About "Year Of"

For the past 40 years, Kennesaw State University (KSU) has dedicated each academic year to the study of a particular country or region introducing thousands of students to the rich diversity of world cultures that make up the human family. The award-winning program plays a vital role internationalizing our campus and engaging local and global communities. Annually, it results in new courses and curriculum, research projects, education abroad programs, and global partnerships.

Through special lectures, performances, exhibits, seminars and events, the "Year Of" Program helps students break down stereotypes, build connections across cultures, and develop the intercultural competencies needed to act responsibly in today’s complex, interdependent world.

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If you are experiencing an international or immigration emergency outside of normal business hours, please contact Global Education staff through the KSU Department of Public Safety and University Police at +1.470.578.6666. Please identify yourself as either: 1.) a student, faculty, or staff member experiencing an emergency abroad or 2.) an international student or scholar for your call to be routed appropriately.

Mission & Goals

Mission: The "Year Of" Program cultivates an interdisciplinary educational platform for campus-wide, critical exploration of a country through a variety of relevant activities and events to engage KSU students, faculty, staff, and the community, while enhancing awareness, interest, and understanding of the world.

Vision: To serve as an innovative platform for global learning and engagement

    • Expand participants' cultural knowledge and intercultural skills
    • Advance KSU's globally-focused curriculum, intercultural expertise, and international partnerships and research collaborations
    • Support and empower faculty to integrate country-specific material, as well as education abroad and local intercultural experiences, into their curriculum through connections with the local community and partners abroad
    • Strengthen student engagement in global learning and help prepare students to enter the global society as responsible citizens
    • Break down stereotypes and create connections across cultures by providing participants with a rich, complex sense of place, identity and community (both locally and globally)
    • Competitive College Spotlights that integrate program offerings into course content
    • Team-taught, semester-long interdisciplinary courses that include a study abroad component
    • Extensive involvement of local and international community partners, including university partners, consular officials, business leaders, and expatriates
    • Guest lectures featuring national and international experts from various fields/professions (arts, business, education, engineering, health, humanities, science, etc.)
    • Featured films both from and about the country or region of study
    • Featured theatre, music and dance performances, art exhibits, and culinary demonstrations
    • Visits with exchange faculty and students, including special residencies for artists, chefs, and other specialists


Year of Canada

Oh, Canada! Explore this land with its strong connections to the U.S. from shared interests and geography to strong economic ties – and no passport is required! The 2024-25 Year of Canada will introduce the KSU community to our northern neighbors as we explore their art, food, economics, dance, film, literature, architecture, history, and more!

Over the course of an entire year, students, faculty, staff, and community members will be immersed in Canadian traditions and innovation with special events, performances, discussions, and programs. We look forward to celebrating all that Canada has to offer with you!

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Year of Canada 24-25


"Year Of" Nominations and Proposals


"Year Of" Country Study Nominations 2026-27

Each year KSU's "Year Of" Country Study focuses on a different region of the world, moving through four regions identified as Asia/Oceania, Africa, The Americas, and Europe.  During the 2026-27 academic year, the focus will be on a country in Asia/Oceania. The nomination portal will open for 2026-27 country nominations in September 2024. Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to submit nominations.  All nominations will require substantial support and reasoning to be accepted and reviewed by the selection committee.

Opens September 2024

Previous Countries of Study

Over the past four decades, KSU's dedicated faculty, staff and enthusiastic students have embarked on transformative journeys through the university's "Year Of" programming, immersing themselves in the rich cultures, histories, and traditions of countries from around the world. Each year, a specific country is selected as the focus of these intensive studies, allowing KSU and the surrounding community to delve deeply into its unique identity while providing a comprehensive opportunity to understand its people, language, art, cuisine, and much more. Through this annual celebration, KSU fosters global awareness, promotes cross-cultural exchange, and cultivates a sense of interconnectedness among members of the diverse student body.

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