November 15 - 19, 2021

Join the national celebration of international education & exchange.

PLU International Student Services and the Wang Center for Global and Community Engaged Education invite you to a week of global events and opportunities. International Education Week is an opportunity for the PLU community to learn together and celebrate international education. 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 U.S students for a global environment and encourage future leaders from other cultures to study and learn in the United States.

At the beginning of this week, applications to study away in 2022-2023 will open. To get the most out of IEW, connect with us on social media and follow our Instagram Stories throughout the week to learn about student experiences, participate in trivia, and more – @pluintl

Explore Events

Throughout International Education Week

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Geocaching Around the World
All Around Campus Find locations on IG!

Every day of IEW, a new geocache themed around one of PLU’s Gateway Study Away locations will be placed somewhere on campus, with only a cryptic picture and hint to clue you in to its location. A new cache will be posted daily on the Wang Center Instagram page from Monday, Nov. 15th to Saturday, Nov. 20th. Prizes await those who are the first to find each cache! Inside each cache is a coupon, redeemable for a small prize at the Wang Center.

Please be respectful of others searching for the geocaches and put them back how you found them. Thank you!

International Meals
The Commons

Check out the Commons’ lunch menu this week for dishes inspired by PLU’s Gateway Program locations. Experience faithful (and tasty) renditions of local cuisines, all from the comfort of campus!

Flag Fanfare
The Cave
Open Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 AM - 5 PM, Fri. 9 AM - 2:30 PM

Visit The Cave this week for Flag Fanfare! We will be asking you to name flags from various international countries. Come and test your knowledge about all of the flags! There will be prizes for the person with the most correct answers and the winner will be announced on Instagram @lutescommute, so be sure to follow!

Monday, November 15th

Community Cookbook Launch
The Cave
Open Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 AM - 5 PM, Fri. 9 AM - 2:30 PM

We’ve created a Community Cookbook with favorite family recipes that represent the cultural heritage of members of the PLU community! Copies of the cookbook will be available for pickup in the CAVE starting November 15th until we run out!

GEO London Semester Abroad Options
Session 1: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Session 2: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Session 1 Link

Session 2 Link

GEO offers exciting programs in London, including Liberal Arts, Gender/Race/Class and Business, all with optional internships that can be completely customized! Get a general overview of these programs and bring your questions for a Q&A session via ZOOM with GEO advisor, Dana Elliott!

National Scholarships for Study Abroad
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Session Link
Did you know there are lots of scholarships available to study abroad from both the US and foreign governments and non-profit organizations? Get an overview of some of the most popular scholarships for different areas of the world, as well as how to prepare for them and make yourself competitive via this ZOOM session with GEO advisor, Dana Elliott.

Essentials of Self-Care for Study Away
AUC 201
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Transitions are stressful. At times, study away can involve challenging and stressful experiences. Join your fellow PLU Study Away students to plan and prepare for the optimal experience when traveling abroad. We will review simple, pragmatic ways: to understand the causes of transition stress, to develop proactive coping strategies to better manage expectations and emotions, and to boost your ability to fully engage and enjoy your special study away adventure.

IHON-Oxford Instagram Takeover on IG
All Day

Join a representative from the current IHON-Oxford cohort for an Instagram Takeover on the Wang Center Instagram! Learn more about the IHON-Oxford Gateway Program, and have the opportunity to ask questions as well!

Tuesday, November 16th

Become a World Language Teacher
Language Resource Center, Hong International Hall
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

In this session, we will share information on the pathways and benefits for becoming a world language teacher. Please join us if you are interested in pursuing language teaching as a career, either in the U.S. or abroad.

Around the World
Scandinavian Cultural Center, AUC 100
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Travel the world without leaving PLU! Take a tour of interactive table displays to learn about the unique history, character and culture of different countries as represented by students who have personal connections to those locations.

Wednesday, November 17th

Peace Corps Prep
AUC 201
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Interested in volunteering abroad or domestically after graduation? Consider enrolling in the Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program! The PC Prep Program combines coursework with hands-on experience to prepare you for postgraduate service as well as work in nonprofit and social service professions. This info session is being presented by the PCP faculty advisor, Rose McKenney and the Wang Center’s Manager for Short-Term Programs, Courtney Olsen.

International Trivia Night
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Language Resource Center staff will host a trivia night to celebrate International Education Week. It will include language and culture trivia. Bring a team to compete or join a team when you arrive!

Thursday, November 18th

How to Market your Study Away Experience
Nesvig Alumni Center, Classroom 004
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Workshop participants will learn how to convey their study away experience for professional purposes. Karmen Baldwin (Career Advisor) will help students determine what they learned and how they developed their skills during study away, and then practice articulating how it relates to career competencies. They will learn how to display it on their resume, and express it in cover letters and/or interviews.

Registration Link

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Fulbright Info Session
Pre-Register for Event
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

A virtual presentation by staff members at the FULBRIGHT U.S. Student Program Office about the kinds of Fulbright Awards available and the application process.

For questions, contact Dr. Carmiña Palerm at or Dr. Tamara Williams


Registration Link

Friday, November 19th

Study Music Abroad with IES
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Session Link (Passcode: 1950)

Imagine studying abroad on a program specific to your music major. You’ll be surrounded by peers who share your passions, and faculty who challenge you to grow your talents and your repertoire. Join us for a virtual meeting to learn more about study abroad programs for music students.

How to Fund Your $tudy Away Program
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session Link

Learn how to fund your study away dreams and find the program and financial fit that’s best for you! This session will help students navigate the cost considerations of study away, including the Wang Center’s financial policies, scholarships, financial aid, and budgeting tips.

Global Getdown
Chris Knutzen Hall, AUC 214
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Diversity Center is rounding off International Education Week with Global Getdown. An evening event that brings students together to show off something that is culturally significant to them, whether that be talent or taking part in our flag parade!

Hong Discoteca
Chris Knutzen Hall, AUC 214
9:15 PM - 11:00 PM

Join Hong Residence Hall Council for this year’s international dance party! A dance with international music and food, held after Global Getdown.

Study Away 101

Learn the ins and outs of study away at PLU from the Wang Center’s Global Ambassadors!

Gateway Programs

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of Trinbagonian culture through a required set of three PLU-designed courses taught by local professors, local experts and US professors
  • Examine key issues such as post-colonialism, globalization, diversity, equity, social justice, gender and environmental sustainability in a rich, ethnically diverse culture
  • Study at University of the West Indies, a major research institution in the Caribbean, and engage with local students
  • Engage with the rich cultural, environmental, religious and artistic diversity of Trinidad & Tobago through a series of study tours and lectures that facilitate student participation in Trinidad’s expressions of the Hindu spring festival of Phagwa, the West African Orish and Shouter Baptist festivals, the Muslim Hosay commemoration, and the world famous Trinidad Carnival
  • Experience the traditional fishing village of Charlotteville, Tobago, as it explores new directions in organic gardening, marine research, and sustainable tourism

  • Explore Mexican history, development, society and environment through an interdisciplinary view of Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Mexico
  • Learn about U.S.-Mexico relations and gain an in-depth perspective of Mexican immigration to — and the hispanization of — the United States
  • Experience approaches to, and strategies for, social change, and the value placed on these processes by diverse groups in the Oaxaca region and across Mexico
  • Integrate academic knowledge and intercultural skills in an internship with a local nonprofit organization focused on an issue related to your academic, personal or professional goals
  • Build knowledge of pressing issues facing Mexico today through extended study tours to Mexico City and the states of Puebla and Morelos
  • Increase Spanish proficiency to advanced, advanced plus or superior through a complete immersion program

  • Study at Sichuan University, one of China’s most prestigious universities, with students from all over China and the world
  • Develop your Chinese language abilities with courses available at all levels
  • Engage with local communities through study tours to rural farms, local villages and nearby monuments
  • Deepen your understanding of the various cultures of China through study tours to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall in Beijing, and Xian, whose famous Terracotta Warriors and Wild Goose Pagoda are reminders of China’s prominence in the world as the eastern terminus of the Silk Road
  • Experience Tibetan culture with a week-long study tour exploring Buddhist temples and shrines, contrasting with China’s ethnic Han majority

  • Study at the premier University of Namibia alongside students from Namibia and countries across Africa and the globe
  • Engage in a practicum in a local school and complete a robust set of courses aligned with PLU’s program requirements (Education students)
  • Learn about this young democratic country with a focus on a historical perspective of Namibia from colonization to democracy
  • Engage with indigenous people, cultures, and the country’s unique geography on study tours, through rural homestays in the villages of northern Namibia and visits to Namibia’s renowned national parks and game reserves
  • Create your own batik art in a 3-day workshop in Windhoek
  • Engage with the local community through an internship or volunteer work with community organizations
  • Spend January enrolled in a context-setting, intensive course on non-Western history taught by a local Namibia historian

  • Experience the “Oxford tutorial” — weekly one-on-one sessions with Oxford faculty and graduate students, aimed at bringing forth the students’ own powers of judgment, thought, and argumentation e Learn to “read” the United Kingdom through the disciplinary lens of the semester’s Site Director — a PLU-IHON faculty member who will teach a place-based 200-level seminar and lead you on study tours in London, Manchester and other sites
  • Apply what you’re reading and learning to your own experiences in the 4-credit, discussion-based “Living and Learning in Oxford” course, also led by the PLU Site Director
  • Become an Associate Member of an Oxford college with dining and other privileges in the college
  • Take part in induction into the world-renowned Bodleian research library, including more than 20 Oxford branches, where you have full research access and reading privileges
  • Complete two of your 200-level IHON seminars — one in the form of an interdisciplinary tutorial with Oxford faculty and graduate students, the other with the PLU Site Director

There is an opportunity for a small number of non-IHON students who are a good fit for the program to study in Oxford. Get in touch with Dr. Strum to learn more!

  • Challenge the perception of the “sameness” of Western societies by experiencing the rapidly changing Norwegian culture and society and Norway’s active engagement in defining and redefining its roles internationally and within its borders
  • Examine the Norwegian approach to contemporary issues in a central location with engaged faculty whose specialties include Peace and Conflict Studies, African Studies, International Relations, Middle East Studies, Polital Theory and more
  • Study in English alongside Norwegians majoring in Peace & Conflict and International Studies
  • Immerse yourself in Norwegian culture, history, geography, society, and politics with the “Norway—An Introduction” course (not for credit) that includes excursions in and around Oslo

University of Southeastern Norway

Study in Bø:

  • Engage in an active campus community at the University of Southeastern Norway and experience the local natural landscape as an extension of classroom learning
  • Live and learn in an environment that challenges cultural assumptions and helps you to see your discipline and the world through a Norwegian lens
  • Explore Telemark, a region known as “Norway in miniature” and known for its rich cultural tradition and outdoor life
  • Focus on Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, Marketing and Management, Business, Kinesiology, or Norwegian Language and Literature

Study Kinesiology in Vestfold:

  • Engage in an active campus community at the University of Southeastern Norway and experience the local natural landscape as an extension of classroom learning
  • Focus on Kinesiology in the Exercise and Health Management program
  • Examine the Norwegian health system and work life and social laws regulating health and sick leave through project management development and apprenticeship
  • Live and learn in an environment that challenges cultural assumptions and helps you to see your discipline and the world through a Norwegian lens
  • Put theoretical components into practice at the Vestfold campus’ stunning gym and pool facilities or in the stunning natural setting with numerous outdoor recreation options

Featured Programs

“Not Your Ordinary Study Abroad.” Experiential hands-on learning, homestays, language learning, finish with an independent research project or an internship. Focused around a program theme.

Featured SIT Programs Include:

  • Rwanda – Post-Genocide Restoration and Peace Building
  • Morocco – Field Studies in Journalism and New Media
  • Morocco – Migration and Transnational Identity
  • Morocco – Multiculturalism and Human Rights
  • India – Public Health, Gender and Community Action
  • India – Sustainable Development and Social Change
  • Indonesia – Arts, Religion, and Social Change
  • Mongolia – Nomadism, Geopolitics and the Environment
  • Nepal – Development, Gender and Social Change
  • Nepal – Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples
  • Vietnam – Culture, Social Change, and Development
  • Serbia – Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans

Overview of SIT

Course options in STEM disciplines, indigenous studies, humanities, social sciences and much more

Course options in STEM disciplines, humanities, social sciences and more. 

Course options in humanities and social sciences, STEM/natural sciences and more

Course options in humanities, Greek, Archaeology, Classics, internship opportunities

Course options in humanities, English, theatre, fantastic internship opportunities

Choose between a language immersion track (Language & Area Studies) or one of two English-based academic tracks (Metropolitan and Urban Studies / Security Studies and International Affairs)

Study music performance, history and more, variety of elective options

Study music performance, history, and more, and take a German class, variety of elective options / Choose from a variety of psychology courses and elective options

Language immersion French Honors program / English-based academic tracks in Art – Business and Intl. Relations – Humanities & Social Sciences, French class required

This is a great fit for adventurous students interested in science and the environment. ENVT majors can choose the Sustainability & the Environment academic track, and the Tropical Ecology & Conservation track is designed for Biology students

Spanish language and cultural immersion program, homestay, various excursions around Spain

Course offerings in STEM disciplines, humanities, social sciences and more. Great course options for Political Science and Global Studies students.

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