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International Education Week & Night

International Night March 2, 2018

International Student Services, the Office of Studies Abroad, and International Club will be hosting the University’s 54th annual International Night.

Are you interested in getting involved with International Night? We are currently looking for participants and volunteers!

Hosting a Table at Festival of Nations

By hosting a table, you will have the opportunity to share your culture with other UP students, staff, faculty, and community members who attend International Night. It is sure to be a fun night filled with great food, exciting performers and the sharing of culture.

You may print photos and create a poster board with visual aids from your country, share traditional drinks and treats, play cultural games, dress in traditional clothing, or simply share your story and what you love about your country and culture.

If you submit your photos to the ISS office, we can have them professionally printed for you as well as provide you with poster board to present them. We also have decorations available for use at your table, stop by the ISS office if you’re interested!

If you are interested in hosting a table, please email as soon as possible to secure your table. The latest we will be receiving entries is February 16. In your email, please include your name, the country you will be representing, the details on what you are planning on having at your table (i.e. a game or activity, food, fun facts, etc.), and if you will be needing any additional materials such as poster board or photos to be printed.

Performing during the International Show

We are also looking for performers during our stage show! If you or someone you know have a talent they would like to showcase, please send an email to as soon as possible to ensure your place in the lineup for International Night! In your email please include your name, talent, and contact information sent no later than February 16.

Volunteering to help with set-up/clean-up or greeting

If you would like to assist us with set-up/clean-up or greeting guests, please send an email to before February 16.  Set-up will begin at 4 PM and clean-up will start around 8 PM. We will start greeting guests at 4:45 PM and end around 8:00 PM. Greeting guests will be done in shifts (Shift 1: 4:45 – 6:30 PM, Shift 2: 6:30 – 8:00 PM) In the email, please include your name, the volunteer role(s) you are interested in, times you are available to help, and your preferred contact information. 

International Education Week November 13-17, 2017

"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 International Student Services, the Office of Studies Abroad, and the International Club with collaboration and sponsorship from various groups across campus.

If you are interested in becoming involved with International Week and Night please contact International Student Services at or one of the IEW Coordinators and check our IEW Frequently Asked Questions page!

International Education Week Event Calendar

IEW Event Details and Descriptions (listed alphabetically)

Danza Azteca Workshop

Come enjoy a fun performance by Danza Azteca, a traditional Latin dance group, learn some moves, and enjoy delicious food from Burrito Azteca!

Experiencing India: A Film Introduction

This presentation begins with a brief overview of two UP English professors' experience teaching abroad as Fulbright scholars along with a quick introduction to some facts about the nation of India. The 30-minute kaleidoscopic film gives viewers an impressionistic sense of sights, sounds, music, and experiences of living abroad in that country.

GRM 353 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis

This course is intended as a scaffold between the GRM 301-GRM 302 sequence and the 400 level. By reading a variety of texts, students will strengthen their reading skills, practice close analysis, and begin to work with literary theory. This course will continue to build on students' existing vocabulary and grammar knowledge with the goal of greater precision in writing in preparation for the 400 level.

He Named Me Malala Film Showing

Come and learn more about the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. He Named Me Malala is a documentary following the life and struggles so far of Pakistani female activist, Malala Yousafzai as she stands up and fights for the rights of girls, especially the right to an education.

The trailer can be viewed here: He Named Me Malala

How Conceiving Migration as a Crisis Harms Migrants and Undermines Global Justice

Dr. Sager will critically analyze the category of crisis as an evaluative term, representing an event as dangerous, difficult, and exceptional. He will argue, however, that the notion of crisis focuses attention to migrants, feeds the politics of fear, justifies drastic and harmful enforcement measures, and prevents reform.

Howl's Moving Castle Film Showing

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. -

The trailer can be viewed here: Howl's Moving Castle

International Espresso UP

International drinks will be featured.

La Dégustation du Fromage

Various types of French cheeses will be offered at this cheese tasting.

Migration and Integration: European and American Perspectives

A presentation by Minister Holger Mahnicke, Head of the Department for Communication and Culture at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C. He will explain Germany’s response to the refugee crisis of 2015 and its current policies and politics of migration and immigration. There will also be a student panel discussion presented by the UP German Studies Program. A list of student panel participants can be found at:

Pilots Paint Native American Heritage Month

Our version of painting power, oppression, diversity, and social justice (P.O.D.S.) in celebration of various heritage months. This event is open to everyone. Students will be painting a piece by John Nieto, a talented painter from the Native American community, in honor of Native American History Month.

Prayers for Peace

International students and others from the UP community will offer public calls for peace in their native language. All students, faculty and staff of all faiths, spiritual traditions and languages are warmly invited to participate by offering a prayer for peace in their native language.

Setting Yourself Apart: How to talk with employers about your experience abroad

We’ll be talking about how to highlight the value of international experience on your resume and in your job search. There will be a guest speaker (a former UP student who is now a recruiter at Adidas) who will talk about how her experience studying abroad helped in her career search, as well as what she looks for now when recruiting new employees. To RSVP for this event please visit:

Spanish Honors Society Music Night

Join Pilots After Dark and the Spanish Honors Society for live music in the Pilot House.

SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish

In SPN 201 students increase listening, reading, writing and speaking skills at the intermediate level while advancing knowledge of the vocabulary, geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.  Foundational grammar concepts are solidified and built upon by introducing advanced grammatical structures through multi-media content and communicative activities and assignments.

SPN 331 Golden Age Spanish Literature and Culture

This course studies cultural production during the Spanish “Golden Age” of the 1500s and 1600s. Readings and discussions will examine issues including love and its attendant emotions, religious identity, societal honor, attitudes towards death, and the perspectives of female authors and characters. Students will relate their understanding of Renaissance and Baroque literature to the 21st century and their own experiences.

SPN 441 Spain Today

After an introduction to Spain's geography, peoples and system of government, the course examines the broad social, political and cultural trends which define Spain today through historical, literary and journalistic readings. Readings and films embed special topics such as family, marriage, immigration, youth cultures, and the coastal environment to build vocabulary and support research projects for course.

Sushi Workshop

Do you love sushi? Have you ever wondered how to make sushi? Would you like to make your own sushi? Well now you can! Back by popular demand, the International Club is sponsoring a sushi workshop just for you! There are a limited number of spots so you must RSVP at Spots are awarded on a first come first serve basis.

Note #2: For ADA accommodations, please contact Jenny Chu at

Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) Information Session

Join us to learn more about the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). TAPIF places 1,200 Americans each year in teaching assistant positions in French public primary and secondary schools. Assistants work in all regions of metropolitan France, as well as in Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, and Reunion.

What's So Shocking About Culture Shock

Join a casual student panel to discuss the experience of culture shock. University of Portland student exchange participants will share their observations and insights. International snacks and drinks will be provided. This is a great event for students returning from or considering a study abroad experience, or those interested in seeing UP and the United States through the eyes of an international visitor.