Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Office of International Education will present several events celebrating International Education Week at IUP October 21 through October 25, including IUP hosting a naturalization ceremony on October 25.

International Education Week is a joint initiative between the United States Department of State and the United States Department of Education to promote cross-cultural awareness, prepare students for a global environment, and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Close to 50 people are expected to be part of the naturalization ceremony, which will take place at 11:00 a.m. on October 25 in Toretti Auditorium at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Sudipta Majumdar, associate professor of chemistry at IUP, will be one of the persons becoming an American citizen at the ceremony. He is originally from India, coming to the United States in 2002 as a student. He began work at IUP in 2014.

This fall, IUP welcomed 582 international students from 57 countries.

Funding for events for the week is provided by the Office of International Education and the IUP Student Co-Operative Association. All events are free and open to the community, unless otherwise noted.

Events Include:

Monday, October 21: International Lunch Hour

  • Noon to 1:15 p.m.
  • Sutton Hall Blue Room

Tuesday, October 22: International Poetry Night

  • 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Elkin Hall Great Room

As participants read their poems, the poems will be projected in the original language and in English.

Tuesday, October 22: IUP Lively Arts presents Niyaz, featuring Azam Ali

  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Gorell Recital Hall, second floor of Sutton Hall

Niyaz blends ancient Sufi poetry and folk songs from the Middle East to India, with rich, acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art modern electronics. Tickets purchase required and can be made online. Ticket purchases using the I-Card, military, and IUP student discount must be made in person at the Lively Arts Ticket Office in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

Wednesday, October 23: International Tea Time and Education Abroad Fair

  • Noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences lobby
  • Tea time will end at 2:00 p.m.

The event includes an opportunity to meet IUP international students and scholars while sampling a variety of teas, coffees, and snacks from various countries. Participants can also learn about the wide range of opportunities to study overseas. Students can obtain information and talk to representatives and alumni about IUP reciprocal exchanges, affiliated programs, faculty-led programs, and overseas volunteer and service-learning opportunities

Friday, October 25: US Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony

For the eighth year, IUP has been asked to host a US Citizenship Ceremony for those in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security and the IUP Office of International Education.

For more information about the events, contact the IUP Office of International Education at 724-357-2295 or via email at Events also are listed on the Office of International Education's International Education Week page.