November 8, 2017

International Education Week

A global celebration at UMass Amherst November 13–17

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will celebrate the richness students from around the world bring to campus during International Education Week, November 13–17.

While divisive debates on immigration and travel bans continue to dominate national conversations, the benefits—both culturally and academically—of international education will be highlighted during the week’s events, which are free and open to all students

"In this climate, the work of the International Programs Office (IPO), which I often describe in shorthand as taking UMass Amherst to the world and bringing the world to UMass Amherst, is even more important."

Kalpen Trivedi, associate provost for international programs

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy says UMass Amherst is dedicated to supporting its international students and programs. “My administration and I remain committed to the welfare and success of all members of our community,” he says.

This year, the university welcomed its largest incoming class of international students, 1,328 undergraduate and 1,713 graduate students. Last year, 1,254 undergraduates traveled abroad to study.

Started in 2000, International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education for a worldwide celebration that highlights efforts to prepare citizens all over for a global environment.

International Education Week Events:

  • Knowledge across Borders – a symposium on U.S.–Mexico scholarly exchanges. Includes an interdisciplinary panel discussion of collaborations in the social sciences between Five College faculty and their Mexico-based partners. November 13, 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Old Chapel. Sponsored by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies.
  • International Coffee Hour – Free coffee, tea, and international snacks. November 14, 4 to 5 p.m., Blue Wall. Cosponsored by Student Affairs and Campus Life and the IPO.
  • Life after UMass – Immigration lawyers from Iandoli, Desai & Cronin and Ken Reade, IPO director of international students and scholars, will discuss topics including employment-based visa strategies and permanent residency green cards. November 14, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center, Room 174.
  • The International Advantage – International students looking to work in the United States can learn career and employment tips from author and international expert Marcelo Barros. November 15 at 5:30 p.m. Campus Center Room 168C.
  • Celebrating International Students in the Classroom – A panel discussion with UMass Amherst faculty. November 17, 4:30 p.m., Old Chapel. A reception with light refreshments will follow.