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Looking Back at International Education Month

NC State celebrated how we Think and Do with a global mindset during the month of November with a full calendar of events for International Education Month.

A joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, International Education Month promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

Partners from across campus came together to share their global connections both at home and abroad with over 25 events throughout the month. We learned about faculty research in Africa, went to cross-cultural workshops, met new friends at a global dance party, and more. Below are just a few highlights from International Education Month 2018.

  • International Education Month kicked off with Global Tea and Coffee, where international students shared the culture of their home countries through food and drink.
  • We learned about NC State’s commitment to make study abroad available for all students through increased diversity initiatives and new summer 2019 offerings. The Study Abroad Office recently announced that the university had surpassed its goal to increase study abroad participation overall and among historically underrepresented students by 50 percent.
  • Our annual global storytelling competition brought together diverse voices to share their international stories. We traveled the world through the students’ pictures to learn about countries from New Zealand to Japan to Trinidad.
  • NC State Dining shared traditional Indian food with the campus community through a special “Taste of India.” Campus catering chefs used recipes from One Pack Kitchen and an Indian wedding to cook tikka masala, Indian tofu, lamb curry, and more.
  • Our international alumni network returned to campus for networking and a panel discussion focused on immigration, one of the first events of a new initiative to reach out to NC State’s more than 300 international alumni living in North Carolina.
  • Bob Patterson, professor of crop and soil sciences, introduced the film Living On One Dollar during the month’s Global Film Series screening. As part of the Common Reading Program calendar, attendees connected poverty, hunger, and homelessness in America with the same faced by over 1.1 million people around the world.
  • Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, we welcomed 58 new candidates for citizenship from 36 different countries who became official U.S. citizens during a special ceremony in Talley Student Union.
  • As we celebrated the one year anniversary of the grand reopening of the NC State European Center in Prague, we learned about the plans for growth ahead. More than 200 students experienced Prague in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Find more highlights from International Education Month and share your own global memories from November with #NCStateGlobal.