International Education Week


About International Education Week

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity for campuses to celebrate international education in all its forms: curricular, extracurricular, formal, non-formal and everything in between. International Education Week is for everybody!

The International Education Week committee encourages all areas of campus to get involved in IEW. We want to celebrate our international community, support international initiatives on campus, and share international experiences with domestic students and communities they might not otherwise be exposed to.

Let’s bring the world to UMBC!


UMBC International Education Week 2023


All Week:

OCA Mocha Exhibit “The Impact of Where”

Join us at OCA Mocha for the exhibit “The Impact of Where” on display from October 30, 2023 to December 8, 2023.

Come witness this diverse exhibit featuring reflections of UMBC community members’ experiences with living, studying, or working in an international or intercultural environment.

Located at the Gallery at OCA Mocha, 5410 East Drive, Arbutus, MD 21227.


Friday, November 10

UMBC Faculty/Staff Global Engagement Conference

11 AM – 3:30 PM · UC Second Floor

The Center for Global Engagement invites UMBC faculty and staff to a professional development opportunity. Please save the date for an informative, globally focused event filled with sessions designed to support your research or professional aspirations. There will be separate tracks for faculty and staff.

The Center for Global Engagement invites UMBC faculty and staff to a professional development opportunity. Please save the date for an informative, globally focused event filled with sessions designed to support your research or professional aspirations.


Conference Schedule:

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

ACIREMA lab: intercultural simulation designed to sensitize faculty and staff to the challenges faced by international faculty, staff, and students in the United States.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. lab. 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: lab debrief and lunch for ACIREMA attendees.

With Dr. David DiMaria, Center for Global Engagement

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Session 1

International aspects of grants and awards.

A panel with: 

Rebecca O’Brien, Office of Sponsored Programs 

Joanna Napoli, Contract & Grant Accounting                            

Session 2

Fulbright Scholar Program: An Introduction.

With:  Dr. Brian Souders, Education Abroad, Center for Global Engagement               

Session 3

The Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program.

A panel with: 

Dr. Jamie Gurganus, Engineering and Computing Education Program

Dr. Tomoko Hoogenboom, Department of Asian Studies

Elaine MacDougall, Department of English

Dr. Shannon Sauro, Department of Education

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.                      

Session 4

Hosting international scholars in your department.


Dave Anguish, Office of International Students and Scholars, Center for Global Engagement 

Diane Zeenny Ghorayeb, Office of International Students and Scholars, Center for Global Engagement         

Session 5

Travel Registry, International Insurance, Research Compliance: Understanding the requirements.


Dr. David DiMaria, Center for Global Engagement 

Gayle Chapman, Financial Services 

Andrew Glen, Office of Research Protections and Compliance

Session 6

International scholars to UMBC through Fulbright.

With: Dr. Brian Souders, Education Abroad, Center for Global Engagement  

3 p.m.          

Check out, raffle!


Registration is required on myUMBC:

>>>>This event is for UMBC Faculty and Staff only<<<<


Monday, November 13

Study Abroad at University of Galway, Ireland

10:00-10:30 AM · This is a virtual event

Join us for this virtual event hosted by representatives from J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, University of Galway to learn more about what it’s like to study abroad in the west of Ireland.
This event is open to current faculty, staff, and students.


Funded Master’s Degrees in the United Kingdom

12:00-1:00 PM · Honors College Conference Room, 216 AOK Library

Learn more about British master’s degree programs and the prestigious scholarship opportunities to fund them. Dr. April Householder, Director of Prestigious Scholarships and Dr. Brian Souders, Center for Global Engagement, present on the key differences between US and British master’s awards as well as the opportunities to fund these one-year degree programs.


INCC Alumni Panel VII

12:00-1:00 PM · This is a virtual event

Join us for the VII INCC Alumni Panel this fall 2023 on November 13 from 12-1pm in Alumni Webex Room

This is an opportunity to learn about what INCC alumni have done after they graduated from the INCC MA and create possible network opportunities.
This time we will have these the following 2 alumni (20 years apart in graduating years):
Gina Baez (2003) Director of Maternal and Child Health and Multicultural Programs, Baltimore Medical System, and Maria Morte Coste (2023) Digital Content Creator, Pinkston,Virginia. Alumni Moderator: Dr. Elisabeth Arevalo-Guerrero (2003).
Don’t miss this opportunity to get even more motivated! See you there!


Dance and the Art of Communication

12:15-12:45 PM · Dance Cube (PAHB 337)

The moving body speaks a language that communicates through space, time, and relationships. It is a language interpreted and understood through our senses and imagination.

As an international faculty member here at UMBC, Assistant Professor Ann Sofie Clemmensen looks at language and communication through the lens of dance.

The session takes the format of a TedTalk presentation led by Professor Clemmensen with UMBC Dance Majors demonstrating compositional concepts and the power of creativity in communication with others.


