International Events & Programs

International Events & Programs

Come Join the Fun

At Kirkwood, we celebrate International Education Week by planning activities all week featuring our commitment to international education. These events often include guest speakers, a showcase of student cultures, interactive activities, and film screenings. If you have ideas for International Education Week, please contact us.

Get Involved in International Education Week! Nov. 16 – 20, 2020

Musician and Speaker: Tony Memmel

Noon –
Musician, Tony Memmel will take viewers on a two-day virtual world tour, exploring cultural aspects of history, food, music, and more of two different countries around the world through a series of short 3 – 4 minute episodes on each topic.

Panel Discussion, Global Perspectives from Kirkwood: Ask Me Anything!

3 p.m. –
This diverse panel, representing Kirkwood’s global community, will answer questions about their cultural experiences and perspectives about the U.S. Submit questions to be answered during this interactive and informative panel!

• Mohamed Joreya Osman, department assistant
• Catalina Alamos Gorigoitia, current international student
• Samah Abdullah, Fulbright Language teaching assistant
• Carlos Ortega-Amparan, ELA faculty
• Uzir Thapa, IT
• Facilitator: Dawn Wood, dean of Global Learning

Movie Monday

8 p.m. –

Join us for a virtual movie night sponsored by Student Life! We’re showing “The Hundred-Foot Journey” on Netflix through the Netflix party option.

Virtual Trivia: Global Awareness, Currency and Women in History

3 p.m. –
Join Student Life for virtual trivia! Click the link within to join the Zoom session.

Food and Cultural dress video submissions

Kirkwood International Students Facebook page and Have You Heard

Get a first-hand look at the food and cultural dress from countries of current international students!

Free Passport Photos

Any Kirkwood student or employee can have their passport photo printed for free during International Education Week. To keep this event safe and socially distant we have decided to make this event virtual. You can take your passport photo at home on your mobile phone and send to Global Learning anytime during International Education Week. Go to for more info.

Samah Abdullah, Fulbright Language teaching assistant, “Misconceptions about Islam”

1 p.m. –
Kirkwood’s Fulbright Language teaching assistant will present about common misconceptions of Islam and clarifying the misconceptions. She hopes to briefly lift the fog over the mystery of Islam and Muslims unveiling the core Islamic concepts, beliefs, and rituals. She will also discuss and differentiate between being an Arab and a Muslim.

Global Spotlight: Nigeria

Learn all about the country of Nigeria in this live Facebook event!

Song/dance and traditions video submissions

Kirkwood International Students Facebook page and Have You Heard

Get a first-hand look at the song/dance and traditions from countries of current international students!


The International Student Leadership Team is a group of students who are dedicated to the success and involvement of ELA and international students on campus.  The leaders participate in bi-weekly meetings with the International Student Advisor, help at international student orientation, promote programs and activities, and participate in two team-building events each year. 

A support family is a great source of support for international students. They are essentially your home away from home. They play a significant role in helping you adjust and get acculturated into the environment. They will also provide you with the experience of a typical life in the United States, including you in holiday celebrations and other family gatherings. If you're interested in being matched with a mentor family email or call 319-398-5579.

Orientation is required for all new international students and is offered the week prior to classes beginning in the spring, summer, and fall terms. Orientation is a wonderful opportunity to meet other new students, gain an overview of Kirkwood services and resources available, and prepare for a successful student experience!

Kirkwood Community College Global Learning selects a spotlight country for each month to be featured on campus as a Global Spotlight. Students are encouraged to volunteer their country for the spotlight. Those who volunteer for this program have the opportunity to decorate the display case outside of the Global Learning office with items reflecting their culture and country for one month.

In addition, a Global Spotlight presentation will be scheduled on campus so that the volunteer students have the opportunity to provide an hour-long presentation/demonstration/etc. about their country to the general Kirkwood campus community. These events are festive and allow for intercultural sharing and an opportunity for all of us at Kirkwood to learn about cultures around the world.

Global Learning
1154 Linn Hall