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

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.

Korean Street Food

Learn about Korean street food items that are quickly becoming popular around the globe. Follow Mr. Kwon and friends as they take a brief culinary journey tasting and describing some of the most popular street food items of South Korea. Jal mug get sum ni da!

Hosting Scholars at WWU

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

International Education Week logo

Global Ambassadors Club

Want to stay internationally engaged at WWU? Join the WWU Global Ambassadors Club!

Attend monthly “socials,” coffee series, and professional networking events. Check out all events on WIN.

Sign: Opportunity Ahead

View this short video to meet some of the Global Ambassadors at WWU!

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!

Monday, 11/14

Open Doors 2022 Annual Data Release

Monday 6:30 am

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The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and IIE will release findings on 2021/22 international student enrollments and 2020/21 U.S. students studying abroad from the Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange.

Western Abroad 101 Information Session

Monday 12 pm | Humanities 106

Western Abroad 101 How to Study Abroad

Explore Japanese Culture Through Art!

Monday 2:15 - 4 pm | Miller Hall 239


Join students from Tokyo who are here at Western studying through the Asia University America Program (AUAP) as they share Japanese calligraphy and origami arts with us. You can learn a little bit about the history of these art forms, ask questions about life in Japan, or just come try them out yourself! If you are inspired, you can head to the Global Spotlight on Japan at 4pm to learn even more. See you there! 

Global Spotlight: Japan

Monday 4 pm | College Hall 09

Come learn more about Japan from students at Western! We will have some international students and a student who studied abroad in Japan from the US. They will share a little bit about their different experiences in the country, and then will let your questions guide the discussion. This is a great opportunity for current students to learn about a place they might want to study abroad in the future, and it's also an excuse to get to know more international students who are studying at Western! 

The Global Lounge is in College Hall 09 - enter through the door with the accessibility ramp and you'll see flags from around the world. You'll find us in the first room on your left. Arrive early if possible as seating is limited.

Shibuya, Japan by jezael-melgoza

Culture and Cake

Monday 4 - 5 pm | Miller Hall Collaborative Space

Culture and Cake

Students will present research posters on the cultures of Spain and Latin America. Drop by to check it out and get some free cake while it lasts!

Tuesday, 11/15

Vote in the Study Abroad Photo Contest

Students submit photos Nov. 1-11 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!

Photo Contest images

Education Abroad Photos

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

Peace Corps Information Session

Tuesday 11 am | Haggard Hall 353

peace corps logo

Join Jerry Smith, WWU Peace Corps Campus Recruiter to learn all about your options for volunteering abroad with the Peace Corps!

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.

Global Spotlight: Germany

Tuesday 12 pm | College Hall 09

Come learn more about Germany from students who grew up there! Our wonderful international students will share a little bit about their country, and then will let your questions guide the discussion. This is a great opportunity for current students to learn about a place they might want to study abroad in the future, but it's also an excuse to get to know more international students who are studying at Western! 

The Global Lounge is in College Hall 09 - enter through the door with the accessibility ramp and you'll see flags from around the world. You'll find us in the first room on your left. Arrive early if possible as seating is limited.

Germany Maheshkumar Painam

Western Abroad 101 Information Session

Tuesday 12 pm | Miller Hall 235

Western Abroad 101 How to Study Abroad


Critical Language Scholarship

Apply to the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 15 by 5pm PST for Summer 2023 

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

Expanding Horizons: U.S. Department of State Study Abroad Scholarships Webinar

Tuesday 1 - 2 pm

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Do you want to see the world? Are you interested in exploring other countries' cultures? Do you dream of being immersed in the country of the language you’ve been studying? If you always wanted to study abroad but were worried about the financial costs, join us to learn about U.S. Department of State study abroad scholarships!

Panel Discussion: Conversations Celebrating Native American Employee Contributions to Diplomacy

Tuesday 1 - 2 pm

Join the U.S. Department of State's Info Session on Opportunities at State as we celebrate the contributions of Native Americans at the Department from their Perspective. Panel members will share their career path and experiences, how their cultural background shaped who they are today, and tips on how they navigated a life-changing profession in international relations.

flyer for Dept. of State Native American Employees

The event will include live captioning and American Sign Language interpreter.

Learn about student internships, fellowships, and the many career opportunities to work as a U.S. Diplomat or in the U.S. Civil Service. 

Advice from ISA Alumni Spain: What I Wish I Knew

Tuesday 2 pm

ISA Advice from Alumni

Heading to Spain for your study abroad program? From tips on packing and budgeting to making friends and their favorite weekend getaway spots, our alumni will share all the things they wish they knew before studying abroad in Spain.

The Politics of Latin America and the 2022 Brazilian Election

Tuesday 3:30 - 6 pm | Bond Hall 105 or Zoom

politics of latin america

Join us to watch the film, Latinoamérica, territorio en disputa, and talk with Professor Michael Wolff and the film’s director Nicolas Trotta about political trends in Latin America and the recent Brazilian election. 

