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Maxcy students take photo booth pictures at the festival.

IEW Calendar of Events

USC's International Education Week (Nov. 11-15, 2019) is a packed week of events celebrating all the ways USC students, faculty, and staff are involved in international exchange worldwide. You'll find more information about how to get involved and event details below. 

RESCHEDULED- The International Festival on Greene has been moved to Friday 11/22/19 from 11-2pm on Greene Street, due to rain in the forecast.

Defending Human Rights: A Multicultural Perspective
An International Student Panel, an event of the Creed Series
Friday, November 8, 12-1pm
Carolina Room, in Capstone Residence Hall (17th Floor)
For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
For this lunch and learn event, Thinking Globally Ambassadors are discussing the importance of standing up for human rights. The international student panel will share how they have observed or participated in defending human rights in their country or here in the US. Attendees are encouraged to engage in dialogue and spend their lunch hour to expand their knowledge of our diverse student body.
RSVP for the lunch by November 1, 2019
The Carolina Judicial Council and International Student Services hosts this event to support the Carolinian Creed, learning about diverse ideas and opinions.
Hosted by the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity, and International Student Services
 
 
2019 World Cup Soccer Games
Friday, November 8, 3:30-7:00pm 
Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, Intramural Fields
For All Students 
World teams will compete in a soccer tournament for the 2019 World Cup title at USC. This year marks the 6th annual competition. Teams or individuals are invited to register now. Students can create a team for a country or region of the world and individuals can join a team to compete.  See instructions for how to create an IMleagues account. Team check-in is at 3:30pm, with the first game starting at 4pm. The full bracket will be announced closer to the event.  Create an account and then register at imleagues.com. Registration is open!

Hosted by Intramurals Sports Office, English Programs for Internationals, Study Abroad Office, International Accelerated Program, Maxcy College, and International Student Services

Jashn - Indian Cultural Event
Saturday, November 9, 6:00pm 
Russell House Ballroom
For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
It’s that time of the year again! We are excited to celebrate our most popular festival - 𝑫𝒊𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒊. Diwali is the festival of lights, fireworks and tons of sweets. We warmly welcome you all to celebrate this Diwali with 𝑱𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒏-our biggest annual cultural event on 𝑵𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝟗𝒕𝒉, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗 at 𝑹𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝑯𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝑩𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒎 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝟔:𝟎𝟎 𝑷𝑴. Come, witness, an evening of sparkling lights, the charm of spectacular dance performances and melodious music.𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒅𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝑰𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒕 𝟔:𝟎𝟎 𝑷𝑴, followed by a memorable evening of eventful performances. We request and anticipate your presence in celebrating our festival at ‘home away from home’.

Hosted by Indian Student Organization

CTE Workshop - Your Idea or Mine: How to Navigate Cultural Differences on Plagiarism and CheatingMonday, November 11, 3:30 - 4:30pm
CTE: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 5, Room L511
For Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, ITAs
Led by Dr. Michelle Hardee and Mrs. Terry Goodfellow
Globalization, technology, and common language have certainly made it much easier to share information and research in the 21st century, however, not all of our definitions of sharing are the same! When we talk about Academic Integrity in the classroom and what kinds of "helps" are appropriate - proper citation of sources in writing and research, doing homework and projects together, using the internet to help with presentations and projects - there are different definitions and expectations from Beijing to Bogota to Birmingham. Countries differ regarding what information is considered to "public" and "proprietorial". Ideas about what it means to help friends and family members be successful also vary greatly. High Context and Low Context cultures differ in what it means to honor those in positions of authority by using their materials. Participants will discuss these cultural differences and values and seek to explore ways to raise awareness for both students and faculty on this important topic. 
Register on the CTE website at cte.sc.edu

Ho
sted by The Center for Teaching Excellence and English Programs for Internationals 
 
Boren Scholarship Workshop
Monday, November 11, 6pm
DeSaussure 228
For Undergraduate and Graduate Students
The Boren Awards provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students and up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund the study of critical languages abroad. Applicants must be U.S citizens and must have an interest in a career with the federal government.
Hosted by National Fellowships and Scholar Programs
 
 
French 101
Monday, November 11, 6pm
Maxcy Classroom
Practice your French speaking skills with the Carolina community. All are invited. 
A full list of language tables can be found on the Maxcy page. 
Hosted by the International House at Maxcy College


