The University of Rhode Island will hold its annual International Education Week sponsored by the office of International Education with events in various buildings throughout campus on Nov. 17 until Nov. 21.

International Education Week started in 2000 and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. According to Kathleen Ramcharran, International Education Week coordinator, the week-long event was held for the first time at URI in 2010.

When the event first started at URI, it was small with just a handful of groups sponsoring the event.  Now, it has grown greatly with about 24 different offices, academic departments and student groups participating. The events celebrate the benefits of traveling abroad and exchanging or experiencing different cultures and values.

“International Education week strives to offer global learning opportunities to the URI community,” Ramcharran said.

Throughout the week, sessions will be held for students who are interested in studying abroad, and offer information for those who are curious. The events will feature study abroad locations like Chile and Poland, plus movie screenings of “Norman’s Return”, “Bitter Seeds” and “What Remains of Us: A Tibetan Film Screening.”  Students can hear stories from Ambassador Friedrich Löhr, peace activist Nora Barré, Nepalese army member Shashi Regmi, current TMD students, as well as Nursing faculty and former students.

A panel discussion will be taking place on women in the Middle East.  Students in A.C.E. English Language Institute will tell of the cultural differences and inequality they experience.

For those that are interested in studying abroad but find it to be financially unfeasible, there will be an event explaining financial aid and tips and tricks on how to save for a trip. Students will also learn about different scholarship programs that are available.

USPS will also be holding an event to help expedite the passport process for students studying abroad or even going on vacation for spring break. This is known to be a long and complicated procedure for students preparing to travel overseas. To end the week, URI will reveal the flags that this year’s graduating class calls home.

“After attending the events, students will have learned something about an important humanitarian topic or a new culture,” Ramcharran said. “The goal is to help individuals develop cross-cultural competency so they can work and communicate across various cultures.”