International Education Week

Students socializing

IEW at UC Santa Cruz

International Education Week (IEW) 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 our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

Each year, the Division of Global Engagement partners with departments, colleges, and offices across campus to provide our community with a wide range of intercultural, international, and globally-themed events during IEW. This is an excellent opportunity to broaden your cultural perspective by sharing with and learning from others.

If you are interested in partnering/promoting an international-themed event during IEW, please contact

Join us in Celebrating IEW 2023

Dates: November 13-16

All programs below are free of charge and open to all students and scholars, international and domestic. Times are listed in Pacific Time. Some programs require registration.


Monday, November 13

Info Session: Italian Culture through Food and Conversation on the Amalfi Coast (Global Seminar) | 12:00 – 13:00 | Cowell 113 | Register Here

  • Join us for an in-person information session about the Summer 2024 Amalfi Coast Global Seminar!
  • Program Description: Investigate Italian culture and language while exploring the small town of Sorrento on the majestic Amalfi Coast. The program will be hosted by Sant’Anna Institute, where you will take language and culture courses, and learn about food production in Italy. You’ll discover how the locals live through an immersive experience including cultural excursions as well as cooking courses and tastings. You will experience Italian language and culture as you shop, eat, and mingle with locals.

International Education Week Kickoff | 19:00 – 20:30 | Namaste Lounge

  • We are kicking off International Education Week with a bang. Come swing by the Namaste Lounge at C9/JRL to celebrate our campus’ global diversity with student-led activities.
  • Free boba, international snacks, and raffle prizes for attendees.
  • This session is hosted in partnership with the College 9/John R. Lewis College Student Life team.

Tuesday, November 14

UCDC Systemwide Information Session | 11:00 – 12:00 | Register for Zoom Link

  • Did you know you can study away at the University of California’s Washington DC program? Come learn more about UCDC and how you can spend a quarter or more studying in our nation’s capital.
  • This session is hosted by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).

Global Leaders: Food Art Challenge  | 17:30 – 19:00 | Namaste Lounge | Register Here

  • The Global Leader team is hosting a creative team intercultural art challenge event! Come and work as a team to craft and assemble a cultural dish out of paper and art supplies. 
  • The most creative and realistic dish (in art form) will win a grand prize for all team members! 

The ABCs of Global Learning for ABC Students | 18:00 – 19:00 | Register for Zoom Link

  • Explore what it’s like to experience Blackness in different cultural contexts through the lived experiences of UC ABC (African, African-American, Afro-Latine, Black, or Caribbean) global learning alumni who studied or interned in different parts of the world.
  • We will tackle important issues around race and identity abroad and away, considerations in different cultural regions, how to navigate your transition to a new culture, and what resources you can use to prepare and set expectations for success.

Wednesday, November 15

First But Not Last: Study Abroad for First Generation Students | 15:00 – 16:00 | Register for Zoom Link

  • As a first-generation college student, you’re already forging new ground as you navigate the UC system, so you already have what it takes to successfully navigate a new culture, country, or region abroad. Your study abroad program is within reach!
  • Attend this session to learn more about:
    • How to identify, plan, and budget for your dream study abroad program.
    • How other first-generation students were able to not only be the first in their families to attend college but to go abroad as well.

College Night at College Nine/John R. Lewis College | 17:00 – 19:00 | C9/JRL Multipurpose Room

  • A College Night is a special community program that has three components: education, entertainment, and a wonderful meal. College Nights bring together the entire college community (on and off-campus students, staff, and faculty) for a meal accompanied by music, dance, and multicultural enrichment.
  • More information coming soon.

Thursday, November 16

Diversity Abroad Campus Visit | 09:00 – 17:00 | Classroom Unit 101, etc.

  • A representative from Diversity Abroad will be visiting the UCSC campus to provide classroom presentations, an information session in partnership with UCSC Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) and UCSC Global Learning, and tabling on Diversity Abroad resources and study abroad opportunities.
  • This campus visit is for ALL UCSC students, but especially students of all racial/ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ students, STEM majors, religious minorities, first-generation college students, students with high financial need, and more!

Info Session: Cultures of Southern Spain (Global Seminar) | 14:00 – 15:00 | Humanities 2-259 or Online | Register for In-Person | Register for Zoom Link

  • Join us for a hybrid information session about the Summer 2024 Spain & Morocco Global Seminar! 
  • Program Description: Explore Granada, Spain and its role in collective memory as a site of encounter between Christian and Muslim, and European and North African societies. Through medieval and modern transformations, writers, artists, and musicians turn to the city as a site of inspiration and investigation of religious and cultural relationships, exploring missed opportunities, hidden and alternate pasts, and unacknowledged inheritances. Through class lessons and cultural activities in Spain and Morocco, you will investigate these rich sites of cultural encounter firsthand and learn about the ways these encounters have been imagined and invoked in Spanish, Arabic, and beyond. 

International Trivia Night | 17:00 – 19:00 | Namaste Lounge | Register Here

  • Join us for an evening of international-themed trivia with your fellow UCSC community members. There will be snacks and prizes
  • Feel free to sign up individually or with a team (up to 4 people). If solo, we’ll place you on a team during the event.
  • This event is hosted in partnership with The CoCurricular Programs Office at College 9/John R. Lewis College.

Previous IEW Sessions

View anytime – Session recordings from previous years

We invite you to enjoy these previous International Education Week recordings below.

Chinese Names Pronunciation Workshop

Beyond OPT: Immigration After Graduation Workshop

Top 10 Strategies to Boost Your International Study and Career Planning