November 13-18


International Education Week

International Education Week 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 is part of efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the great programs listed below!

Advice from this past year’s keynote speakers

Monday, November 13, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Lenhart Grand Ballroom, BTSU
Details: Witness the incredible moment people from all over the globe complete the final process in becoming American citizens. BGSU is very proud to host this ceremony once again and we couldn't think of a more special start to International Education Week.

Sign up to volunteer here 

Stop by the student tables outside Campus Outfitters in BTSU to talk to representatives from the many international student organizations at BGSU.  Learn about the many opportunities these groups have to share their cultures and how they make BGSU a truly global campus.

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Location: 314 Bowen Thompson Student Union
Details: Learn directly from a diverse student panel who successfully participated in an education abroad experience and how they overcame barriers (real and perceived).  Presented by BGSU Education Abroad and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time: 9:00 am -5:00 pm
Location: BTSU 228
Details: (Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant “Understanding Migration: Local and Global Perspectives)

9.00-9.30 am: Meet and Greet
9.20 am: Welcome by Susana Pena, Director SCCS, & Phil Peek, Chair, World Languages and Culture

 Opening Remarks by Dean Raymond Craig

Panel 1                                                Becoming Refugees: Stories of Displacement

From 9.30-11.20 am

(Stories of becoming refugees from North to South Korea, Pakistan to India, India    to Pakistan, Jewish child migrant to US, Hungary, Vietnam, Cuba, Burundi, and Syria)        


11.20-12.00 pm                       Keynote: Global Resettlement Trends    

Anne Marie McGranaghan, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) representative


Lunch break 12.00-1.00 pm


Panel 2                                                Settling Refugees

From 1:00-2:20 pm


  1. Selecting refugees to the US                                     

  2. Settling Refugees in Toledo                                      

  3. Government Assistance for Refugees                       

  4. Mental Health/ Trauma                                                                                                          

  5. Surviving the American maze                                    


    Panel 3                                   

    What’s next? A Time to Ponder                  

    From 2:30-3:45 pm

    1. The community Perspective, Hungarian Community, Toledo                                                       

    2. Economic Impact of refugees        

    3. Welcome Toledo-Lucas County                            

    4. Preserving life stories across generations                 

    5. Current Discourses on refugee policy                                                        


    4.00 pm                                   Special Exhibit

    Refugee Stories from Three Continents

                Photographs by Tariq Tarey

    Place: Jerome Library


 The exhibition will display about 20 portraits taken by Tariq Tarey in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya (2009), Greece refugee camps (2016), and in Columbus, Ohio.

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 201 University Hall

Details: The Hoskins Global Scholars Program was established in 2014 thanks to the generosity of BGSU alumnus Mike Hoskins ’77, who recognizes the importance for students to gain an international perspective to help them understand today's world.

Join the 3rd generation of returned Hoskins Scholars as they present their completed international projects.  Hoskins recipients have studied abroad and have completed a research project that they were passionate about.  This is an excellent opportunity to hear the fascinating results from these student's journeys. 

1:15 - L. Michaela Schrum

2:00 - Andrea Danziger

2:45 - Lillian King

3:30 - Lilly Murnen

4:15 - Wing Sze Liu 

More detail on the Hoskins Scholarship can be found HERE.

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: 101 Olscamp
Open to all international students and faculty to share your special gift for performing.  Singers, dancers, storytellers, musicians...all performers welcome! We are expecting a relaxed evening filled with the incredible talents of the international BGSU community!  To sign up contact Megan Smith at

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Location: 208 BTSU

Details:  Professionals working in international education, business, non-profit and government will all be present to share their experiences and valuable advice to students considering similar careers. 

International & Education Abroad Students: Sign Up for International Recognition Day at the Football Game

As part of the celebration for International Education Week, we are honoring our international students and students who have studied abroad at the BGSU football game on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 PM. If you wish to participate in this event, please use this form to sign up (registration will close on Friday, November 10th). Sweatshirts will be handed out to those who participate (supplies are limited; be sure to arrive early!).

Please contact Maite Hall at for more information.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Globetrotting with the Vagabrothers

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location:  Lenhart Grand Ballroom, 202 BTSU

Details:  YouTube travel blog sensation the Vagabrothers arrive in Bowling Green as our International Week keynote speakers to share their love of travel and to discuss how their international experience has shaped them. The Vagabrothers, Marko and Alex Ayling, have made a multimedia career out of documenting their travels around the globe.  Their shared goal is to inspire their massive audience to travel and understand the world in which we live in.   You can watch a new Vagabrothers video every Tuesday here, but you should not miss a chance to catch their enthusiasm live at BGSU!  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Location:  201 BTSU

Details: ELS Language Centers on the campus of Bowling Green State University will host its Third Annual Passport to Diversity Program on Friday, November 17 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in room 201 of the Bowen Thompson Student Union. Over 50 international students currently attending ELS will display information and goods (including food) about their countries. Visitors may come and go as they please. They can get a stamp from each of the 12 tables and turn in their completed passports to be eligible for the prize drawing.  Prizes include:

1st: $50 Falcon Outfitters gift card

2nd: $25 Falcon Outfitters gift card

3rd: $10 Falcon Outfitters gift card 

 In addition to the opportunity of learning about different countries and cultures from these students, visitors can learn more about ELS and volunteer opportunities to become conversation partners and/or host families for these students.

Contact:               Phone: 419-372-4435; Email:

Time: 7:00 pm
Location:  Wood County District Public Library

Details: The City of Bowling Green has caught the spirit of the holidays and of International Week!   From October 30 - November 3 BGSU international students and education abroad students were asked to visit the office of International Programs and Partnerships to design a tree ornament honoring their home/host county.  Facebook voting will take place HERE and the winner will get the great honor of "flipping the switch" and lighting the tree at the ceremony!

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

 Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Lenhart Grand Ballroom, 202 BTSU

Cost: $15
Contact: World Student Association - Kobe Huynh (

Details: Presented by the World Student Association and International Programs and Partnerships.  The dinner is an evening of great international food, dance, music and fashion.  It is a celebration of all of the cultures that BGSU welcomes to its campus and the dedication of our international students to sharing their part of the world with us every day. 

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Interested in Volunteering During International Education Week? 

International Programs & Partnerships is excited to be coordinating this year's International Education Week Celebration!

In order for a successful week, we are looking for some volunteers for a few of our different events.

Click HERE TO SIGN-UP FOR SOME OF OUR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. Please feel free to sign-up for as many opportunities as you would like and share with your friends.