Published Monday, Nov. 11, 2013Learn more about International Programs at Washburn
If you are interested in cultures, traditions and perspectives other than your own, soak up everything planned for International Education Week.
The week, recognized at the same time each year in more than 125 countries, is a chance for Washburn and its population of international students to celebrate the richness that the presence of those students adds to the Washburn experience.
“It’s an opportunity for all students to have an international experience right here on campus,” said Tina Williams, study abroad program coordinator. “Meet international students, learn about their language and culture and develop an appreciation for that.”
From Tuesday through Saturday, events are planned to introduce everyone at Washburn and throughout Topeka to the cultures of China, Paraguay and Saudi Arabia – which have the largest student populations at Washburn – and Bolivia, Korea and Turkey, among others.
“Washburn really cherishes and promotes international education,” said Andy Vogel, coordinator of international student recruitment and retention. “The University is a place to share ideas. This week gives them (international students) … the spotlight to impart knowledge.”
Many of Washburn’s international students are here as study abroad students who discovered Washburn because of a partnership between it and their home university. Washburn has such partnerships with more than 25 universities around the world. Others come to Washburn for their entire degree program.
Washburn offers an array of study abroad opportunities to dozens of countries for a everything from a few weeks to a semester or full year, Williams said. And a Washburn Transformational Experience scholarship can make it very affordable. If you are interested in exploring international opportunities, stop by the International House.
All events are free and open to the public.
Washburn’s annual Celebration of Cultures showcase begins at 7 p.m. at White Concert Hall and is free to all. Host for the evening is Hamad Nooh, from Bahrain. Hostess is International Club President Anqui Zhang, from China. The event will feature: