The "Year of..." Annual Country Study Program has been a Kennesaw State University and Global Education initiative for 38 years. Throughout the years, our faculty and students have experienced incredible opportunities through this event, immersing themselves in the extraordinary cultures, histories, and traditions of countries worldwide. We annually choose a specific nation as the centerpiece of our immersive study, exploring its distinct identity and gaining a well-rounded understanding of its people, language, art, cuisine, and more. Through this cherished tradition, we aspire to cultivate global consciousness, foster cross-cultural exchanges, and nurture a sense of interconnectedness among our diverse student body that creates significant impact.
Please join us as we revisit the past "Year of..." events and past countries of study from previous years.year of home
Past Country Programs
Year of Russia (2016 - 2017)
For the Year of Russia, the University hosted a series of guest speakers, conferences, art exhibits, and other cultural activities throughout the year designed to promote a deeper appreciation for and understanding of Russia and its people.
Events included a U.S. - Russia Relations in Global Context International Symposium, a two-week long film series, and a various topics to create introductions for diverse times in Russia's history.learn more
Year of Portuguese Speaking World (2015 - 2016)
The Year of the Portuguese Speaking World hosted a series of events, speakers, conferences, and cultural activities throughout the year designed to promote a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the Portuguese speaking world. This "Year of..." event was unique in that it focused on nine countries on four continents - Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe.
The Portuguese Speaking World is a diverse region, with each country possessing a unique history, economy, political structure, and culture. Events included performances, food tasting, concerts, and demonstrations.learn more
Year of the Arabian Peninsula (2014 - 2015)
The university hosted a series of events, lectures, conferences, and other activities throughout the year designed to promote a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the Arabian Peninsula.
The Year of the Arabian Peninsula was comprised of seven countries - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Events included exhibits and performances, a film festival, conferences and more!learn more
Additional Past Countries