International Education Week - September 19 - 26, 2021

Due to rain, the Friendly Soccer Game scheduled for Friday, 4:30 pm, has been CANCELLED.
Please join us for Spanish Karaoke at 6:00 pm under the tent on Stein Courtyard!


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 20

12:00 - 1:00 pm

You think you know Catholicism? Peering into the Diversity of the Global Church (student-only event, pre-registration required by 9/15/21)

With vivid video and photography, this Lunch & Learn -- exclusively for Holy Cross students -- will introduce the incredible diversity of worship styles and devotions—including Masses, feasts, processions, pilgrimages and more—practiced by contemporary Catholics living in countries and cultures around the world. For seven years, Thomas M. Landy, director of the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, has traveled the globe documenting the ways ordinary Catholics live their faith for the initiative he founded on Catholics & Cultures ( Lunch will be provided to those who registered via the email invitation sent to students.

Hogan 519

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

Sep 20

4:30 - 6:30 pm

Film, "The First Grader" (2010) and discussion with Prof. Jean Ouédraogo (Fren)

Film and discussion with Prof. Jean Ouédraogo (WLLC)
In a small mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush a Mau Mau veteran in his eighties is desperate to learn to read even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds. "The First Grader" is a heart-warming and inspiring true story of one man's fight for what he believes is his right in order to overcome the burdens of his past. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education. (Text excerpted from Amazon

Seelos Theatre

World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (French)

Sep 21

5:00 - 6:00 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.

Stein courtyard

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

Sep 21

6:00 pm

Field Hockey vs Bryant

Cheer on the field hockey team and its international athletes!

Hart Turf Field


Sep 22


4:00 - 5:30 pm

International Education Week Reception

Celebrate and welcome our international students, faculty, and staff at this campus-wide reception featuring global cuisine prepared by Hogan Dining and local caterers. Everyone is welcome!


Office of International Students

Sep 22


5:30 - 6:30 pm

German Oktoberfest

Experience the tastes, sights, and sounds of the Oktoberfest while learning about Study Abroad in Bamberg, Germany from members of the Class of '22.

Stein Courtyard (rain location, Stein 301)

World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (German)

Sep 22


6:00 pm

Women's Soccer vs. Army West Point

Support women's soccer and celebrate international athletes at Holy Cross!

Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium


Sep 22


7:00 - 8:00 pm

"Welcome to My World"

"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 Ballroom

Study Abroad

Sep 23

7:30 pm

Faculty Reading by Hugh Martin and Xu Xi

Hugh Martin is a veteran of the Iraq War and the author of In Country (BOA Editions, 2018) 
and The Stick Soldiers (BOA Editions, 2013). He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. He is currently at work on a collection of essays interrogating how the military-industrial complex shapes discourses of masculinity, remembrance, and veteran identity. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of the Holy Cross.

Xu Xi 許素細, the College’s Jenks Chair of Contemporary American Letters, has authored or edited nineteen books including This Fish is Fowl (Nebraska 2019) and The Art and Craft of Asian Stories (Bloomsbury, October 2021). A new collection, Monkey in Residence and Other Speculations, is forthcoming (Signal 8, 2023). Founder of Authors at Large and Mongrel Writers Residence,™ her most recent work appears or will appear in Jewish Noir II (PM Press, Feb, 2022), the Cincinnati Review (Fall, 2021), Looking Back at Hong Kong (Cart Noodle, Fall 2021), Teaching Creative Writing in Asia (Routledge, Aug 2021). Xu is Indonesian-Chinese, born and raised in Hong Kong and has taught creative writing at universities internationally since 2002; prior to that she had an eighteen year career in international marketing and management.

Rehm Library

Asian Studies and English

Sep 24

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Friendly Soccer Game for students, faculty, and staff

Sadly, due to rain, this event has been cancelled.

Perry Field

Athletics, Campus Recreation, Spanish, World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Sep 24

6:00 - 7:30pm

Spanish Karaoke

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.  Please complete this form so we can have your music ready!  Sponsored by the Spanish Department and the Spanish Club.

Stein Courtyard

Spanish Department and Spanish Club

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.