Welcome to IEEC - the biggest and most awesome student organization on campus! Here you can join all of our events, ask questions about our activities and make friends from all over the world! 
If you want to get even more involved with IEEC, you can start by joining a committee and coming to their weekly meetings (the chairs will give you all of the info you need HERE). You can also represent IEEC at our Open House!

Humans of IEEC
Jennifer van Damm

(Moa, 20, from Amsterdam)

What’s the story behind the tattoo on your wrist?â€

- A year ago I broke up with my boyfriend. I loved him very much. I thought we were soul mates.  He was the only person who I could share everything with, without insecurities. But he didn’t want to be with me anymore. This was a real shock to me because I thought everything was going well. One night (after we broke up) he told me that he did not want to wake up next to me anymore. He said he did not want to have breakfast with me anymore, or to be in the same house with me anymore. Read More >>

 About the Author: Jennifer is a Social Psychology student from the University of Amsterdam. She travelled to SF because she felt too accustomed to life in Amsterdam. In SF you can find her hanging at Haight-Ashbury (on her roof; digging for records at Amoeba), at gigs (of any genre but mostly indie/rock), or occasionally in the library studying (and not just for their terrible-but-highly-needed coffee, of course)


Homesickness Hurts
Featured Blogger: Lucie Hudson

As you probably guessed from the title, I got homesick. I knew that this would happen at some point. It’s natural! I’ve moved really far away from home; quite frankly if I didn’t get homesick, then it would be weird. Nevertheless, I was pretty shocked when my Mum diagnosed me with it. We email regularly, and one day she told me that I seemed ‘not right and suggested that I might be missing home. Only your Mum could detect homesickness in an email. I swear my Mum should’ve been a therapist or a nurse or something. She just gets people. It’s not quite the same kind of homesickness I get when I’m in the UK. Even though my University at home is a mere hour and a half drive from my house, I still get homesick from time-to-time. But when I do it’s because I want to actually be home, in my house having my food cooked for me by my lovely Mum (who should’ve also been a chef). Here, it’s vastly different. I don’t want to be at home, I want everyone from home to be here with me. I want them to witness and experience San Francisco the way that I do. I want to share all my burrito experiences with them, and show them the naked guys in Dolores Park so that they can get wildly uncomfortable alongside me. (Side note: I get it guys; you want to be naked. Do you really have to wear that eye-catching gold-sequinned sock over your penis though?) Read More >>

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Calendar of Events


My Study Abroad City At a Glance
IEEC welcomes all the international and domestic students who have studied abroad to compile their amazing stories in a 60-second video and share it with the world through this Video Contest. We hope this will inspire you to be wildly creative. AMAZE US! You can use any device, from a smart-phone to a DSLR.

There are two categories: 1. International students showcasing San Francisco and SFSU 2. Current SFSU students showcasing their study abroad city and university You have until OCTOBER 30th to submit your video (1 per person). More details to come in the IEEC website. There will be prizes for the winner of each category. For questions email ieec@mail.sfsu.edu or check with the IEEC Film Committee on Facebook. Read More >>

Delicious Mexican Dinner
When: Wednesday, 10.1
Time: 3:30 pm
Where: 4798 Mission St., SF

Are you ready to have some delicious Mexican food? I know I do! I, a Hispanic woman, know a little thing or two about how awesome this food is. The flavors are so different from American food that I think international students, and even students who haven’t even tasted Spanish food, should at least try at least once. Warning: I suggest if you don’t like spicy stuff that you probably shouldn’t get the salsa because sometimes they may say “it’s not that spicy”, but usually to those that aren’t used to it consider it as spicy. So tred carefully with the salsa if you don’t care for spicy food. 

