I Heart Travel Week

Join us in celebrating education abroad and international education at Kent State University during this annual event. The week will be packed with opportunities to learn more about education abroad, celebrate our current and past students who have studied abroad, and engage with international activities on campus.

The week also includes two celebrations to help recognize excellence and enthusiasm for international education:

  • Faculty & Staff International Awards Reception – this prestigious event (these prestigious awards honor…) honors those who have achieved international innovation at Kent State.
  • Education Abroad Photo & Video Contest – as the week draws to a close, we announce the winners who shared their best photos or videos from their time abroad.

I Heart Travel Week 2025 will be held from February 10 - 14. See below for a sample of the events we ran in 2024 and check this page again soon for the full calendar of events.


If you would like to submit an event for 2025, please use the Event Submission Survey. We welcome ideas from students, faculty, and staff!

I Heart Travel Week – A selection of some of our events that ran in 2024

Global Focus

Education Abroad Meet & Greet

  • Stop by the table to learn more about Education Abroad, the week's upcoming events, and enjoy a treat!

Immersive Study Abroad & International Exhibit

  • Experience a special immersive exhibit highlighting Kent State education abroad destinations and international activity.

Dating in America

  • A panel of intercultural couples will share their experiences navigating dating beyond cultural boundaries. Gain valuable insights into the nuances, challenges, and rewards of cultivating relationships that transcend cultural differences.
Focus on Skills

Photography Tips: Capturing Your Education Abroad Experience

  • Learn some tips and tricks for taking high quality, intentional photos of your education abroad experience.

Leveraging Second Language Skills in the Professional World: Alumni Panel

  • Attend this panel discussion to hear how alumni use their second language skills in their professional roles.

Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training Workshop

  • ISSS advisors will talk about the CPT/OPT application process and CED will discuss best practices to search for internships and full-time jobs as an international student. This session will cover platforms for job searching and explore strategies for defining your goals, targeting and researching employers, networking, and generating interviews.

Breaking Barriers and Crossing Borders

  • Students will learn how to overcome their fears about education abroad using the Three "F"s approach. These are Fear, Family, and Funds. Learn about how to talk with your family about studying abroad, how to finance the opportunities to learn about new cultures and languages, and discuss how to overcome your fears about traveling.
Focus on Finances

Financial Aid and Education Abroad

  • Come learn about how you can use your financial aid to study abroad. Find out what aid you may be eligible to use while abroad and how to find additional aid to make your program more affordable.

Budgeting and Saving for Education Abroad

  • Studying abroad is a life changing experience and it doesn't need to "break the bank" if you plan ahead of time and a prepared to save a budget for your time abroad. Come learn about your costs to study abroad, how to save for your program and budget you money while abroad. We will also have tips on money use while abroad and aid options available to you.

Gilman Scholarship Writing Workshop

  • Writing a Gilman Scholarship essay doesn't have to be stressful! Join this session to avoid staring at a blank Word document and brainstorm ideas with an education abroad advisor to help with writing a compelling scholarship application.
Focus on a Destination

Fall in Love with Florence

  • Are you considering spending a semester at the Kent State Florence Center? Join us for this experiential event where you'll learn more about the program, be introduced to Italian life and culture, hear from Florence alumni, and enjoy a scoop of Italian Gelato. You'll be sure to Fall in Love with Florence, too.

Paris Information Session

  • Join us to learn more about the Kent State Paris Center that will open up for Spring 2025.

Study & Intern in Geneva

  • Interested in studying in Geneva, Switzerland? Join advisor Kristina Bullard to learn more about the KSU Geneva program including the competitive internship opportunities with Non-Governmental and International Organizations.


Focus on Food

Dessert Night

  • Treat your tastebuds to a journey around the world at Dessert Night! Join the Office of Global Education for a delicious afternoon of fun, trying desserts from 3 different continents. Socialize with fellow flashes and enjoy global treats at this casual event.

Making Your Own Dumpling

  • Celebrate Chinese New Year by making your own dumplings, enjoy other culture activities as well.

Would you like to help run an event?

If you’re interested in showcasing your study abroad experience or culture by hosting an event or volunteering to help out behind the scenes and gain hands-on project management experience, then contact Education Abroad by either phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Email: edabroad@kent.edu

Phone: 1-330-672-7980


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