International Education Week gave students exposure to languages, culture

December 9, 2019

Troy University’s many languages and cultures were featured Nov. 17-22 during International Education Week.

Most of the events were hosted by the International Student Cultural Organization, known as ISCO. ISCO provides a forum for cultural exchange, friendship and learning new things while being involved in the university’s international community.

A “Taste of the World” event on the Quad provided an opportunity to sample food from the home countries of TROY’s international students.

It started with an international food contest where students from different countries presented finger foods.

People were excited to not only try a wide variety of international cuisine and vote for their favorite food.

An international photo contest also took place, where more than a hundred submissions from students were displayed, with a prize awarded to the winner of a vote.

There was also a tent with a display of colorful costumes from students’ home countries. Students could try on these unique costumes and have their photos taken.

This event helps students learn about the multicultural and international diversity of their fellow students.

The SGA and ISCO joined forces to host a “Map of The World” on the Quad, where the geomatics students helped point out capital cities of countries represented on campus.

Drone footage was captured during this event, which helps show the unity and diversity on campus.

“ISCO operates closely with the International Office, and as this week was recognized as the International Education Week at TROY, we are enthusiastically involved with all the activities,” said Vice President of ISCO Biwaksha Shrestha of Kathmandu, Nepal. “Our main event is known as the annual ISCO Festival. It is a night full of performances from international students and amazing food from around the world — a festival portraying the international aspect of our wonderful university, recognizing the international talents and just having a great time before the Thanksgiving break.”