Schedule of Events

Ucis 50Th Anniversary Celebration

TIME Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

LOCATION: Cathedral of Learning 1st Floor Commons

In 1968, the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) was created as the University of Pittsburgh’s encompassing framework for all its multidisciplinary international programs. To commemorate our 50th anniversary, we will be holding a celebration open to both the University and larger Pittsburgh community.
Join us for an afternoon of international performances, sweet treats from around the globe, children’s activities, and more!

6Th Annual Sheth International Awards

TIME Monday, October 15, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

LOCATION: WPU Assembly Room

Holiday Happy Hour

TIME Monday, October 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

LOCATION: WPU Assembly Room

Join your faculty, staff, and graduate student colleagues as we kick off International Week with a Holiday Happy Hour! Our colleagues from the Area Studies Centers at the University Center for International Studies will bring together holiday traditions from around the world to serve as a backdrop for this fun and libatious event. Drinks and light snacks will be served, so this is a 21+ event and closed to the undergraduate community.

You Say Potato...

TIME Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

LOCATION: WPU Assembly Room

The potato has been a staple of South American cuisine since the time of the Incan Empire, but the story of its migration around the world is one of not just displacement, but conquest, exploitation, famine, intrigue, defamation, delicious dishes, and semantic confusion! At this event you can follow the path of the potato through history and learn about its impact on global cuisine, language, and culture. Plus, get a taste of different potato dishes!

International Speed Friending

TIME Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

LOCATION: WPU Kurtzman Room

Whether you’re an international student looking to make American friends in Pittsburgh or a native speaker of English interested in meeting people from different cultures, this FREE event is perfect for you! If you’ve ever heard of “Speed Dating,” this is similar. The only difference is that the objective here is to make friends. There will be structured time for short conversations, as well as time for mingling and to enjoy snacks and refreshments. Join us for an evening of lively conversation, celebrating diversity, and the start of new friendships. Seating is limited, so please register in advance to reserve a seat: For more information, contact

Brain Candy Podcast

TIME Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

LOCATION: WPU Assembly Room

Performance: FREE and open to the public.
Brain Candy Podcast is sugar rush for your intellectual side, and host Susie Meister joins International Week for the third year to muse about her experiences on reality television, travel abroad, and everything in-between. Though perhaps best known for her reality TV show stardom, Pitt alum Susie Meister is well-versed in the global and social issues surrounding displacement. She has felt this first hand while participating on the MTV television show Road Rules and the Challenge, where she was filmed outside her comfort zone experiencing people, places, and adventures she never would have otherwise. She completed her PhD in Religious Studies at Pitt in 2014, and now works as the co-owner of WAVE Podcast Network. Her guest co-host for this live taping is Pittsburgh icon, Sally Wiggin, who was the long-time WTAE news co-anchor. They will welcome Bill Isler, President of the Fred Rogers, Co. from 1987-2016, longtime educator, and advocate for children. They will be talking about the ways we can all celebrate the differences of people around the world and in our own neighborhoods.

International Food Trucks

TIME Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

LOCATION: William Pitt Union Driveway

Back by popular demand, the International Week Committee has invited several of the most popular food trucks in the city to share their innovative and delicious cuisines with you. Cultures from all over the world will be represented by several of the most popular food trucks in the city. Recipes and cuisine are one of the many things that migrant peoples can take with them and can serve as a reminder of that which has been left behind. Students can learn about the problems facing these communities while sampling their innovative and delicious cuisines.

City Of Asylum Exiled Writers Residencies

TIME Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

LOCATION: Nordy’s Place in the William Pitt Union

City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors by providing sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. COA has hosted writers from China, Iran, Myanmar/Burma, Venezuela, and El Salvador.
On Wednesday, October 17th from 7-9pm in Nordy’s Place in the William Pitt Union, please join the International Week Committee in welcoming Tuhin Das from Bangladesh and Osama Alomar from Syria to the University of Pittsburgh's campus. Tuhin and Osama are the two current writers in residence at the City of Asylum, and both will be reading pieces of their work and then fielding your questions.
COA Pittsburgh is also the national headquarters for ICORN, the International Cities of Refuge Network based in Norway. COA works closely with ICORN in their common mission to provide shelter to writers and artists at risk, and to defend and advance freedom of expression.

Global Trivia Night

TIME Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:00pm to 10:30pm

LOCATION: WPU Assembly Room

Come join us for our 4rd annual Global Trivia Night! Compete with groups of up to five undergraduate students, and test your knowledge in global categories like Global Current Affairs, World Culture, World History, Geography, and more. Great prizes plus free food and beverages! Registration will close on Tuesday, October 16th at 11:59 PM, or once capacity is reached.

Global Company Tour

TIME Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm


Interested in having a global career? Are you wanting to either work abroad or work for a global company in the States? Then this is the opportunity for you! There will be five, 20-minute “meet and greets” with employers in designated rooms on the 5th floor of the William Pitt Union with the opportunity to rotate in and out of different ones to get the most information and advice possible in regard to launching your global career. Additionally, we will have a ‘networking room’ with alumni and other organizations/employers to get more one-on-one time to discuss possibilities and interest. This event is open to all international and domestic students. Career Passports will be distributed to students to get ‘stamped’ and raffled off to win exciting prizes!