November 13 - 17, 2023

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 2024-2025 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

International Meals
The Commons

Check out the Commons’ dinner 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!

  • Monday: Loco moco rice bowl, Loco moco Imp rice bowl, sticky rice
  • Tuesday: Oaxacan Quesadilla (Reg and GF), garlic parsley rice, seasoned black beans
  • Wednesday: Three Cup Chicken, Taiwanese Eggplant, white rice
  • Thursday: Chicken Keema, Pav Bhaji
  • Friday: Inihaw na Manok, Filipino Barbecue chicken, Impossible Longanisa

International Authors Book Display in the Library

In honor of International Education Week, the Mortvedt Library has curated a collection of books from international authors. You can find the book display in the library lobby.

Monday, November 13th

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Study Away Application Launch

Wang Center Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 applications open

Kreidler Hall Lounge
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Have you studied a second (or third) language? Do you speak a language other than English at home? During this session you will learn about PLU’s Seal of Biliteracy, a program that recognizes the language skills you have. This is a nationally recognized program that gives you a credential to include on your resume and also a medallion to wear at graduation!

Tuesday, November 14th

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Online, *Pre-registration Required*
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

A virtual group presentation session by staff members at the FULBRIGHT U.S. Student Program Office to learn about opportunities for U.S. citizens to pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English.

During the session, students will learn about types of Fulbright awards, application components, tips, and get their questions answered. Following the program overview, attendees will enter a breakout room with PLU’s Fulbright Program Advisor to learn more about applying through their institution.

Pre-registration link:

For questions, contact Dr. Bridget Yaden at

AUC 214, Chris Knutzen Hall
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.

For questions contact Heather Jacobsen,

Wednesday, November 15th

AUC 201
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

PLU alumna Elizabeth Larios will share about her transformative study abroad experience in Namibia, Africa, supported by the prestigious Fulbright and Gilman Scholarships. This immersive journey encompassed a cultural-musical exchange program, where she had the privilege of teaching Marimba to primary school students, fostering cross-cultural connections through the universal language of music. Additionally, she conducted clinical research on hand hygiene practices and NICU infection rates, combining her passion for science with a newfound appreciation for Namibian culture. She’ll discuss the pivotal role that funding, grants, and PLU support played in making this life-changing adventure possible.

Thursday, November 16th

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come to this information session to meet professors from our Gateway Study Away Program in Oslo, Norway and to learn more about the university and its curriculum. PLU students currently studying away in Oslo will also join us virtually. This Fall Semester program is a great way to learn about Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, and Psychology. All courses are taught in English. The PLU Program Director, Dr. Ami Shah, will also be available to answer advising questions.

AUC 201
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This event gives current Peace Corps Prep students and students interested in Peace Corps Prep an opportunity to gather and get to know each other over dinner. We’ll be joined by our Regional Peace Corps Recruiter, Angelena Castro, who will be able to answer any questions students have about the Peace Corps. We hope to see you there!

Friday, November 17th

Karen Hille Phillips porch
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Come celebrate this religious and cultural festival of light shared by many South Asian communities! Music, snacks, community.

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

Global Getdown brings students together to show off something that is culturally significant to them, whether that be a talent or taking part in our flag parade!

The Cave
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

End your International Education Week with Discoteca! This annual Lute Tradition is back to rock the night with LatinX and Baila music alongside some dance classics.

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.

Questions about study away?

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