Spectrum Film Series: Rafiki (2018)
Monday, November 11, 7pm
Russell House Theatre
For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
Rafiki (2018), Directed by Wanuri Kahiu. "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
Media representation has always been hugely important for members of the LGBTQ+ community. The inaugural Spectrum Film Series will showcase works featuring LGBTQ+ storylines to take a look at the variety of stories in the community.
Free & open to the public
Hosted by Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
 
10 Tips for Advising International Students  
MOVED TO DECEMBER 4, 2019
Russell House 302
For Faculty & Staff
 RSVP is required.
Hosted by International Accelerated Program
 
 
Boren Awards Faculty Workshop
Tuesday, November 12, 3pm
DeSaussure 228 
For Faculty & Staff
The Boren Awards provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students and up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund the study of critical languages and conduct research or internships in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. In exchange for funding, Boren Awards recipients commit to working for the federal government for at least one year and receive preferential hiring consideration for those careers. At this workshop, campus faculty and staff will learn about the program from a Boren Awards representative and learn about how to identify competitive applicants on campus.
Hosted by National Fellowships and Scholar Programs
 
 
Carolina Global Scholars Interest Meeting
Tuesday, November 12, 3-4pm
International House at Maxcy Classroom
For Undergraduate Students
An interest meeting will be held for students to learn more about the Carolina Global Scholars program.
The Carolina Global Scholars program is designed to provide students at UofSC a gateway to cross-cultural competency and familiarity with international affairs. It aids students of any major, minor, or intellectual interest in their quest for global competency. The program functions to promote the study of foreign languages and globally themed coursework, connect students to opportunities for meaningful service and provide funding for study abroad and research grants. 
 

Why should you attend? Students who earn distinction as Carolina Global Scholars are better prepared:

  • to market their capacities to engage meaningfully across cultural and geographical borders,
  • to demonstrate effective language skills,
  • and to take real-world service work into employment and civic life. 
Hosted by the International House at Maxcy College
 
 
German 101
Tuesday November 12, 3:30pm
Maxcy Classroom
Practice your German speaking skills with the Carolina community. All are invited.
Hosted by the International House at Maxcy College
 
Spanish 101
Tuesday November 12, 6pm
Maxcy Classroom
Practice your Spanish speaking skills with the Carolina community. All are invited. 
Hosted by the International House at Maxcy College
 
Hip Hop Wednesday
Wednesday, November 13, 11am-2pm
Greene Street
For All Students
Come join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs for a special international edition of Hip Hop Wednesday, featuring Hip Hop from around the world!
Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs 
 
 
Mental Health and International Students: Context Crash Course
Wednesday, November 13, 1-2pm
Close-Hipp 436
For Faculty & Staff
International students have unique needs and challenges that relate to their mental and emotional well-being. This session will help attendees understand the cultural dimensions that may contribute to mental health challenges in international students, notice warning signs that should be reported and act on that awareness in a culturally sensitive and productive way. This session will be applicable to advisors, health services, counseling services, and anyone who works directly with international student populations on campus. 
Hosted by International Accelerated Program
 
Rotary Global Grant Workshop
Wednesday, November 13, 4pm
Gressette Room, Harper College, 3rd Floor
For Undergraduate Students
Rotary offers $30,000+ for a year of graduate work abroad in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Come learn about the application timeline and campus process from National Fellowships advisors.
Hosted by National Fellowships and Scholar Programs 
 
 
Passport Playlist on WUSC
Wednesday, November 13, 4-6pm
Listen Anywhere!
For All Students
Each week we invite an international guest to create and share a playlist of artists from their home country on WUSC 90.5 FM and HD-1 Columbia. Between sets, we discuss their life and culture in their home country. We've explored music from Scotland, Barbados, Hong Kong, Estonia, Latvia and many other locations. Music is a fantastic way to learn about other cultures and languages. Listen on Spotify or stream on the WUSC website.
Hosted by International House at Maxcy College
 
