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International Education Week

Western Celebrates International Education Week 2022

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

November 14 - 18, 2022

Ongoing Events

Education Abroad Photos

EdAbroad photos are featured in MABEL: Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library. Check out all the amazing places our students have studied!

"Perspective" Photo by Rita Ruiz. Student profile looking at Eiffel Tower

Western Abroad Information Sessions

Learn everything you need to know about study abroad through WWU through an in-person or virtual Western Abroad 101 Information Session!

What is International Education and Study Abroad?

International Education: How can study abroad set you apart?

Students who have studied abroad talk about how their experience in international education sets them apart in this video from USAC alumni. They discuss what international education means to them, why it's important and the opportunities in academics, your career, and in life that study abroad can provide.

Eight photos of annual photo contest winners

Vote in the Study Abroad Photo Contest

Students submit photos Nov. 2-12 for the Education Abroad Annual Photo Contest

Voting is open to the WWU community Nov. 15-22. Check out all the photos on the EdAbroad Facebook page and submit your votes by liking your favorite photos!

International Buddies Program

The International Buddies Program at WWU matches international and domestic students to share culture and activities.

Find out how to join the fun with this short video!

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Schedule of Events

Monday, 11/14

Western Abroad 101 Info Session

12 pm | Humanities 106 Register in advance for WA 101

Western Abroad 101 How to Study Abroad

Global Spotlight

12 pm | TBA

Germany Global Spotlight
World Map by Andrew Stutesman

International Career Spotlight: Peace Corps & Beyond

International Careers Spotlight

International Careers Spotlight focuses on how Peace Corps service can fit into an internationally-focused career. There are three panelists, who have worked internationally in fields ranging from nursing to education.

ISEP Instagram Takeover

Check out the WWU Education Abroad Instagram account (@wwuedabroad) for a takeover by ISEP this week showcasing programs for WWU students. Be sure to tune in and get your questions answered before exploring program options with ISEP!

Tuesday, 11/15

Global Spotlight


Japan Spotlight

Western Abroad 101 Info Session

12 pm | Miller Hall 235 Register in advance for WA 101

Western Abroad 101 How to Study Abroad


Apply to the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Application Deadline: Nov. 16 for Summer 2022 

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains and cultural fluency.

CLS students jumping in the air

Hosting Scholars at WWU

Visiting scholar Dohun Kwon from South Korea discusses his family's experience in Bellingham.

Wednesday, 11/16

World Issues Forum (WIF): Why I am not a Vegetarian

12 - 1:20 pm | Fairhaven College Auditorium

Dalit communities are one of the most marginalized scheduled castes in India. Rayson Alex will contextualize the origin, politics, cultural distinctions, and geographical peculiarities of Dalit communities in India through the mediation of a few relevant and significant food narratives. Food in these narratives is an abstract symbol of ecocultural and geopolitical identity, but one that has had tangible political outcomes. The talk will parse out caste discrimination expressed via food, and the food fascism that has been the result. The politicization of beef consumption has been a source of oppression of Dalit communities, for example, and of food fascism in India. As India continues to attempt to rise above its history of caste distinctions and intolerance, food fascism returns and deepens the divide. As ecocritics, how should we respond to the conflict over food practices and caste in India?

Rayson K. Alex

Presenter: Rayson K. Alex is Associate Professor at BITS-Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa, India. He is one of the editors of Essays in Ecocriticism (Sarup and Sons, 2007), Culture and Media: Ecocritical Explorations (CSP, 2014), Ecodocumentaries: Critical Essays (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Ecocultural Ethics: Critical Essays (Lexington, 2017), Anthropocene Ecologies of Food (Routledge, 2022). He has co-directed a few ethnographic video documentaries and is the co-Director of tiNai Ecofilm Festival. He is on a Fulbright fellowship at Western Washington University.

Western Abroad 201 Planning Workshop

4 pm | Haggard Hall 112 Register to attend this session

Abroad 201 Study Abroad Planning Workshop

Join EdAbroad advisors for an in-person workshop session to explore your education abroad options.

Requirements: Must have already attended an Western Abroad 101 info session. We encourage students to attend this workshop before committing to a education abroad program. 

