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Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs (OIP) promotes and provides international life-changing experiences and related educational opportunities, serving as a resource that contributes to the culture of a globally-minded community.

The Office of International Programs at the University of Montana invites the UM community and the public to celebrate the 15th annual International Education Week Monday-Friday, Nov. 17-21. 

International Education Week brought to you by Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS), the Missoula International School (MIS), the World Affairs Council (MWAC), the Missoula International Friendship Program (MIFP) and the Roxy Community Theater.

International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange. It is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that seeks to promote programs that prepare U.S. students for a global environment and attract students from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S. The weeklong event is observed and celebrated all across the U.S. and in many countries around the globe. 

UM’s Office of International Programs will host several educational activities, events and info sessions during the week. Most events are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

Monday, November 17

  • Office of International Programs Daily Info Session. | 10:00 a.m.-5 p.m. | University Center Atrium|. Learn more about International Education Week and about UM’s educational resources; including scholarships, fellowships and internships opportunities.
  • Art Call: “Get Global Art Contest.” Missoula K-8 students are invited to create artistic pieces inspired by cultures of the world. All projects must be submitted by February 17, 2015 to be considered for the competition. Participating schools will select art pieces to be displayed during Missoula’s First Friday events on March 6. For more info contact Julie W. Lennox, Head of School, Missoula International School. The “Get Global Art Contest” is sponsored by Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Missoula International School (MIS).

Tuesday, November 18

  • Missoula International Friendship Program (MIFP) Cross-Cultural Seminar Series: “Global Competence: Understanding Culturally Different Members of Our Community."| 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave.| Presented by Dr.  Udo Fluck, Director of UM’s Global Gateway.  MIFP promotes global awareness and friendship between international students and scholars at the University of Montana and the greater Missoula community. While Missoula has always been a culturally diverse community, with over 600 international students from more than 70 different countries attending UM this fall, the Garden City is more diverse than ever before. Though unfamiliar cultures can be perplexing, there are facts and approaches that demystify culture and show us that we are often times more alike, than different. This seminar will provide detailed information on the cultural differences that exist and how we can become more globally competent. The presenter will offer practical information, through real life examples, that will help increase the understanding of culturally different members in our community.

Wednesday, November 19

  • Education Abroad Panel Discussion. | 4:30-6:30 p.m.| University Center Room 330| Student teaching candidates from the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences will present a panel to discuss how their practicum served to promote internationalization. The panel will consist of teacher candidates who have experienced an out-of-country practicum in the past, those who are in the midst of student teaching right now, as well as those who plan to follow suit during Spring Semester'15. Panelists will discuss their expectations, how their experience has affected their lives/their teaching, and how student teaching abroad relates to globalization. Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, UM’s Director for Study Abroad, Student Exchanges, and Institutional Partnerships, will discuss resources to help students fund their education abroad experience. For more info about this event, contact Nancy Marra, Director of the Office of Field Experiences in UM's Phyllis. J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.
  • Student Brainstorming Workshop. |7-9 p.m.| University Center Room 330| Students from Hellgate High School’s International Baccalaureate program and UM’s Global Leadership Initiative will exchange ideas on global challenges and how they can be addressed through hands-on action, service and projects. This event is not open to the public.   
  • The Global Gateway Foreign Film Series presents a screening of “Babette’s Feast.” |6:30-8 p.m.| Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave| Introduced by Abraham Risho, Owner and Executive Chef of the Silk Road Restaurant in Missoula. This film is free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 20

  • Experience Montana Model United Nations. |6-9 p.m.| Education Building Room 241| Each fall, 350 Montana and Idaho high school students attend Montana Model UN. In this session, the public is invited to find out what happens at Montana Model UN. Each participant will be assigned a country and will represent that country's perspective on the General Assembly Second Committee.  The topic will be "Strengthening Security and Cooperation in Europe," with particular attention to the situation in Ukraine. If there is a country you would especially like to represent, let us know as you enter, otherwise we will assign one we think will be fun to represent. UM students, high school students and community members are welcome to participate.

    There is no need to do any preparation, but if you would like to do so, we suggest you read the topic guide posted at  http://www.cas.umt.edu/mun/documents/2014%20Guides/GA-1_14_topic_security_and_cooperation_in_Europe.pdf

    You may also wish to read the rules of procedure posted at http://www.cas.umt.edu/mun/hs-conference/delegates-tools.php, but that's not at all necessary.  The committee staff will tell you everything you need to know.