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International Education Week

From its very beginnings, Beloit College has had an international inflection, and today, engaging with the wider world is expected as part of teaching, learning, and everyday life across the campus. International Week allows the campus to bring international engagement at the college to the forefront.

A group of international students walking along the lawn outside of Middle College, waving flags ...

International Education Week, observed nationwide every November, began as a federal initiative in 2000. Beloit has direct ties to its founding—alumnus David Levin’73 proposed the week through the State Department and Department of Education as a way to celebrate off-campus study and the presence of international students. In fact, David’s role was recognized in 2019 with an award from NAFSA, the largest international education organization in the world.

Beloit College is not unusual in claiming to be international. However, it would be hard for a student at Beloit to not engage with international perspectives: They pervade the curriculum, the co-curriculum, and every day life on campus.

Further, distinctively, the college’s approach is highly collaborative and participatory. Witness, for example, this week’s story on chemists around the world, a CHEM 230 optional assignment, and the International Friday series, whose contributors include not only faculty, staff, and students, but recent alumni.

International education is a powerful driver of the Beloit College student experience, and helps position students well for their future careers and personal and civic lives.


  • November 17, 2020: International Poetry Reading
    The International Poetry Reading, a Beloit College International Education Week tradition, is going virtual. View videos of Beloit College students, faculty and staff reading their favorite poetry from around the world and celebrate international education and exchange.
  • November 19, 2020: Peace Corps Virtual Recruiting for International Education Week
    Peace Corps is one of the original year of service organizations, dedicated to working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of the generation.
  • November 20, 2020: Study Abroad in France Panel Discussion
    The French Program invites you to a panel discussion about study abroad in France featuring Emily Kratz (Political Science and French Language and Culture, ’21) and Elizabeth North (French Language and Culture, Religious Studies and Philosophy ’21).

International Food in Commons

A small party sharing a table of tortillas, bens, chips, and hummus.

Beloiters love to eat, and love to cook! Whether you dine on campus, or feast on food you prepare yourself, be inspired and nourished by recipes contributed by Beloit College students.

  International Friday Highlights

Ziming has been staying creative during COVID-19 by making wagashi (Japanese confectionery).

Images and stories from previous International Fridays will be on display in the Powerhouse and in the Library. See these for yourself, or read through previous International Fridays here online.

International Perspectives

The Carrionage in St. George's, Grenada, in the West Indies.

Physical mobility across borders has been drastically curtailed under the COVID-19 pandemic, but that does not mean that the exchange of ideas and perspectives is not taking place.

Students in IDST 201: Unpacking Study Abroad set out to discover how the Beloit College community continues to engage with international perspectives from wherever they are.

Chemists: Their Work and Lives

Emmanuelle Charpentier, Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Department of Regul...

Chemists come from all kinds of backgrounds, engage in many different research projects, and have varied personal passions.

Please join students in Chemistry 230 (and a rogue contributor) to celebrate the achievements of chemists around the world and revel in their diversity.

Videos from Study Abroad Institutions

View of Lewes from the top of Lewes Castle (built in 1264)

Explore videos and media from some of our institutional partners and get inspired to study abroad or off-campus in the U.S.

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