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Festivals, Events, and Activities

International Festivals

International Education Week


International Education Week

November 2 - 6, 2020
For examples of IEW events, please see last year's event schedule: IEW 2019 Event Schedule

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!

Everyone is welcome to join. If you would like to participate or have an event to contribute to this week, please contact the office on how to get involved.

International Festival


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.

Study Abroad Events

Study Abroad Fair


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. 

Study Abroad Showcase


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 any questions they may have.


International Outreach Programs

International Outreach - IPS



The K-12 International Outreach Program was initially created in response to a need for resources that teach about other countries, cultures, and international events in an interactive and informative manner. Via interdisciplinary initiatives in international education, research, and public service, this program utilizes the talents and expertise of WCU faculty, student organizations, international scholars and students, Jackson County / Fairview School and community members who will visit your school free of charge to deliver a wide variety of educational presentation and performances. In addition, strong support and resources are offered to help you plan multi-cultural events at your school. This program is driven by the needs of teachers. In order to tailor our programs to those needs, our office relies on teachers’ input as to what kinds of topics and styles of presentations would best serve them and their students.

The Office of International Programs and Services at WCU provides public school educators with quality and appropriate international programs suited to their students and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. With assistance from the Center for Global Initiatives and the Swain County / West Elementary North Carolina State Legislature, teachers can request programs concerning the culture and history, specific international political, economic or social issues, and the visual and performing arts of a country or region. The program, designed to service the eight westernmost regions in North Carolina, provides international resources with which teachers can build, enhance, and reinforce their curriculum and provides students a broader international perspective upon which to reflect, dwell, and engage in. For many students and teachers, this could be the first step before traveling to another country for a visit or a college semester abroad experience.

Students today are growing up in a dynamic, global environment. It is increasingly important for them to develop an understanding and appreciation for people from different countries, religions, and lifestyles. The K-12 International Outreach Program provides resources for promoting this kind of learning through interactive and engaging presentations, frequently by individuals native to the country or region being studied. By going beyond what most textbooks can offer, this program focuses on dispelling stereotypes and misconceptions about different people and cultures and providing accurate information about current issues and international events. Most presentations are multi-media in nature, may include a combination of curriculum supplements, and can be modified to fit the needs of different audiences.

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