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Dakota State to celebrate International Education Week

November 9, 2016

Dakota State University will celebrate International Education Week, starting next Monday, part of a nationwide focus on initiatives that attract students to the United States and on programs that encourage study opportunities abroad.

The DSU International Club is sponsoring the campus activities, and members have been planning the week’s events, according to Nicole Claussen, interim director of the International Programs office.

“International students have developed these various International Education Week activities for fellow students, faculty, staff and people in and around Madison,” Claussen said. “These events spotlight the cultures that students bring to DSU from their homes and allow many others to expand what they know about the world around them.”

Events include international students translating names and favorite phrases on Monday and favorite foods served Wednesday. The events by day include:

  • Monday (Nov. 14) -  Name/Word Translation, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marketplace in the Trojan Center;
  • Tuesday (Nov. 15) -  Movie Night with free pop and popcorn, 7:30 p.m., Habeger Science Center;
  • Wednesday (Nov. 16) - “Taste of Home” featuring food and music, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Karl Mundt Library;
  • Thursday (Nov. 17) - International games, 8 p.m., Marketplace in the Trojan Center; and
  • Friday (Nov. 18) - Bake sale, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marketplace; henna tattoos, 6 p.m., Marketplace.

This year, 193 students from 59 countries are enrolled at Dakota State, including those who are taking at least one class online. Claussen said that more than 50 international students from at least 22 countries are on campus.

International Education Week highlights the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. It is conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences, according to the State Department website.