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 International Education Week Resources 


  • Brand your promotional materials with the official IEW logos.
  • If you don't have promotional materials of your own, download and distribute promotional bookmarks from the U.S. Department of State website.
  • Organize or host IEW activities on your campus or in your community. See our list of suggested activities for some ideas.
  • Tell the nation about your IEW activities. Submit information on your activities

Special Event Speakers

For special event speakers, request representatives from:

U.S. Department of State

Call 202.647.8411 or 202.647.7129. Also check out the State Department Careers website.


Peace Corps

Register your request on the World Wise Schools website or, for further assistance, complete their speaker request form.


National Council for International Visitors

Invite international visitors into your classroom or host them for a home-stay in a real American home.


Cultural Vistas

International exchange participants, their host employers, and Cultural Vistas staff speak on the cross-cultural experience, specific career options, and globalization. Send requests to


Articles About Community Colleges


Culture at Work: The value of intercultural skills in the workplace, commissioned by the British Council, makes a strong case for requiring that higher education graduates be not only globally competitive but also globally competent.

Culture Means Business: How international cultural relationships contribute to increased trade and competitiveness for the UK, a 2013 report from the British Council, makes the economic case for a globally competent workforce.

A Competitive Edge: The value of an international degree, commissioned by the British Council, provides data on the types of skills desired by employers in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada.

Chain Reaction: Global Investment Works for America, a report produced by the Organization for International Investment (OFII), provides economic data indicating the importance of international education in the global workplace. 


Secretary of State John Kerry on IEW 2013 - "International education prepares our youth for the globalized 21st Century workforce, whatever their field of study.  Students with experience overseas gain the skills, self-reliance, and worldview they need to compete in a global economy."

Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan on IEW 2013 - “…we are living in an age where jobs know no borders. And, if we don’t prepare our children for this global competition, we will put them at a competitive disadvantage, unfortunately, for decades to come. As President Obama said, ‘Countries that are passive in the face of a global economy…will lose the competition for good jobs [and] for high living standards.’ ”

International Educaton Takes You Places, the IEW 2013 theme video. 

The Dialogue is a high quality documentary, co-produced by Michigan State University (MSU) and Crossing Borders Education (CBE), that follows four American and four Chinese students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Their shared travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, and honest confrontations and discoveries provide lessons learned about the importance of intercultural understanding and the value of communication skills needed for conflict mediation and collaborative problem solving. Check out the 3-minute trailer. See the promotional flyer for information on registration. The registration fee is discounted for community colleges and includes an intercultural toolkit to help screening facilitators, faculty and students. 

Dr. Bill Path, President of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
This video highlights the perspective of an AACC member president on the importance of international education for community college graduates. Also a member of the AACC Commission on Global Education, Dr. Path is an advocate and articulate spokesperson on the importance of producing community college graduates that are both globally competent and globally competitive.

U.S. Global Competence: A 21st Century Imperative
This video  makes the case that U.S. global competence in the 21st century is not a luxury, but a necessity. Whether engaging the world, or our culturally diverse homeland, the United States' future success will rely on the global competence of our people. Global competence must become part of the core mission of education—from K-12 through graduate school.

Global Competence of the U.S. Workforce
This video features Michael Dunne, managing director of JD Power Associates Asia, Shanghai, China, who describes, from personal experience, the crucial importance of international education and global competence for U.S. business and industry.

Miscellaneous Links

NAFSA – International Student Economic Value Tool. Find out the economic impact of international students in the U.S., your state and local community. NAFSA reports that, during the 2012-2013 academic year, international students and their dependents contributed $24 billion to the U.S. economy. 313,000 jobs were created or supported during this timeframe; 3 U.S. jobs were created or supported for every 7 enrolled international students (not including students on post-completion optional practical training). This is a 6.2% increase in jobs supported and a nearly 10% increase in dollars contributed to the economy from the prior academic year.

Open Doors 2013. During IEW 2013, IIE reported that, during the 2012-2013 academic year, nearly 820,000 international students studied in the United States. A 7.2% increase over last year. Undergraduate enrollment was the largest percentage increase at 10%. For more information, see IIE's PowerPoint presentation from their IEW 2013 Open Doors press conference, which has been posted to their website. 

NAFSA – Public Opinion Poll data indicates that Americans believe studying abroad, becoming immersed in other cultures, and learning foreign languages are essential to a complete higher education experience.

100k Strong Foundation – China. Also view a video about the foundation and its initiative.

100k Strong in the Americas. Also view a factsheet about the initiative.

Diversity Abroad empowers international educators and other academic professionals to effectively recruit, advise and serve the needs of diverse students in global education.

The Collaboratory, launched on November 1 by the U.S. Department of State, is a platform for conducting virtual exchange programs and housing an idea lab to develop, incubate, and pilot new ideas that amplify people-to-people exchanges using new technologies.

Funds for International Activities

For more information, visit AACC's website for Grant Opportunities.

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