Global Education

International Week


International Week 2019
February 4 - 8

Does the daily news have you clenching your fists with a need to release your thoughts through further discussion?

Are you looking for an outlet that can help you make sense of it all? 

UAlberta's annual International Week is a chance for you to hear various perspectives from around the world, and to engage in deep conversations about global issues. 

Each year International Week has a theme that all of I-Week’s speakers, talks and events focus on – this year we address the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

In  2015, the United Nations adopted the SDG's, for all world leaders to actively work towards attaining these goals by 2030. Now in 2019, we realize more than ever that every individual on this gorgeous blue planet needs to take action on a local level. Let's move away from the rhetoric and into action in our local communities. I-Week can show you how with keynote lectures, Global Goals Talks and cultural performances!

I-Week is an incubator of ideas and a source of inspiration – see the program for more details


About I-Week

International Week is the largest annual extracurricular educational event on campus and fosters global citizenship through engagement with today's most pressing issues.

Established in 1986, International Week (or I-Week) is one of the University of Alberta’s signature events, featuring free events designed to instigate new thoughts, inspire discussions and animate debates on current global issues. I-Week's award-winning program provides a forum for all segments of the U of A community—students, staff and faculty—as well as government departments, non-governmental organizations and civil society to present their own particular views on global issues and share their solutions to create a better world.

"International Week brings global conversations to the University of Alberta. We’ve built a diverse and exceptional community spanning our five campuses, and I-Week creates a space where we can hear each other, see from new perspectives, and find solutions together. We want to inspire engaged citizens and leaders who can think globally when tackling local problems. International Week helps to nourish and encourage those next-generation leaders." - University of Alberta President David Turpin, 2016.

In 2009, International Week won the Canadian Bureau of International Education's Outstanding Program Award for high quality and highly creative programming in international education.