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International Education Week 2023

International Education Week (IEW), November 13-17, 2023, 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 11

The 6th 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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Monday, November 13

OIA Rollin' Roast

Find our coffee cart on campus and enjoy a free hot beverage in celebration of International Education Week.

Check updates through social media for our location. | Instagram @uc_merced_international
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Japanese Cultural Event

Learn about Japan and Japanese culture through a mix of experiences and perspectives.  This interactive panel is hosted by PhD students Koto Babaguchi and Satsuki Gyoten who both hail from Japan, and alumnus Romell Reed who recently returned from teaching English in Japan with the JET Program.

Classroom & Office Building 2, 290
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"Nueve Reinas" Movie Night

Join the International House LLC on this movie night as part of International Education Week! Hosted by Dr. Cristian Ricci, experience the suspense of this Argentinian film!

California Room
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Tuesday, November 14

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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Study Abroad 111: Affordability & Aid

Explore the basics of financial aid eligibility for study abroad and what makes some opportunities more affordable than others.

Kolligian Library, 362
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Study Abroad 112: Intro to Scholarships

Explore the most common scholarships for study abroad like the Gilman Scholarship or the UCEAP Global Scholarship.

Kolligian Library, 362
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Fulbright Student Program (Zoom and/or in Person)

Interested in studying abroad following graduation? Join Fulbright and OIA to learn how to apply for a Fulbright grant. Click here to register and receive the link.

Classroom & Office Building 2, 290

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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ABCs of Global Learning for ABC Students

During this session, we will explore what it's like to experience Blackness in different cultural contexts through the lived experiences of UC ABC (African, African-American, Afro-Latine, Black, or Caribbean) global learning alumni who studied or interned in different parts of the world. Read more…

Zoom/virtual: Register
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Pre Law Students Abroad

Are you Pre-law? Political Science Major? If so, join us and learn about different study abroad programs all over the world recommended to Pre-law students. This event will be in a collaboration with the Merced Pre Law Society. 


GRAN 135
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Wednesday, November 15

International Folk Dance Lesson

UCM staff member, Belinda Braunstein, will teach simple international folk dances from various countries in Europe. Most of these are in a circle, so no partners are needed! Wear comfortable shoes.

Arts & Computational Sciences, 109
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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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First, But not Last: Studying Abroad for First-Generation Students

As a first-generation college student, you're already forging new ground as you navigate the UC system, so you already have what it takes to successfully navigate a new culture, country, or region abroad. Read more…

Zoom/virtual: Register
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Thursday, November 16

Colors of the World Art Therapy

Paint a tote bag, relax, and learn about different art forms around the world!

Multicultural Center

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Study Abroad in Mèxico

Join us for an information session on UCEAP Programs offered in Mèxico! Study abroad advisor, Cecilia Nuñez, and a fellow returnee will lead this presentation, answering any questions students may have. Grab some nachos and enjoy the presentation!

Glacier 160
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World Ballet Series Presents Cinderella

A part of the World Ballet Series, Cinderella is performed live by a multinational cast of 40 professional ballet dancers gathered to bring the most celebrated fairy tale to life.

A visually stunning production accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev’s passionate celebrated score, over 150 hand-sewn radiant costumes, richly detailed hand-crafted sets, and sparkling choreography by Marina Kesler.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Friday, November 17

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.

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F-1 & J-1 Student Office Hour (In-Person)

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 in-person office hour.

Classroom & Office Building 2, 290
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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.

Classroom & Office Building 2, 334
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F-1 & J-1 Student Office Hour (Virtual)

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.