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Campus Internationalization and Community

Embrace the diversity of our world and its people! Grow your reach through multi-cultural events and educational opportunities both on campus and in our community. Explore below opportunieis available to campus and the surrounding community alike!

WCU Global sponsors internationally focused festivals. events, and activities all year round which are open to the surrounding community. We want you to get involved!

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International Education Week

International Education Week is a weeklong event in November celebrating the importance of different cultures and global awareness. Generally, various events are held this week with free food, performances, and more!

If you would like to participate or have an event to contribute to this week, please contact the office on how to get involved. Visit IEW.WCU.EDU for the most recent schedule!

WCU students holding International Flags

 

International Festival

This event takes place in the spring and is held outside by the fountain for the day. There is a parade where international students and study abroad alumni carry a flag of their country, a variety of music and performances, and booths from different countries and organizations providing information, goodies, or food and drinks to sample.

It provides the community with a unique opportunity to engage and explore world cultures and fascinating traditions through food, music, dance, and artistry.

USA student traveling in Ireland

 

Study Abroad Fair

The Study Abroad Fair gives prospective study abroad students the opportunity to learn about programs for the summer, a semester, a year, and for faculty-led. There will be different country tables represented by either study abroad alumni or international students, which gives prospective students the opportunity to ask specific country-related questions.

There will also be third-party provider tables that have study abroad programs in a variety of locations all over the world and can give out a lot of information and possible benefits of studying through their organization.

WCU student studying abroad

 

Study Abroad Showcase

The Study Abroad Showcase takes place during International Education Week and will include presentations from study abroad alumni about their study abroad experience.

This event also gives prospective study abroad students the opportunity to talk with students that have been abroad and ask questions.



Our office offers a number of exciting ways for U.S. students and international students to share their experiences and cultures. 

Student with international flags

 

International Pals (I-Pals)

I-Pals connect international students with a WCU student while they're studying here on campus. WCU students make sure that every international student has a WCU peer who can help them get accustomed to life on and around campus.

I-Pals Member Portal

International Students at Starbucks

 

International Catamounts (I-Cats)

All WCU students are welcome to join this student group for drinking coffee, planning excursions, and participating in community service events. Through these activities and cultural presentations. U.S. students and international students share experiences and cultures. Join I-Cats on a bi-weekly basis for International Coffee Hour too!
I-Cats Member Portal

Blue Ridge Building

Going Global LLC is a joint initiative between WCU Global and the WCU Brinson Honors College

Going Global
Living and Learning Community

The Going Global! themed hall community is open to students from the U.S. and around the world who want to think globally while connecting locally. Students will be enriched in this internationally-focused environment through a combination of global engagement programming, interactive cultural experience, and community service. 

Community members live on the same hall in the beautiful Blue Ridge Residence Hall - an ideal situation for study abroad students, international students, honors college students, and world-concious students alike!

A variety of activities are
offered on this hall, with student input and engagement being and expected part of the LLC experience. Activities offered are, in part, be guided by community interests. Campus globalization activities will be centered around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Most activities will be restricted to LLC members and guests, but some will also be available to the campus and surrounding community. Potential LLC activites include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • international movies
  • community service and outreach
  • international cooking and cuisine
  • international coffee/tea
  • study abroad and international student cultural presentations
  • cultural competency workshops

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