International Education Week


Barnard Celebrates
International Education Week

November 14 -18 , 2016

International Education Week represents a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education intended to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Join International and Intercultural Student Programs (IISP) in collaboration students, faculty, and staff to celebrate Barnard's community of global learners!


Monday, November 14


Global Ambassador Program, 12:00 - 2:00, Diana Lobby

Global Ambassadors help new international students navigate Barnard and NYC. Stop by the table to learn more about this recently redesigned program. Global Ambassador will be due November 30.


Marketing you Study Abroad Experience, 5:30 - 6:30, Diana LL103

(Sponsored by IES Abroad)

Learn how to leverage your study abroad experience when job hunting.  Prospective and returned study abroad students as well as international students are encouraged to attend.


Study Abroad Scholarship Session, 6:30 - 7:30, Diana LL103

(Sponsored by Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program)

Learn how to search for study abroad scholarships and increase your odds of earning awards. Please note the second half of this program will be devoted to the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program, which provides awards to Pell Grant recipients.


H-1 B Visa Information Session, 7:30 - 8:30, Diana LL103

(Sponsored by NPZ Law Group, P.C. )

Learn all there is to know about the H-1B visa, which allows international students on F-1 visas to remain in the country with authorization upon completion  of their studies.


A Study Guide to Study Abroad, 7:30 - 8:30, Plimpton Study Lounge

(In collaboration with the Office of Residential Life and Housing)

Learn the ins and outs of study abroad from returned study abroad students. Dean Wendy Garay from International and Intercultural Student Programs (IISP) will also participate in this Q &A session.


Tuesday, November 15


Berlin Consortium for German Studies, 12:00 - 2:00, Diana Lobby

Learn more about this competitive study abroad program, which offers participants an opportunity to fully experience German life, customs, and culture.  All majors are welcome; requires 4-semesters of German language or equivalent.


Study Abroad Session for Pre-health Students, 3:00 - 4:00, Altschul 903

(In collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Studies)

Learn all there is to know about studying abroad as a pre-health student. This session will be facilitated by Dean Wendy Garay, International and Intercultural Student Programs, and Dean Melinda Cohen, Health Professions Advising.


Optional Practical Training Session, 6:00 - 7:00, Diana LL104

Learn more about Optional Practical Training, which allows international students on F-1 visas to work off-campus in order to gain professional experience in their field of study. This benefit may be applied while students are enrolled at Barnard or following graduation. 


Education, Interrupted, 7:00-8:00, Diana LL104

(A panel led by Barnard student, Maia Bix)

This panel discussion will focus on the challenges that short- and long- term displacement poses to education. Panelists from the nonprofit and private sectors and academia will consider the consequences of interrupted education, particularly in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Participants include Ayten Gündoğdu, Associate Professor of Political Science at Barnard, and Nele Feldmann, Program Manager of the Syria Consortium at the International Education Institute.


10-Minute Language Lessons, 8:00-9:00pm, Sulzberger Lobby

(Sponsored by the Office of Residential Life & Housing)

This is a rotational event where there will be multiple 10-minute language sessions happening concurrently for the hour so that students can learn basic vocabulary and common phrases for multiple languages. 


Wednesday, November 16


Sea Semester, 11:30 - 2:30, Diana Lobby

Learn more about this internationally recognized study abroad program centered on field-based environmental education at sea.


Study Abroad Credit Approval - Walk-ins, 3:00-4:00, Milbank 10

Are you studying abroad during the spring 2017 semester? Do you have questions about study abroad credit approval? If you answered yes to both questions, then this program is for you!


Study Abroad Health and Safety Session, 5:30 - 9:30, Held Auditorium, Barnard Hall 304

(In collaboration with Primary Care Health Service and Public Safety)

This program is required for students planning to study abroad during the spring 2017 semester. Please note that this is the final make-up session for students unable to attend previously.


International Jenga, 7:00 - 8:00,  Alstchul 530

(Sponsored by One-To-World)

How tight is your intercultural communication skills game? Find out during this fun and funny group exercise. 


Venture Capital and Start-ups in Asia, 8:00-10:00, Altschul 903

(Columbia Chineses Students Club and Columbia Venture Partners)

Explore the entrepreneurial  landscape and learn about technological innovation  from current entrepreneurs and venture capitalists with expertise in Chinese and Southeast Asian markets.