Wednesday, 11/16

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

Wednesday 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.

CIEE Information Table

Wednesday 2 - 4 pm | Viking Union Lobby

CIEE multisite

Come chat with CIEE Ambassadors! Get your questions answered, help finding study abroad programs, and learn about scholarship opportunities!

CEA Alumni Q&A

Wednesday 3:30 pm

CEA alumni panel

Join us to ask our alumni about all things study abroad. Learn about how they prepared for their time abroad, how they navigated new cultures, and how they’re leveraging their CEA experience to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Western Abroad 201 Planning Workshop

Wednesday 4 pm | Haggard Hall 112

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. 

Wildlands Studies Info Session

Wednesday 5 pm | Zoom: ID: 594 029 6230 Passcode: 2j1G16

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!

Wildlands Studies

Thursday, 11/17

AIFS Abroad Internships - AIDE in Practice

Thursday 11 am

AIFS Abroad

Come and learn about our internship placements, AIDE resources, and how to apply from AIFS Abroad staff and recent alumni! If you are unable to join the webinar but would like the information after the fact, we encourage you to register to receive the recording and any handouts.

Home Away from Home: Reflections on the Canadian Expat Experience

Thursday 4 - 5 pm | Miller Hall 131

David Stewart

The Center for Canadian-American Studies will be hosting David Stewart on November 17th at 4pm. David Stewart has just published a memoir about immigrant & national identity, cultural misunderstandings, and belonging in the modern world. Using a Canadian émigré lens, David Stewart's essay collection, True North, Down South, entertains and educates readers about immigrant and national identity, cultural misunderstandings, and belonging in the modern world.

David received his M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and his LL. B. in Law from McGill University. He is a former political officer at the Canadian consulate in Palo Alto, CA. He currently helps Canadian tech clusters connect with the Bay Area ecosystem and serves as the Advisory Board Chair of Canadian Studies at UC-Berkeley. His essays have received awards in San Francisco's Soul-Making Keats literary competition and have appeared in Potato Soup Journal, Bewildering Stories, and The Quiet Reader.

Western Abroad 201 Planning Workshop

Thursday 4 pm | Haggard Hall 112

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. 

Global Gratitude

Thursday 5 - 6 pm | Miller Hall Collaborative Space

global gratitute

- Connect with returned study abroad students, students planning to study abroad, International Students studying at WWU, and students interested to travel or explore different parts of the world

- Share stories & reflect on your host/home countries or study abroad experiences

Friday, 11/18

CEA Study Abroad Info Session

Friday 12 pm

Cinque Tere by Jenny Whitney

Interested in studying and/or interning abroad but not sure where to start? Join us for an info session on all things CEA! We’ll cover the basics like choosing a program, finding coursework that meets your requirements, and funding your experience abroad.

Learning Together Through Climate Upheaval Series: Toward a World Without Hunger Forum

Friday 3 - 4:30 pm | Viking Union room 565 A/B/C

Community Engagement Fellows

Please join the next edition of the Learning Together Through Climate Upheaval Series, crafted to enhance the learning capacity of the planet so that we can make the most of the opportunities and challenges of climate change. Series topics are inspired by the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, which help us approach climate change responses in an inter-sectional, holistic way.

WWU's Sustainability Engagement Institute and Center for Community Learning are hosting Dominic Savio of the Akili Pana Initiative in Uganda in Bellingham. Dominic is the originator and co-facilitator of the Community Engagement Fellows: Africa program, which is in its third iteration now. This fall he is living in Kansas City, Missouri as one of the two Ugandan representatives in the U.S. State Department's Community Engagement Exchange Program.

Registration is not necessary but you to sign up to receive calendar invitations and reminders about events in this important series!

Global Trivia

Friday 5 pm | Miller Hall 138

Global Trivia and Games

Come test your knowledge of global trivia about food, geography, cultures, and more! There will be prizes for the winners and some fun intermission games. 

IEW Open for Opportunity

Fall 2022 International Student Statistics and Support

International Students Fall 2022

228 international students are at Western from 52 countries, contributing valuable and diverse perspectives to our campus and community.

International Students Top Fields of Study

  • 17% Business Administration
  • 10% Computer Science
  • 4% Psychology
  • 3% Accounting
  • 3% Biology
  • 63% Other
Map with Pins showing countries of WWU International Students

International Student Origin

  • 25% Japan
  • 17% Vietnam
  • 5% Canada
  • 4% China
  • 4% Germany
  • 3% South Korea
  • 42% Other Countries

International Student Type

  • 56% Undergraduate
  • 18% Intensive English Program
  • 18% Exchange
  • 8% Graduate
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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.

NAFSA is the largest association of professionals committed exclusively to advancing international education and aspires to enlighten international relations, a globally engaged citizenry, and a more peaceful world. Visit NAFSA Policy Resources for more information.

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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!

Ashima Shrivastava

Ashima Shrivastava

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.

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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World Map by Andrew Stutesman