International Education Week



International Education Week

November 11-15, 2013

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange world-wide. In recognition of the contributions that international students make in globalizing the UIC campus, OIS celebrates International Education Week by hosting its annual International Expo in conjunction with a week-long program of events. The Expo, which features cultural displays, presentations and demonstrations by UIC international students, highlights the cultural enrichment and diversity that international students offer the UIC learning community. Students from around the world teach the audience about the unique aspects of their countries and cultures through fun and interactive activities.

International Education Week Activities
Photo Contest
In celebration of International Education Week, November 11-15, 2013, the Office of International Services is sponsoring a photo contest open to the entire UIC campus community. Beginning in 2000, International Education Week has been celebrated in over 100 countries and all 50 states. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education initiated the week-long celebration to promote global understanding and exchange between the United States and other countries.


We are happy to announce our winners of our 5th Annual Photo Contest. This year's theme was "Learning Matters Around the World."

Honorable Mention: Language of Learning: "Learning something is vital and vivid, we express it through our communications and actions. Through learning, we create our own different stories, but the intent remains the same - that is to do something better, active and meaningful. In this photograph, only the punctuation are indicating the metaphorical structure of learning as in any language in the world. We 'search' for many, 'find' a few - that we really want. We pause, halt, go on. These core elements in language remains the same everywhere around the world, alike the method of learning. It recreates or re-configures new story, success or a new meaning all around the world, through various language and words (knowledge learnt). Wherever we are writing or reading, learning (punctuation) matters." Honorable Mention
3rd Place: Learning an Ancient Art: "Traditional art is of great importance to any nation and it can be learned from grand masters. In this picture pupils are Learning Enameling which is an ancient decorative technique in one of historical cities of Iran, Esfahan. This art has been preserved more than 5000 years." 3rd place
2nd Place: Learning in the Field: "Learning involves widely diverse forms of acquiring information without restrictions of space. Whereas in a classroom, in a library, or in the field, what it matters is the learning process and the learning experiences. In this photo, a group of archaeologists learn in the field about ancient societies in an unusual but also unique environment. They learn from piecemeal information left behind and preserved in archaeological sites to reconstruct human past activities. In the field, learning involves documenting, measuring, and describing multiples material evidences such as domestic refuses and construction debris. As the photo depicts, even in the most unlikely place and with the less likely type of information, learning is relevant." 2nd place
1st Place: Learning at Countryside: "Even a tiny book can make a little girl feel happy and satisfied in the countryside, which arouses our attention to the poor and undeveloped area(s) all over the world. The cherish for knowledge matters the process of civilization. I believe that we will gain a new better world because of the education." 1st place



International Expo and Coffee Hour
  • Monday, November 11, 2013 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Student Center West, Thompson Room C, 828 S. Wolcott Avenue (click for directions)
The International Expo will highlight some of the countries represented by our UIC international student population and our international exchange. Student presentations will include costumes, songs, dance and much, much more! Winners of the 5th Annual OIS Photo Contest will also be announced.



Film: The Dialogue
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • James Stukel Tower Theatre, 718 W. Rochford Street (Click for directions)
A 70-minute documentary film that follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwestern China. Facilitated discussion by UIC faculty.



Film: Crossing Borders
  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • James Stukel Tower Theatre, 718 W. Rochford Street (Click for directions)
A 70-minute documentaty film that follows four Moroccan and four American students as they travel together through Morocco. Facilitated discussion by UIC faculty.



Trivia Night
  • Friday, November 15, 2013 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Student Center West, Thompson Room C, 828 S. Wolcott Avenue (Click for directions)
Teams consist of domestic and international students will compete in an internationally-inspired trivia contest.
Please click here to RSVP!