International Education Week 2021

International Education Week 2021 will take place in person and virtually across all Emerson College campuses November 15–20, 2021. A schedule of events spanning Boston, Los Angeles, the Netherlands, and more can be found below. 

We encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents/families to join us throughout the week, either by attending events or engaging with all things global at Emerson on social media using the hashtag #emersoniew.

Monday, November 15


Passport Workshop

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

What is a passport? Why do we need them? This session will discuss the reasons why everyone should have a passport. Not only do passports allow one to travel internationally, they are the only form of government identification that is accepted essentially everywhere. We'll also discuss the current situation with the Passport Agency and the extraordinary processing delays applicants are now experiencing. Finally, we'll go through how to complete a passport application, and the required documents and procedures for submission.

Sponsored By: Education Abroad & Domestic Programs


Global Food Festival

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

A feast for the senses! Sample global cuisines and witness cultural performances by Emerson’s vibrant international and intercultural student community. *Masks must be worn except when eating or drinking.

Co-Sponsored By: Office of International Student Affairs, Emerson International, and Our Street Fair with support from Amigos, ASIA, Chinese Student Association, International Student Peer Mentors

Location: SPC Black Box, SPC Theatre - Little Building - 80 Boylston St.

Tuesday, November 16


Global Emersonians & Success Abroad: An Alumni Panel

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST

Do you want to go abroad after Emerson? Luckily, Emerson alumni are engaged, resilient, and global. Join us for a conversation with Emerson alumni as they share their experiences finding success working, studying, and living abroad! Our panel consists of the following alums: Hina Siddiq ‘02, Joanna Zhang MA’15, Justin Solomon ‘02, and Donovan Birch, Jr. ‘14.

Sponsored by: Career Development Center, Alumni Relations, Emerson Los Angeles


Global Pathways Info Session: Salzburg Creativity, Media & Global Change

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Learn about the Summer 2022 Salzburg Creativity, Media & Global Change Global Pathways Program from this Zoom session with Professor, Assistant Dean and Graduate Program Director, Dr. Paul Mihailidis.

Sponsored By: Global Pathways Programs


Mini-Symposium on Cultural Appropriation

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST

Supported by the Presidential Fund for Curricular Innovation, this Zoom-based symposium will highlight multiple perspectives on cultural appropriation from Boston-area business leaders as well as showcase the work of Marketing Communications students in identifying and analyzing cases of cultural appropriation.

Sponsored By: Presidential Fund for Curricular Innovation, Department of Marketing Communication


Wednesday, November 17


Sneak Peek At ELA!

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST / 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PST

Curious about ELA? Please join Emerson Los Angeles staff for a sneak peek into the program, featuring ELA signature videos and a staff talk-back!

Sponsored By: Emerson Los Angeles


Exchange Highlight: KHM (Germany) Graduate Program with Martin Sonnensberger

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST

Did you know Emerson has a graduate exchange program with the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne, Germany? Meet current exchange student Martin Sonnensburger and view some of his past and current video projects and learn about this exchange opportunity. This is a hybrid event, available on Zoom or in person.

Sponsored By: Internationalization & Global Engagement

Location: Room 202 - 172 Tremont St.


Study Abroad Unlocked: A Student Panel on the BIPOC Experience

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET 

This panel will discuss the unique challenges and strengths of studying abroad as a student who identifies as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Led by Assistant Dean of Global & Equity Education, Tikesha Morgan, students and recent alums will discuss how they were brought to the study abroad experience, the personal and professional considerations they made in order to participate, what differences to their identities they encountered while abroad, and what advice they have for future BIPOC travelers.

Sponsored By: Internationalization & Global Engagement

Location: Intercultural Center - Room 406, 172 Tremont St.

3rd Annual Global Pathways Film Festival

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST

Celebrate the global art of filmmaking and the written word in a special evening screening of student-and-faculty-produced films coming from Emerson’s Global Pathway Programs. There will also be a talk-back for each film.

La Magdalena del Norte
Rosarito Public Diplomacy Workshop

Finding Khaya
South Africa: International Narrative Co-Production

Emerson Celebrates James Baldwin
The James Baldwin Writers' Colony
On the Shoulders of Giants
Art Into Film at Kasteel Well

Prague Summer Film Program

Writing Place & Distance
Writing Place & Distance in the West of Ireland Program

Sponsored By:  Internationalization & Global Engagement

Location: Bright Family Screening Room - Emerson Paramount Center - 559 Washington St.


Thursday, November 18


Is Your Tap Water Safe? The Secret of Water Treatment: A Dutch Approach

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST

In this webinar, we will look into the Dutch approach of treating tap water from its source to delivering to all Dutch household users. Our guest is the Senior Scientific Researcher (Water Infrastructure), Dr. Jan Vreeburg, from KWR Water Research Institute, The Netherlands.

Sponsored By: Kasteel Well


Global Pathways Fair

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

Ever wondered how far your Emerson education can take you in the summer and winter breaks? Look no further than the Global Pathways Fair, where all faculty-led study abroad programs are at your fingertips. Jump around from table to table to learn from staff and faculty first hand about all of the opportunities that lay ahead!

Sponsored By: Global Pathways Programs

Location: Little Building Arcade (Ground Floor) - 80 Boylston St.

Friday, November 19


Global Pathways Info Session: Berlin - Metropolis in Motion

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Learn about the Summer 2022 Berlin: Metropolis in Motion Global Pathways Program from this Zoom session with Faculty Director at Kasteel Well, Ralph Trost.

Sponsored By: Global Pathways Programs


Global Pathways Info Session: Screenwriters’ Lab in Patmos

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

Learn about the Summer 2022 Screenwriters’ Lab in Patmos Global Pathways Program from this Zoom session with Faculty Directors Jean Stawarz and Robert Eckard.

Sponsored By: Global Pathways Programs


Saturday, November 20


GBFA Industry Talks: Beyond the Mainstream - Opportunities for Independent & Mixed Media Artists

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

This session will focus on careers that depart from traditional conceptions of filmmaking and venture into the alternative. Led by Global BFA Faculty Directors Harald Hutter and Daniel Gaucher, panelists will discuss career trajectories in cyberarts, independent film curation, and mixed media installation at cultural centers and museums.

Valentin Gleyze - Research Engineer, Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
George Fifield - Director of Boston Cyberarts (Boston, MA)
Wero Rodowicz - Creative Development of Original Film, Netflix (Berlin, Germany)

Sponsored By: Global BFA in Film Art