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International Education Week @ Stamps

Inter­na­tional Edu­ca­tion Week is an ini­tia­tive of the US Depart­ment of State and US Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion that cel­e­brates the ben­e­fits of inter­na­tional edu­ca­tion and exchange worldwide.

At Stamps, we didn’t feel like the love that we have for our inter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties and for edu­ca­tion abroad fit within a sin­gle week — so we’re cel­e­brat­ing for two weeks, from Mon­day, Novem­ber 8 — Fri­day, Novem­ber 192021.

Stamps spon­sored edu­ca­tion abroad pro­grams in select loca­tions opened for Win­ter 2022 term for the first time since Win­ter 2020 pro­grams were dis­rupted due to the pandemic. 

Accord­ing to Direc­tor of Inter­na­tional Study Pro­grams San­dra Wiley:

Many stu­dents are eager to pur­sue oppor­tu­ni­ties to strengthen their inter­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tions skills out­side the U.S. The pan­demic also pro­vided an oppor­tu­nity to cre­ate vir­tual pro­grams that sat­isfy the Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence mile­stone. Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Kelly Mur­doch-Kitt cre­ated ART­DES 434: Global Stu­dio, a vir­tual exchange course. This course is designed to increase aware­ness of inter­cul­tural skills through col­lab­o­ra­tive stu­dio work.”

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Wiley also noted that the pan­demic has per­ma­nently altered the field of edu­ca­tion abroad and height­ened aware­ness of polit­i­cal bound­aries. Chang­ing national poli­cies of who is allowed to cross bor­ders and which COVID-19 health pro­to­cols have to be fol­lowed fluc­tu­ate over time and also vary by coun­try and some­times spe­cific des­ti­na­tions within that country. 

At U‑M, Global Engage­ment staff in the Provost’s office worked closely with the Coun­cil on Global Engage­ment to develop COVID-19 spe­cific poli­cies and deploy resources to pre­pare aca­d­e­mic units and indi­vid­ual stu­dents. Because of this enhanced prepa­ra­tion, edu­ca­tion abroad pro­grams in select des­ti­na­tions are pos­si­ble again,” Wiley said.

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Inter­na­tional Edu­ca­tion Week Events

Diver­sity and Inclu­sion Advi­sor Brian Banks and San­dra Wiley will deliver a series of great events for Stamps Stu­dents as part of Inter­na­tional Edu­ca­tion Week celebrations. 

Learn more about each event below.

Inter­na­tional Faculty/​Staff Spotlights

As part of the Stamps Inter­na­tional Edu­ca­tion Week fes­tiv­i­ties, Mark Chung Kwan Fan, Direc­tor of Stu­dent Life, cre­ated a series of Q&A spot­lights to shine a light on a few Stamps fac­ulty and staff with exten­sive expe­ri­ence out­side the US

David Chung, Pro­fes­sor

What is your coun­try of origin? 

Korea.

Con­sid­er­ing your role at Stamps, what are your cre­ative areas of exper­tise stu­dents can reach out to you for? 

Draw­ing, film­mak­ing, instal­la­tion, ani­ma­tion, print­mak­ing, and video projection

What advice would you give to inter­na­tional students? 

Relax and enjoy US hol­i­days, but be pre­pared for Thanks­giv­ing, all the shops and restau­rants and din­ing facil­i­ties will be closed, so buy food! 

Tell us three fun facts about your coun­try of origin.

  1. Kim­chi is the national condiment
  2. Fall har­vest moon fes­ti­val is like Thanks­giv­ing when fam­i­lies get together in mid-October
  3. Col­lo­qui­ally, Kore­ans count age dif­fer­ent and most will be one or two years older than US age


Mark Chung Kwan Fan, Direc­tor of Stu­dent Life

What is your coun­try of origin? 

Mau­ri­tius.

What advice would you give to inter­na­tional students? 

Be proud of your ori­gins and the diver­sity you bring transnationally.

Tell us three fun facts about your coun­try of origin.

  1. The dodo is an extinct flight­less bird that was endemic to Mauritius.
  2. Mau­ri­tius has the high­est pop­u­la­tion den­sity in Africa.
  3. Mau­ri­tius is a highly-rated beach and hon­ey­moon destination.


Roland Graf, Asso­ciate Professor 

What is your coun­try of origin? 

Öster­re­ich

Con­sid­er­ing your role at Stamps, what are your cre­ative areas of exper­tise stu­dents can reach out to you for? 

Media Art, Pub­lic Art, Play/​Interaction Design

What advice would you give to inter­na­tional students? 

Con­nect with peers from other coun­tries and walks of life; enjoy liv­ing out­side your bub­ble and cre­at­ing new ones!

Tell us three fun facts about your coun­try of origin.

  1. There are no Kan­ga­roos in Austria.
  2. Yes, The Sound of Music was filmed in Austria.
  3. Aus­tria would fit inside Lake Supe­rior; it has the same size.


Robert Platt, Asso­ciate Professor 

What is your coun­try of origin? 

Eng­land.

Con­sid­er­ing your role at Stamps, what are your cre­ative areas of exper­tise stu­dents can reach out to you for? 

Prac­ti­cal and aca­d­e­mic guid­ance, pro­fes­sional art prac­tice, inter­na­tional per­spec­tive (UK, Europe, Japan) study abroad, study­ing for grad­u­ate studies/​PhD in for­eign countries

What advice would you give to inter­na­tional students? 

Don’t just keep within your coun­try’s com­mu­nity — make friends with dif­fer­ent groups. Explore the US as much as you can. 

Tell us three fun facts about your coun­try of origin.

  1. Jump­ing a queue in Eng­land can be illegal
  2. The national dish is Indian Curry (not fish and chips)
  3. We have a sport that involves chas­ing cheese rolling down a steep hill


Endi Poskovic, Pro­fes­sor

What is your coun­try of origin? 

Yugoslavia, present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Con­sid­er­ing your role at Stamps, what are your cre­ative areas of exper­tise stu­dents can reach out to you for? 

Stu­dio art, print media, inter­na­tional travel, living/​studying abroad, cre­ative oppor­tu­ni­ties espe­cially in Europe and East Asia.

What advice would you give to inter­na­tional students? 

  • Take risks
  • Embrace mis­takes as learn­ing opportunities
  • Suc­cess is a process, not a destination
  • Embrace dif­fer­ences and the world beyond the one you know
  • Cel­e­brate the world you know and find cre­ative ways to share it with others

Tell us three fun facts about your coun­try of origin.

  1. Diverse cul­tural, eth­nic, reli­gious, lin­gual, artis­tic and folk­loric traditions
  2. Hosted Olympic Win­ter Olympic Games in 1984
  3. Learn more.


Learn more about the Stamps School’s Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence require­ment — and resources for Inter­na­tional Stu­dents At U‑M!