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International Education Week

November 14-18, 2022

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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, and music: Check out our social media accounts today for recommendations on books, podcasts, and music!
  • International Photo Contest: Tastiest photo winner will be announced!
International Trivia
  • 12-1pm via Zoom for international trivia
  • Join us online for some fun trivia with lots of great prizes!
  • Note: You must join from your PCC Zoom account.


Social media
  • Recipes and restaurants: Check out our social media accounts today for videos of our student leaders creating some of their favorite recipes from home, and suggestions for delicious international restaurants to try in Portland!
  • International Photo Contest: Travel photo winner will be announced!
International Photo Booth and Giveaways
  • 1-5pm in OISS RC (Building 3, room 223) and SY (CC 215)
  • Stop by to take a photo in our international photo booth and get a fun prize!
PCC Study Abroad in Denmark Info Session


Social media
  • Language: Check out our social media accounts today to learn some words and phrases in different languages from our student leaders!
  • International Photo Contest: Hometown photo winner will be announced!
Takoyaki Party
  • 4-6pm in OISS SY (CC 215)
  • Come to our Takopa! Learn about the Japanese traditional food takoyaki (octopus-filled dough balls), check out our octopus-themed decorations, and even try some delicious takoyaki!
PCC Study Abroad Info Sessions


Social media
  • Movies, TV shows, and documentaries: Check out our social media accounts today for recommendations on movies, tv shows, and documentaries!
  • International Photo Contest: Grand prize winner will be announced!
Holidays Around the World
  • 4-6pm in OISS SY (CC 215)
  • Decorate turkey cookies with us while we learn and talk about holidays around the world!
PCC Study Abroad in Denmark Info Session


Social media
  • Meet our international student leaders: Check out our social media accounts today to learn more about some of our incredible student leaders!
PCC Internationalization Workshop
  • 11am-1pm
  • Register through MyCareer for the internationalization workshop
  • Learn how to add an internationalization component to your course and how to apply for an ISC mini-grant! This workshop will feature presentations by Elena Villa (English, reading, and writing) and Jon-Michael Kowertz (business administration) talking about the mini-grant projects they received funding for last year and what they have done to Internationalize their courses. The talks will be followed by a brainstorming session where faculty can share ideas for adding an international component to one of their courses. Stipend available to part-time faculty. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE).

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!