International Education Week 2021

“Engaged and Resilient Global Titans!”

November 15-19, 2021

CSUF International Education Week 2020

“It Takes A Global Titan”

November 16-20, 2020

IEW 2020



International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that encourages individuals and institutions around the nation to recognize, celebrate and promote the benefits of international education and exchange.

At CSUF, IEW is an opportunity for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni to practice being Global Titans by cultivating curiosity, appreciation and respect for all cultures and backgrounds through participation in enriching activities and experiences, engagement with diverse individuals and groups, and exposure to different ideas and opportunities to “thrive in a global environment” all on campus.

Message from Jack Hobson, Senior Director for the Global Titans Center

Throughout this pandemic, many within our Titan community have remained engaged in global education through new and innovative modes of virtual learning. As our Titan community returned to our campus, so too did our Titans return to global education abroad with more than two dozen students participating in international exchange programs. The return to physical mobility along with retaining accessible virtual global learning opportunities demonstrates the strength and creativity of those engaged in global learning across our campus. I'm excited to celebrate these instances of global engagement, both new and traditional, through this year's International Education Week and am elated to look at exciting new ways in which our Titan community will continue to engage with the world.


IEW 2021 Session Recordings

1:00 PM- 1:30 PM (Pacific)

HSS Study Abroad Summer Programs Information Session

Presented by College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ departments and programs offer students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing professional study in fields such as law, education, public administration, clinical psychology, and business. Of course important learning takes place outside of the formal structure of classes as well. We invite you to join us to learn about all H&SS 2022 summer study abroad programs. 

Join HSS Summer Programs Info Session

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM (Pacific)

CSU International Programs Specific Information Session

Presented by Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE)  

Participating in a Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE) program enriches a student’s academic and professional life, and promotes personal development and transformation. The goal of this session, led by SAGE Global Titan Ambassadors, will be to inform students about CSU International Programs and processes as well as answer any questions to common topics.

Access code: GTC1957

View SAGE Info Session

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Pacific)

Post-Study Abroad or Global Engagement Opportunities

Presented by Global Titans Ambassador Program 

The Global Titans Ambassador Program is a voluntary program that provides study abroad alumni the opportunity to share their enthusiasm and passion for study abroad and global engagement with the CSUF community while engaging in activities that help foster professional development.

The Global Titans Buddy Program is a group of volunteers from CSUF who help visiting international students adapt to campus life and American culture. International students will be paired with a buddy who can answer basic questions about studying, socializing, and living in Fullerton.  Domestic students are often former study abroad/away participants and have been on campus for at least one full semester. This program was developed to help incoming international students meet American students and other international students quickly. CSUF students get to have an international experience, have cultural exchange, sometimes language exchange, and make an international friend.

View Post-SAGE Opportunities Session


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific)

Become a Mentor for Children Across the Globe

Presented by Village Book Builders

This is an incredible way to give service online, especially since most of the world is still experiencing social distancing and quarantine. The mission of the Village Book Builders mentorship program is to empower the next generation of children across the globe, providing them resources and connections they otherwise would not have access to. Together, we aim to reach more students, sowing seeds of hope along the way.

View Mentor For Children Session

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Career Toolbox for ECS International Students
Presented in partnership with the Career Center & College of Engineering & Computer Science  

Come hear firsthand from the Career Center and ECS International Student Advisor about the effective ways you can prepare for your career. This workshop will benefit ECS undergraduate and graduate international students in their career development including tools to find internships, research opportunities and jobs.

View Career Toolbox Session

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Pacific)

Gaining Transferable Skills for the Post-COVID World: Lessons from My Virtual Programs in Germany and Italy

Presented by Global Titans Ambassador Program 

The global pandemic disrupted travel all across the globe as well as how we work and live, but it doesn't have to disrupt your global education, goals or dreams. Virtual Programs provide the opportunity for students to complete courses and/or receive internship credit. Global Titan Ambassador, Priscilla Ortiz will discuss her experiences participating in Virtual Programs in Germany and Italy.

View Gaining Transferable Skills Session

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific)

Making Study Abroad "Count": An Academics Workshop for Study Abroad & Global Engagement Programs

Presented by Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE)  

All students interested in study abroad and global engagement programs won't want to miss this workshop. We will get into the weeds and finer details and cover basic program information, researching and transferring courses, and academic goal setting and planning so you can make your SAGE program "count".

