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International Education Week

November 15-19, 2021

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Engaged, Resilient, Global

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

If you’d like more information about IEW events around the country, check the US Department of State’s IEW website. If you’d like more information about IEW related readings, research topics, and more, check the PCC Library’s special IEW page. For more information, contact Tiff Hayes or visit the Office of International Student Services website.

Connect with OISS


Social Media: Books, Podcasts & Music
Check out our social media accounts today for recommendations on books, podcasts, and music!


Social Media: Recipes
Check out our social media accounts today for videos of our student leaders creating some of their favorite recipes from home!


Social Media: Language
Check out our social media accounts today to learn some words and phrases in different languages from our student leaders!

Online Event: Easy Korean Language Class
3:30-5 PM via Zoom

Korean Language School (한국어학당 / hangugeo hakdang / in Korean) is an amazing opportunity to learn some basic Korean. We’ll go over the Hangeul, or Korean alphabet, and practice having basic conversations using simple expressions. We’ll also play some fun games based on Korean letters. Join to start learning the Korean language, have fun, meet new people, and win prizes! Facilitated by TJ Kim, International Peer Leader.


Social Media: Movies, TV Shows & Documentaries 
Check out our social media accounts today for recommendations on movies, tv shows, and documentaries!

Online Event: Samba as a Window into Afro-Brazilian Identity
12-1 PM via Zoom – register for the Samba event here

A native Brazilian, Ana Laidley grew up in the culture of Samba, and continues the tradition through her teaching and counseling work. She will share a journey of acculturation and Afro-Brazilian identity reconstruction, based on her personal experience and research. Ana currently works as a psychotherapist and Samba instructor in Los Angeles. Facilitated by PCC’s Internationalization Initiative – contact Ron Bekey, ISC Chair.


Social Media: Meet Our International Student Leaders
Check out our social media accounts today to learn more about some of our incredible student leaders!

Online Event: PCC Internationalization Workshop
10 AM-12 PM, via Zoom – register for the Internationalization Workshop here

Learn how to add an internationalization component to your course, and how to apply for an ISC mini-grant! This term Cameron Bynum (Communication Studies) and Alireza Esteghlalian (Language and Culture) will talk about the projects they completed last year with funding from ISC Internationalization grants. The presentations will be followed by a brainstorming session where faculty can share ideas for adding an international component to one of their courses, and an explanation of the ISC mini-grant process.  Facilitated by PCC’s Internationalization Initiative – contact Ron Bekey, ISC Chair.

On-demand learning

Stories from All Over the World

Get to know PCC students, staff, and faculty by reading their stories (PDF) and connecting to their international experiences. Students at PCC are from all over the world and have many different backgrounds – learn more about them and feel the importance of intercultural connections from these stories, collected during International Education Week 2019 by International Peer Leader May von der Kammer.

PCC International Students and the Impacts of COVID-19

International Student Leader Grace hosted a conversation with the Sylvania Multicultural Center and the OISS (video) in spring 2020 about the unique challenges international students faced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the OISS supported students through PCC’s transition to remote operations in spring term. We also discussed resources available to students dealing with xenophobia and financial difficulties, changes to ESOL classes, planning for the fall term, and what to do about stimulus checks.

PCC International Student Alumni Panel

In spring 2020, International Student Ambassador Phuong Vo hosted a panel of former PCC international students (video). They discussed what it was like to come to the U.S. as an international student, shared about some of their challenges and achievements, and encouraged current students to keep working towards success.

Get to Know PCC’s International Students!

Filmed for International Education Week 2019 by PCC international students, this video introduces us to some of PCC’s international students. We also learn about some of the things domestic students think and know about international students.


Want to learn more about international education, international students, and global issues? Check out these great resources!