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International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) is an annual celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange. Started by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education in 2000, IEW is now celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide. Each year the Office of International Services (OIS) participates in IEW by organizing events that recognize the contributions international students make in globalizing the UIC campus. For 2015, OIS has planned a week-long schedule of events along with the annual photo contest to promote this year’s theme, Access for All. We encourage the entire UIC community join in the 2015 IEW celebration by attending one of the events or submitting a photo to the contest!



IEW 2015 Schedule ~ November 16th - 20th, 2015

Date: Monday, November 16th, 2015

Conversation Partners Language Showcase

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison Street, Conference Room A

Conversation Partners is an OIS program designed to bring international and U.S. students together to improve language skills and cultural awareness. During the Language Showcase, participants of the Fall 2015 cohort will display their newly-acquired language skills through demonstrations of cooking, music, art, and other culture and language topics.

Sign-up must be done in person at OIS. Space is limited. The deadline to sign-up is Friday November 12, 2015 at 12:00 P.M. Noon.

Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

OIS Coffee Hour

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison Street, Room 2160

Come and enjoy a beverage and sweet treats at the Office of International Services. This is a great time to make friends and mingle with international students, scholars, staff, and faculty as we celebrate international education! Families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

No reservation needed!

Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Global Showcase with UIC Study Abroad

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Student Center East, 737 S. Halsted Street, Ft. Dearborn-B Room

Learn about the diversity of UIC International Students and the many options for study abroad at the Global Showcase! Explore your study abroad or international travel goals by meeting with recent study abroad alumni and international students from countries you would like to visit. This event is offered in collaboration with UIC Study Abroad.

No reservation needed!

Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2015

OIS Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

Location: Student Center East, 737 S. Halsted Street, Illinois Room

International students, scholars, and their families are invited to join OIS at the 5th Annual OIS Thanksgiving Dinner. Participants will enjoy traditional Thanksgiving food such as roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie while learning about the origin of the holiday and its significance in American culture.

Registration is required to attend the Thanksgiving Dinner. Please sign up in-person at the OIS front desk. Space is limited so sign up today! There is no fee for UIC international students, faculty, and staff. Dependents and guests are welcome at an additional cost ($22/person 11 years old and above; $12/person 10 years and under).

Date: Friday, November 20th, 2015

Acirema Cultural Simulation

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison Street, Conference Rooms A & B

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an international student studying in the U.S.? The Acirema Cultural Simulation allows U.S. students and UIC staff the opportunity to experience the process of university admission, visa application, and arrival to the U.S. from the perspective of an international student.

If you are interested in participating in the Acirema Cultural Simulation, please email by Friday, November 6th at 12:00 Noon.


IEW Photo Contest

The Office of International Services (OIS) is excited to announce the 7th Annual IEW Photo Contest! The entire UIC community is invited to submit a favorite original photograph documenting an interpretation of this year’s theme, Access for All. Participants are encouraged to consider “access” within the context of international education. All eligible submissions will be judged and prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Winners will be announced during the 5th Annual OIS Thanksgiving Dinner on November 19!

General Contest Rules & Photo Criteria

  • Entrants must have a current UIC I-card
  • Only one photo submission allowed per person
  • Photo must be your original, no copyrighted material allowed
  • Photo subject matter should be appropriate for publication and not contain nudity or obscene gestures
  • Once submitted, photos become the property of OIS and may be used on our website or in promotional materials

 To Enter

  • Submit your one, original photograph using the online submission form here
  • Please enter your name, UIN, and contact information when submitting the form
  • Your submission must include an explanation of how the photograph interprets this year's theme, "Access for All."
  • Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 16th, 2015.

Winners of the 6th Annual IEW Photo Contest - Building Pathways Toward Global Engagement


3rd Place: Head over Heels as Life is on Wheels: "Walking past the streets in this new dream and new place, I do realize its a long venture that I have set myself onto, but I am excited, enthusiastic and ready to explore and discover new pathways, the same steps of determination that ONCE led me here are the ONES that would lead me forward from here, but 'I shall always have my hands grounded to help everyone around in this global journey with me and have my feet high towards the vast sky reflecting my dream to fly'" 1st place
2nd Place: Volunteering with the Student Activities Board: "I really like attend activities with people from various backgrounds and culture. We can learn from each other and explore our horizon. I think our school should create more chances for native Americans and international student for our global engagement." 1st place
1st Place: Mother and Son: "The picture describes how a mother struggles to bring her child a future through education. She believes that education is the only path to the future... the future that is not only for a man but for every race, nationality and gender." 1st place