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International Education Week

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Dept. of State and the U.S. Dept. of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

The purpose of this event is to promote the concept of global citizenship and cross-cultural awareness. This is the perfect opportunity to continue to learn about the world around you! Valencia faculty, staff, and students will work together to host a variety of activities at all the Valencia campuses (or virtually, depending on the situation with COVID-19). All activities will be developed around the following learning outcomes:

  • Promote the concept of global citizenship and cross-cultural awareness
  • Gain a greater level of understanding and appreciation for different world cultures
  • Promote study abroad opportunities to students
  • Create cultural opportunities for international and domestic students to interact
  • Allow international students and study abroad students to share experiences of their home/host country
Events as part of International Education Week (IEW) count towards the 15 co-curricular hours required for VGD. Please contact the SAGE Office for more information.

International Education Week 2021

International Education Week (IEW), November 15-19, 2021 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 part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.  This year all events and celebrations will be VIRTUAL!

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IEW 2021 Event Calendar

Join the SAGE Office in celebration of international education from Nov 15-19, 2021.  Additional sponsorship and partnership provided by International Student Services, Student Development, MAP Club, V.I.S.A. Club, Peace & Justice Institute, Study Abroad Association, WorldStrides, Where There Be Dragons, and Woyago.

All events are FREE and OPEN to all audiences.  All events will be virtual.  The schedule is below but please note that information is subject to change.  Please see  IEW 2021 Schedule at a Glance.  

Thank you to Beth King - Librarian, West Campus - for hosting an International Education Week Scavenger Hunt.  Explore the world through library databases and 360° Global Learning Experiences. Answer questions to be entered in a prize drawing for an international snack box. Available 11/15 through 11/19 at:

MONDAY, 11/15/2021

9am-10am Rome Walking Tour Join local guide, Francesco, and visit the most picturesque corners of Rome discovering some of the greatest masterpieces of the Baroque age and learn the stories of its main characters.  Highlights of the tour include the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Bernini's Fountains.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
10am-11am Oxford Walking Tour Join local guide Becky and take a look at the town of Oxford. Discover its origins to modern times and how the university lead to the success of the town as well as tensions between the town and the crown.  This tour will explore the famous Oxford buildings, like the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, and the Martyrs memorial.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
11am-12pm Moroccan Cooking Class Come cook with a chef in Morocco!  Amanda Belmamoun's organic cuisine is set in the Ourika Valley, located on the outskirts of Marrakech. Amanda lives there with her husband (both New Zealanders) who moved to Morocco together. They have a boutique hotel, an organic garden, and offer cooking classes using their own input and traditional Moroccan cooking techniques.  Dishes to be prepared: Chicken Tajine and two salads - Aubergine and Chachouka.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
12pm-1:30pm Woyago Paris Virtual Tour Find your Parisian soul!  Join local Parisian tour company, Woyago, as they host an engaging, virtual tour of Paris. Activities include cultural trivia and learning French vocabulary.  Woyago tour guides will also take a stroll around the streets of Paris, showing participants the sites and sounds of the famous City of Lights.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
2pm-3pm Costa Rica Formation & Geology Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity.  Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle.  During the session, participants will learn more about the formation of the country and about the Arenal Volcano and catastrophic event of 1968, when the volcano suddenly and violently erupted.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Tuesday, 11/16/2021

10am-11am Israel & Palestine - Dual Narrative Experience Join Study Abroad Association as they bring together an Israeli guide and a Palestinian guide to discuss various cities and must-see local sites.  Throughout the session, the guides will give their own unique cultural, religious, political, and ethnic narratives.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
11am-12pm Study Abroad Guest Speakers Join authors and company founders of Redefining Normal, Justin and Alexis Black, as they discuss the benefits of international education and tips when beginning study abroad.  Justin and Alexis have studied abroad 13 times between the two of them and have co-developed two study abroad programs.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
12pm-1pm Italian Cooking Class The Eternal City is world-renowned for its extraordinary beauty, art, culture and history.  Italian cuisine – and the Roman tradition, in particular – is highly regarded for its simple, wholesome, genuine flavours. The Executive Chef of the Baglioni Hotel Regina in Roma, Luciano Sarzi Sartori, will show you how to prepare the classic paccheri cacio e pepe (short pasta with cheese and pepper), the famous tiramisu and one more dish from the exquisite traditional Roman and Italian recipes.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
2pm-3pm Brazil - African Heritage in Rio Learn about the lives of urban slaves in 19th century Rio and visit important sites of Afro-diaspora culture and memory. The tour will lift the layers of memory to reveal the Afro-Brazilian experience and uncover Brazil's extensive history of slavery.  The tour includes a visit to the archaeological site of the Valongo port.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
4pm-6pm Flavors Around the World Join the West Campus V.I.S.A. Club as they show diversity and union through videos and presentations of different dishes from around the world.  Participants will be able to experience other cultures and learn about worldwide cuisines.  Participants will be able to get a box of cultural snacks by participating.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Wednesday, 11/17/2021