The Intern Group Virtual Flyer

Thursday, 11/19



Western Abroad 201 Planning Workshop

4 pm | Haggard Hall 112 Register to attend this session

Abroad 201 Study Abroad Planning Workshop

Join EdAbroad advisors for an in-person workshop session to explore your education abroad options.

Requirements: Must have already attended an Western Abroad 101 info session. We encourage students to attend this workshop before committing to a education abroad program. 

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Wildlands Studies Info Session

5 pm | Register for Info Session

Spaces are open for upcoming international and domestic Wildlands Studies education abroad programs. Attend this session to learn about the field programs available to you!

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International Education Week

Friday, 11/18

International Games Night

4 - 5:15 pm | RSVP for Games Night

International Game Night

Join our international students for an international game night! Try out interesting games from all around the globe and have a chance to win prizes! RSVP on the WIN event for details as space is limited.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship Information Session


Follow in the footsteps of renowned activist Frederick Douglass across Ireland in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a fully funded four weeks abroad.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship honors your embodiment of Douglass’ legacy through your academic achievement, communication skills, and commitment to social justice. Meet changemakers from around the country as you journey through the bustling streets of Dublin and the hills of the Emerald Isle at large.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship CIEE

Fall 2022 International Student Statistics and Support

International Students Fall 2021

159 international students are at Western from 39 countries, contributing valuable and diverse perspectives to our campus and community.

International Students Top Fields of Study

Pie chart of International Students Top Fields of Study
  • 36% Business Administration
  • 16% Computer Science
  • 12% Intensive English
  • 11% Psychology
  • 10% Accounting

Economic Contribution

The economic contributions of international students are in addition to the immeasurable academic and cultural value these students bring to our campuses and local communities.

During the 2020-21 academic year, international students in Washington state contributed $681.5 million to the economy, supporting 6,397 jobs. WWU international students contributed $5.2 million, supporting 26 jobs.

For a more detailed analysis, including nationwide statistics, access NAFSA's International Student Economic Value Tool

Support International Students

International students have faced great adversity due to finances affected by the pandemic and immigration challenges. 

To support international students with financial challenges, please consider donating to the International Student Support Fund.

Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated!

International Support Fund Impacts

Ashima Shrivastava chose to study WWU’s MS in Computer Science. “Finances was one of the biggest challenges. I didn’t want to ask my parents for money,” she explained. The currency exchange rate from Indian Rupees to US Dollars meant she had to take a very large student loan in India, and her family put their home as collateral for the loan. Since international students don’t qualify for financial aid, Ashima knew she would have to budget carefully and find a job on campus to afford her graduate degree. She had the motivation, but also the added pressure knowing her parents would lose their home if she could not pay back the loan after graduation. The International Student Support Fund provided financial assistance to help pay tuition in her final quarter.

Map with Pins showing countries of WWU International Students

International Student Origin

Pie chart of International Student Origin
  • 23% Vietnam
  • 11% Japan
  • 7% China
  • 6% Canada
  • 5% Germany
  • 48% Other Countries

International Student Type

Pie chart of International Student Type
  • 77% Undergraduate
  • 12% Exchange
  • 7% Intensive English Program
  • 3% Graduate

Ashima Shrivastava

Ashima Shrivastava

Support Study Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships & Financial Aid for Study Abroad

View this recording to learn about Scholarships & Financial Aid for Study Abroad at WWU! 

Presenters: Hannah Nevitt, Education Abroad and Molly Paterson, Financial Aid

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Kendrick Jackson

Sociology and Human Services

Career Goals and Aspirations: Social or non-profit work

Study Abroad Program: CIEE London, Fall 2021

"This opportunity of studying abroad is something that I didn't see coming for me, as a student of multiple marginalized identities. While abroad, I hope to make a positive impact in the community, to continue to invest in my education through adding diverse experiences to it, and to fully experience my trip that I am incredibly grateful to be taking apart of."
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Support Study Abroad Scholarships

To support WWU student study abroad scholarships, consider donating to the Education Abroad office scholarship fund.

Fellowships Abroad

Review the Fellowships website and if you are interested in more information, complete this interest form.

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