International education week celebrates diversity

KAIA RUGSETH

krugset09@ole.augie.edu

 

Augustana will join schools from all over the world to celebrate student exchanges and international education during International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 12 to 16.

This week is arranged to encourage international exchanges and full-time studies abroad, and bring light to the importance of an international education to prepare for jobs in a global environment.

“This week gives us a designated week to throw it all out there, to promote a wide variety of events that spread across a range of interests,” said Natalie Klevan, president of the Augustana International Club.

“They don’t always have to be deep and thoughtful conversations on world issues. It can be as simple as learning a phrase in another language or being exposed to a different kind of food.”

The U.S. Department of State and Department of Education work together to arrange International Education Week each year. IEW was first arranged back in 2000.

There will be a variety of things going on around campus during the week, including a study abroad table every day from 10-11 and 12-1. Additionally, the commons will be serving internationally themed food throughout the week.

“The events this next week are going to be a lot of fun,” Klevan said. “Our speaker is dynamic, the film is thought provoking, Spanish dances are a fantastic way to let loose and take a break from the stress of November, and there is always something to be learned.

“The German Club is putting on a number of short presentations about Germany that will be fun and energetic. There are a number of student organizations involved in making this week of events happen, and it should be an exciting week to take part in.”