International Education Week

International Education Week

Posted On: 11/09/18

Nov. 12-16 is International Education Week - a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education used to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Did you know:

  • KCC has international students from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Israel, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam.
  • KCC has a Global Awareness Club which strives to educate and raise awareness of international culture to create a student-centered group on diversity issues.

There are several benefits to international education including, but not limited to:

  • International students foster a diverse campus environment and enhance learning by offering different cultural perspectives.
  • International students can broaden domestic students’ cultural views and perceptions, promoting understanding, inclusiveness and respect. This global view is beneficial in an increasingly connected world.
  • The Association of International Educators’ (NAFSA) latest analysis finds that the 1,078,822 international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities contributed $36.9 billion and supported more than 450,000 jobs to the U.S. economy during the 2016-17 academic year (NAFSA, 2016). NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.
  • By studying in the U.S., international students broaden their worldview, experience the U.S. student lifestyle, can choose from a broad range of programs, gain experience in their field of study, and make diverse friendships.

How to show support for international students:

  • Post an International Education Week or You are Welcome Here poster. Printed posters are available in KCC’s Welcome Center.
  • #YouAreWelcomeHere is a welcome message from U.S. higher education to international students around the world. It is a campaign designed to affirm that our institutions are diverse, friendly, safe and committed to student development.  Learn more here.
  • Use the hashtag #YouAreWelcomeHere and/or #IEW2018 in your social media posts to demonstrate the way KCC supports and values international students.
  • Add this overlay to your Facebook profile picture.   
  • Participate in the “Exchange Your Name” game, then share your answers on social media with #IEW2018.


Kankakee Community College is an accredited two-year college which awards associate degrees and certificates of completion. KCC prepares students both to transfer to four-year colleges and to enter the workforce. The college also offers continuing education courses and certification training, literacy programs, English as a Second Language and GED preparation. The KCC mission is “Enhancing quality of life through learning.” The college has a Riverfront Campus in Kankakee, South Extension Center in Watseka, North Extension Center in Bradley and Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center in Kankakee.


More KCC news and photos are available at our Newsroom, and on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Official college logos are available online.

Kari Nugent
Director of marketing and public relations