International Education Week Promotes Study Abroad

The 12th annual International Education (IE) Week began this year on Monday, November 14th and ends today. IE Week is a joint operation with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, along with hundreds of colleges, to promote programs that will educate Americans on why global learning is important in this economy market. IE Week first began in 2000 and now more than 100 countries celebrate it each year. The theme for the week was International Education: Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed Globally.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that they are “passionate about providing all of our children with an education that will enable them to succeed in a globally competitive economy where knowledge and innovation are more important than ever,” in a press release found on, the Education Department’s website.

Most of the activities listed for the week involved information sessions on international internships and education abroad programs. The University’s Honor Program held an event concerning the CUA Oxford Program on Thursday for honor students on campus who are considering the program.

Some events that were held on campus include an Education Abroad Social that took place on Wednesday by the CUA Global Ambassadors and the CUA Cultural Thanksgiving Potluck on Thursday hosted by Campus Activities, Campus Ministry and the Center for Global Education.

The number of University students who have decided to go abroad next spring has increased around 13.4% since last spring. The University “is sending 144 students to study overseas this coming spring,” said Tanith Fowler Corsi, Assistant Vice President for Global Education at the University.

There are also many international students who have enrolled in the University this year. “This fall, we have approximately 440 international students (both undergrad and grad), which represents an increase of approximately 4.5% in the past year,” said Fowler Corsi.

Fowler Corsi also said that, “the University’s participation in International Education Week showcases our efforts to promote programs that prepare American students for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study and learn in the United States,” according to a University press release.

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