Living in a Global Society Theme for Sunday MU International Fest

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
International Fest (File Spencer Photo)
International Fest (File Spencer Photo)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University kicks off International Education Week Sunday, Nov. 13, with the 48th annual International Festival in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room on MU’s Huntington campus.  The theme of this year’s International Festival, which takes place from 3 to 6 p.m., is “Living in a Global Society,” which emphasizes the pressing need for universities in the United States to prepare their students to live and work in aglobalized environment.The International Festival features exotic foods, traditional music and dance along with displays representing more than 60 countries and cultures. All of this will be provided by Marshall University’s international students and international community individuals and groups. The event is free to the public.


In addition to the International Festival, other events to take place during International Education Week include the Festival of Flags and the Study Abroad Fair.


The annual Festival of Flags takes place throughout November in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center, the Drinko Library and other buildings throughout campus featuring a spectacular display of flags from all of the countries where Marshall University draws international students or sends students to study abroad. This semester’s festival features flags from more than 60 countries and regions of the world.


On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Marshall will host the 8th annual MU Study Abroad Expo in the lobby of the Student Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 20 study abroad providers are expected to take part in the fair. MU students and faculty will have the opportunity to discuss the programs directly with the providers, apply for a passport and get assistance with immunizations.


Dr. Clark M. Egnor, executive director of Marshall’s Center for International Programs, said the International Education Week events are the perfect opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to enjoy the international diversity and global opportunities found on the Marshall campus and in the surrounding community.


Ryan Warner, Marshall’s executive study abroad advisor, said it is a wonderful opportunity for Marshall students to receive information on destinations where they can study abroad. By allowing our students to study internationally with the opportunity to enhance their global knowledge, we are better preparing our students for graduation and enabling them to be active in a growing global society, Warner said.


Marshall has 478 international students from 60 countries. The university also sends about 150 students each year to study abroad. Marshall students can choose from more than 290 sites in 50 countries to study for a summer, semester or year at approximately the same cost as studying at home.


International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to promote international awareness and international education skills.


For further details about the International Festival and International Education Week activities, contact the Center for International Programs at 304-696-6265,, or visit the Marshall University Center for International Programs office in Old Main 320.