International Week enriches global community at Eastern Michigan

by Melissa Ardery, Published January 28, 2013

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will host its annual International Week Feb. 11- 14, 2013. The week-long event celebrates the international efforts of students from other countries; features new campus international resources, and recognizes all people and events that are international or have an international focus.

Eastern has more than 1,000 international students and 30 international faculty members from over 85 countries, as well as approximately 270 EMU students who study abroad every year.

This year, International Week will take place in February to connect with other international events held on campus. It was previously held in November.

The celebration of the Chinese New Year falls at the beginning of International Week, and with a variety of international events that happen in February and March, the move seemed like a natural choice, said Elisabeth Morgan, program director for International Initiatives at Eastern.


EMU's flash mob takes over the Student Center during a previous International Week

"It is the time for the campus community to become more aware of how international we are, not just the programs we offer, but the richness that global citizens bring to the campus," Morgan said.

One featured activity will be the grand opening of the College of Arts and Sciences' new International Resource Room in 427B Pray-Harrold, which will provide free passport photos, help with the application process, and offer information about the international partnerships that faculty and students can participate in.

Activities during the week include high tea with Provost Kim Schatzel, an opportunity to learn how to write in a different script, and the Study Abroad Fair.

Faculty, staff, and students are also invited to submit ideas for events, demonstrations, and presentations to, with EMUIW2013 in the subject.

For more information visit the website that will be updated as International Week approaches.

Also "like" EMU International Week on Facebook, for continuous updates.

Pamela Young

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