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Central Washington University
Office of International Studies and Programs
Hebeler Hall 102
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408

CWU Waves the Flags and More for International Education Week

International Education Week, which is November 18-22 this year, is an annual event through which the U.S. Education and State Departments encourage celebrating the benefits of international education and exchanges worldwide.

Central Washington University’s Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has scheduled a weeklong series of activities and programs to do just that.  The goal of the week’s events is to showcase the international opportunities that CWU students have available to them.

“It will also provide an opportunity for our international students from around the world to share their culture and home countries with the university community,” says Nicki Kukar, director of CWU’s Asia University American Program (AUAP) and International Student and Scholar Services. “Hopefully by participating in the events, students can exchange ideas and learn from one another.”

The events began with a March of Flags on Monday at noon on the university’s Walnut Mall.

It included the flags from many of the 65 countries where students have come from to study at CWU during fall quarter.  

Other events slated throughout the week are:

Talk Time is also scheduled for Monday, at 6:00 p.m., in Black Hall 222.  The conversation group, hosted by retired CWU University English as a Second Language (UESL) teacher Kent DaVault, is open to students, alumni, and community members.


Conversation Corner, 3:30 p.m., Hebeler 207. Another conversation group, it’s designed to assist AUAP and UESL students improve their English.

Mountains May Depart, a 2015 dramatic film from China, will be screened at 4:00 p.m. in Samuelson 104. The movie explores how the lives of the characters are impacted, for better and worse, by China’s increasing economic prosperity in three different years: 1999, 2014, and 2025. For the work, Zhangke Jia won Best Director and Best Screenplay, while Tao Zhao earned Best Actress at the 2016 Asian Film Critics Association Awards.

Cultural Conversations, 6:30 p.m., Hal Holmes Community Center. Hosted by OISP, in conjunction with the CWU James E. Brooks Library and Ellensburg Public Library, with Andreina Delgado as the guest speaker. A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Delgado now serves as a student engagement and community outreach coordinator in the Brooks Library. Delgado will share her experience as an internationally trained dentist unable to practice in her new country and what it takes to get US certification.


Education Abroad Fair, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) 137, focusing on the different opportunities available for CWU students to study abroad. The programs that are as short as a week, or up to a year in length.

International Student Tabling, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., SURC, as students present their cultures and countries, featuring visual displays.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, 4:00 p.m., Hebeler 218. A program representative will offer information about how native English-speaking college graduates, regardless of degree, can teach English in Japan.

International Trivia, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., 1891 Bistro. The trivia contest, with Internationally themed questions, will offer prizes for the winners.


International Café, 12 to 1:30 p.m., SURC 137, hosted by the CWU Student Alumni Association, with the theme of “Friendsgiving.”


Internationalization Survey Findings, noon, Hebeler 207. The brown-bag lunch presentation by Dan Beck, director of CWU’s El Centro Latinx: for Latino and Latin American Studies, and Ediz Kaykayoglu, OISP executive director and interim associate provost for Extended Learning and Outreach, will outline the results of a survey conducted earlier this year.

All events are free and open to the public.


Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,

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