West Georgia Observes International Education Week

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The University of West Georgia’s celebration of International Education Week continues to highlight the diversity of faculty, staff and students on campus and the study opportunities abroad.

Scheduled at UWG on Thursday is “A Taste of Africa” in the Food Services Building (Z-6) at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, an International Volleyball Game Day is scheduled at 1 p.m. at the Suite Center.

The events are sponsored by the International Student Club, which is a student organization that assists international students in learning about American and other cultures.

Enrolled international students number approximately 140 and call Antigua, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Germany, England, Romania and other countries home.

International Education Week is observed nationally and offers the opportunity to learn about international education and exchange programs worldwide. The joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes the educational programs that prepare Americans for a global environment, and UWG has an active part in those programs.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers students study programs abroad in France, Germany and Mexico; the Department of English will offer creative writing students a trip to Spain, and for the past 11 years, the Department of Art has offered students study programs in France.

In 1997 the city of Bayeux gave the art department a full-sized replica of the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Because of this special relationship, trips often center on a stay in the city of Bayeux, located in the Normandy region, eight miles from the English Channel.

Many other academic departments offer students of all disciplines study abroad programs in Japan, Spain, Africa, and Latin and South America. For more information on the UWG International Services and Programs, call 678-839-4780.