The enduring value of international education
UCLA International Institute, November 6, 2017 — The UCLA International Institute is proud to celebrate International Education Week 2017 (November 13–17), an initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education.
One of the major goals of UCLA Vice Provost Cindy Fan, who oversees the International Institute, is to enable as many UCLA students as possible — regardless of discipline or major — to gain international experience via campus classes, study abroad, international research, internships and/or work opportunities.
International experience opens students’ lives to new perspectives and other cultures. Studying and volunteering abroad teaches Bruins that people the world over have a stake in one another’s success and share many problems that require global perspectives and collaborative solutions.
The UCLA International Institute seeks to prepare a new generation of leaders who have direct experience of the world. In addition to helping them study or intern abroad, that means encouraging students to study the histories, politics and cultures of other countries, to master foreign languages and to develop the cultural sensitivity to work effectively with people across borders. All of these goals, together with the campus units that support them, are celebrated during International Education Week.