International Education Week (IEW) takes place every year during the third week of November. It is a week that highlights programs and activities that provide an international aspect. Over 100 countries around the world celebrate IEW.

In 2018, IEW was celebrated from November 12 to 16.

Alberta Education has participated in IEW since 2006.

IEW is recognized by many governments and non-government organizations in Canada. It is an initiative under the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

How Canada is involved

2018 Think Globally Art Contest

Contest deadline: The contest is now closed

Diversity is what makes Alberta unique and strong. Diversity refers to the things that make up who we are and is what makes the world interesting. From the way we look, to the languages we speak, to the things we like to do and the foods we like to eat, diversity is appreciating what makes us similar as well as different. Celebrating diversity and embracing our similarities and our differences is also a great way for all of us to work together toward eliminating racism and other forms of discrimination.

The Think Globally Art Contest is a great opportunity for Alberta students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 to think about our connection with the world through art. This year's contest encouraged students to reflect and celebrate Alberta's diverse population.

One winner and one honourable mention will be selected from the following five grade categories:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 1
  • Grades 2 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 9
  • Grades 10 to 12

Thank you to all students that participated in the 2018 Think Globally Art Contest! The top selected students have all been notified. Top selected artwork will be displayed in the Community Exhibits Space of the Legislative Grounds. Student artwork may also be presented as gifts to visiting foreign delegations by the Government of Alberta.

International Education Week activity ideas

International education can happen anywhere in any shape or form - abroad or right here in the community!

Here are some ideas and resources on how international education can be promoted in Alberta schools and communities:


Activity ideas

  • Flashmob
  • Forum theatre
  • Panel discussion with local international organizations around student generated essential questions
  • Class Discussions on intercultural competence, international engagement, global partnerships, etc.
  • Live Feed (Skype) with international school partner
  • International food festival
  • Performances by multicultural groups
  • Showing international films
  • Guest speakers who highlight aspects of international education
  • Events acknowledging international students in your school
  • Placing exhibits or posters highlighting the importance of IEW in schools
  • Informational sessions on international education and how to get involved


To connect with International Education Services:

Phone: 780-427-2035
Email: intl.ed.sec@gov.ab.ca


Main Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard
10044 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6