International Education Week

International Education Week is a joint initiative of U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Rutgers Global and other university units and departments host on-campus events in recognition of International Education Week.

International Education Week 2020 will officially take place from November 16 through November 20, but we're starting the festivities early. Join us beginning November 9 for some special events!

International Education Week(s) at Rutgers University 2020

Monday, November 9 through Friday, November 13 and
Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20 

Express Your Global Self

In recognition of this year’s IEW, and in an effort to map our university’s “Jersey Roots, Global Reach,” Rutgers Global invites members of the Rutgers community around the world—students, alumni, faculty, and staff—to post and engage on the “Express Your Global Self” Padlet (a bulletin board software) from November 9 to 20, 2020. We welcome submissions in the form of posts, photos, or videos

Click here to access the Express Your Global Self Padlet

Instructions for Posting to the Express Your Global Self Padlet

Monday, November 9 | 9:00am – 10:30am EST

Office of Research presents:

Rutgers and Tel Aviv Universities Joint Scientific Symposia: COVID19 Research, Response & Lessons

Monday, November 9 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm EST

Department of Economics, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick presents: 

Aurel Schubert (Vienna University of Economics), “Money, History, and Finance”

Tuesday, November 10 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark presents:

“Past Plagues: Why the Ottoman Experience Matters”

Wednesday, November 11 | 2:15pm – 4:00pm EST

Center for Chinese Studies presents:

“Contested Moralities in China’s App-Based Gay Sexual Economy”

Wednesday, November 11 and Thursday, November 12 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm EST

Rutgers Climate Task Force special event:

Envisioning Rutgers’ Climate Future: A Two-Night Town Hall Event

Thursday, November 12 | 12:00pm EST

South Asian Studies Program, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick presents:

Book Talk: Caste Matters

Thursday, November 12 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

Charlotte Oldham-Moore and Andrew McKenna (Senate Foreign Relations Committee) present:

Discussion of SFRC Report, Global Forced Migration: The Political Crisis of Our Time

Thursday, November 12 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm EST

Organization of Luso-Americans at Rutgers presents:

Portuguese in the Community: A Virtual Celebration of Afro-Brazilian Music and Culture

Friday, November 13 | 9:00am – 11:00am EST and 4:00pm – 6:00pm EST

Rutgers Global presents:

Rutgers Global Friendship Friday:  Coloring Hour

Monday, November 16 | 3:00pm EST

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick presents:

Book Talk: Oilcraft: The Myths of Scarcity and Security That Haunt U.S. Energy Policy

Tuesday, November 17 

Rutgers Global invites international students to a presentation from the law firm of David Nachman and Associates, who will provide information on obtaining a green card, which covers the H-1B visa process and other various visa options. They will also share the latest immigration updates due to COVID-19. 

Legal Workshop for International Students, 9:00am – 10:00am EST 

Legal Workshop for International Students, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST 

Wednesday, November 18 | 11:00am – 1:00pm EST

Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) Distinguished Lecture Series:

Partha Chatterjee (Columbia University), “A Relativist View of the Indian Nation”

Wednesday, November 18 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm EST

Center for African Studies and Global Urban Studies, Rutgers University–Newark present:

CAS Brown Bag Series: Marie-Jeanne Ndimbira

Wednesday, November 18 | 1:00pm EST

Center for Chinese Studies presents:

“Translating Tianxia: Confronting Sinophobic Narratives and Reimagining Cosmopolitan Ideals”

Wednesday, November 18 | 2:30pm EST

Mediterranean Displacements Project Lecture Series, School of Arts and Sciences–Newark

Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular (History, Rutgers University–Newark), “Muslim Migration and Post-Ottoman Nation Building”

Wednesday, November 18  | 7:00pm – 8:00pm EST

Department of Environmental Sciences and Office of Alumni and Community Engagement (SEBS) present:

Environmental Sciences Centennial Panel Discussion: Past, Present, and Future Trends in Environmental Issues

Thursday, November 19 | 12:00pm EST

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School presents:

Ethics of SARS-COV-2 Vaccine Testing and Distribution

Thursday, November 19 | 12:00pm – 3:15pm EST

Center for European Studies presents:

Workshop: Black Lives Matter in Europe

Thursday, November 19 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST

Get Hired: Job & Internship Search for International Students in the U.S. & Abroad

Are you searching for a job in the U.S. or abroad as an international student? Join us for this workshop to learn:

• How to manage the overall job search process as an F-1 and J-1 international student.
• How to tailor your resume to your industry and stand out as a candidate.
• How to strategize by targeting companies that sponsor H1b visas.
• Learn about internships and jobs abroad.