 
Black & Abroad
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00-7:30pm
OMSA Intersection Lounge- RH West Wing
For: Students 
Students attending the Black and Abroad panel will connect with Black students, faculty, and staff to hear about their international experiences. Students will be able to ask questions to a group of panelists who have traveled, studied, or lived abroad in various countries.
Black & Abroad T-shirts will be available to attendees who RSVP, and available on a first come, first served basis as supplies last.
RSVP here.
 Hosted by Study Abroad Office
 
 Arabic 101
Thursday November 14, 2:15pm
Maxcy Classroom
Practice your Arabic speaking skills with the Carolina community. All are invited. 
Hosted by the International House at Maxcy College
 
Mandarin 101
Thursday November 14, 4:30pm
Maxcy Classroom
Practice your Mandarin Chinese speaking skills with the Carolina community. All are invited. 
Hosted by the International House at Maxcy College
 
 
Japanese 101
Thursday November 14, 6pm
Maxcy Dining Room
Practice your Japanese speaking skills with the Carolina community. All are invited. 
Hosted by the International House at Maxcy College
 
 
Turkish Film: Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema (2014)
Thursday, November 14, 6:30pm
McMaster 214
For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
Remake, Remix, Rip off: About Copy Culture and Turkish Pop Cinema (2014), directed and written by Cem Kaya, is a film that will certainly spark conversations surrounding what Kaya describes as “copy culture" in the 60's and 70's in Turkey. Stay after the screening for a live skype Q&A with Director Cem Kaya. 
Film Synopsis: "Turkey in the 1960s and 70s was one of the biggest producers of film in the world even though its film industry did not have enough written material to start with. In order to keep up with the demand, screenwriters and directors were copying scripts and remaking movies from all over the world. Name any Western hit film, there is a Turkish version to it, be it Tarzan, Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman or Star Trek. These quickly and low budget produced lookalike movies were adapted to the taste of local audiences with huge success in the Anatolian hinterland. What they lacked in equipment and budget they compensated through excessive use of manpower both behind and in front of the camera." See Event Poster for details.
Hosted by Film and Media Studies Program and Global Carolina
 
 
ISA International Fall Social
Thursday, November 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Russell House Ballroom
All students are welcome
ISA presents the 2019 International Fall Social Event! Come learn international dance moves from student organizations and enjoy some food from around the world, with friends. Sign ups for dance teachers will be available soon. 
Share this event with all international students!
Hosted by International Student Association
 
MOVED TO FRIDAY 11/22/19 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
 
International Festival on Greene
Friday, November 22, 11:00am-2:00pm
Greene Street
For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
Celebrate cultures from around the world with dancing, music, food, and creative displays all by walking down Greene Street by the Russell House! International student organizations are welcome to host a table display. Registration for the festival is available online now!
See last year's video of the festival, to preview what the day will look like. 
Be sure to check out the event poster and digital board.  
Participate in the Scavenger Hunt with your class. 
Hosted by Global Carolina including, Study Abroad Office, English Programs for Internationals, and International Student Services
 
Documentary Screening: Gaza Fights for Freedom (2019)
Friday, November 15, 5:30pm
Wardlaw College 126
For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
This film, Gaza Fights for Freedom (2019), created by renowned journalist Abby Martin, was filmed during the height of the Great March of Return in Palestine. The documentary tells the story of Gaza's protest movement and features exclusive footage of the demonstrations. The filmmaker herself, Abby Martin, will be video-calling with us to discuss her work and answer audience questions! Free pizza provided.
Hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine
Meeting the Diverse Needs of International Students in the Classroom
Monday, November 18, 12-1pm
CTE: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 5, Room L511
For Faculty & Staff
Do you wish you knew how to meet the needs of the international students in your classes while also improving the experience of your domestic students? The international student population is rapidly increasing at USC, and with this increase comes some notable benefits to our university, our domestic students, and the overall classroom climate. These students typically have very strong motivation to succeed but very specific challenges that make classroom content more difficult to access and professor expectations more difficult to understand and meet. In this workshop, you will learn about the difficulties that international students typically experience and tips on how to facilitate their learning. Participants will develop a plan for making their course content more accessible to international students while also enhancing learning for their domestic students.
Hosted by International Accelerated Program
 
