International Education Week is a global event that encourages everyone to learn about the benefits of international education. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education came together and initiated an effort to promote international learning as it would motivate more people to learn and want to get involved with facilitating this type of global exchange. Ultimately, this would create new programs that would prepare Americans for ideas from abroad, while also advocating for people abroad to come to the United States.
For this year’s International Education Week, I spoke with a current International Student here at the University of San Francisco, to hear more about his experience. Moses Tsai is a current freshman and is studying International Business. He holds two nationalities — Taiwanese and Vietnamese — and loves to travel as well as learn about other cultures.
I began by asking Moses about his experience at USF so far and he said “It has been a pretty good life-changing experience.” Tsai explains this is because he has been able to experience what life feels like on the other side of the globe. Moses also explains how enjoyable USF is especially for the city and for the many resources and support USF offers, which was one of the reasons he chose the university. I also asked Moses about how he likes Gleeson Library so far and he stated “I like the librarians, they are really nice, there are good areas to study and easy to find.” His advice for incoming international students is to branch out and connect with others before getting on campus. One way Moses said he did that was by posting on the class of 2025 Instagram page where he was able to connect with other incoming students who had similar interests as him.
The interview with Moses shows the great job USF as an institution has been doing to make their international students feel welcome. There are multiple resources for international students, including an article dedicated solely to International Education Week. Other resources include information about the International Student Association and Culturescape.
To support International Education Week you can research and learn more about International Education and how it has major impacts on our country. You can get started by getting to know our international students and by letting them know we are here to support them!
International Education Week Resources:
- International Education Week Official Federal Website
- USF International Education Week Article
- International Student Association Facebook Page
- Information about Culturescape