FAQs

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What is an International Week?

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An International Week is a week organized by a volunteering team of students from a university which is part of IWCO. Its purpose is to make the participants familiar with the landscape, the culture and everything else of the hosting country. Every IW-program must include the 4 pillars of IWCO: Business, Culture, Academic and Social Exchange.
Each week is financed mainly by a local student union and/or external sponsors such as companies, which results in participants having to pay only for their trip costs.

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Where is an International Week organized?

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Depending on which IW someone applies for, this is the country/city the IW will take place in (for example: IW Vienna takes place in Vienna). To see all the current members of IWCO, visit International Weeks.

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Who can participate in an International Week?

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Every student that is studying at a university which is part of the IWCO network can apply through their local IW committee for any IW they want to participate in.

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How can I apply for an International Week?

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First of all: Check if your university and/or student organization is organizing an International Week. If so – contact them regarding the application procedure. You can find all current IWCO members here.

If your university/organization is not part of International Week Coordinating Organization – unfortunately you can’t apply for an International Week. However, as IWCO is still expanding its network, you are welcome to establish one at your university. The IWCO board will be happy to support you in every way possible. Go to Join the Network for further information.

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How many times is an International Week organized?

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Each International Week is organized once a year (except for IW Tokyo, which is organized in both spring and summer) for as long as the university is part of the organization. For the dates of each IW, please look here. However, please note that it's volunteering students who organize IW's and it's not possible to announce all the dates from the beginning of the year.

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Which other IWCO events exist?

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Officially held IWCO events besides the ordinary International weeks are the annually held IWCO Conference and the Alumni Weekend. For detailed information, please go to IWCO events.
Additionally, IWCO Alumni keep in touch after connecting through the organization and try to reunite as often as possible. To keep up to date with privately organized reunions, join the official IW Alumni Network Group at Facebook.

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What is the structure of IWCO?

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IWCO consists of the IWCO members - the different International weeks - and the official IWCO Board of Directors, which gets elected at the annual IWCO Conference.

Not to be forgotten are the numerous IW Alumni: Everyone who has ever helped to organize an International Week, hosted someone during an International Week or participated in an International Week.

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How to become an IWCO Board member?

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The IWCO Board of Directors is elected at the annual IWCO Conference, where each IWCO member (each country) disposes over one vote.
Besides submitting a letter of motivation and holding a speech at the conference, an applicant must fullfil the following criteria:

a. Participated in at least one IW
b. Has experience in organizing an IW
c. Is available and committed to the Board for the whole upcoming year
d. Has not been part of the Board for more than one year when applying
e. Is present at the IWCO Conference

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When does the International Week application period start?

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Each International Week is obligated to start its application period 4 months prior to the date of the International Week.
The application period lasts about 1 month. However, for exact information about application deadlines follow your local organizing committees’ social media of their choice.

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How can I get more information?

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If you could not find the information you were looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us at communications@iw-co.org.