International Companies in SC
Business Tabling Event in DMSB
Monday, November 18, 10am - 2pm
Darla Moore School of Business, First Floor
For All Students
Foreign owned companies with a presence in South Carolina have been invited to table on the first floor of the Darla Moore School of Business.
China Jushi USA Corporation, a company from the People's Republic of China with production facility in South Carolina, will have a table on the first floor. 
Hosted by DMSB Office of Career Management Employer Relations
 
International Companies in SC
Business Tabling Event in DMSB
Tuesday, November 19, 10am - 2pm
Darla Moore School of Business, First Floor
For All StudentsForeign owned companies with a presence in South Carolina have been invited to table on the first floor of the Darla Moore School of Business.Maersk, a Danish company, and Michelin, a French company, will have tables. Peace Corps will also be promoting their opportunities to go abroad as volunteers.Hosted by DMSB Office of Career Management Employer Relations
International Companies in SC 
Business Tabling Event in DMSB
Wednesday, November 20, 10am - 2pm 
Darla Moore School of Business, First Floor
For All Students
Foreign owned companies with a presence in South Carolina have been invited to table on the first floor of the Darla Moore School of Business.
Wednesday is with Mediterranean Shipping Company, a Swiss company with operations in South Carolina
Hosted by DMSB Office of Career Management Employer Relations
 
French Film: Promise at Dawn / La Promesse de l'aube (2017) 
Wednesday, November 20, 7 PM
Columbia Museum of Art
For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
Promise at Dawn/La Promesse de l'aube
Eric Barbier, 2017
From his difficult childhood in Poland, his adolescence beneath the sun of Nice, to his adventures as a pilot in Africa during the Second World War, Romain Gary lived an extraordinary life. But Gary owed his fury for a thousand different lives, to become a great man and a famous writer, to his mother Nina. It was the crazy love of this endearing and eccentric mother that will make him one of the major novelists of the twentieth century with a life full of twists and turns, passions, and mysteries. More info on the film.  
(131 minutes. In French, w/ English subtitles)
Free & open to the public
Hosted by Alliance Francaise Columbia, SC 
International Companies in SC
Business Tabling Event in DMSB
Thursday, November 21, 10am - 2pm
Darla Moore School of Business, First Floor
For All Students
Foreign owned companies with a presence in South Carolina have been invited to table on the first floor of the Darla Moore School of Business.
China Jushi USA Corporation, a company from the People's Republic of China with production facility in South Carolina, will have a table on the first floor. Volvo Cars, a Swedish company with manufacturing facility in the state, and Hilti, a company from Lichtenstein with operations in South Carolina, will also have tables. 
Hosted by DMSB Office of Career Management Employer Relations
 
 
Fulbright Reception
Thursday, November 21, 3:30-5:00pm
Gressette Room in Harper College, 3rd Floor
For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
The Fulbright reception celebrates students, staff, and faculty who are Fulbright applicants and recipients in South Carolina along with University colleagues who support the Fulbright program. Please RSVP to attend.
Hosted by: Office of the Provost, Office of International Scholars, Fellowships and Scholar Programs, International Student Services, and the SC Fulbright Association
MOVED TO FRIDAY 11/22/19 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
 
International Festival on Greene
Friday, November 22, 11:00am-2:00pm
Greene Street
For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
Celebrate cultures from around the world with dancing, music, food, and creative displays all by walking down Greene Street by the Russell House! International student organizations are welcome to host a table display. Registration for the festival is available online now!
See last year's video of the festival, to preview what the day will look like. 
Be sure to check out the event poster and digital board.  
Participate in the Scavenger Hunt with your class. 
Hosted by Global Carolina including, Study Abroad Office, English Programs for Internationals, and International Student Services
Moved from Tuesday, November 12, 11am-2pm
 
10 Tips for Advising International Students  
Wednesday, December 4, 11am-2pm
Russell House 302
For Faculty & Staff
Learn about how to effectively communicate with and advise international students. This workshop will focus on the educational contexts, cultural differences and language proficiency related constraints that may inhibit international students' access to your good advice and how to make the information you are providing as accessible as possible. It will also include information about the policies and procedures around International Accelerator Program students that all advisors should know to provide good advice to these students. Lunch will be provided. RSVP is required. See poster for more details.
Hosted by International Accelerated Program

 


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