U of G Celebrates International Education

November 06, 2007 - Campus Bulletin

U of G Students will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of studying in other countries during International Education Week running Nov. 12 to 16.

The week-long event is hosted by the Centre for International Programs (CIP) in collaboration with Co-operative Education and Career Services, Citizenship and Community Engagement, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the Office of Open Learning, the International Student Organization and the International Development Society.

"The purpose of the week is to help raise awareness of the many international education opportunities available to Guelph students and to recognize the contribution the University makes to international education," said Lisa Blenkinsop, CIP's study-abroad manager.

The week begins with CIP's annual photo contest showcasing Guelph students who studied abroad last year. The photos will be displayed at CIP on Level 3 of the University Centre Nov. 12, in the MacKinnon Building lobby Nov. 13, in Zavitz Hall Nov. 14 and at the U of G Library Nov. 15 and 16. University community members will decide on this year's winner by voting for their favourite photo.

A noon-hour discussion series will run throughout the week, with topics as follows:
• "Conducting Research Abroad Seminar," Nov. 12, Room 316, MacKinnon
• "Cross-Cultural Communication," Nov. 13, Room 115, MacKinnon
• "Guide to Working Abroad," Nov. 14, Room 442, University Centre
• "Résumé Development for Study-Abroad Students," Nov. 15, Room 442, University Centre
• "Working Abroad: Venture Abroad Website Launch," Nov. 16, Room 233, MacKinnon.

A panel series is also planned, featuring students who have worked abroad on Nov. 13 and students who participated in exchange and semester-abroad programs last year on Nov. 14. Both sessions run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in MacKinnon 311. The series wraps up Nov. 15 with a session on volunteering abroad from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in MacKinnon 115.

Community Citizenship and Engagement is hosting a photo exhibit and potluck on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in UC 442. Students who have travelled abroad are invited to share their experiences and to bring a photo and samples of the food native to the country where they studied.

On Nov. 14, the Office of Open Learning will display information on Guelph's ESL program all day in the MacKinnon lobby. There will also be activities set up, including spelling your name in Mandarin and tasting baked goods from around the world.

That night Guelph's Campus Chat Club is hosting a social for those interested in learning or teaching a new language from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in UC 441 Pizza will be provided.

On Nov. 14 and 15, information sessions for students interested in studying abroad during the 2008/09 academic year run from 2 to 3 p.m. in UC 390. To register, send e-mail to cip@uoguelph.ca

On Nov. 15, the International Student Organization hosts an African drumming workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Location to be announced.

Information sessions for students interested in spending a semester in London run Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in MacKinnon 132 and Nov. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in UC 335.

For more information about International Education Week, contact Lisa Blenkinsop at Ext. 56383 or lblenkin@uoguelph.ca.

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