International Education Week 2018

International Education Week is a national program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. With more than 500 students from over 70 countries here at UCA, IEW gives these students the opportunity to share many facets of their culture with the community. Additionally, IE uses this week to promote education abroad with the Office of Study Abroad, and to show how the work of  the academic departments and students groups can have a global impact!

In celebration of International Education Week, the Office of International Engagement invites faculty, students, and staff to attend the events listed below. If you have any further questions about IEW, please contact Tyler Copeland.

UPDATE: As of 3:00pm, Nov 14, the Candlelight Ceremony has been cancelled due to cold weather. If you would still like to share a person or event to honor, please email that to 


“Los Demonios de mi Terra” Art Exhibit: UCA Downtown

In collaboration with the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock, UCA is proud to host Mauricio Silerio’s art exhibit, which features a series of twenty photographs inspired by traditional Mexican legends and culture, such as characters, games, crafts and artists. The images have been digitally captured underwater and manipulated via computer.

The exhibit will be available for viewing in the UCA Downtown gallery until November 16th. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 12:00pm-5:00pm, and is closed for private events.


International Soccer Tournament

To kick off IEW, we will have a soccer tournament on Sunday, November 11, beginning at 1:00pm . Teams will play 8-on-8 matches, and each team can have a maximum of 2 alternates. This event is open to all UCA students, including domestic students. Teams can be made up entirely of students from one country, or there can be several countries represented on one team. Each team must have at least one international student.

Each member of the winning team will receive a trophy. Sign ups are open until Wednesday, November 7.

Click here to Sign Up


Tai Chi Demonstration: 2:00pm, Student Center Amphitheater
The Confucius Institute will offer a demonstration on the art of Tai Chi! In case of bad weather this event will take place in Student Center 213 at the same time.

Bridging the Gap: 6:00pm, Student Center Ballroom
The UCA Office of Diversity and Community will work with several African, African-American, and Caribbean student groups to host a cultural night of performances and food emphasizing both the similarities and unique differences.


Global Expo: 1:00pm-3:00pm Student Center Amphitheater
The Global Expo is an opportunity for all international students to share a small part of their culture with other UCA students. In addition to our individual countries, we will have representatives from the different cultural RSOs, as well as from UCA’s Intensive English Program, Confucius Institute, and the Office of Study Abroad. There will be several aspects of this event, including:

Study Abroad Fair: There will be booths representing all upcoming semester and summer study abroad opportunities, as well as students who are currently visiting UCA as exchange students.

International Dress & Fashion Show: Students are encouraged to represent their home country through dress! This can be a full outfit, or a jersey, or wearing your flag! There will be a fashion show at 2:00pm to display all the fashions!

In case of bad weather, this event will be in the Student Center Ballroom.

UCA Humanitarian Mapathon: X-Period, Burdick 315
The Dept. of Geography and UCA’s Geography Club are proud to host this event, adding digital data to areas of the world in need. This work will aid relief workers and teams responding to catastrphic events. This is part of the 2018 Geography Awareness Week!

Selena Night: 5:00pm, Student Center 214
Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. presents an educational tribute to the celebrate the singer’s legacy! There will be karaoke, trivia, and snacks!

IEW Trivia Night: 7:00pm, Student Center Ballroom
Students can sign up with up to 6-person teams to compete in a trivia night! Teams who answer questions based on global trivia will win a prize!

UCA Drum & Dance Club: 7:30pm, Student Center 213
Have fun playing drums or free style dancing! Connect and de-stress simultaneously. Several varieties of drums & percussion instruments from different countries are available for playing!


African Languages Panel: 12:30pm, Student Center 214
The Linguistics Society will host a panel with our African students where students will discuss their own languages and the history and culture which they grew out of.

International Student Panel: 4:00pm, Mirror Room, McAlister Hall
The Office of International Engagement invites all interested community members to join us for a panel featuring a number of our international students on their own experiences in the US and at UCA.

“You Should Meet Yourself” A Self-Esteem & Self-Image Program: 5:00pm, Student Center Room 225
Have you ever felt less of yourself or stuggled to find positives about who you are? Bring a friend to Real Beauty’s event to truly meet yourself!

Candlelight Ceremony of Remembrance: 7:30pm, Harding Centennial Fountain Plaza
Students from all backgrounds are invited to join in honor the memory of important figures and events from the past of all cultures represented at UCA.


Study Abroad Panel Discussion: X-Period, McCastlain Fireplace Room
Students, professors, and staff will share about their study abroad experiences. Each panelist will share stories on how study abroad impacted their personal and professional growth. Attending students will have a chance to ask questions and to learn more about opportunities at UCA to earn credit abroad.

UCA Humanitarian Mapathon: X-Period, Burdick 315
The mapathon continues! If you were unable to participate Tuesday, or would like to continue, please make sure to attend on this day!

Haiku-Hike (Part I): 4:30pm, Mirror Room, McAlister Hall
JOI will teach
How to compose fine haikus.
Open to all students!

International Poetry Night: 6:00pm, Mirror Room, McAlister Hall
After learning about Japanese haikus, stay in the Mirror Room as the Linguistics Society hosts an international poetry night, with readings of poems from different languages and cultures!

Film Screening, Bienvenue chez les Cht’is: 6:00pm, Burdick 205

The Francophone Club will be screening a French comedy film, and this is open to everyone interested!

Film Screening, “Welcome to the USA”: 7:00pm, Stanley Russ 103
This is a public screening of UCA Iranian student Behnoush Tavakol’s graduate thesis film!


Arkansas Model United Nations Opening Session: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Ida Waldran Auditorium
The opening session of the 2018 AMUN Conference is open to all interested students!

Film Screening, “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”: 4:30pm, Burdick Media Room,
UCA’s Food Recovery Network will host a screening of the above documentary, followed by a Q&A with a faculty member!


Haiku-Hike (Part II): 10:00am-12:00pm, Cadron Settlement Park
After haiku demonstration,
Attend a beautiful hike
For inspiration.

IEW Volunteer Project: Urban Farm Project

An afternoon shuttle will be provided to the Faulkner County Library to assist with their community garden! Participants should wear warm clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty! Sign up here:


IE Thanksgiving Dinner: 6:00pm, McCastlain Ballroom
Join us for a Thanksgiving meal before the break, International Engagement will provide a traditional meal!


A special thanks to all the departments, offices, and organizations that have contributed to International Education Week!

UCA Departments:
Confucius Institute
Department of Geography
Department of Political Science
Intensive English Program
Office of International Engagement
Office of Study Abroad
Office of Diversity & Community
Office of Outreach & Community Engagement

Recognized Student Organizations
African/African American Studies Society
African Students Association
Arkansas Model United Nations
Black Male Achievement Challenge
Caribbean Student Association
Chinese Students & Scholars Association
Conversation Partners
Dance & Drum Club
Dancers United
Ebony Models
Food Recovery Network
Francophone Club
Griot Society
UCA Geography Club
Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.
Indian Student Association
Ivorian Student Association
Japanese Club
Judah Chorale
Korean Club
Latino Student Association
Linguistics Society
Minority Mentorship Program
Muslim Student Association
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Real Beauty
Rotaract International Club
Students for the Propagation of Black Culture
Team Global
Women of Excellence


Japanese Outreach Initiative
Urban Farm Project