Thursday, November 17


Global Ambassador Program, 12:00 - 2:00, Diana Lobby
Global Ambassadors help new international students navigate Barnard and NYC. Stop by the table to learn more about this recently redesigned program. Applications will be due November 30.


Study Abroad Information Session, 1:00 - 2:00 Milbank 306

Join us for an overview of study abroad at Barnard. Open to all students.


Breaking Through Silence Across Borders, 6:00-7:00, Diana LL104

(In collaboration with the Office of Equity and Title IX)

Join us for a panel discussion about violence education, including cultural considerations, identity, and resources available for students going abroad and international students. Light snacks, including vegan options, and refreshments will be provided.

Spain: Divided Nationalism, 7:00 - 8:00, Diana LL104

If Spain is a country you visited or where you studied or if it is on your list of places to go, attend this session! You will enjoy learning more about the differences in culture and language within the diverse regions of the country.


Friday, November 18


New York Passport Agency, 12:00 - 3:00, Diana Lobby

Stop by and learn more about passport services and international travel requirements. Apply for a new passport  or renew an existing one before the holiday rush!


Optional Practical Training Session, 2:00 - 3:00, Barnard Hall 409
Learn more about Optional Practical Training, which allows international students on F-1 visas to work off-campus in order to gain professional work experience in their field of study. This benefit may be used while students are enrolled at Barnard or following graduation. 


Study Abroad: Getting Credit Workshop, 2:00 - 3:00, Milbank 227

(In collaboration with the Office of the Registrar)

Laura Yow, Registrar's Office, will lead this session and  offer suggestions for choosing courses, obtaining approvals and transferring your study abroad credits successfully to Barnard.


DIS Orientation Session, 3:00 - 4:00, Diana LL104

This orientation program is required for students studying abroad with DIS during the spring 2017 semester. 


MISCing Home Potluck, 6:00 - 8:00, Diana LL103

Potluck multicultural community meal focusing on the idea of "home" and how people define that differently.  Students can RSVP by either bringing a dish from their culture to share or pay to eat.  Considering this is the week before Thanksgiving, this will be an especially timely event for food, friends, and discussing the holiday.  The environment will be casual and comfortable. 


Global Learning Beyond the Gates

Step beyond the gates to participate in the following international themed programs throughout New York City!


White Light Festival

November 3 - 16, 2016

See world-class performances, films, and artist talks with a focus on music during White Light Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.



November 10 - 17, 2016

Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before – encompassing reportage, memoir, history, humor and more. DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon and encourages its new directions with 150 documentary films about local and global issues.


Munich ’72 and Beyond - Museum of Jewish Heritage

November 16, 2017 at 7 P.M. (Free - Advance Registration Recommended)

Film screening and post-screening discussion with Dr. Steven Ungerleider, United States Olympic/Paralympic Committee, and David Ulich, The Foundation for Global Sports Development; moderated by Budd Mishkin.


Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter - MOMA  - Museum of Modern Art

Through January 22, 2017

This exhibition explores the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed the concept of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies.


Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900-1918 - Neue Galerie

Through January 16, 2017

This exhibit explores the artist’s portraits of women in Vienna through paintings, drawings, pieces of decorative art and vintage photos.


Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven -  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Through January 8, 2017

This exhibit includes more than 200 pieces, some of which will be shown for the first time. The focus is on how the city influenced the creation of art between 1000 and 1400.


Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks of Six Dynasties in China, 3rd-6th Centuries - China Institute

Through January 16, 2017

Calligraphy, ceramics, paintings and sculptures that highlight one of the most acclaimed periods in the history of Chinese art.


Norwegian Christmas Fair

November 17 - Nov 19, 2016

The annual Norwegian Christmas Market is a long and good tradition perfect to get your holiday mood started.


Continuing Threats to Academic Freedom: Endangered Scholars Worldwide - The New School

November 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm

The Center for Public Scholarship and Endangered Scholars Worldwide will present a panel discussion on the state of free inquiry and threats to free expression in universities in China, Syria, Iran and Turkey.


To add events to this calendar, please e-mail