Although every week could be considered an international education week at the Monterey Institute, staff, faculty and students embrace the opportunity each November to participate in the official International Education Week, welcoming local community members and high school students to a host of events on the Institute’s downtown Monterey campus.
A series of public film screenings and discussion panels will lead up to a Friday, November 18 campus visit by students from Carmel High School, Monterey High School, North Salinas High School and Seaside High School, who will attend four different sessions with MIIS students and faculty highlighting international education opportunities.
Visiting students will experience 30-minute language lessons in Arabic, Chinese and French, among other languages. A group of English as a second language students at MIIS will deliver presentations on the customs, traditions and cultures of their home countries. Professor Katherine Punteney will lead a session describing what it is like to attend secondary school abroad. And in the day’s final session, visiting students will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with current MIIS students about their experiences, whether serving in the Peace Corps, or the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), or studying in the United States as an international student.
International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative by the U.S. Departments of State and Education that promotes mutual understanding and respect through global educational exchange.