9am-10:15am Peace Breakfast: An Interfaith Gathering Join a diverse group of faith and worldview leaders for a discussion on the historic and changing roles women play in religious and thought traditions.  Hosted by the Peace & Justice Institute. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
9:30am-10:30am Venice Canal Tour Discover Venice from a different perspective: the water!  On board of a typical Venice water taxi, we will admire the historical palaces on the Grand Canal and the less know Venetian Rii (little canals).  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
10:30am-11:30am Black History of Paris The Left Bank, Paris's engine of artistic innovation and political debate, has also been central to the Black experience in the City of Light.  Journey from the colonial period to Post-WWII as we examine history, literature, art, and politics in Paris.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
11am-12pm Healthcare in Liberia Partners in Health Liberia will join Valencia College to share more about strengthening healthcare systems and responding to challenges administering healthcare in unique environments. Maxo Luma and the nursing team will share their combined years of experience supporting the health community of Liberia. Topics of conversation will include infrastructure challenges, nurse retention, and maternal healthcare in the community. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
11:30am-12:45pm Succeeding Globally through International Education Locally This presentation will be led by student leaders in the Teacher Education Program and MAP Club. Panelists Sarah Bracken, Project Consultant, Refugee Educator Academy at Carey Institute for Global Good, Bassem Chaaban, Director Center for Peace, and Dr. Yasmeen Qadri, Professor TEP & Advisor MAP, will present on the crisis of Refugee Children in our local public schools and their plight Internationally.  This session may be accessed virtually or onsite.  Virtual Session on Zoom requires pre-registration. Service-Learning Hour credit will be offered.  Onsite session Rm 8-101, East Campus - Coffee and food provided for onsite participants!    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ONLINE ZOOM OPTION!
12pm-1:30pm Woyago Barcelona Virtual Tour Join European tour company, Woyago, as they lead an engaging, virtual tour of Barcelona!  Participants will see famous restaurants, landmarks, and markets as Woyago guides stroll the streets of Barcelona, all while engaging in trivia and teaching Spanish vocabulary. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Thursday, 11/18/2021

9:30am-10:30am Following the Footsteps of Athenian Democracy Join Study Abroad Association guide, Mariza, as she takes participants on a tour from Pnyx to the top of Areopagus Hill.  View the gathering place of the Athenian Assembly, the ancient agora, and Kerameikos cemetery.  Learn about Athenian democracy as Mariza discusses senators, citizenship, and the lottery machine.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
11am-12pm Modern Perspectives from an Ancient City: Heritage of the Past, Ambitions of the Future How do cities live and organize themselves over time? This talk will highlight the challenges and opportunities of urban sustainability while encouraging students to draw parallel conversations in their own home town/cities. The concepts will draw on public spaces, belonging, local economy, beliefs and rituals, and evaluate grassroots engagement through city councils and governments. In this talk, Jason will draw experiences from his hometown Patan – an ancient Newar city in Nepal – to evaluate similar concerns of students’ home-cities.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
3pm-4pm Walking Tour of Cusco, Peru Enjoy the unique Cusco city sights, led by a local tour guide.  The focus of the tour will be on history, architecture, colonial art, local lifesetyle, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Qoricancha, Cusicancha, Inca Roca palace, and the San Blas neighborhood square.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Friday, 11/19/2021

10am-11am Global Experiences with Christian Alyea Join Christian Alyea, co-founder and director of Study Abroad Association, as he talks about study abroad, the importance of international education, traveling experiences, and how he was able to realize his dream and goals over the years.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
11am-12pm Microplastics in the Ocean Join Study Abroad Association's team from Spain as they discuss problems with microplastics and trash in the ocean and the impact on marine wildlife.  Hear from a biologist, environmental engineer, and specialist in the protection, conservation, and management of protected natural areas.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
2pm-3:30pm Organic Coffee Making in Colombia Ever wondered how the world's finest coffee beans are made?  Join Colombian partners who are leading the way in producing high-quality coffee in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.  The project, based in Antioquia, supports ex rebel fighters and displaced communities and teaches the art of tasting and sensing the perfect cup.  Session includes history of coffee production and culture, plus live coffee preparation.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!