Georgia Tech - The State of the Humanities in Russia Today: 4:30pm, Swann Building, Room 206. Irina Prokhorova, a leading Russian intellectual and democratic politician, will be lecturing on the state of the humanities in today's Russia. Please join us for this enlightening event. 

  • GlobalNet Social: 5pm, Bill Moore Student Success Center President Suites A-D, Invitation only social for faculty and scholars. Will also feature an update on GT’s Global Internship Program. Hosted by the Vice Provost for International Initiatives. 

  • International Coffee Hour: 6 - 8pm, Tech Rec,  co-sponsored by Global Jackets, CaribSA (Caribbean Student Association) and OIE. Join OIE at the IEW Coffee Hour to meeting new friends and enjoy a coffee with your conversation!


  • Service & Sustainability Abroad: Talk and Panel Discussion: 6pm, Boggs B6. Panel discussion with faculty and students who have led and participated in study abroad programs that have a service and/or sustainability component. Moderated by the Director of Education Abroad.

Tuesday, November 17th
  • ACIREMA: 9:30am, Student Center Commons Peachtree Room. GT staff and faculty are invited to join us for a fun, interactive simulation game designed to give participants a glimpse into the journey that international students undertake in coming to study in the United States. You will play the part of an International student from the country of Acirema, and your goal is to make it to Georgia Tech. The simulation will last approximately 45 minutes with discussion immediately following. RSVP is required here.
  • Fulbright Awards for Faculty: 10am, Student Center Room 321. Catherine Johnston Matto, Assistant Director of South and Central Asia / East Asia and the Pacific, Fulbright US Scholar Program will join us to provide information for faculty on applying to the Fulbright Scholar program. Open to all GT Faculty. 


  • Education Abroad Scholarships Information Session: 11am, Bill Moore Student Success Center, Clary Theater. The OIE scholarships advisor will be covering information on OIE Administered Scholarships, National Scholarships, and tips and tricks for a competitive application. 
  • Materials and Renewable Energy Research at Georgia Tech-Lorraine: 11am, Clough Room 423. Dr. Yves Berthelot, Vice Provost for International Initiatives, will give a general overview of GTL and UMI research. His presentation will be followed by a round table discussion and Q&A with faculty from the College of Engineering: Dr. Bernard Kippelen (ECE), Dr. Surya Kalidindi (ME), Dr. Laurent Capolungo (ME).


  • How to Find a Global Internship: 11am, Savant Room 308. This workshop will tell you about opportunities to intern abroad through Georgia Tech. 


  • Fulbright Awards for Staff: 2pm, Student Center Room 321. Catherine Johnston Matto, Assistant Director of South and Central Asia / East Asia and the Pacific, Fulbright US Scholar Program will join us to provide information for staff on applying to the Fulbright International Education Administrators program. Previous GT staff recipients will also be present to share their experiences.




  • International Service Learning Opportunities Information Session: 5pm, Savant Room 308. Come learn about international service learning programs in Dublin, Ireland, Cape Town, South Africa and Santiago, Dominican Republic. 


  • Communicating the Value of the IP: 5pm, Student Center Room 319. We invite International Plan students to join us to learn about how best to communicate the knowledge and skills they have gained from the International Plan on their resumes and in interviews. It is a particularly relevant workshop for juniors and seniors, but all IP students are invited to join.


  • International Scuba Trip Information Session: 6:00pm, CRC, Room 134. Attend an information to learn more about this year's spring break trip. The location of the scuba trip will be announced at the information sessions. For more information, follow this link:
Wednesday, November 18th
  • GT Passport Fair: 9am -3pm, Student Center Commons Peachtree Room. Attention travelers! Are you looking to get your first passport, or to get your current passport renewed? Let us make it easy for you! Stop by the U.S. Passport Fair on Wednesday, November 18th from 9am-3pm in the Student Center Peachtree Room, where you'll find everything you need to process your passport application in one convenient location! Representatives from the Post Office will be on site to take professional passport photos, and representatives from the Atlanta Passport Agency will be present to help you with your application. Some documentation will be necessary, please register here to receive more details about your specific documentation needs. Please note that this fair is for U.S. Passports only.


