Every year, the SUNY Oswego Office of International Education and Programs welcomes more than 250 international students and scholars to campus and also sends about 400 students overseas to study abroad. The campus will celebrate these and other global connections during International Education Week, Nov. 18 to 22. 

Each year the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education work together to host International Education Week across the country. This week presents the opportunity to celebrate international education, both here in the U.S. and around the world. These types of programs encourage a global perspective on campus and present countless opportunities for cultural exchange and growth. 

The events kick off even before the week started: From 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Marano Campus Center overlook an “Around the World” event will feature international students and scholars showcasing who they are and the various countries they come from. 

The campus community is invited to dive into the “Progress and Pitfalls Towards Sustainability Around the World” program at 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening in Hart Hall. Attendees are encouraged to consider donating to the Winter Clothing Drive for the Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment Center (RISE). Donations will be accepted in the Hart Hall lobby from Nov. 17 to 24. 

Those interested in study abroad can come to the “I, Too, Am Study Abroad Panel on Student Life Overseas” at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in 114 Marano Campus Center to hear from students who have studied abroad about what life was like during their travels. Topics will include campus life, housing, joining clubs and orgs, culture shock and more. 

To those who have been abroad and are trying to figure out how to go back, a Nov. 20 panel of alumni and staff will present information on how to take advantage of international opportunities after graduation like Fulbright programs, Peace Corps, teaching English overseas, to name a few. The event will start at 5 p.m. in 201 Marano Campus Center.

Interested students and others also can follow along on social media to learn more and even win prizes. SUNY Oswego senior Anna Chichester will do a #LakerTakeover that week of the @sunyoswego Instagram account from her current study-abroad program in London. International Education and Programs will host Instagram contests during the week on both the @oswegoabroad and @oswego.isss accounts where followers can win prizes such as a pair of Apple Airpods and Amazon gift cards up to $50.

International Education Week is a special time to celebrate the diversity of the campus, organizers said, but there are also events highlighting global topics and celebrating culture throughout the school year. For more of these events, check out the Hart Hall calendar and follow the Institute for Global Engagement to stay involved.