International Education Week

International Education Week occurs every November as a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment. The International Student Center in partnership with other academic and administrative units plans a number of cultural, educational, and social programs during this week.

Activities happening this week

Nov. 16

6 PM - 7 PM
World Music Series:
Music of Iran

Smith Recital Hall


Tickets: $12 students
$15 general admission

5 PM - 9 PM
International Dining
Featuring: Italian

Cuicacalli Dining Hall

Nov. 17

3:30PM - 4PM
Chinese Tea Ceremony

Co-hosted by Confusious Institute


4PM - 5PM

Screening of
The Dialogue


ISC Lounge

7 PM - 8.30 PM
Avoiding War in the Middle East

Arts and Letters 101

5 PM - 9 PM
International Dining

Cuicacalli Dining Hall

Nov. 18

10 AM - 1PM
International Peace Village

Montezuma Hall

2 - 3PM
Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop

Storm Hall 12

3 - 4PM
Understanding Arab Culture

Life Sciences 101

5 - 8PM
International Film Showcase

Aztec Student Union Theatre

5 PM - 9 PM
International Dining
Featuring: French

Cuicacalli Dining Hall

Nov. 19

2 - 3:50PM
International Program Presentations

Arts & Letters 101

5 PM - 6:30PM
Panel Discussion: Refugee Crisis in Europe

Hosted by
Scholars without Borders


ISC Lounge

5 PM - 9 PM
International Dining
Featuring: Asian

Cuicacalli Dining Hall

Nov. 20

Noon - 1 PM
International Coffee Hour

ISC Lounge

6 - 10PM
SDSU VSA 3rd Annual Film Festival

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre

5 PM - 9 PM
International Dining
Featuring: Greek

Cuicacalli Dining Hall

Check back for updates!

Event Description:

World Music Series: Music of Iran
Featuring Dornob, a collective of musicians - now spanning two generations who've been playing Persian music in San Diego since 1985.
When: Monday, November 16, 6pm - 7pm
Location: Smith Recital Hall
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Chinese Tea Ceremony & Screening of The Dialogue
The Confucius Institute will lead a traditional tea ceremony and explain the cultural significance. At 4:00, the documentary The Dialogue will be shown, it follows 4 American and 4 Chinese students as they explore each other's backgrounds and learn cross-cultural communication skills while traveling through China.
When: 3:00pm Tea Ceremony, 4:00 Film start
Location: ISC Lounge

Trita Parsi, "Avoiding War and Nuclear Armageddon in the Middle East: Iran, Israel, and Regional Unrest"
Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the $200,000Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an award-wining author of two books, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US (Yale University Press, 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012). Treacherous Alliance won the Grawemeyer award and Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008 (Silver medallion).
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: Arts and Letters 101

International Peace Village
In celebration of International Education Week, the International Student Center and the International Student Association, in collaboration with ONE SDSU Community will be hosting the 59th Annual International Peace Village. International Peace Village aims to promote global awareness, cross-cultural communication and international goodwill. Through performances, country showcases and music, SDSU is celebrating everything international on campus.
Time: 10:00 - 1:00pm
Location: Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Montezuma Hall
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Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop
Senay Kahsay was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After living in Seattle and attending Yale University, Senay returned to Ethiopia as a Fulbright U.S. Student to study the Ethiopian coffee supply chain's demand forecast practices. In Addis, Senay collaborated with the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) to identify opportunities for improving demand management practices by interviewing farmers, cooperatives, processors and exporters​.​ Senay currently works for the Boeing Company's Supplier Management organization as a Market Intelligence Analyst.
Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Storm Hall 12

Arab Culture: A communication focused perspective
Professor Manal Swairjo is an Arab-American who grew up in Kuwait and moved to the US at age 23 to pursue her dreams in science. With a lot of Star Trek and cowboy movies behind her, she thought she knew America when she landed in Boston in 1989, but life as an international student at Boston University proved otherwise. In this talk, Prof. Swairjo will shed light on the differences in public relations styles between the Arab and American cultures, and share her own challenges and breakthroughs in jumping over the cultural fence.
Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Life Sciences 101 (North)

International Film Showcase
The International Student Association will host a showcase of several short International Films.
Time: 5:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre

International Program Presentations
SDSU students participated in International Volunteer, Internship & Short-term programs all over the world last summer! Come see their presentations and get inspired to find a great international opportunity for yourself!
Time: 2:00 - 3:50pm
Location: Arts & Letters 101

Refugee Crisis in Europe: A Panel discussion with local experts on the topic
They will have speakers from Germany Chamber of Commerce, Survivors of Torture International, Kurdish Refugee Committee and an SDSU Professor
Refreshments provided
Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm
Loction: ISC Lounge

International Coffee Hour - Mexico
The International Student Association hosts a weekly coffee hour where a different country is presented each time. Come learn about the different cultures that are part of SDSU' diverse international student community.
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: ISC Lounge

SDSU VSA 3rd Annual Film Festival
Every year, the Vietnamese Student Association at SDSU holds a film festival with a common theme for filmmakers across Southern California Vietnamese Student Associations to participate and compete against each other in. Exhibition films and performances also make up the event, making it a showcase of creativity in media while also celebrating the diversity of filmmaking and ideas, as well as the spirit of networking and friendly competition within the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations in Southern California.
Time: 6:00 - 10:00pm
Location: Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre