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2020 IEW Welcome Message Video

UCLA will observe International Education Week (IEW) — a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education that champions international education and exchange — in a virtual format from November 16 to 20, 2020. It is a challenging time to commemorate IEW, but as the adjoining video and the IEW Featured Events flyer make clear, staff, students and faculty throughout campus are working hard to make it a reality.

The global coronavirus pandemic has upended life around the world, disrupting economies and people’s daily lives and leaving grief and economic dislocation in its wake. The impact on universities has been profound, including their ability to sustain international exchange and collaboration during a public health crisis. To ensure safety and prevent the spread of Covid-19, both in-person classes and residential hall occupancy have been greatly limited at UCLA.

Tightened U.S. visa regulations have made it difficult for international students and visiting scholars to travel to the United States to participate in university life during the pandemic. Bruins hoping to study and/or conduct research abroad this academic year, meanwhile, are facing the disappointment that their plans have been delayed to an unknown future date. The lack of certainty about when conditions will change is challenging for both groups of students.

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The UCLA International Education Week team reaffirms its commitment to international education and its solidarity with UCLA’s international students and scholars.

We consider the contributions of international students, scholars and researchers to U.S. universities — and the ability of U.S. students to participate in study and internship programs abroad — an invaluable part of higher education.



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