Pictures from International Education Week 2017 events at UCLA. (Photos courtesy of UCLA and Todd Cheney, 2017).

International education: The currency of the 21st century

The UCLA International Institute and its organizing partners present a week-long celebration of International Education Week (IEW) 2018 on campus from Nov.13 through Nov. 16.

UCLA International Institute, November 1, 2018 — The UCLA International Institute is proud to celebrate International Education Week 2018 (November 13–16), an initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education.

One of the major goals of UCLA Vice Provost Cindy Fan, who oversees the International Institute, is to enable as many UCLA students as possible — regardless of discipline or major — to gain international experience via campus classes, study abroad, international research, internships and/or work opportunities.

International experience opens students’ lives to new perspectives and other cultures. Studying and volunteering abroad teaches Bruins that people the world over have a stake in one another’s success and share many problems that require global perspectives and collaborative solutions.

The UCLA International Institute seeks to prepare a new generation of leaders who have direct experience of the world. In addition to helping them study or intern abroad, that means encouraging students to study the histories, politics and cultures of other countries, to master foreign languages and to develop the cultural sensitivity to work effectively with people across borders. All of these goals, together with the campus units that support them, are celebrated during International Education Week.

Students can access extensive international resources on campus

UCLA offers an amazingly broad array of international resources that include the programs of the UCLA Study Abroad/ International Education Office and the many internationally oriented degree programs and research centers across campus (including those offered by the UCLA International Institute), all of which are supported by the UCLA Library.

Campus resources also include the programs that promote global connection, international understanding and cultural sensitivity at the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars as well as the activities and events of UCLA Residential Life that support international students in undergraduate residence halls and graduate housing.

In addition, many UCLA student associations are international in nature, including those that highlight the contributions of international students to campus life and those that focus on international performing arts, discussions of international topics and development projects in foreign countries.

Globally oriented research centers are an integral part of UCLA campus life, including the Center for World Health at the Geffen School of Medicine, the Center for Global Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America.

Attend an event

Together with a team of campus partners and 30 cosponsors, the International Institute has planned a weeklong celebration of international education. We invite you to browse our International Education Week 2018 website to learn about special events, read articles and watch interesting short videos.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy international coffees at the World Café, attend an exciting night of student performances at Bruins Around the World, discover unique study abroad destinations at the Off the Beaten Path event, engage with international students at the Powell Library Conversation Café and participate in the FLAS/Fulbright Information Sessions.  

Students are especially encouraged to participate in the International Institute Alumni Career Panel, the Peace Corps Information Session and the Burkle Center's International Career Panel. Throughout the week of November 13–16, current students can also take a free martial arts class at the John Wooden Center.

Download the IEW 2018 Featured Events Flyer and Poster
Visit the IEW 2018 website

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About the UCLA International Institute

The UCLA International Institute promotes interdisciplinary research and education about the world, its regions and the pressing global issues of our day. Our more than 25 centers and programs share the latest research on these topics through an active public events program that includes many free international film screenings and cultural events.

The academic degree programs offered by the UCLA International Institute include international and area studies, global health, global studies, international development studies and international migration studies. Its graduates go on to work in international business, development and diplomacy, as well as the nonprofit and academic sectors, in countries worldwide.

The Institute also offers a variety of programs and scholarships that support both education and research abroad. Among these resources are travel study scholarshipsForeign Language and Area Study Fellowships funded by the Title VI Program of the U.S. Department of Education, and numerous graduate and undergraduate fellowships supported by its individual centers. In addition, many of our students participate in international service trips sponsored by UCLA student associations.