International Education Week

Join the national celebration of international education & exchange.

International Education Week is an opportunity for the PLU campus to celebrate the benefits of international education to our community. This national event is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education 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.

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Study Away Application Launch

November 18-22 |

Ready to apply for your 2020/2021 Study Away Program? Applications go live this week! Check out the Wang Center Program Finder to search and apply for your study away program today. Application deadlines are March 15 for Summer, Fall 2020, and Academic Year 2020/21 programs and May 1 for Spring 2021 programs. The IHON-Oxford program deadline is March 1 for both Fall and Spring semesters. J-Term 2020 applications will go live in January 2020.

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Flag Fanfare

November 18 – 22 | The CAVE

Come to the CAVE to test your knowledge of flags from across the world. There will be prizes for the person with the most correct answers and the winner will be announced on the Instagram @lutescommute, so be sure to follow us!

Peace Scholars Info Session

November 18 | 4:00pm – 4:30pm | AUC 134

November 20 | 10:30am – 11:00am | AUC 212

Are you interested in dialogue and peacebuilding in the local and global context? Come learn about the PLU Peace Scholar experience and how to apply to become one. Peace Scholars travel to Norway for a summer program and attend the Peace Forum in Minneapolis in the fall. The Peace Scholars Program is open to sophomores and juniors in any major. Travel, lodging, meals and study in Norway and for the Forum are paid for by PLU and donors.

Demystifying Travel Panel

November 19th | 4:00pm- 5:00pm | Hong Language Resource Center

The idea of studying away can be intimidating, especially for those who have not traveled internationally before. This event aims to demystify the international travel process and make international travel a more accessible and achievable opportunity for students who have limited travel experience. The event will be structured as a student-led question and answer panel. Several students with diverse study away experience (location, identity, program type, etc.) will sit on the panel and address questions spanning from budgeting tips to planning for long-haul flights. Wang Center Global Ambassador Sarah Ward will facilitate the panel.

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Around the World

November 19 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | AUC 100, Scandinavian Cultural Center

Students will be invited for a tour of different cultures as represented by fellow students who either lived or studied in other countries and regions around the world. We hope that participants will gain knowledge about other countries and have fun while doing it!

How to Fund Your Study Away

November 20 | 10:30am – 11:00am | Anderson University Center 134

Interested in study away, but not sure how to fund your experience? Join this session with Study Away Advisor Jessica Hanson and Gilman Scholarship recipient Ayana Freeman to learn about costs of study away, how to budget and plan for your experience, and scholarship opportunities specific to study away.

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Lunch and Learn: International Internships

November 20 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Nesvig

Join Alumni & Student Connections and the Wang Center for Global and Community Engaged Education for this Lunch & Learn focused on international internship opportunities. Whether you’re considering a semester study away program or summer internship opportunities you’ll learn about your options and next steps! Lunch will be provided, so please register on the Opportunities Board or by emailing

The Essentials of Self-Care for Study Away

November 20 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | Anderson University Center 133

Studying away can be a challenging experience, and often times we forget the most important thing – taking care of ourselves! This session will give an overview of self-care tips, while also providing an opportunity to hear how students have managed their mental health while studying away. The overall intention of this session is for students to build a set of strategies to manage anxiety and stress that they can utilize while studying away.

Global Potluck

November 21 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm | Hong Hall Second Floor Lounge

Want an opportunity to share food from your culture with others? Do you just like free food? Well then this is the event for you! Global Potluck is a chance to try new foods and meet new people. Feel free to bring any food that you want to share with others, or you can just bring yourself!

Languages Open Doors; Food Opens Hearts!

November 21 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm | Hong Language Resource Center

Participants at this event will learn some fun facts about the cultures of the 8 languages taught at PLU, practice a bit of conversation in a relaxed atmosphere, and pick up some strategies for learning languages effectively. Meet the LRC language consultants and hear their stories of doors that language has opened for them. Snacks provided and door prizes will be given away.

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Become a World Language Teacher

November 22 | 10:30am – 11:00am | Hong Language Resource Center

In this session, we will share information on the pathways and benefits for becoming a world language teacher.

international job-seeker workshop by Career Connections

How to Market your Study Away Experience

November 22 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Anderson University Center 213

Workshop participants will learn how to convey their study away experience for professional purposes. Brynn Smith (Study Away Advisor) and Angie Walker (Career Advisor) will help students determine what they learned and how they developed during study away, and then practice articulating how it relates to career competencies.

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Global Getdown

November 22 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | The CAVE

An opportunity for the PLU community to embrace the rich diversity and culture of our community through performance. The event will start at 6:30PM with a Parade of Flags representing our various identities that will make its way around campus, ending at The CAVE for the talent show portion of the event.

Hong Discoteca

November 22 | 8:30pm – 12:00am | Hong Hall

Join Hong Residence Hall Council for this year’s international dance party!