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International Education Week

Office of International Programs

International Fest 2016 

In celebration of International Education Week 2016 (14-18 November), UT Tyler's Global Patriots and the OIP held International Fest on Thursday, 10 November, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. View the NEW video covering International Fest 2016 HERE!

International Fest provides an opportunity for the entire UT Tyler community to come together to celebrate diversity and learn from one another. Activities occurring during International Fest include an international poster presentation competition, food from around the world and performances by international entertainers.

Students represented their countries! Faculty and staff shared their international research and trips! Local vendors and performers kept us well-fed and entertained! Overall, over 560 people participated in the 2016 event. View our event poster to learn about all who participated in the best International Fest yet!

The next International Fest will take place on Thursday, 16 November 2017. 

International Fest History and Results

UT Tyler's inaugural International Fest occurred on Thursday, 12 November 2015. Organized by the Global Patriots and the OIP, it was the precursor to a week full of many different cultural activities which took place across campus during International Education Week. Due to the success of the event, it has become an annual celebration! 



Country Posters

Cultural Performances  

Local Food Vendors 

Event Volunteers 


500 +

27 (54 presenters)





564 +

34 (68 presenters)




Poster Presentations:

  • International students and visiting faculty share historical, geographical and cultural information about their home countries. 
  • Students and faculty present their experiences from travel study programs and discuss upcoming travel study opportunities.
  • Faculty present international research activities in progress abroad.

"International Education Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the importance of the diverse population on the UT Tyler campus, as well as learn from the amazing international experiences that many UT Tyler students have been participating in through the Office of International Programs study abroad activities. Bringing all students together through IEW activities provides them with a chance to connect with one another during an intensely busy time in the semester. In addition, it provides students with an opportunity to learn about the impressive international research activities their professors are engaged in abroad.''

-Dr. Teresa Kennedy, Assistant Vice President of International Programs.

What is International Education Week?

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education that provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. IEW was first held in 2000 and today it's celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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