International students at TROY carry flags from their home countries during the annual parade of flags prior to a recent Trojans' football game.
A series of events, highlighted by the International Student Cultural Organization’s annual festival, will take place at Troy University next week in observance of International Education Week.
A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This year’s national observance is set for Nov. 18-22.
Troy University, known as Alabama’s International University, serves more than 1,000 international students, is home to Alabama’s only Confucius Institute with a statewide mission, and has an active study abroad program, bolstered by the Chancellor’s Award for Global Competitiveness which utilizes funds from TROY’s car tag sales to award $1,000 study abroad scholarships to qualifying students.
“International students are an important part of the University family and Troy community,” said Maria Frigge, associate dean of international student services. “We are excited to have a week-long series of events that will help to highlight their impact here and celebrate the wonderful blend of cultures evident daily on the Troy Campus.”
Events scheduled for the week are:
- Sunday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – International Soccer Tournament, Intramural Fields;
- Monday, Nov. 18, noon – Bring a Professor to Lunch, Trojan Center Ballroom A;
- Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11:45 a.m. – Rotary International Luncheon, Trojan Center Ballroom A;
- Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m. – A Celebration of Language and Culture, Troy Campus Library Media Area, Wallace Hall;
- Wednesday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. – International High School Day where area high school students will have the opportunity to learn more about language courses, study abroad opportunities and other international efforts of the University, Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor;
- Wednesday, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m. – Taste of the World and World Fashion Show, Main Academic Quad;
- Thursday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m. – Gilman Scholarship and France, Room 119 of the Trojan Center;
- Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m. – ISCO Festival, Trojan Center Ballrooms. ISCO tickets are $10 for students, $15 for non-students, and $5 for children under 12 and are available in the International Programs Office in Hawkins Hall.
In addition, international cuisine will be featured in Trojan Dining on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and international exhibits will be on display throughout the week in the Wallace Hall Library.