International Friendship Luncheon and Study Abroad Fair
November 15, 2012
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center Ballroom
This week, November 12-16, marks the 13th annual International Education Week (IEW) - 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 the U.S. Government’s effort to promote mutual understanding through international educational exchanges that prepare Americans for a global environment and that attract future leaders from abroad to study and learn in the United States.
At UDM, we celebrate IEW by holding an annual International Friendship Luncheon and Study Abroad Fair. This year's event will be held this Thursday, November 15, 2012 in the Ballroom/Ballroom Lounge from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be moved from the Titan Dining Room (TDR) into the Ballroom (the meal is covered under the Titan dining plan; otherwise, the meal is $6.95). The Study Abroad fair is free of charge and will be held in the Ballroom Lounge. This year, we showcase UDM's upcoming faculty-led service and study programs abroad to Brazil, England, France, Italy, Jamaica, Poland and Spain.
International education strengthens ties between the United States and countries around the world, and international students—here or Americans overseas—enrich classrooms and communities with their culture, their knowledge, and their diverse backgrounds. The Open Doors 2012 report reaffirms the United States as the top destination for international students. Out of nearly 21 million students in two year or four year colleges or universities in the United States, 764,495 students are international students. This is an increase of 6% over last year! Through sharing ideas, perspectives, and experiences, U.S. students and local U.S. communities benefit from having international students in their classrooms and on campuses.
Open Doors shows that 273,996 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit during academic year 2010-2011. Notably, U.S. students who study abroad are choosing increasingly diverse locations overseas—including China, India and South Korea—in addition to the historically “traditional” destinations in Europe. After studying abroad, American students return home with new perspectives, skills, and relationships, which they use to help strengthen their communities and advance their careers.
Fee: Study Abroad Fair is free; lunch is covered by Titan dining plan, or $6.95 otherwise