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International Education Week 2022

International Education Week (IEW), November 14-18, 2022, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 12

The 5th Annual Violette Film Festival

Merced's only International Film Festival, showcasing films from all over the world, including right here in the Central Valley!

Merced Theatre
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Sunday, November 13

Taiko Project

TAIKOPROJECT has astonished audiences worldwide since 2000 with their unique blend of traditional taiko & innovative aesthetics. Percussive power, dynamic music, and graceful choreography work together to weave a gorgeous narrative you’ll have to see (and hear!) to believe!

Merced Theatre
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Monday, November 14

Study Abroad through the Decades

This display will take you on a trip around the world through the decades via UC Merced staff and faculty that have studied abroad, participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program or in Peace Corps.

Monday, November 14 - Friday, November 18
Kolligian Library, Snack Shop
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OIA Rollin' Roast

Office of International Affairs' rolling coffee cart is back!  Find us on campus to get your free cup of coffee or hot chocolate!
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UC Merced campus
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Bollywood Movie Night

South Asian Student Association is hosting a movie night! Join us to watch a Bollywood movie, and don't forget to bring your snacks!

Classroom & Office Building 1, 105
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Tuesday, November 15

Bobcat Cultural Showcase

Join us and enjoy a variety of performances by fellow UC Merced Bobcats in celebration of International Education Week!

Wallace-Dutra Amphitheater
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OPT Workshop

Are you an F-1 visa holder and have questions about Optional Practical Training? Join this workshop to learn more about it and the application process. Be sure to review our OPT webpage in advance.

Classroom & Office Building 2, 290
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Wednesday, November 16

Berlin Calling!

Have you ever considered studying abroad in one of the coolest cities in Europe? Berlin is an exciting, fascinating city, its universities among the finest in Europe. You can study there through UCEAP even if you don’t speak German, as there are numerous courses offered in English that meet both major and GE requirements, as well as on-site UCEAP staff to assist you. Please join us for our info session that will introduce the programs and a bit about the city of Berlin, hosted by the UCEAP Study Center in Berlin.

Zoom online meeting: Register
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CPT Workshop

Are you an F-1 visa holder and have questions about Curricular Practical Training? Join this virtual workshop to learn more about it and the application process. Be sure to review our CPT webpage in advance.

This is a virtual workshop held on Zoom:
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Study Abroad Panel for First Year Students 

Is this your first year at UCM? Consider studying abroad to complete GE, major, or minor requirements!

GRAN, 145
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Global Lounge

Join us for coffee and great conversations at the OIA Global Lounge, a returnee and international student-only social held monthly on the third Wednesday in COB2 290.

Classroom & Office Building 2, 290
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El Mundo Es Tuyo: Global Learning for Latinx/e/@ Students

Are you ready to see other parts of the world? Do you have questions about what the experience might be like as a Latinx/e/@ student?

Zoom online meeting: Register
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Thursday, November 17

First, But not Last: Studying Abroad for First-Generation Students

As a first-generation college student, you are already forging new ground as you navigate the UC system. We're so proud of you, and want to highlight that you already have what it takes to successfully navigate a new culture or country abroad.

Zoom online meeting: Register
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Fulbright Information Session

Fulbright Program staff from the Institute of International Education will provide program information as well as application instructions for Fulbright grants to study, research, or teach abroad following graduation.

Classroom & Office Building 2, 290
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Study Abroad 101: General Info Session (Zoom)

Interested in studying abroad but not sure where to start? Come to this info session led by a study abroad advisor.

Zoom online meeting: Join
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Friday, November 18

From Study Abroad to the State Department: How Developing Global Perspectives Supports U.S. Foreign Policy

This webinar will feature an interview with Secretary of State Antony Blinken exploring how U.S. diplomatic work impacts the lives of the American people and how studying abroad furthers the State Department’s foreign policy mission. Webinar attendees will hear directly from the Secretary of State and a panel of U.S. foreign service officers focusing on how their work at the State Department advances U.S. foreign policy, how that work impacts Americans, and how study abroad shaped their careers and continues to impact their lives as American diplomats.

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F-1 & J-1 Student Office Hour

Are you an F-1 or J-1 student visa holder and have questions? Bring your questions to International Student Visa Specialist, Lacey Long-Vejar's virtual office hour.

This is a virtual office hour held on Zoom:
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Secretary of Education Cardona Celebrates International Education Week 2021

As our nation recovers and rebuilds from the global pandemic, we see more clearly than ever that communities and countries are interconnected. And our biggest challenges are global challenges. The only way to solve them is as an international community.

Stay tuned for upcoming IEW events!