English in Europe: Its Status in Society and Education

4:30-5:30 PM  · This is a virtual event

There’s a stereotype that everyone in Europe speaks English. Is it true? Get the inside story! International scholars in UMBC’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate program from France and Germany explore how English is taught and used in their contexts.
Register for this virtual event  HERE


The Process of Dance Making

5:15-5:45 PM · Dance Cube (PAHB 337)

Have you ever seen a dance performance and wondered what the process may be like for both the choreographer and performing artists?

This session provides a first hand look at the rehearsal process for a performance that will be a part of the Dance Department’s fall showcase. You will also experience the work in progress via an informal showing along with the showing of a completed solo work.

As an international faculty member, Assistant Professor Shaness D. Kemp and Brandon Russell, Instuctor, will share their individual creative processes and how they prepare professional performing artists and students to articulate their work.


Tuesday, November 14

UMBC Global Opportunities (GO) Fair

11 AM – 2 PM · University Center Ballroom

Visit the UMBC GO Fair during International Education Week 2023 to learn all about student global opportunities!
Explore education abroad, international internships, research and service-learning and more. There’s an opportunity for everyone!
Students will also be able to speak with Financial Aid about financing study abroad and learn more about abroad scholarships. International students will be able to learn more out employment and immigration options.
All the resources you could need will be provided, as well as light refreshments!
Stop by to explore a world of global opportunities!


UMBC Athletics IEW Night: Men’s Basketball vs. Penn State York

6:00 PM · Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena

Come cheer on the UMBC Retrievers at International Education Night as they take on Penn State York. Free t-shirts while supplies last!

Let’s Go Dawgs!


Wednesday, November 15

Wear Korean Beauty, Hanbok!

12:00-1:00 PM · Fine Arts 459

This is a collaboration with a Korean community organization which will bring a variety of Korean traditional outfits, so UMBC members can try them. It will be a wonderful opportunity for UMBC members to experience Korean culture and interact with the community members.

This event is open to the entire UMBC community!


Riding the Waves: Addressing the Importance of Mental Well-being in International Education

2:00-3:00 PM · This is a virtual Event

Join Shruti Shastri from Retriever Integrated Health for an event addressing the highs and lows of pursuing education internationally and its impact on mental well-being. Participants will get an opportunity to learn about strategies to positively impact their mental well-being and resources for getting support.

This event is geared toward current UMBC international students. Join link is available on myUMBC.


Los Artes de Si: Quilombos, Palenques, Cumbes, and Marroons

2:00-3:30 PM · Performing Arts & Humanities Buildings: PAHB 216

Description: Las Artes de si denotes cognitive procedures, differentiation, and spiritual cultivation by which Black people, in the context of the Americas, liberate themselves from the shackles of colonial categories through the extent of aesthetically communing with Black cultural manifestations and their epistemic and philosophical horizons. Through Las Artes de si, the production of aesthetic experiences, the Black communities of the Americas cultivated resistance, building shared territories, quilombos, cumbes, and palenques.

Speaker bio: Maya Quilolo (b. 1994) is a maroon artist and researcher. Winner at the Prince Claus Culture Responds to Climate Change Awards( 2023), her artistic practice addresses intersections between environmental justice, black corporality, visual art, anthropology, and indigenous heritage.



Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

5:00-6:00 PM · This is a virtual event

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the State Department’s Flagship exchange program, funds U.S. citizen students to conduct research, teach English or earn a master’s degree in more than 140 countries throughout the world. UMBC students have a stellar record as Fulbright recipients, with UMBC being listed a top producer of Fulbright recipients in three of the past five years. Come learn more about this program, hosted by the Institute of International Education and Dr. Brian Souders, UMBC’s Fulbright Program Advisor in the Center for Global Engagement.


UMBC Athletics IEW Night: Women’s Basketball vs. Loyola

7:00 PM · Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena

Come cheer on the UMBC Retrievers at International Education Night as they take on Loyola. Free t-shirts while supplies last!

Let’s Go Dawgs!


Fulbright U.S. Student Program and English Language Fellow Information Session

7:30-8:30 PM · This is a virtual event

Current TESOL MA Program students and recent alumni are invited to learn more about these two opportunities to teach English overseas. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the State Department’s Flagship exchange program, funds U.S. citizen students to teach English in more than 80 countries throughout the world. Alumni can apply for the English Language Fellows Program to serve as a teacher/mentor in more than 140 countries. Come learn more about these programs, hosted by Dr. Brian Souders, TESOL MA faculty and Associate Director of UMBC’s Center for Global Engagement.

Register for this virtual event HERE


Thursday, November 16

UMBC-Shady Grove Study Abroad 101 Information Session

1:00-2:00 PM · This is a virtual Event

UMBC-Shady Grove and UMBC’s Education Abroad Office will offer a special Virtual Study Abroad 101 Information Session specifically for UMBC-Shady Grove students. 

Students will have the opportunity to hear from Walter Valle, UMBC-Shady Grove History major, about his experience/highlights of studying abroad in Japan! Learn about some of the amazing destinations available as a student, the requirements, and the financial aid process.
Learn more and register here


U.S. Department of State: the Exchange Visitor Program

2:00-3:00 PM · ITE 102 (NOT Engineering 102)

The Center for Global Engagement and the International Education Week committee invite you to attend the keynote speaker event of UMBC’s International Education Week!

Deputy Assistant Secretary Pasini, of the U.S. Department of State, will give a presentation on the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, foreign diplomacy goals, and the importance of higher education.

Rebecca A. Pasini joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchanges in July 2023. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister – Counselor, Ms. Pasini has been an American diplomat since 1997.

Ms. Pasini previously served as the Director of Public and Congressional Affairs in the Bureau of Consular Affairs from 2021-2023. Other Washington assignments have included positions in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the Office of Foreign Missions, and as a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security. She has also completed multiple overseas tours, including as Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan, and as the Consular Chief in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other tours included Mexico City and Kuwait.

A Maryland native, Ms. Pasini has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, a master’s degree in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University, and an undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College.

Registration is required on myUMBC HERE.


What if your career could be exploring new cultures and meeting interesting people? It can be. Find out how!

6:00-7:00 PM · This is a virtual event

Do you enjoy learning about new cultures? Do you like meeting people from different countries and linguistic backgrounds? Find out how this could be part of your job every day in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Whether you love to travel the world or would like to stay local, learn about career possibilities for you. All majors welcome, undergraduate and graduate. No prior experience with language or linguistics is required.
Register for this virtual event HERE


Celebrating Thanksgiving and Friendship across Languages and Cultures

7:30-9:00 PM · Harbor Building, Multi Purpose Room (HRB MPR)

Intercultural Living Exchange language clusters in collaboration with international students will present on how different culture celebrates (or not ) “Thanksgiving and friendship”. We will have pumpkin pie and different snacks that are found in different cultures.

This event is open to current students.


Friday, November 17

Celebrate Your Culture Fair

12:00-2:00 PM · University Center, 2nd Floor Hallway

Join us as students share about their culture and heritage through visual presentations. All are welcome to come and view the displays!


Graduate Students and the Fulbright Student/Scholar Programs

12:00-1:00 PM · This is a virtual event

Current graduate students are invited to learn more about international research funding opportunities through both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs. Fulbright, the largest exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department, offers both one-year research opportunities throughout the world, as well as post-doctoral opportunities. Come learn more about these exciting opportunities for U.S. citizen students to expand their research beyond UMBC.


MLLI Research Day

2:00-4:00 PM · This is a virtual event

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2:00-2:05 Conference Opening
First panel
2:05-2:20 Presentation: Dr. Renée Lambert-Brétière (MLLI Faculty) – Pronominal Articles in Kwoma
2:20-2:25 Microtalk: Cristina Reguera-Gómez (INCC Alumna) – Deviating from the Standard: Evaluating Google Cloud Speech-to-Text API’s Recognition of Rural Spanish Speech
2:25-2:40 Presentation: Dr. David Beard (MLLI Faculty) – Predicting L2 Proficiency Level in Spanish Using Corpus Linguistics and Computational Indices
2:40-2:55 Presentation: Dr. Irina Golubeva (MLLI Faculty) – Enhancing Students’ Self-Awareness of Their Conflict Styles through Virtual Telecollaboration
2:55-3:05 Q&As
Second panel
3:05-3:20 Presentation: Maria Morte Costea (INCC Alumna) – A critical analysis of contemporary Latinx feminisms on Twitter: an intersectional approach
3:20-3:35 Presentation: Dr. Thania Muñoz D. (MLLI Faculty) – Tracing a Feminist Movement Against Gender-Based Violence in Contemporary Mexico: A Mexican Immigrant Mother-Scholar Experience
3:35-3:40 Microtalk: Dr. Tania Lizarazo (MLLI Faculty) – Extractivism in the Colombian Pacific: Interdependence, Personhood and Justice Beyond the Atrato River
3:40-3:55 Presentation: Dr. José Lobo (INCC Alumnus) – Teaching English to Low-Income Students in Developing Nations: A Colombian Case Study
3:55-4:00 Q&As
Hosted by Dr. Elisabeth Arévalo-GuerreroJoin us on Webex:
Organized by Dr. Irina GolubevaDr. Elisabeth Arévalo-GuerreroDr. Tania LizarazoMaria Manni


OCA Mocha “Impact of Where” Open Mic

6:00-8:00pm · OCA Mocha, 5410 East Drive, Arbutus, MD

OCA Mocha is excited to partner with UMBC’s Center for Global Engagement to celebrate International Education Week 2023 with an open mic night on Friday, November 17, 2023, from 6 – 8 p.m. If you would like to perform, please sign up using this link by 3 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2023.


This event also serves as an open house for the gallery exhibit The Impact of Where: Representations of International Experiences. This exhibit allows the viewer to see through the lenses of artists who have lived, studied, or worked in an international or intercultural environment or whose work reflects international topics. Featured artists are invited to discuss their pieces during the open mic;Please sign up using this link by 3 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2023.


We hope you will join us to perform, watch the performances, support the amazing artists who have work in the exhibit, and enjoy OCA Mocha’s special International Education Week drinks.