On a much brighter note, they have Lengua!!!!! For those that don’t know, that’s cow tongue. You don’t have to eat it, but I know some people actually love it. SO I made sure that it was on the menu. As a bonus, we will go to Balboa Park and enjoy our meal there, under the nice sun… Read More >>

Let’s Get Running!
When: Thursday, 10.2
Time: 4:00 pm
Where: Lake Merced

Let’s run together!! No rules, no charges, just feel free to join us! EVERY THURSDAY, 4 pm. Treat yourself to a relaxed ending after a busy day of classes, it’s about time! Read More >>

Thank God It’s Thursday! @ Shannon Arms
When: Thursday, 10.2
Time: 8:30 pm – 2:00 am
Where: 15 Taravel St., 

As a long-standing State tradition, Thursday at Shannon Arms has offered students great nightlong discounts on all drinks: 5$ Long Islands, 5$ AMFs, 3$ Well Drinks, 3.50$ beers. Read More >>


Events Coming Up…
When: Wednesday, October 8
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Cesar Chavez Student Center
            (just downstairs from main floor)

IEEC Members,
YOUR ORGANIZATION NEEDS YOU! We all know that IEEC is one of the biggest and most AWESOME student organizations on campus. Well, now it is our time to shine as we show ourselves off to the greater SF State community! The IEEC Open House is completely organized and run by us, the students, and it’s our opportunity to showcase what IEEC is all about to the public as we open our doors. It is also a great opportunity for you to get to  involved on a deeper level. We are banding together all of our committees and resources to work together for this event to create one of the biggest events for the IEEC calendar! And MOST IMPORTANTLY, we want to see you all there to support this great organization! 


Outer Noriega Street Fair
When: Saturday, October 11
Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Where: Noriega Street between 45th and 47th Avenue

Merchants on Noriega St between 45th and 47th Aves in the Outer Sunset District of SF that have come together to put on an annual street fair for their neighborhood! There will be Live Music, Crafts, Pumpkin Patch, Painting, Food Trucks, Beer Gardens and a lot more! The Noriega Merchants Association consists of many SF “famous” merchants (Devil’s Teeth Baking Company!!). Read more about the different merchants on their Facebook event :) With this event they hope to open peoples eyes to what Noriega street has to offer, maybe you will find a new favorite place in San Francisco! We will meet at the corner of 45th & Noriega when the event starts. Read More >>

Oh Yeah Yosemite!
When: Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26
Where: Recreation Park, Bass Lake, CA


Our camping ground is called Recreation Point, which is right next to Bass lake (that means swimming for the daredevils amongst us) and 14 miles from the entrance of Yosemite. Tickets are $95 and sold to the first 95 students on a first come, first serve basis. 

NBA Basketball: Brooklyn Nets @ Golden State Warriors
When: November 13
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland

For everyone who loves basketball, this is an absolute must. This is a rare chance to see basketball on the highest level when the Golden State Warriors, the bay area’s team, face the Brooklyn Nets from New York. Both teams played in the playoffs last year but didn’t achieve their goals, so we can expect them to be very hungry this season. We will have the chance to see two of the best shooters in the NBA with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who play for the Warriors and recently won the Gold medal at the basketball world cup as a part of Team USA. In addition to that, we will also be able to see future Hall of Famer and NBA legend Kevin Garnett play for the Nets. There are also some international players on both teams. Read More >>

Napa Valley Wine Tasting
When: November 2
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558

We are going to Napa Valley for a wine tasting day! Again we will take the yellow school bus (No drunk driving ;)) Come sample the variety of wine locally grown in California, reception style with 39 of your fellow internationals! The wine tasting will be a 90 minutes reception for just IEEC. We will leave campus together at 10:30 and will arrive at around 12:30 and will depart from Napa Valley at around 16:30. Napa Valley is world renown for its wineries, so come explore the beauty of Napa Valley with us. We will also have a picnic afterwards so please feel free to bring your own lunch or pocket money for lunch! Read More >> 
Cost: $65

Photo of the Week

A Night Out at Roller Disco
Photo Credit: Jose Carlos Navarro Solis
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