International Education Week Offers Opportunities to Learn, Earn

[caption id="attachment_3283" align="alignright" width="300"]Fall 2014 orientation for CSU's international students. Fall 2014 orientation for CSU's international students.[/caption]

COLUMBUS, Ga — Columbus State University's Center for International Education (CIE) will host a series of events this week to commemorate International Education Week, an annual celebration that reinforces the center’s mission to ensure that all students have opportunities to become globally competent.

The centerpiece of this week’s programming is the Hunger Banquet, hosted by the International Learning Community, on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the International House, where participants will learn about the imbalanced distribution of food in our world. Monetary and canned good donations will be accepted to support local charities.

Also on tap this week is a ceremony honoring international student-athletes (Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7p.m. at the Lumpkin Center) and chances to taste foods from around the world (every day at the Cougar Café).

"These events bring together CSU's U.S. population and the international population to help with internationalization of the university," said Janet Crane, international student and scholar coordinator for CSU's Center for International Education.

Students can even earn cash for study abroad as part of the "Cougar Passport Competition," which is a raffle students can enter after attending at least four International Education Week events. To find out more about study abroad opportunities, students can attend the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Davidson Student Center Lounge. Winners of the raffle will be drawn on Sept. 30 during the Study Abroad Funding Workshop.

Columbus State University's Center for International Education was recently recognized for its innovative international programs with a 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

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