International Education Week 2018: Celebrating UF’s 2018 Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

Published: October 17th, 2018

Category: Memos

Leonardo A. Villalón, Dean, UF International Center

November 12 – 16 will mark the celebration of International Education Week 2018 on the UF campus.

The University of Florida is particularly pleased this year to participate in the celebration of International Education Week (IEW), a joint annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education.

IEW provides an opportunity to highlight UF’s many efforts to create and promote programs with a global focus, and this year we have much to celebrate. UF’s selection as a recipient of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, certainly tops the list. This prestigious recognition is the culmination of many years of collective efforts by administrators, faculty and staff to position UF as a truly global university, engaged fully in understanding the world’s challenges and opportunities, and preparing our students for global citizenship.

Much of the work in support of UF’s global engagement is done daily by faculty and staff across campus, working closely with the support of the UFIC team. Collectively this year we have facilitated and supported over 6000 international students at UF, some 2000 international scholars, and approximately 2500 UF students who participated in study abroad.

We invite all UF colleges, departments, and centers to highlight and celebrate their contributions to this mission and their own global reach by organizing international education activities during this important week, and we are here to help publicize your events through our promotional outlets.

For questions related to International Education Week, please contact Mabel Cardec at or 352-273-1515. A list of activities hosted by the International Center, as well as other UF events marking IEW will be posted at

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