What has travel taught you?
“Travel has taught me that you are braver than you think” -Kristin Ullrich
“Travel has taught me to live with a lot less” -Ariana Alva Ferrari
“Travel has taught me how to understand other people’s point of view” -Heiner Scholz

Are you interested in studying abroad and finding out what travel has to offer your life? Join us for the Study Abroad Fair this Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 14 & 15 from 10am to 2pm at the Malcolm X Plaza!

Also, 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). 

Shout out from Academics Committee!
We are now opening up for new members to join our committee. Do you know a great museum you wanna visit, want to see how its like at Stanford or Berkley, or maybe arrange a speech by a person you admire? Then the Academics committee is the right one for you! Read More>>

Where’s Waldo Competition Winner!

The winner of the Waldo competition is Benaz, a J1 design student! Awesome picture taken on the way home from the Noriega Street Fair of a sunburned and hungry Waldo. Good job and congratulations :D
Humans of IEEC
Jennifer van Damm

(Jose, 23, from California)

“I was born in California, but moved to Mexico City when I was 1 years old. When I was about 15 I moved back to California, Coachella.

-”Coachella as in where the festival is?”

“Yep, exactly! But when the festival is not on, it’s a pretty boring place, there’s not much to do. That’s why I moved to SF, because there is so much to do here. After living in SF for a year, I decided I wanted to experience studying abroad. So I studied abroad for a year in Italy.”

-”Wow a year in Italy, that sounds amazing. Do you feel that that experience changed you?”

“Yes, for sure. It changed me a lot. Before I moved to Italy, I was a square. Now, I am a circle.  Before moving to Italy I was a square because I lived in this personal bubble. I was busy with my own problems and family related problems. But when I moved to Italy, I became more open minded. I traveled around, I met a lot of people from different cultures. I learned to listen more to other people instead of always trying to talk for yourself.  Also, Italy made me more of a calm dude. You see Italians don’t do anything, they’re lazy as f. It’s not like people in the US, here everyone is always busy. I got used to the laid back Italian vibe and brought it back to SF. I’m now more of a calm-down-dude, thanks to my year abroad.” 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)


Burning Man Journey – Part II
Featured Blogger: Catherine

After a 24 hour road trip to Reno, we arrived at the playa in the middle of the night exhausted but in delight of what was ahead of us. In the urge to dive into this mystic experience, we duct-taped a couple glow sticks and headed to the playa, plunging into complete darkness. The playa at night is comparable to a crowded sea of art cars, surrounded by a jungle of music and living beings from another world. Biking around in this chaos without no other purpose than simply being, my excitement gave way to an overwhelming feeling of perfection… Read More>>

Read Burning Man Journey – Part I 


Bonfire, The Gaslight Anthem, and A Cloudy Trip to Santa Cruz
Featured Blogger: Jonas Lenhammer

I was at my first American bonfire down at Ocean Beach. We were about 20 people that decided to buy some wood and beer and head down there the other week. From Ocean Beach you get a premium view of the sunset. That combined with great company made for a very pleasant evening.

Some advice to the people that wants to do a bonfire-evening: be at the beach earlier than you think, because you are only allowed to light a fire in the stone pits, and there are only so many stone pits so they get occupied early. Read More>>

Check out other blogs from the week here!
Want to submit
your blog to be featured on the next IEEC Weekly? Send your blog link to ieec@mail.sfsu.edu 

Calendar of Events


My Study Abroad City At a Glance

Are you an international student?
…Or are you a domestic student who has studied abroad?
Submit a 60-second, non-professional video for a chance to win a $50 visa gift card and get a chance to show your video on our official website! The video has to be titled “My Study Abroad City at a Glance: [Name of your study abroad city here]“

  1. Capture the essence of your study abroad city: People, Cultural shocks, University life or Sceneries
  2. Video has to be strictly no more that ONE-minute long.
  3. Photos can be incorporated into the video
  4. It is ok to use smartphones’ camera, as well as any other type of device.


  1. An international student currently studying in SFSU
  2. Current SFSU students who have studied abroad

Upload the YouTube link of your video clicking the following link:  http://sfsuieec.com/videoreg/
 Or visit:
www.sfsuieec.com (official website)
More info on: https://www.facebook.com/events/714873355256322/

Study Abroad Fair!

