International Education Week - September 18 - 24, 2022

International Education Week—IEW—is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in efforts to promote programs that attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences, and prepare U.S. Americans for a global environment.

IEW is officially celebrated in November, but at Holy Cross we start the fun in September!

We invite you to our IEW daily trivia! Scroll down and put your knowledge to the test.


Dinand Library: Exhibit of International Books


Campus Eateries - Come savor flavors and foods from around the world.

#YouAreWelcomeHere - View this short video of Holy Cross students extending a big-as-the-world welcome to all our international students (Hogan 1 Lobby)







Sep 19

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Campus Reception for International Students

Come meet our international students and enjoy international food. Menu items include taste from the home countries of the Class of 2026!

Hogan Ballroom

Study Abroad

Sep 19

5:30 - 6:30 pm

"Welcome to My World" - Panel Discussion

"We are all travelling through one another's countries...." What does this mean to you? Listen to Holy Cross international students and Study Abroad Ambassadors -- and reflect upon what is similar or different to your own experiences in other "countries" or cultures. How can we make our travels more enriching and our fellow travelers feel welcome?

Hogan 328

Study Abroad

Sep 20

4:30 pm

"The Oppression and Resilience of India's Musahar People"

Musahars are among the most marginalized people living under India's caste system. Despite being forced to work in despised and demeaning forms of labor for generations and having little access to education, Musahars, a rural people of tribal origin, have proven resilient. In this talk, Rev. T. Nishaant, S.J., an International Visiting Jesuit Fellow at Holy Cross for 2022-2023, helps us to understand Musahar culture and explores what can and must be done to remedy the generations-deep injustices done to them.

Rehm Library

The Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

Sep 20

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in East Asia today. Come learn more about it and sample traditional "mooncakes." All students currently taking Chinese will be presenting songs and skits featuring legends of the Mid-Autumn festival.

Hogan Ballroom

World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Chinese) and Asian Studies

Sep 21


12:45 pm

Community Prayer for World Peace


Mary Chapel

Office of College Chaplains

Sep 21


3:30 - 5:30 pm

Friendly Volleyball Game for students, faculty, and staff

Celebrate and welcome our international students by participating in a Friendly Volleyball game at the Jo!

Join us for friendly games of volleyball to celebrate the popular sport of volleyball. Games will be fun and casual, and teams will be made on the spot. No need to sign up ahead of time; just join us starting at 3:30pm at The Jo Recreation Center. All skill levels are welcome to play or watch.

The Jo

Athletics, Campus Recreation

Sep 21


5:30 - 7:30 pm

Film, "Beasts of No Nation" (2015) and discussion with Charlana Simmons

Film and discussion with Charlana Simmons (Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion).

"Beasts of No Nation" follows a young boy who becomes a child soldier as his country experiences a horrific civil war. Shot in Ghana and starring Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh, and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe, the film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala. (Text excerpted from Wikipedia)

Hogan Jenks Suite A - 4th Floor

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusions

Sep 21


5:00 - 6:00 pm

German Oktoberfest

Experience the tastes, sights, and sounds of the Oktoberfest while learning about Study Abroad in Bamberg, Germany.


World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (German)

Sep 22

4:30 pm

Kimball International Dinner

Enjoy delicious international cuisine at Kimball! Menu inspired by cuisines from Holy Cross international student home countries.

Kimball Main

Office of International Students

Sep 22

6:00 - 8:00 pm

International Game Night

Game on! Are you interested in playing board games from countries around the world? Come learn board games from different cultures while meeting new people!

International snacks provided

Williams Social Space

Office of Multicultural Education

Sep 23

6:00 - 8:00pm

Spanish Karaoke Karaoke en español

Wrap up International Education Week with an evening of Spanish karaoke! All levels are welcome. All skills are welcome, including shower singing, perfect pitch, and tone deafness. You can sing a song by your favorite artist in Spanish, or just relax and enjoy HC talent. Sponsored by the Spanish Department and the Spanish Club.

Stein 120

Spanish Department and Spanish Club

Play our IEW Daily Trivia Game and test yourself!

  1. IEW Trivia Day 1
  2. IEW Trivia Day 2
  3. IEW Trivia Day 3 
  4. IEW Trivia Day 4 
  5. IEW Trivia Day 5


Look for the “One Holy Cross, One World” buttons worn by international students from around the world.  Smile and get to know them!

One World, One Holy Cross logo

Pick up your #YouAreWelcomeHere sticker and become a Holy Cross ambassador of welcome!  (various campus locations)  

"You are welcome here" is displayed in many languages.

International Education Week is organized by the Office of International Students, which gratefully acknowledges the following co-sponsors and campus partners:

Asian Studies; Athletics; Campus Recreation; Dining Services; English; Graphic Arts; International Studies; ITS; McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics & Culture; OIS Student Advisory Board; Office of the Class Deans; Office of Multicultural Education; Office of Student Involvement; Residence Life; Spanish & Spanish Club; Study Abroad; World Languages, Literatures & Cultures.