Broaden your global perspective during International Education Week

November 2–6, 2020

For International Education Week, let’s think globally and reflect on how international issues affect all of us locally. This week is part of McMaster Global, an annual, university-wide initiative that showcases the ways we can engage with the world as a community, respond to global issues and promote intercultural learning.

Join us during International Education Week to:

  • Find events and socials to engage in that promote a global perspective.
  • Learn more about global opportunities on and beyond our campus.
  • Connect with McMaster’s global community — no travel necessary!

Getting involved

You don’t have to travel abroad to develop and expand your global perspective. Thinking globally is also about reflecting on issues than span country divides and considering how you can take action. This International Education Week, we’re reflecting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations.

Learn more about the SDGs:

What urgent global issues are most concerning to you?

This International Education Week, we’re asking you to reflect on this question to consider which global issues you’re most concerned about. This could be a single cause or it could be multiple issues — remember, so many global issues are closely interconnected! Send us your responses on Instagram. Check our IEW story highlights to submit.

You can be part of the change!

Global issues occur on a large scale (they’re global, after all), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take action to address these issues in your everyday life. November 2–6, we’ll be sharing information about the global issues you send us, including facts from the United Nations and other organizations and perspectives from experts in the field. Check our Instagram (@MacSSC) for all the content.

Let’s think about how our actions — however small they might seem — play a larger role in these global issues. Working toward change is the goal!

Exchange Information Session

November 2, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Are you interested in going abroad with the McMaster Exchange Program? We can help you connect with study and research abroad opportunities at our exchange partner institutions around the world once travel restrictions are lifted.

Exchange Fair

November 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The annual Exchange Fair is your opportunity to chat (virtually) with returned McMaster exchange students about their study or research stay abroad.

Budgeting for an International Experience

November 4, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Is going abroad to study, work, volunteer or research a dream of yours? Let’s explore how you can make this dream a reality once travel restrictions are lifted. You’ll need to consider the financial costs in order to make this decision. At this event, we’ll examine how you can effectively manage your money, including how to prepare before you leave and how to stay on top of your finances after you arrive. With some planning and some thinking about what you want to accomplish in this adventure, you can live your dream.

International Experience Canada

November 4, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

If you’re a Canadian citizen aged 18 to 35, International Experience Canada (IEC) offers you the opportunity to work and travel abroad in over 30 countries around the world (travel restrictions permitting).

Engage Globally Through Virtual Internships

November 5, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Applications for virtual global internships are now open! Come to this session to learn about the opportunities and explore how to get involved. Special guest: Think Pacific.

Real Impact on Society and Environment (RISE)

If you have a voluntary, social enterprise or environmental project that you would like to scale up, develop and build, then the RISE competition is for you.

Mitacs Globalinks

November 6, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Canada to conduct 12- to 24-week research projects at universities overseas.

Redefining Global Opportunities: Panel Discussion

November 12, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

What global opportunities exist in the age of COVID-19? You can still have a global experience without travelling! Come to this discussion to find out how opportunities are shifting as a result of travel restrictions and COVID-19 measures.

How to be a True Hamiltonian

November 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by Tammy Hwang, Business Development Officer, Economic Development Hamilton

Tammy is a passionate Hamiltonian and City Builder. By day she works for Economic Development helping immigrant entrepreneurs and international businesses grow and succeed in Hamilton. In her nights, weekends and holidays, she is the co-founder and CEO of CoMotion Group Inc., a 10,000 square foot co-working space in the heart of Hamilton. Join her and some local experts as they discuss the best places to eat, who’s hiring and what to do in the Hammer (aka Hamilton)! Register to attend this chat to get the ins and outs of Hamilton, ask those burning questions and learn how to be a true Hamiltonian!

Global storytelling

Write and Tell Your Story Workshop Series

November 9, 16, 23

Through storytelling, we get to better understand one another and the world around us. In this sense, every story has a global perspective. During International Education Week, hone your storytelling abilities and share your story at this three-part workshop series hosted by author and award-winning journalist Anne Bokma. The series, valued at $175, is being offered for a bond of $20 (you will get this money back after attending all three sessions).

Your story. Your words. Your writing skills.

Take part in this workshop series, where you will be reflecting on your experiences to share how a recent experience has enhanced your global perspective and contributed to your intercultural skills. This experience could relate to a study or work abroad journey, a trip to another region in Canada, a club with an international or global focus or something entirely different. Remember, it’s your experience and your story!

At the workshops, you’ll learn how to:

  • Choose a story and tell an exciting and engaging story.
  • Deal with and overcome writer’s block.
  • Tell your story with emphasis, including a strong beginning, middle and end.

You must participate in all three sessions so that you can craft your story from start to finish. Anne will be giving direct feedback and support to all participants, so space is limited.

About the workshop facilitator, Anne Bokma:

Anne Bokma is an award-winning journalist and the founder of the Six-Minute Memoir, a live storytelling series in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. This series has featured more than 150 storytellers sharing their true-life tales in front of thousands of audience members at more than two dozen events and has raised more than $45,000 for local charities over the past eight years. She is the recipient of the 2020 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Writing.

International Education Week Writing Contest

November 2–30

After the series, you’re invited to submit your story to the International Education Week Writing Contest. You could win a $50, $100 or $150 gift card to the Campus Store! To submit your story and enter the contest, email your submission to

Congratulations to the contest winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted their story!

  • First place: “Sneeze” by Ashvin Sharma
  • Second place: “We Are Not So Different You & I” by Faris Mecklai
  • Third place: “Motherland, Fatherland, New World” by Yambakam Nyangani

Reflect on your global perspective and story with the IEW Writing Contest

Submission deadline: November 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (EDT)

Have you had an impactful international experience? Tell us your story — in your own words! Storytelling is a powerful art of communication. Whether we’re telling oral histories of an early civilization or watching a promotional travel video for an exciting destination, storytelling allows us to meaningfully connect ideas and people across the globe.

This International Education Week, we’re inviting undergraduate students to share a story about the impact of international learning experiences. You could win a $50, $100 or $150 gift card to the Campus Store!

Some experiences you could write about include:

  • Remote or virtual experiences
  • Experiences abroad (studying, working, volunteering, researching, etc.)
  • International student experiences
  • Out-of-province experiences
  • Participation through clubs and organizations with an international or global perspective

Note: By submitting your entry to the contest, you are agreeing to your name and written piece being posted on public channels associated with the Student Success Centre (i.e. Stories from Abroad, Academic Skills, Global Opportunities, etc.)

How to enter

Email your submission to by November 30, 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

International Education Week is part of McMaster Global, which is happening November 2–13. Visit the official website to explore all the events and activities.

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