Presented by Career Exploration and Success

Friday, November 20 | 9:30am – 11:30pm EST

Rutgers School of Public Health

A Tale of Two Crises: Migration and COVID-19 

Friday, November 20 | 11:30am – 1:00pm EST

Rutgers British Studies Center presents:

The Black Atlantic in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Friday, November 20 | 9:00am – 11:00am EST and 4:00pm – 6:00pm EST

Rutgers Global presents:

Rutgers Global Friendship Friday:  E.A.T. (Enjoy American Thanksgiving)

Happy Thanksgiving! Join us this week to play some festive games and activities and have some conversations. Be prepared to learn about how Americans celebrate this holiday.  Attendees are welcome to share their favorite recipes during this event as well as stories about Thanksgiving.  

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November 17: Rutgers Women's Basketball Game!

Join us on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. to watch the Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on the Harvard Crimson.

2:00 p.m. | Rutgers Athletics Center, 83 Rockafeller Rd., Piscataway, NJ

Rutgers Athletics will provide free tickets to Rutgers University international students interested in attending the game. Contact Greg Costalas for more information:

November 18: Global Visions & Voices: Rayka Zehtabchi, Film Screening

Anita Ashok Datar Lecture on Women's Global Health
Presented by the Institute for Women's Leadership 

Global Visions & Voices: Rayka Zehtabchi

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | College Ave. Student Center, MPR 

RSVP here.

Rayka Zehtabchi is a 26-year-old Iranian-American director based in Los Angeles. Her directorial debut, Madaran, is an Iranian language short that won Jury awards at top film festivals and qualified for the 89th Academy Awards in 2016.

Zehtabchi’s Oscar winning short documentary, Period. End of Sentence., is about a group of village women in Northern India who start a sanitary pad-making business in an effort to improve feminine hygiene and de-stigmatize menstruation. Along with the film’s release, Zehtabchi helped co-found the non-profit “The Pad Project” to fight the stigma of menstruation and improve feminine hygiene worldwide.

Her passion is telling human stories that bring awareness and action to little-known social causes. In both documentary and narrative, she brings a naturalistic approach to her storytelling, striving for honesty and intimacy on screen.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Leadership—and presented as its Third Annual Anita Ashok Datar Lecture in Women’s Global Health—and Douglass Residential College.

November 19: Peace Corps Film Screening: "A Towering Task"

Peace Corps Film Screening: "A Towering Task" 

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. | Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall 

As part of this year’s International Education Week, Rutgers Global and the Peace Corps Campus Recruitment Office present a film screening of the documentary, A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps, directed by Alana DeJoseph and narrated by Annette Bening.

Founded during the Cold War, the Peace Corps stands as an icon of American idealism. From the beginning its mission of world peace and friendship proved to be a towering task. Imbued with the unbounded energy and vision of its charismatic leader, Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., and thousands of vigorous volunteers, the story of the Peace Corps is a uniquely American tale. From the political machinations to establish not just a brand new government agency, but a new concept in international relations, to the growing pains of an agency striving to define its mission, A Towering Task takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen.

Contact Ryan Jeter, Peace Corps Campus Recruiter for more information:

Note about event parking: Non-Rutgers attendees of the screening of A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps may park in Lots 70 and Douglass Deck without permits. Please register your vehicles at: Special event parking and special event permits are only for visitors to the University which does not include free metered parking. Rutgers faculty, staff, and students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

November 20: Rutgers Climate Symposium 2019

Rutgers Climate Symposium 2019
Science and Society: Perspectives On A Green New Deal

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ

Rutgers Climate Symposium 2019: Science and Society: Perspectives on a Green New Deal. Naomi Klein, Rutgers University; Daniel Aldana Cohen, University of Pennsylvania; Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ocean Collectiv; Neil Maher, New Jersey Institute of Technology; and J. Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia. Sponsored by Rutgers Climate Institute.  Poster abstracts due November 10, 2019. Posters can be on any scholarly climate change research; they are not restricted to the research theme. 

More information

Register by November 14, 2019 here

November 20: Rutgers Men's Basketball Game!

Join us on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. to watch the Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.