  • J-1 Employment: 11am, Savant Room 308, J-1 students interested in working in the U.S before or after graduation should attend this session to learn about their employment authorization options.
  • Peace Corps Information Session: 3pm, Student Center Commons Piedmont Room. Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join Todd Harwell, Regional Recruiter and Returned Volunteer (Peru, 2012 – 2015), at this information session to learn about Volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.


  • Georgia Tech - Shenzhen Information Session: 4:35pm, Clough room 323. Georgia Tech's newest instructional site is in Shenzhen, China, serving graduate students and senior undergraduate students. Our GT-Shenzhen location is 4 miles from the border crossing with Hong Kong and we are in the high tech center of Shenzhen and China! Courses at GT-Shenzhen are taught by GT faculty and the course credits appear on your GT transcript as usual. Students studying at GT-Shenzhen pay GT-Shenzhen tuition & fees which are comparable to the in-state tuition & fees at GT-Atlanta. Scholarships are available. Please join us for a GT-Shenzhen information session during 4:35-5:35pm on Wednesday November 18, in Clough 323. Pizza and drinks will be served. Contact:


  • The Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Sponsorship in the U.S: Informational Presentation with Immigration Lawyer Chuck Kuck: 6pm, Bill Moore Student Success Center, Clary Theater. OIE hosts an informational presentation covering employment and family based pathways for temporary and permanent visas in the U.S. including H1B work visas and avenues for legal permanent residency in the U.S. This session will be led by Chuck Kuck from Kuck Immigration Partners, LLC.


Thursday, November 19th
  • Georgia Tech Swimming & Diving Invite: November 19 - 21: Prelims start at 10am & finals are at 6pm each day at the CRC's competition pool. Come support the international students on our roster!


  • Pizza & Panel - Global Engineering Leadership Minor Panel:11am, Mason Building Room 5134. Ever thought about getting a minor? Don’t know what to choose? Come learn about the new Leadership Studies Minor with a focus on Global Engineering Leadership! The minor develops leadership and cross-cultural  skills that prepare you to lead in engineering and technology fields, and in business, government, and humanitarian contexts. The minor will expose you to the engineering challenges of our time and help prepare you to develop meaningful solutions.More information is available at: Please RVSP here:


  • A World of Difference: 11am, Student Center Commons Peachtree Room.  Interested in learning cultural skills required in today's global economy? All GA Tech students (international and non-international) are invited to attend a viewing of A World of Difference, a film used by many corporations to learn about the challenges international teams face due to cultural misunderstandings. During the film and discussion, students will learn best practices to succeed in diverse international teams as well as improve their own intercultural communication skills. RSVP Here.
  • Georgia Tech-Lorraine Information Session: 11am, Clough room 127. Become a global citizen while studying at Georgia Tech’s oldest international campus in Metz, France. Over the past 25 years, thousands of Georgia Tech students have spent a semester or two at GT-Lorraine with many describing the experience as the most memorable in their time at Georgia Tech. Classes taught in English by Georgia Tech faculty with in-state tuition and an opportunity to travel Europe on the weekends. Food and drink will be served. Contact


  • SAA - International Presence at Tech: 11am, Table on Tech Walkway. Come meet representatives from the Student Alumni Association and talk to them about international life at Tech, how to be involved with campus, and understanding how philanthropy, alumni connections and school spirit help the school as well as the students. 


  • OIE Photo Contest Reception: 2pm, Clough Commons 3rd Floor Gallery. The Photo Contest Reception will officially recognize the 2015 OIE Photo Contest winners, reveal the Facebook Favorite winner, and there will be cake to celebrate. All are welcome!
  • "Predictive Modeling of Consumer Energy Technolgy Adoption": 3 - 4pm, Library Ferst Room (7th floor). The School of Public Policy Speaker Series presents Dr. Varun Rai from the University of Texas to its fall speaker series. 


