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 2018 Photo Contest

Rutgers Global is hosting its sixth 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 5, 2018. 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 Tuesday, November 27, 2018.



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.

Other International Education Week Events

Monday, November 12 +

International Festival
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Campus Center, MPR | Rutgers–Camden

Kick off International Week by taking a culinary tour of the world while enjoying live music from a Reggae Fusion Band! Enjoy calligraphy, origami, turban tying and much more!

International Education Week Kick Off and Study Abroad Fair
12:45–3:00 p.m. | Paul Robeson Campus Center, Student Street | Rutgers–Newark

Learn about Rutgers study abroad programs and celebrate Rutgers–Newark diversity.

From Cooking Pot to Melting Pot:  New Jersey’s Diverse Foodways
4:00–6:00 p.m. | Lecture Hall, Alexander Library | Rutgers–New Brunswick

International Debate
4:006:00 p.m. | Campus Center, South ABC | Rutgers–Camden

The International debate, facilitated by Rutgers–Camden faculty, is the International Students Association’s initiative to bring the Rutgers–Camden community together to discuss and debate global affairs that shed light on experiences and current events outside the United States.

The Anita Ashok Datar Lecture on Women’s Global Health:  Cecile Richards.  Advocating for Justice in Women’s Global Health
7:00–9:00 p.m. | Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center | Rutgers–New Brunswick


Tuesday, November 13 +

Color Our World
12:30–2:00 p.m. | Paul Robeson Campus Center, Student Street | Rutgers–Newark

Be a part of the coloring craze and make your own masterpiece by coloring parts of the world.

Are You Asian Enough?
12:45–1:45 p.m. | Campus Center, Raptor Roost | Rutgers–Camden

Join Rutgers–Camden students for a conversation about east Asian identity in American-Asian communities. Students discuss stereotypes and misconceptions within their communities.

Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhist Practices for the Time of Death
5:006:30 p.m. | Lecture Hall, Alexander Library | Rutgers–New Brunswick

Havana Nights
6:00–8:00 p.m. | Campus Center, Raptor Roost | Rutgers–Camden

Join RITMO-Latino for a discussion on the Cuban Revolution how music and dance were inspired from it. Students will learn more about Cuban culture through the history behind Cuban music and dance.

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
7:00–9:00 p.m. | Campus Center, MPR | Rutgers–Camden

The Dia De Los Muertos celebration aims to provide a fun time for students, along with allowing them to learn and experience the culture and traditions of the Day of the Dead via decorations, crafts, food, and music. Students will engage in cultural crafts together and witness traditional Mexican mariachi music and dance.

Wednesday, November 14 +

International Opportunities Fair
11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Campus Center, MPR | Rutgers–Camden

Interested in studying, traveling, volunteering or working abroad? Don’t know where to begin? Visit the International Opportunities fair to learn more about the various ways you can go global.

International House of Cookies
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Paul Robeson Campus Center, Student Street | Rutgers–Newark

Experience our world through taste and indulge in a free sampling of cookies from around the globe.

U.S. State Department Visit
4:00–6:00 p.m. | Campus Center, West BC | Rutgers–Camden

Tiffany McGriff, the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomat-in-Residence for the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania region (and a Jersey native), will lead an information session on the Foreign and Civil Service selection processes from preparing for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) to making the selection Register; and will discuss the application processes for paid/unpaid student fellowships, internships, and exchange opportunities at the U.S. Department of State.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Open Mic Night
4:30–6:00 p.m. | Campus Center, West ABC | Rutgers–Camden

"You Are Welcome Here" Open Mic night is an opportunity for students and faculty who have immigrated to the U.S. or come from a marginalized group or cultural background to share their stories about the struggle to feel "at home" or like they "fit in" in America.

Russian & Polish Poetry Evening
4:306:00 p.m. | Pane Room, Alexander Library | Rutgers–New Brunswick

India Corner Book Exhibit and Reception at Alexander Library
4:306:00 p.m. | Lower Level, Alexander Library | Rutgers–New Brunswick 

6:00–9:00 p.m. | Campus Center, MPR | Rutgers–Camden

Join us for Diwali Dhamaka, the celebration of the Indian festival of light and colors. 

Thursday, November 15 +

Employment Opportunities for Students in Canada
10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Paul Robeson Campus Center, Bergen 255/6/7 | Rutgers–Newark

Learn more about permanent residency and the Express Entry program.

International Week Quizzo
12:45–1:45 p.m. | Campus Center, MPR | Rutgers–Camden

Join us for our annual International Week Quizzo! Join a team or play on your own for a chance to win $200 in visa gift cards!

Mapathon for Humanitarian Relief
2:00–5:00 p.m. | Pane Room, Alexander Library | Rutgers–New Brunswick

Brew Your Career with IDIG
4:00–5:30 p.m. | Bloustein School, Room 261 | 33 Livingston Avenue | Rutgers–New Brunswick

Bob Pell (MD, Urban Solutions at HATCH) will share his experiences in the field of planning around the globe and provide tips on how to get into your dream job. There will be ample time for you to ask questions and expand your professional network with those present. Food, coffee and tea will be provided.

For any queries, email

Global Studies Launch Party
5:00–7:00 p.m. | Campus Center, MPR | Rutgers–Camden

Join us for the launch of the new undergraduate major in Global Studies. The Global Studies major is an interdisciplinary program for Rutgers–Camden College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) students. Meet the program directors and learn more about the major!

Ernest and Celestine
5:00–7:00 p.m. | Campus Center | Rutgers–Camden

Ernest and Celestine is the story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Mr. & Ms. Rutgers–Camden International Pageant 
7:00–9:00 p.m. | Gordon Theatre | Rutgers–Camden

Contestants will take you on a world tour as they represent countries from around the globe through their traditional wear, performance art, and worldviews. 

Friday, November 16 +

"Show Us Your Selfie!" Contest

Rutgers–Newark Photo Contest

Universal Children's Day: Zane Elementary
1:30–3:00 p.m. | Camden

International students abroad will help create a fun, exciting, engaging, and intellectually rich Universal Children’s Day for children at Molina Middle School in Camden.

Asian American Studies Teach-In
2:00–3:30 p.m. | Asian American Cultural Center, MPR (Livingston Campus)

Learn about the history of Asian American Studies and the movement at Rutgers University.

My Culture Series: German Christmas Market
4:00–5:30 p.m. | McCormick Hall Main Lounge (Busch Campus)

Join us for a German Christmas Market with games, handcrafts, and traditional holiday snacks! Cosponsored by the International Friendship Program, Rutgers Residence Life, and Rutgers Global.


Foodie Friday: Chinatown
5:00–7:00 p.m. | Chinatown, Philadelphia

Visit Philadelphia’s Chinatown, a bustling showcase of various Asian countries, including Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese, cuisine and culture.

7:00–9:00 p.m. | Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center | Rutgers–New Brunswick

Join us for a free traditional Thanksgiving meal as we bring together domestic and international students for a night of conversation, food, and themed activities/crafts! This event is a collaboration between RUPA and Rutgers Global.

Please register here.

Crazy Rich Asians Film Screening
7:00–10:00 p.m. | Camden Towers Lounge

Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jon M. Chu, from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan.