International Education Week & Night

International Night | March 2020

Dear members of the UP community,

The University of Portland will not be holding International Night this year due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have reached this difficult decision after considering the goals of the event and the health and safety of our community. For over 50 years, the University has invited students, faculty, staff and neighbors from near and far to share their cultures in different ways (musical performances, food, and individual demonstrations). This signature event has been an extraordinary opportunity for meaningful interaction. Typically, this event includes hundreds of students, faculty, staff and neighbors from within the Portland community. Unfortunately, the type of face-to-face interaction that is the heart of this event would be compromised given the need to maintain social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Our International Night Planning Team has worked hard to coordinate this event, and in the coming weeks they will share their alternative plans at and via social media channels. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you next year.


 Office of International Education, Diversity, and Inclusion

If you have further questions please out to

International Education Week | November 16-20, 2020

"International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the US Department of State and US Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences."

-US Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

IEW at the University of Portland is hosted by the Office of International Education, Diversity, and Inclusion and International Club with collaboration and sponsorship from various groups across campus.

The slogan for this year's IEW is "Alone Together". We want to emphasize that even though we cannot be together in person, we are still all here for each other. Participants will be able to connect with others through these events and celebrate and learn about the various cultures around the world, an essential step as we work to advocate for the BIPOC community and for diversity.

We hope that you will enjoy our educational and recreational cultural events! Visit Engage to view and join activities.


If you are interested in more information about International Education Week please contact one of the IEW Coordinators at or check out our IEW Frequently Asked Questions page!