View Study Abroad Academics Workshop


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Pacific)

Summer Study Abroad in Bali, Indonesia

Presented by College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

We invite you to attend this info session to learn more about the summer study abroad program to Bali, Indonesia. During this 28-day Bali program, students will experience Balinese culture while also critically analyzing the environmental, economic, and social impacts of the tourism industry in Bali.

Join Summer in Bali Session

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific)

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

Presented in partnership with Fulbright Staff and Alumni Ambassadors

IIE Fulbright Staff and Alumni Ambassadors will present general information about the Fulbright's history, eligibility, award types, award benefits and application components and tips. IIE Fulbright Staff will answer general questions before student participants are sorted into breakout rooms by institutions where the Fulbright Program Advisor, will cover CSUF specific details, such as campus resources, deadlines, and next steps.


11:00 AM -12:00 PM (Pacific)

COM Study Abroad Summer 2022: Barcelona Spain

Presented by The College of Communications 

This presentation will discuss and answer questions about this exciting study abroad opportunity for CSUF students. This 4-week summer program allows you to live/study in beautiful Barcelona Spain while taking courses in CTVA and HCOM that focus on media and culture. Students take CTVA 360 International Reality TV and HCOM 320 Intercultural Communications, which is an upper division GE (Cat D and Z overlay). What makes this program different is the accommodations. The program is housed at "The Student Hotel Barcelona", which is only 15 minutes from the beach and where students stay in single rooms and have access to the hotels many amenities including a roof-top pool, a fitness center, and kitchen facilities if they want to cook some of their own meals. Best of all this program is supported by IRA funding which makes this program very affordable for students. Join the program to learn more and to have your questions answered.

View Barcelona Spain Session

12:00 PM -12:30 PM (Pacific)

Study in Canada: CSU IP - Concordia University 

Presented by Global Titan Ambassador Alumn

A former Global Titan Ambassador will share her perspective of Canada after touring a university in British Columbia. Hear what the environment was like, her experience with the people there, and how she navigated the public transit system. As one coffee shop in Vancouver put it, "Everyone is welcome."

View Study In Canada Session

1:00 PM -2:00 PM (Pacific)

More Affordable Than You Think: A Finances and Costs Workshop for Study Abroad & Global Engagement Programs

Presented by Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE)  

Did you know there are students studying abroad this Fall 2021 semester in countries like France, Ghana, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany, and they paid the same CSUF tuition as you? Find out how. All students interested in study abroad and global engagement programs won't want to miss this workshop. SAGE programs are more affordable than ever. Learn how to look at program budgets, use applicable financial aid (e.g. grants and loans) for your program and research scholarships to make your global aspirations closer to reality. 

View Finances And Costs Workshop

4:00 PM -5:00 PM (Pacific)

Study Abroad MythBusters

Presented by Global Titans Ambassador Program 

Calling all Global Titans! We the Global Titan Ambassadors (GTA) are excited to be back for IEW 2021 for another student-led VIRUTAL event called Mythbusters! Join us and adventure thru the virtual world to gather facts, debunk myths about study abroad and learn about the various resources that SAGE offers here at CSUF. While gathering and adventuring with us GTAs, participants will have a chance to win prizes at the end of the event! Grab your computer and phones and let’s start on this adventure together! Your study abroad journey awaits, Global Titan!


IEW Recordings & Resources

Jack Hobson (Global Titans Center Senior Director) and Shari Merrill (SAGE Associate Director) describe the response to the COVID-19 global pandemic; the transformation of the Study Abroad office to the Study Abroad & Global Engagement office; and future opportunities for Global Titans (students and faculty).

Watch Video

Join a virtual information session to begin your global experience and get all your questions answered. Our information sessions will help you learn how to find the ideal program for your budget, academic goals and cultural interests.

Info Session

Did you know that the CSU system offers their own study abroad programs to students across all 23 campuses? Meet the CSUIP team and learn about their specific programs through their virtual office. 


Future Titans Read is an ongoing service project, led by the Community Service Programs project directors. The goal is to produce an inclusive, diverse, and whole wellness-centered channel that promotes conversations for families and provides hours of entertainment to kids.

