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About IEW

IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across Boston College campus as well as to  reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders. 

Initiated in 2000 by the US Department of State and the Department of Education, International Education Week emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages, and affirms the critical role the international education plays at Boston College.

IEW Publicity

Heights Article
: Campus to Celebrate Int’l Education

Chronicle Article International Education Week, Nov. 14-18

Heights Article: The Real World: IEW, Learning cultural tolerance one meaningful event at a time

Kaleidoscope: ICBC publication featuring international education week

Heights Article: The World Through Our Eyes, International Photo Exhibition

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International Education Week is a collaborative effort co-sponsored by: Office of International Students and Scholars, Office of International Programs, International Studies Program, Center for International Higher Education, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Irish Institute, Residential Life, Graduate School of Social Work International Programs, Connell School of Nursing, BC Libraries, BC Dining Services, BC Bookstore, International Club of Boston College, Graduate International Students Association and several other intercultural clubs.

Week Long Events


International Photo Exhibition: O’Neill Library Level One Gallery
Photos submitted from across the BC Community will be exhibited. All photos chosen for the exhibit are international and of particular significance to the photographer.


WorldWide Book Drive - OLAA: Location to be determined. Organization of Latin American Afairs (OLAA) will hold a WorldWide Book Drive - please donate any old textbooks that are dated 2007 and up (no older than 5 years). 


Monday, November 5

Center for International Higher Education Graduate Student Roundtable
Campion 204 12:00pm-1:30pm


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International Studies Talk
TBD 12:00pm-1:30pm

International Scholars Reception
Connoly House 3pm-5pm

International Scholars, Staff, Faculty, Researchers are all invited to a reception in their honor. This will be an ideal time for International Scholars to meet one another. Scholar's families and well as their faculty sponsors are also invited. Refreshments and light food will be served. RSVP required to by October 31st

Misconceptions About Study Abroad
Higgins 300 4:30pm-6:00pm

Misconceptions About Study Abroad presented by OIP International Study Advisors, Refreshments will be served.

Living and Working Abroad with Greg Stoller
Devlin 112 7:00pm-8:00pm

Lecture with CSOM professor Gregory Stoller about Living and Working Abroad.

Robert Ross: "The US Pivot to Asia and US/China Relations"
Fulton 511 7:00pm-9:00pm

Renowned professor Robert Ross will lecture on his current research and the current state of US/China Relations

Tuesday , November 6th

Global Citizenship in American Higher Education: 4 Perspectives
Campion 139 12:00pm-1:30pm

What is "global citizenship" and what does this mean--if anything--for American higher education today? Please join us for insights into this question from the perspective of 4 graduate students who completed research on this topic during Summer 2012. Altogether, their work explores the relevance of education for global citizenship for schools of social work and medicine, as well as in the contexts of Catholic higher education institutions and liberal arts colleges.

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Internships and Study Abroad
Heights Room 4:30pm-6:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Career Services and OIP

International Food Night
BC Dining Halls 4:30pm-8:00pm

BC Dining will serve multiple international dishes at their multiple locations on campus.

Maximilien Novak: Conference
Voute Hall-2nd Floor Lounge 7:00pm-8:00pm

The Convergence between Music and Literature in France and Germany (19th century)

Film: The Supply; sponsored by KSA
Merkert 127 7:30pm-9:30pm

The Supply is a non-profit organization committed to secondary education reform in underprivileged nations around the world. Currently, some of their most recent projects include the building of secondary schools in the slums of Kenya. Two represenatives, Hannah Ryu (Human Resources Coordinator) and Shawn Lee (Director of Global Movements and Awareness), will be coming to show a brief film about their organization and speak about ways students can get involved with their global initiatives.

Wednesday November 7th

International Studies Talk
TBD 12:00pm-1:30pm

CHRIJ Migration film Series: Tony and Janina's American Wedding
Law School TBD 5:00pm-7:00pm

This film follows a Polish American family through the red tape of the current U.S. immigration system, telling the untold human rights story of post-9/11, that every undocumented immigrant in America faces today.

Refreshments to be provided.

Club Culinaire- French Cooking
Voute Hall 3rd Floor Lounge 5:00pm-7:00pm

RSVP required to

Thursday November 17th

Learn to Pronouce Chinese Names (tentative)

BC Alumni Going Beyong the Heights: A Panel on International Social Work
McGuinn 521 4:00pm-5:00pm


Passport to your future: International Education in Healthcare
Cushing 411 4:30-5:30

Summer opportunities in Ecuador, Switzerland, and Vietnam

Summer Abroad
O'Neil 247 6:00-7:00


Creole Cuisine; L'Association Haitienne
Yawkey Murray Function Room 7:00-9:00

L'Association Haitienne at Boston College will once again host our annual Creole Cuisine event. In this event, we open our country up to the Boston College Community and allow them to sample our rich culture, music, tastes, arts, and most importantly food! This event was a big hit last year so this year we are again raising the bar to make this event a success. Last year we had various students perform and we had the
internet sensation Haitian Jonas as our guest performer. We do expect that he will be returning again this year. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has fun, learns something new, and most importantly, that everyone is fed!

Bringing the World Home:  Perspectives and reflection from Faculty and Administrators on Nicaraguan Immersion Experience
Gasson 305 7:00pm-8:00pm

You may know what happens when students go on a service or immersion trip, but what happens when faculty step outside their comfort zone? Come and find out from Faculty and Administrators who went to Nicaragua.

Friday November 9th

International Studies Talk
TBD 12:00pm-1:30pm

Weekly graduate discussion series
CFLC 12:00pm-1:00pm

Talk by Joe Burns about BC history. Graduate international students only. RSVP to

The impact of the elections on US foreign policy with Professor Marc Landy and journalist from THE WORLD
McGuinn 121 3:00pm-4:30pm

Caribbean Culture Club: Island Market
Gasson 100 7:00pm-12:00am

There will be a market with different vendors selling items including cooked food, dry goods directly from the Caribbean, recipe cards, Caribbean crafts, & henna.  There will also be a live band.