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International Education Program - Our Mission

The International Education Program (IEP) of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth seeks to educate students and teachers on how global issues affect their lives by helping them gain a critical understanding of important international topics and empowering them to become informed, independent thinkers about world affairs.


Want to be included in the monthly e-mail blast of free opportunities for teachers and students? If so, send your name, school and e-mail to jbowden@dfwworld.org and you will be added.

For a quick overview of our programs for teachers and students, please see the highlight sheets for 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012.

2012 Objectives  

  • Provide a global perspective for teachers and students
  • Educate students about global issues through interactive programs both on and off campus
  • Conduct professional development programs, including those for Gifted and Talented Credit, for teachers and provide them with current resources
  • Develop and present country specific workshops for teachers
  • Assist schools with international education
  • Improve and increase attendance at all events
  • Standardize the collegiate intern program
  • Recognize local teachers who have excelled in teaching international issues and world affairs
  • Promote travel opportunities for teachers
  • Offer a variety of international service projects for students, teachers and schools
  • Encourage and recognize the study of foreign languages and their importance to the future career paths of today’s students
  • Sponsor social events and activities to get students excited about world affairs
  • Prepare and educate students about international careers and degrees
  • Connect students with international competitions, contests and scholarship opportunities


Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD has pioneered a dynamic new district-wide membership with the World Affairs Council. As a result, all social studies and foreign language teachers in HEBISD are entitled to a free Educational Associate Membership with the Council. This membership gives teachers a great resource for bringing the world to their students, while enjoying some great programming themselves! For more details, explanation of benefits or to sign up, please contact Jennifer Bowden at jbowden@dfwworld.org.

Educator and Student Membership ($25 reduced rate)

The Council, an excellent way to enhance your knowledge about international affairs, offers a selection of four-to-eight programs per month. Whether you prefer early morning breakfasts, luncheons, or evening forums, the Council provides a wide array of events throughout the Greater DFW area. Members are also invited to participate in Great Decisions, the Council’s monthly discussion group. At each meeting, a moderator facilitates lively discussion on a current international issue. Topics may range from the Media in Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy, U.S. and Europe, to Reform in the Middle East. Click here to learn more about membership and it's benefits.

*Please note—membership is not required for participation in International Education Program events.