International Students Day is a global celebration of the student community and the challenges and problems faced by them while pursuing their studies in other countries. It takes courage to leave your family and home behind. These students leave their families behind and fly off to other countries to pursue higher studies and to achieve something greater in life. All students find university life challenging, but it cannot be denied that overseas students face additional difficulties.
These international students face language challenges, cultural differences, financial difficulties and homesickness. This day therefore celebrates each and every student of the world. It is the celebration of diversity, multiculturalism and teamwork.
International Students Day – Date
This day will be celebrated across the world on November 17th, Friday to celebrate international students and the challenges faced by them while studying in the universities.
International Students Day – History
International Students’ Day is celebrated on November 17, the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of a university in Prague in 1939. At that time, the Nazis imprisoned nearly a thousand students and closed the university and also killed and tortured several others. The aim of this day is, therefore, to honour those students and to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the students today.
Originally this day was mainly intended to honour more than 1,200 students of the University of Prague who lost their lives in World War II. But today International Students’ Day has evolved into an opportunity for all higher education institutions around the world to proudly celebrate the international student populations and the positive work they do in their local communities.
International Students Day – Significance
The significant idea behind the celebration of this day is to honour each and every student of the world who are pursuing their higher studies in international universities where people from different cultures meet, exchange ideas and learn from each other. It is also believed that awareness of diversity and acceptance of differences is essential for children to grow into successful individuals who can solve their own problems and find new ways of doing things.
On this day, everyone should also remember that diversity is what makes us human. People meet and connect with different people daily where exchange of ideas and thoughts take place and these interactions often help us to develop empathy and understanding for other people.
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