International Education Week 2019


This year’s International Education Week (IEW) is November 18-22, 2019.

IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. Everyone, including American and international alumni of federally and privately funded programs, are encouraged to join in celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.


Examples of Events and Activities:

Meet an Exchange Program Alum

  • Encourage American and foreign alumni of all exchange programs to return to their high school or college classrooms, to arrange a presentation at elementary schools, public libraries, or other community organizations in order to share their international exchange experience with peers, youth, and other members of the community.
  • Presentations can discuss, but aren’t limited to: why the alum went abroad, how they arranged it, what they learned, the impact on their lives/careers, and if applicable, the foreign language skills gained.

Student Recognition Ceremony

  • Invite international exchange alumni to recognition ceremonies to acknowledge their decision to participate in an international exchange program.
  • Ceremonies can include: invitations to parents, families, classmates, and friends, speeches by community leaders to speak about the importance of international exchange, certificates for alumni, local media involvement, and fun activities, such as a photo booth for marketing purposes.

Social Media Campaign

  • Using #IEW2019, ask participants and alumni to post a photo from their exchange experiences. For example, campaigns can focus on: where and when they studied, worked, and/or volunteered abroad, current career and goals for the future, or how international exchange has shaped their personal and professional lives.
  • Sample posts:
    • Happy #IEW2019! I spent a semester at the University of Sevilla in Spain in 2005, working on my Spanish and eating all the tapas I could. Today, as a practicing attorney, my Spanish allows me to work with a diverse client base and respond to my community’s needs. Thank you @ExchangeProgramsAtState, @USDOS,, @TravelGov!
    • I will never forget the independence I gained as a Summer Work Travel participant on the Jersey Shore in 2015. I practiced my English, learned customer service skills and made lifelong friends. Now I am a manager at one of the top hotels in Bucharest, serving international guests! Thank you @ExchangeProgramsAtState for this opportunity! #IEW2019
  • For more sample posts and social media guidelines, please follow the link to a toolkit developed by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education.