International Education Week 2017

What is International Education Week?

International Education Week (IEW) is an annual, week-long celebration of international education during the third week of November. The University of Guelph celebrates IEW with more than 100 countries around the world. International Education Week is designed to showcase the significant contribution that international education makes in preparing Canadians for the global world and supports Canada’s efforts to engage effectively on the international stage.  

This initiative is a reflection of the spirit of cooperation and collaboration from the various stakeholders across Canada who will join forces to highlight the importance of international education. Activities undertaken by individuals, schools, colleges, universities, associations, businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations will help collectively strengthen the understanding of international education and its importance.

The Centre for International Programs (CIP) coordinates programs and events with campus partners each year to try to showcase the important contributions of our campus community to international education.

What are we trying to accomplish?

  1. Give students, staff and faculty the opportunity to understand International Education at Guelph, and create awareness in the campus community about International Education Week.
  2. Promote University of Guelph’s Study Abroad Programs.
  3. Bring different International Education stakeholders at Guelph together and invite other interested campus community members to participate.
  4. Create an understanding and awareness of intercultural competence and how to develop intercultural competency.

  5. Celebrate international students on campus.

IEW 2017 Calendar

Monday- Friday (ongoing) 

Vote for your favourite photo in the "Show Us Your World Photo Contest"

Discover a new food from Hospitality Services Featured Menu

Read a book from the Library's International Education Week Display

Sunday, November 12

Curling with OIA

Get ready to curl with the OIA! Come out Sunday November 12th with us! For some people it may be the first time; for others maybe not. It doesn't matter because we'll have instructors there. Bring your game face as we'll be competing in teams of 4 to see who can be the best curling team. You can form teams of your own or we can just make them when we get there. We will be meeting at UC courtyard at 2:15pm and catching the 2:30pm, #18 bus together to the Guelph Curling Club. Tickets will be on sale starting October 25th at the Info desk on first floor of the UC for $15 each.  Find out more here*Note: Please and must bring a pair of super clean running shoes, and warm clothes.

Presented by: Office of Intercultural Affairs

Monday, November 13

Intercultural Navigation Skills Workshop

Description: This workshop will explore the influence of conscious and unconscious culture, and create awareness of how one’s cultural assumptions affect their perception.  A spectrum of common cultural differences will be presented, including the significance of verbal and non-verbal language.  Skills and tools for surviving the cultural transition process and for effective intercultural communication will be discussed. Please sign up here.

Venue: UC 442; Time: 5:30pm-6:45pm

Presented By: Allison Broadbent, Acting Study Abroad Manager

Tuesday, November 14

Resume Workshop: Marketing Your Study Abroad Experiences

Description: Do you want to learn how to articulate/build vocabulary to talk about your experience abroad and highlight the skills you learned studying abroad? Or write accomplishment statements and  structure your resume to potential employers or for further studies? This is  a great opportunity for all alumni exchange students, and exchange students here at Guelph. Sign-up for this insightful workshop

Venue: UC 442; Time: 5:30pm-7pm

Presented By: CIP 

 Wednesday, November 15

USA Work and Visitor Visa Information Session

Description: During this Info Session a representative from the U.S. Consulate General Visa Outreach Program will be here to talk about non-immigrant visas to work and visit the United States. Open to all interested domestic and international students, staff, and faculty who may want to visit, intern, research, or work in the USA. 

Venue: UC 442; Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Presented By: Office of Intercultural Affairs

International Students Connections: i-Chat

Description:This is a great way to be social during the busyness of the week. Join Peer Helpers(OIA), other international students and staff from the Office of Intercultural Affairs for a weekly hangout and discussion. There will be refreshments. Cost to participants is FREE! Just drop in!

Venue: ISO Lounge,UC 5th Floor North; TIme: 12:00-1:00pm 

Presented By: Office of Intercultural Affairs

Close To Home: Documentary Series 

Description: The first of the three-part documentary series will be taking place November 15th, 2017 featuring the film Shadeism: Digging Deeper. This film explores the issue of shadeism, the discrimination between lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. This issue around skin tone, of certain shades being considered better than others, was never missing from conversation while growing up for Director Nayani Thiyagarajah. Alongside her friends and family, Nayani begins to recover and re-imagine what beauty means for women globally. This film looks at where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects women, and explores how we can move forward together. Both the film's director and producer will be present at the film screening providing insight on the subjects covered in the film. The panel discussion will also feature some of the University of Guelph's own cultural club executive members to highlight the student perspective.  ***The three-part documentary screening will be held during the Fall 2017-Winter 2018 academic year. Each documentary is centered around issues and topics relating to the lived experiences of Black and racialized  Canadians. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A/panel discussion.

Venue: UC 442; Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Presented by: Office of Intercultural Affairs

Venice Field School Info Session

Description: "Achitecture in Venice: the City and the Sea": This 3000-level, 1.0 U of G credit course will examine the multi-cultural history of Venice, between east and west; the materials and methods of construction used in public, domestic and religious buildings; the clash of past and present in contemporary architectural development; and the structural relationship between the city and the sea in terms of its urban fabric and built identity.  This is a course that asks you to think about the past, present and future built environment in the context of a highly unique multi-cultural history and urban ecology.  The group will visit various monuments and museums in the city, while doing research on an assigned building in the city. 

For more information, visit our website or contact Dr. Hickson

Venue: Alexander Hall, Room 280 Time:6:00-7:00pm

Presented by: Faculty Coordinator:  Dr. Sally Hickson, Director, School of Fine Art & Music

Thursday, November 16

International Students Connections: Conversation Cafe

Description: Practice and improve your spoken English at our weekly Conversation Cafes! Cost to participants is FREE! Check Gryphlife to RSVP.

Venue: MCKN 304; Time: 5:30-7pm

Presented By: Office of Intercultural Affairs


Ontario/India Program (OIN) Info Session


Dr. Sukeshi Kamra will give a presentation about the OIN programs. Students do not have to have any additional language to participate as all the programs are conducted in English.

Applications for the OIN Exchange Program are due to the Centre for International Programs by January 19, 2018.

Applications for the OIN Summer Research Program [called the Short-term Study Program] are due to the Centre for International Programs by January 19, 2018.

Applications for the OIN Summer Language Programs [called the Study in India program](no Study Abroad Info Session required) are due to the Centre for International Programs by February 16, 2018.

Venue: MCKN307; Time: 5:30-7:00pm

Presented by:Dr. Sukeshi Kamra, OIN Provincial Academic Director


"How Canadian Are You?"

Description: The English Language Program and Student Life will send students across campus to play "How Canadian Are You?" with UofG students interested in participating. They will be asking questions from the Canadian Citizenship Test in order to test their cultural knowledge of Canada. The interviews will be filmed. 

Venue: across campus; Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Presented by: English Language Program and Student Life