When: Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct. 14/15
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Malcolm X Plaza

Interested in studying abroad but not sure where you want to go? The study abroad fair is a great way to start looking into your options! Travel the world in under a few hours and meet study abroad alumni and international students who would love to talk to you and talk about what different countries have to offer you! There will be live music, food and snacks, activities and prizes!

Not only is this your chance to learn about dozens of cultrues, but if you pick one of our handy passport flyers and get a signature from 10 booths, you will be entered for a chance to win even more prizes!

See you there!!

Let’s Get Running!
When: Thursday, 10.16
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 (meet up in front of the library main entrance). Treat yourself to a relaxed ending after a busy day of classes, it’s about time! 

Lunch at an American Diner
When: Friday, 10.17
Time: 12:30 pm
Where: 321 West Portola Ave., SF

Join us for lunch at Manor Coffee Shop, an American diner. Surrounded by Elvis memorabilia, we can dine at the booths. Their bar seats still have the old-fashioned hat clip for a nice fedora or baseball cap. The waitresses still wear that iconic diner uniform. Try a burger or corned beef hash along with a root beer float or milkshake. They also sell potato spuds! Cash Only. Meet at Station Cafe on 19th Ave at 12:30 or meet us there at 1:15pm. Read More>>

Late Night Light Up Frisbee
When: Friday, 10.17
Time: 9:45 pm – Midnight
Where: Cox Stadium (SFSU)

Not a lot of people know about these light up freebie’s. Whenever I show a new group of people these discs they become amazed. This will give everyone a chance to hangout, be active and have a good time without cutting into their wallets. Its in an easy location and on a day and time where most people will be free. 

Water will be sold for $1 and two glow sticks will be sold for $1. The glow-sticks will be used to easily distinguish teams!  Read More>>

Speak Easy: Beach Night

When: Saturday, 10.18
Time: 3:00
Where: Fulton St. & Great Hwy, Golden Gate National Recreation Area


Are you finally exhausted from the non-stop partying on the weekends? Or do you simply feel like having a chill afternoon session with old and potentially new friends? Come and join us around the bonfire to warm your afternoon before marching off to the rest of your Saturday night. 

Let’s sit down around the fire, JAM AND SING ALONG TO SONGS we may or may not have heard before whilst munching on some newly burnt s’mores. NOTE: Make sure to bring your own blankets, warm clothing (especially if you’re planning to stay late), food and drinks! If possible, BRING YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT so we can all sing along to songs! Read More>>

Paintballing in Santa Clara

When: Sunday, 10.19
Time: 11am – 5pm
Where: 2542 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA 95111

Get ready to let out your inner G.I. Joe or Jane, because we are going to Santa Clara to shoot paintball! We pay admission for a full day (9am-5pm) and the ticket includes 500 paintballs. We are meeting up at the paintball facility at 11am. 

There are several ways to get there and right now we are trying to figure out the most convenient. Depending on the amount of people attending, the best opportunity seems to be car pooling as it only takes 1 hour to drive there. However, it is also possible to get there by train which takes 2,5 hours. 

Ticket Purchase Link:

Your ticket includes: Admission – Semi-automatic paintball marker (tank and hopper included) – Battle mask/full face shield – 500 paintballs – Unlimited air to power your equipment – Chest Protector and Neck Guard included for free with package! – Training: the game, how to play, rules, and safety (approx. 15 min) Read More>>

Thank God It’s Thursday! @ Lucky 13
When: Thursday, 10.16
Time: 9:00pm-2:00am
2140 Market St., SF

Join IEEC at our weekly Thank God Its Thursday! at Lucky 13 in San Francisco. Meet international and local students, make new friends, watch sports from around the globe and enjoy a nice evening. Do not forget your IEEC wristband to enjoy exclusive discounts on multiple drinks. See you on Thursday! 


The Special drink will be posted before wednesday ! Also, wristbands are $3 and sold in the IEEC office, these wristbands will give you all sorts of special discounts on TGITs and other events throughout the semester, so don’t forget to wear them day and night forever!! See you there!! Read More>>

Upcoming Events

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 SOLD OUT but stay tuned for more exciting events to come!

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

We took a lot of passport photos during our IEEC Open House this week, check them out here! Is yours missing? Come get your passport photos taken at the Study Abroad Fair!! October 14 & 15 from 10am to 2pm at Malcolm X Plaza, see you there!

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