November 2013: Exit Programming for International Students Who Are Completing a Program of Study

Using the school mascot

We hold a reception for all the graduating international students and invite the university mascot. The students would take pictures with the mascot and the ISSS office would make a photo album on our Facebook page so the students could view them later. We also created a Facebook location "check-in" so students could post the photos and tag their friends.

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April 2013: Webinars

Religion 101 webinars

It would be great to have a series that is a primer on various religious. I was thinking Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism off the top of my head... The webinar could address how the principles of the religion could appear in our international students' actions. On the Education Abroad side, it could address how receiving countries with a strong religious majority may impact the students stay. For example, being LGBTQ ...more »

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October 2013: International Education Week

Intl Flash Demos (University of Florida)

These are 10-15 minute demonstrations to be performed in a public area on campus. Suggestions: how to wear a sari, mate making, tea swap activity, tea ceremonies, head wrapping, henna painting, intl. sport demos, writing names using foreign alphabets, belly dancing, capoeira, etc. We ask speakers to make demos/performances as interactive as possible, and to make sure to indicate that their performance is "in celebration ...more »

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October 2013: International Education Week

Photo Contest

I have done this at multiple institutions, and it has been a relatively easy and fun way to engage students, staff, and faculty into International Education Week. I usually pick a theme for the photo contest ("celebrating the international", "the world through the senses", etc.). You can have a submission due date before international education week, have a group of judges pick the winners, then announce the winners during ...more »

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October 2013: International Education Week

International Thanksgiving

Since IE Week always happens the week before Thanksgiving break, the International Office staff cooks a Thanksgiving dinner for International students, including a turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, thanksgiving desserts, and more. This event has become so popular recently that our office has had to ask Dining Services for some help and we have now opened it up to the entire campus community to enjoy ...more »

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October 2013: International Education Week

IEW Partnerships Accross Campus

At DePaul University, we partner with academic and student service departments around the university to create internationally focused events during International Education Week, and then we market everything together. We kick the week off with an event that celebrates students' journeys and end the week with a raffle drawing. This allows us to reach out to students, faculty and staff and think about their work in an ...more »

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October 2013: International Education Week

Coordinating with the Campus Cafeteria

Each year, in October, we reached out to the student cafeteria to coordinate with them on featuring an internationally inspired cuisine item on the menu each day of IEW. They would also allow us to place tri-folds on the tables to highlight the events we have for the week. An idea we had but was never able to get it off the ground was to have lunch time performances from some of our student performing arts clubs!

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