Fun fact! Did you know that the number of international students engaged in foreign study in the United States rose by six percent in 2012? The map below is taken from Open Doors, an annual report on study abroad compiled by the Institute of International Education. It displays information about which countries had students enrolled in the U.S in the 2011-2012 year.

200x108_iewInternational Education Week, from November 8th through November 20th, is a nation-wide event that hopes to celebrate U.S. students engaged in studying abroad as well as foreign students studying in the United States. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is manifested in local and regional events all over the nation.

In Nashville, there are a variety of interesting events to attend. Here are a few highlights:

Learn: Wednesday (November 13) will feature a seminar by author Dan Beaudry, titled “What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment: A Recruiter’s Perspective”. The event will take place from 5:00-6:30 pm in Wilson Hall, at Vanderbilt University.


Drink tea: On Thursday (November 14), the Student life Center (Ballrooms A and B) at Vanderbilt will host a World “Cup” from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, sharing varieties of coffee and tea from around the world.

Watch: On Thursday (November 14), Tennessee State University is hosting a free performance of “They Call Me Q,” in which Qurrat Ann Kadwani plays thirteen different immigrant characters dealing with issues of culture and identity. The play begins at 6:00 p.m. in the POAG Auditorium of the Humanities Building at TSU. Watch a preview of “They Call Me Q” below:

Image by Vanderbilt University

Listen: Then next Wednesday (November 20), Vanderbilt Wind Symphony will perform a free and open concert of ‘music française’ (French-style music) from 8:00 to 9:30 pm at the Blair School of Music.

Don’t miss any of these opportunities to internationalize yourself!