International Events and Programs

International Events and 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. 13 – 17, 2023

Global Learning Coffee and Tea Time

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. – 2008 Iowa Hall
Come visit the Global Learning office and bring coffee or tea unique to your country to share with others!  Entertainment will be every 30 minutes.  Snacks will be provided.


International Showcase Day - Cedar Rapids

10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Iowa Hall Atrium

Display tables from around the world highlight the cultural diversity of Kirkwood’s students.  Study Abroad information will also be available!


Study Abroad Application Help Session

11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – 2008 Iowa Hall, Global Learning Lounge
Are you unsure of how to apply to study abroad?  Or how to write an essay for a scholarship to study abroad?  Bring your laptop and stop by at any time during this work session to get help with your application or essay!


Plurilingual Voices Student Panel

Celebrate the rich tapestry of languages at Kirkwood and beyond! Dive into enlightening student presentations on plurilingualism and embrace the linguistic diversity that shapes our community's identity. Join us at the Iowa Hall Stage from 11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

World Food Celebration

5 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Kirkwood Rec Center
Enjoy a potluck style meal with cuisines from around the world!  Bring a dish to share, try new foods, listen to music and make some new friends.


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
2008 Iowa Hall