By: COURTNEY CATANZARITE
The week of Nov. 18 marked International Studies week at IU South Bend.
“International Studies week is a nation-wide event, where universities all across the country celebrate this week,” said Lisa Zwicker, director of International Programs.
The week was packed full of events such as an International Scavenger Hunt, an International Children’s Festival and an ISO Thanksgiving dinner.
“We chose to do these events because we wanted to use the week to promote the study abroad program,” Zwicker said. “We have found that many students don’t know about their study abroad options and having this week right before the holiday allows students the opportunity to talk to their families about going abroad. It’s fresh in their minds.”
This week doesn’t just promote studying abroad; it also helps international students that attend IUSB.
“The ISO Thanksgiving was for the international students that weren’t able to go home for the holiday, but all students were welcome to join,” Zwicker said.
In 2014, IUSB offer six different study abroad options varying from a week in Costa Rica to a month in Florence.
“Students have a chance to make new friends and get to know people that they probably would’ve never gotten the chance to know before,” said Zicker. “These trips give students the chance to grow internally and personally while having fun at the same time.”