Future Titans Read

Think globally, explore locally. Titan Outdoors has put together a local guide for all your outdoor needs. Titan Outdoors also offers gear rental for students and Rec Center members to help you get outside and enjoy our natural world. 

Titan Outdoors Local Guide

Show your support and commitment to study abroad and global engagement programs and initiatives by making a donation on our “It Takes a Titan” campaign giving page.

Give to SAGE  

Our Global Titan Map

Pin a place on our map of where you’ve traveled, lived, worked, or your family is from!

Google map

Our Global Titan Map



As a nation-wide initiative, check out how other institutions and organizations are recognized and celebrated IEW.

Elisabet Raquel García is a Global Education DEI Consultant Specialist, Access Equitable Education. She was a first-gen, low-income student turned 4x scholar abroad and Gilman Awardee. She was also a 2x Study Abroad Peer Advisor and Liaison at the Division of Global learning at her Alma Mater, UC Santa Cruz, where she began her journey helping historically underserved students access global learning opportunities. Since then, she has been invited by the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations to participate in a special Cultural Immersion and Volunteer Program for Scholars of Mexican Origin in 2019 and to work as a Bilingual On-Site mentor for the program in 2021. She and her work has been featured by UCEAP, UC Santa Cruz Global Learning, and Terra Dotta. 

30 minute free culture talks to celebrate International Education Week! These short sessions are designed to help students dive deeper into the unique working culture in four of our top locations. Join us and learn from employers and program alumni as they share valuable insights and advice on interviewing, working and networking in these countries. 

The World101 Summit explores the myriad of ways that faculty and staff teams from ADP campuses have collaborated to design and implement curricular and co-curricular programming to deepen student learning using World101 from the Council on Foreign Relations, a free resource established as a means to understand our role in the interdependent global society. This Summit provides a place to hear from students & faculty & staff, as well as a place to discuss additional ways to deepen global civic knowledge.

Belonging and belongingness in higher education and education abroad are important for all participants. However, they are particularly critical for students traditionally underrepresented in education abroad -- and for a profession that seeks to broaden and diversify its membership. Research findings indicate that when individuals feel accepted, valued, and encouraged, they are more likely to be successful, whether the context is educational, professional, or civic. Further, research within higher education has shown that when institutions create structures to support belongingness for racially minoritized students, more equitable educational results occur.


This International Exchange Week, join us for a conversation on community organizations and the challenges and possibilities that lay ahead for them in Morocco and Jordan as we move past what we hope is the worst of COVID. We will be joined by Dr. Mjriam Abu Samra and Dr. Rachid Touhtou, Community-Based Learning Coordinators in Jordan and Morocco, and the conversation will be moderated by Director of Education Abroad, Dr. Elena D. Corbett. Speakers will also share their perspective on how participants can prepare for their community-based learning experience during their time abroad.

Join four U.S. higher education experts on international education (IE) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives for an interactive discussion. This webinar will focus on points of synergy and opportunities for mutually beneficial coordination between campus leaders engaged in IE and DEI programming. Participants will gain a concrete understanding of how these distinct initiatives can be complementary as well as practical strategies for facilitating collaboration between.  

CCIS Abroad is providing fun and exciting virtual activities throughout International Education Week. Virtually explore the world by learning another language using TikTok, learning how to dance Flamenco, and trying your hand at British cooking.

MDD is now seeking submissions for their next "Global Dance Circle" video. This installment's theme is "Celebration." Show how, what, when, with who, and why you celebrate! Professional and recreational dancers are all invited to submit a clip.  

The annual event to celebrate all things international education is here again! Every year we look forward to this week where we learn about new trends in global education and connect with colleagues and students around the world. This year SAA is celebrating with a planned event each day of IEW! Join us for: Live streaming sessions from around the world, Professional development workshop on Faculty & SAO Perspectives of Virtual & Hybrid Study Abroad, Access to our interactive 360 GLE™ (Global Learning Experiences) platform, Quizzes and prizes, and more! We are excited to bring together students, IE professionals, and faculty, in support of SAA’s mission to make global education accessible to all!


Worlstrides will feature a session geared towards first-generation students that focuses on navigating the application process and making the most of scholarship applications.