International Education Week 2013

graphic image of International Education Week 2013 posterWMU to celebrate human diversity
during International Education Week

Schedule of events

Western Michigan University will highlight a variety of countries and cultures during its International Education Week, set for Saturday through Saturday, Nov. 16-23.

Numerous entertaining and educational events sponsored by WMU international registered student organizations and other offices have been scheduled for the local observance on WMU's main campus throughout the week, and most are free and open to the public.

The annual observance of IEW at WMU is organized by the International Student Activities office in the University's Haenicke Institute for Global Education, which begins with the 2013 Kalamazoo Russian Festival being held Saturday, Nov. 16, at WMU.

A joint initiative of the U.S. departments of State and Education, the week promotes programs that not only prepare Americans for a global environment, but also attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

The mission of International Education Week was well expressed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when he said: "It celebrates the benefits of understanding the world around us so we can better communicate and collaborate with others from different cultures. It is an ideal opportunity to inspire students to broaden their horizons through global learning, foreign languages and international exchange."

Questions about WMU's International Education Week events may be directed to Xiaotang Wang, WMU international programming intern, at: or (269) 387-3966.

IEW at WMU 2013 Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 16

Kalamazoo Russian Festival
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fetzer Center on WMU's main campus
An all-day celebration of Russian culture hosted by the Kalamazoo Russian Cultural Association. Cost: Adults: $10, students: $6, age 12 and under: $2, Family Pass: $20

Sunday, Nov. 17

International Cooking 101
5 to 7 p.m.
Kanley Chapel Dialogue Room
Learn from WMU international students how to prepare traditional dishes from other countries and sample what you cook. Hosted by the WMU International Student Activities office.

Monday, Nov. 18

Study Abroad Info Table
12 to 2 p.m.
Bernhard Center Lower Level
Study abroad specialists and study abroad alumni will host an informational table on the lower level near PNC Bank.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Confucius Institute Info Table
12 to 3 p.m.
Bernhard Center Lower Level
Visit teachers and staff of the Confucius Institute at WMU at this table to learn more about Chinese language and culture classes and scholarships offered through the University’s largest country-specific international institute.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

  • China Quiz Bowl
    4 to 6 p.m.
    Bernhard Center Room 105

  • Dominican Student Organization
    7 to 9 p.m.
    Wesley Foundation
    Meet WMU students from the Dominican Republic and learn about their country’s rich culture and way of life. Hosted by the Dominican Student Organization.

Thursday, Nov. 21

  • American Thanksgiving Celebration
    12 to 1:30 p.m.
    Kanley Chapel Social Room
    Learn the history of Thanksgiving Day in the United States and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Hosted by the International Student Fellowship.
  • Study Abroad Info Table
    3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Bernhard Center Lower Level
    Study abroad specialists and study abroad alumni will host an informational table on the lower level near PNC Bank.
  • Japan Festival
    5 to 7 p.m.
    Wesley Foundation
    Experience Japan’s rich culture, including traditional food and dance at this festival. Hosted by the Japanese Student Association.
  • Indian Student Association—Legally Desi 2013
    8 to 10 p.m.
    Bernhard Center North Ball Room
    Desi is an Indian cultural event to raise awareness of Indian culture through music, dance and food. Hosted by the Indian Student Association.

Friday, Nov. 22

  • Getting to Know the World Game Night
    4 to 6 p.m.
    Bernhard Center President’s Dining Room
    WMU’s International Programs Council is hosting a game show night to test and expand participant’s knowledge about cultures and countries around the world. Teams will compete for prizes and complimentary pizza and soft drinks will be served.
  • Day of China
    7 to 9 p.m.
    Wesley Foundation
    Experience Chinese culture by learning how to make traditional food dishes, to dance to folk songs played on Chinese musical instruments, some basic tai chi moves, and more.  Hosted by the Chinese Association for Students and Scholars.

Saturday, Nov. 23

  • Muslim Student Association Annual Dinner
    3:30 to 5 p.m.
    Bernhard Center West Ballroom
    Learn about cultural aspects of the everyday lives of Muslims from various regions and countries around the world in small group discussions during a dinner hosted by the Muslim Student Association.
  • Malaysia Night
    7 to 10 p.m.
    Wesley Foundation
    Malaysian food, fashions and dance will be featured at this event hosted by the Malaysia Student Association.