Around Campus: International Education Month

Month-long international focus
aims to promote global learning

Texas State students in front of temple in Laos

Texas State students visited a Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, Laos, as part of the "Bobcats in Indochina" study abroad summer course in 2011.

Texas State University will promote international education throughout the month of November for International Education Month (IEM).

Inspired by International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that promotes global educational exchange, Texas State’s International Office is organizing a month-long series of events to raise awareness about international education opportunities for Texas State students.

President Denise Trauth with international students at president's  house on campus.

President Denise Trauth invited Texas State's global community into her home for the 2011 International Student Welcome.

According to the State Department, IEW is part of the U.S. government’s 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.” Building upon those efforts, Texas State’s IEM is designed to encourage international education opportunities among American students and faculty, enhance the Texas State experience for international students, and recognize those involved in international education on campus and abroad.

As described by the Texas State International Office, international education “involves efforts to educate people about the global nature of the environment in which they live, study and work.” These efforts are made through all the offices, departments and programs with international emphases or components, including the Center for International Studies, the International Office, the Study Abroad Office, the Texas State Intensive English Program (TSIE) and the international student organizations.

Some of this year’s events will include:

  • “Window to the Middle East: Study Opportunities in Turkey” information session on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, room 3-5.1
  • International Faculty Reception on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom
  • IEF Study Abroad Scholarship information session on Friday, Nov. 11, from 3-4 p.m. in the Thornton International House
  • Diwali Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6-9 p.m. in Alkek Teaching Theater
  • Thanksgiving on Campus for International Bobcats on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the J.C. Kellam Building, room 1100
  • Multicultural Dinner — a potluck meal for everyone on campus — on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Lampasas 501
  • IEF Study Abroad Scholarship information session on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3-4 p.m. in the Thornton International House

Find a full listing of events on the IEM Events Calendar. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in as many events as possible. Questions related to IEW 2011 may be directed to Jennifer Mendez at (512) 245-7966 or

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