  • Unpacking your Global Experience: 5pm, Bill Moore Student Success Center, Clary Theater. This workshop will focus on highlighting your international experiences on your resume and in interviews to showcase your global skills to potential employers. This workshop is relevant for past study abroad students, intern abroad students, or international students at Tech. Please bring your resume with you. RSVPs are requested to​​


  • International Scuba Trip Information Session: 6:00pm, CRC, Room 240. Attend an information to learn more about this year's spring break trip. The location of the scuba trip will be announced at the information sessions. For more information, follow this link:


  • China Care Cure Your Cravings: 6pm, Klaus Atrium. Celebrate Chinese culture and "cure your cravings" with delicious, restaurant-catered CHINESE CUISINE (with vegetarian options). Our captivating ENTERTAINMENT will include a dance group as well as live instrumental and singing performances. Bring your friends and experience this exciting event together! Find more information and pricing for tickets at:


  • "Serve, Learn, Sustain in Spain" - Study Abroad Information Session: 6pm, Swann Building Room 206. Come learn about a new semester-long study abroad program in Granada, Spain that combines community outreach projects, sustainability studies, and intensive conversation practice. For more information, contact Dr. Kelly Comfort


  • Focus on Japan: 6pm, Swann room 115. Enjoy presentations on the Japanese Program (courses and faculty), study abroad and internship opportunities, student organizations, updates from alumni and friends, along with Japanese food and much more. 


  • International Options Webinar: 7pm, online. This interactive webinar is for prospective GT students (international and domestic!) to learn about all the opportunities Georgia Tech will provide for them to become truly global citizens. A student panel will discuss the international student perspective, study abroad and intern abroad experiences and the International Plan. 
  • I-House Coffee Hour - Book Club: 7pm, I-House. Join the I-House residents for discussing their international book club choice: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. You can purchase the book online - read more about it here: Nigerian desserts and tea will be served. 


  • Peace Symphony by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky: 7:30 - 9:30pm, Ferst Center for the Arts. Inspired by the everyday stories of the last remaining survivors of the nuclear bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, has created Peace Symphony. The idea behind this electronic and acoustic musical portrait came from his personal interaction with eight survivors on Peace Boat’s 83rd Global Voyage where Miller recently served as a guest educator and artist-in-residence. The performance also features the Nouveau Classical Project quartet. This performance is presented as part of the Arts@Tech 2015-16 Season.  Purchase tickets here: Georgia Tech student, faculty and staff discounts will be available.


Friday, November 20th


  • Education Abroad Send-Off and New York Times Event: 11am, Student Center Commons Peachtree Room. Please join OIE Staff for a Send Off Celebration for students who are about to go on study abroad program! This will be a time for students who are preparing to study abroad to collaborate with peers who have just returned from their experiences abroad.  Students will also be given free online access to one year of a New York Times subscription, to be utilized before, during, and after their study abroad experience at this event. There will be light refreshments. We hope to see you there!
  • Stress across Cultures: No Translation Needed: 11am, Table in Student Center. The Office of Health Promotion and the Georgia Tech Counseling Center are going to address the issue of stress on campus. No matter where you are from, stressors are inevitable! To help manage stress, this interactive tabling activity will offer stress management tips from a variety of cultural perspectives and allow students to create their own stress balls. All students are affected by stress, so let's find a way to #StressLessGT!


  • Community Garden Work Day - IEW Edition: 2 - 4pm. Come celebrate International Education Week by helping at the IEW sponsored community garden workday! It will take place at the Georgia Tech community garden, which is located in the green space directly behind the Instructional Center (between the IC and Boggs). Participants can expect to help with garden maintenance, including planting, weeding, establishing a compost, and more. Everyone is invited to participate regardless of gardening experience level, and all tools and gloves will be provided. Wear clothes that are weather appropriate but that you don't mind getting dirty!  Anyone is welcome! Learn more about Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS) at


Saturday, November 21st


Past IEW Events

IEW 2014

IEW 2013

IEW 2012