7:00 p.m. | Rutgers Athletics Center, 83 Rockafeller Rd., Piscataway, NJ

Rutgers Athletics will provide free tickets to Rutgers University international students interested in attending the game. Contact Greg Costalas for more information:

November 21: Rutgers Global Town Hall

Rutgers Global Town Hall: The State of Global Engagement at Rutgers University--New Brunswick

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Livingston Student Center, Livingston Hall 

Register here


9:00 a.m.    Welcoming Remarks: Barbara A. Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.    Undergraduate Curricular Innovations

  • Michelle Stephens, Dean of Humanities and Professor of English, School of Arts and Sciences: “RU Multilingual? The Language Engagement Project”
  • Robin Leichenko, Professor and Chair of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences: “Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors: Environmental and Global Studies Programs”
  • Lauren Meregalli Ferrer, Associate Director of Study Abroad, Rutgers Global: “The Access the World Initiative: 30 Global Destinations, Rutgers Credits Abroad, All at Rutgers Cost”
  • Moderator: Johanna Bernstein, Assistant Dean for Global Programs, Rutgers Global and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences

10:10 – 11:10 a.m.    School of Graduate Studies: Resources, Services, Challenges

  • Teresa M. Delcorso-Ellmann, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student External Support, School of Graduate Studies: “Fellowships and International Engagement at the Graduate Level”
  • Ramazan Güngör, Assistant Dean, School of Graduate Studies: “Professional Development Opportunities for Graduate Students for Non-Academic Career Pathways”
  • Jerome J. Kukor, Dean, School of Graduate Studies; Professor of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
  • Moderator: Rick H. Lee, Director of Global Programs and Partnerships, Rutgers Global

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.    Signature Global Initiatives

  • Robert M. Goodman, Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station: “NeAGeN:  New Agriculture for a New Generation in Greece”
  • Mark Aakhus, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Communication, School of Communication and Information: “COST Action APPLY: European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis”
  • Brent Ruben, Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership; Distinguished Professor of Communication, School of Communication and Information: “The Botswana-Rutgers Mahube Partnership for Transformation: The Leadership Development Program”
  • Moderator: Eric Garfunkel, Vice President for Global Affairs

12:10 – 12:15 p.m.    Concluding Remarks: Eric Garfunkel, Vice President for Global Affairs

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch

November 21: World Exchange Day

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Livingston Student Center, Livingston Hall

To celebrate this year’s International Education Week, Rutgers Global and its university partners present World Exchange Day, a comprehensive information and resource fair for students to learn about academic majors and minors, study abroad programs, student organizations, and career and internship opportunities. Come join us!

November 22: Friendship Friday! Thanksgiving Edition

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Rutgers Alumni House at Van Nest Hall

More information

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International Education Week 2019 Photo Contest

Rutgers Global is hosting its seventh annual photo contest to celebrate International Education Week, and we're calling all Rutgers students to take part! All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2019. See rules, submission guidelines, and eligibility below.


You may submit a maximum of one original photo, taken by yourself, in each of five categories:
1. International Destinations (photos of international cities, buildings, landscapes)
2. International Foods (photos of international foods and culinary delicacies you’ve seen or sampled abroad)
3. International Friendships (photos that highlight relationships and human connections beyond borders)
4. Study Abroad (photos from your short-term program or semester/year studying abroad. This category is open only to students who have participated in a program through Rutgers Global–Study Abroad)
5. Life in the United States (photos of U.S. destinations, people, buildings, landscapes. This category is open only to international students with F-1 and J-1 visas and who are registered with Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services)


All submissions must be in digital, high-resolution format (300 dpi). Printed photos will not be accepted.

Name your photos properly using the following format: last name, first name – category. For example, Jane Smith’s entry of a photo of fresh-caught seafood in a fish market in Spain would be labeled as: “Smith, Jane – International Foods.”

Email your entry as an attachment to Include the following information in the body of your email: your name; your phone number; location of the photo; approximate date of the photo; and a brief description of the photo.


The photo contest is open only to current undergraduate and graduate students of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, Newark, Camden, and RBHS). All contest winners will be required to confirm their student status.


Rutgers Global will select five semi-finalists for each category. Photos will be judged on the following criteria: composition, adherence to contest rules, and subject matter. Semi-finalists’ photos will be displayed for a period of two weeks to allow for the university community to vote for their favorite photo in each category. In addition, photos will be displayed at all Rutgers Global International Education Week events for voting via paper ballots. A finalist from each category will be selected based on popular vote, the paper ballots, and the recommendations of the Rutgers Global staff. Winners will be notified by email by Monday, December 2, 2019.


One winning photo will be selected in each category. Each winning entrant will receive a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card.

By participating in this contest, each entrant grants Rutgers Global (Sponsor) permission to use his/her name, contest entry, likeness, or comments for publicity (or future marketing purposes) without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted.