International Education Week

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International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education and State to highlight the importance of international education and cultural exchange. In partnership with schools, colleges and universities, embassies, businesses, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), IEW promotes international education and exchange by preparing students around the world to become better oriented to the global marketplace and the diversity of people and ideas that students will inevitably encounter as they enter today’s multicultural and multilingual global workforce.

In a past statement on International Education Week, the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted that "a complete education in the 21st century must teach our children about their interdependent world, and it must prepare them to be good leaders and good global citizens. International awareness and knowledge can help our children build the skills needed to communicate and cooperate with those from other nations and other cultures."

IEW began in 2000 and today is celebrated in more than 100 countries. Every year, the event chooses a new theme, reflecting a major facet of education or its consequences across the world.

International Education Week 2015

International Education Week 2015 was held 16-20 November under the theme "Advancing Access for All.".

Resources Developed for IEW 2015

Statement from Secretary Arne Duncan

Secretary of Education of the United States of America


Secretary Duncan welcomes viewers to participate in IEW 2015 and shares recent progress in expanding educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.

Previous IEWs

International Education Week 2014

International Education Week 2013

International Education Week 2012

International Education Week 2011

International Education Week 2010

International Education Week 2009