Obama Vows to Increase Study Abroad to China
At a town hall meeting with Chinese students in Shanghai on November 16, President Obama announced the United States will "dramatically expand the number of our students who study in China to 100,000." The President made it clear that he viewed study abroad as an important part of the administration's foreign policy strategy, reflecting a core philosophy of NAFSAns: that study abroad is an essential component of greater cooperation between nations. Read more here.
International Students Contribute $17.7 Billion to U.S. Economy
On November 16, NAFSA released its annual Economic Impact Statements, a valuable tool for members in making the case for the positive impact of international education on campus, at the state level, and nationally. Foreign students and their dependents spent $17.6 billion in the United States during the 2008-2009 academic year. View the economic benefits for your institution and state. Read more here. For information on how international students directly impact Utah, read here.
Landing an Overseas Job in an Era of Globalization
An article from CNN looks at the opportunities and challenges of working overseas, noting that many prospective employers are seeking previous overseas experience, which includes having studied, interned, or learned a language abroad. Read more here.
Head of UN Recalls Days as an Exchange Student
A feature article in The Washington Post on United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon tells the story of his ongoing friendship with a volunteer who assisted him long ago when he was an exchange student in the United States. Read more here.
8th Anniversary of ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’: Current Status and Prospects for the Future CONFERENCE
Monday, 7 December – 8:40 AM - 2:00 PM (Room LI120)
Reception at 6:00 pm (Alumni House in the Extended Education Building)Speakers:
Chris Cannon, former U.S. Representative
Dr. Ariel Cohen, Senior research fellow at The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC
H.E. Murad Askrov, Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations
Mr. M. Ayoob Erfani, Deputy Chief of mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations
Lt.Col. Derek Tolman, Commander of the Army National Guard, 141st Military Intelligence Battalion (Linguist), C Company
Mr. Scott Carrier, Journalist
Najib Niazi, Student, International Business major, UVU
Senator John Valentine
Tuesday, 8 December – 7:00 PM (Room LI120)
Screening of the movie “The Kite Runner” with introduction and moderation of discussion by Dr. Geoffrey Cockerham, History and Political Science, UVU
The events are a joint initiative of the UVU Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, the International Center, the Department of History and Political Science, the Center for the Study of Ethics and the Utah Democracy Project, Integrated and Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Institutional Advancement. Events are free and open to the public.
International Faculty/Staff Potluck
Thursday, 10 December, 12 noon - 1PM, WB 147 International Center
Come celebrate the end of a great semester by joining us for a potluck. Drinks and utensils will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. Any questions, please contact Steve Crook.
Non Profit & Entrepreneur Celebration: Bridging the Gap between Latinos & Non Latinos
Friday, 11 December, Salt Lake Community College
With keynote Speakers: Alan E. Hall (Founder, Marketstar) & Sonia Quiroga Thomas (Founder Women in Nature & Spanish Waves), Business Training in English & Spanish, and Speed Networking this is an event no one should pass up! Learn from American-Hispanic Entrepreneurs that are successful in the USA & Latin America. Dinner Included, and sponsorship opportunities are available. More information here.
Impact: From the Front Lines of Global Health
Tuesday, 12 January, Westminster College
Karen Kasmauski from the National Geographic will speak on the topic of Global Health. Karen Kasmauski has photographed more than 20 major stories for National Geographic, covering subjects as diverse as Appalachia, Japanese culture, and pandemics. In recent years, she has evolved as the National Geographic go-to photographer for sweeping global health stories, such as the worldwide struggle against disease, the search for an AIDS cure, the mysteries of aging, and female reproductive health.
Part of the 2009/2010 Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series presented by the UCCD and Westminster College. The lecture is free and open to the public, and held in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory at Westminster College.
Special Consideration for a UVU Graduate
One of our recent graduates from Mongolia, Urangoo Baatarkhuyag, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on Sept 5, 2009. See the link: www.saveuvugirl.blogspot.com. You can make a donation on this website. Also, please spread the word to your friends and family. Thank you, UVU International Center & International Student Council. If you would like more information please contact the International Center at (801)863-8342.
UVU STUDY ABROAD taking Application for Summer Programs
UVU Study Abroad is taking applications for the following study abroad
programs due to travel in the summer of 2010. Each student who applies
by these early application deadlines will save $300:
Italy: Art History - Application Deadline: 30 November
(Because of the high demand for this program, students
are strongly encouraged to apply by the 30 November early
Brazil: Portuguese - Application Deadline: 18 December
Costa Rica: Biology & Geology - Application Deadline: 18 December
France: French - Application Deadline: 18 December
Germany: German - Application Deadline: 18 December
London: Literature & Cinema - Application Deadline: 18 December Namibia: Digital Media - Application Deadline: 18 December
(For more information, contact the Digital Media Department)
Russia: Russian - Application Deadline: 18 December
Theatre - Application Deadline: 18 December
Ukraine: Nursing - Application Deadline: 18 December
Spain: Spanish - Application Deadline: 19 January
If students ask for more information, tell them to visit or contact the
International Center (WB 147) at 801.863.8709 or
firstname.lastname@example.org . To access additional program materials,
tell them to check out www.uvu.edu/international/isp.
Internships & Employment
Unite For Sight: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity
Unite For Sight has been featured weekly on CNN International and in The New York Times
Unite For Sight is the world's leader in socially responsible, effective
volunteering abroad. Unite For Sight's Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience for students and for professionals. All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight's international programs are Global Impact Fellows.
What do students and others do? They participate daily with local
ophthalmic nurses, local optometrists, and local ophthalmologists to
eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive
year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. They assist
with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake,
distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, data compilation and analysis, and other necessary support tasks. Through hands-on, structured training, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in community eye health, global health, and international development. Global Impact Fellows gain skills and are nurtured to become new leaders in global health, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for volunteers interested in pursuing global health and international eye care research.
Locations of Year-Round Program Delivery: (volunteer for 7 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)
- *Accra and Kumasi Regions, Ghana*
- *Ashanti and Northern Regions, Ghana*
- *Varying Rural Villages, Ghana*
- *Tegucigalpa, Honduras*
- *Bihar, India*
- *Chennai, India*
- *New Delhi, India*
- *Orissa, India*
Academic Credit Option: Many students choose to pursue the Unite For Sight
program for academic credit and/or medical electives at their home
institution. We also encourage students to pursue research studies that
contribute to knowledge about global eye care needs and solutions. We work closely with students on both of these options.
Complete Details: http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad
World Bank Summer Internships
Summer (June - September)
Application period: 1 December - 31 January
The Internship Program is open to students who are nationals of the World Bank’s member countries and attracts a large number of highly qualified candidates. The goal of this program is to offer successful candidates an opportunity to improve their skills as well as the experience of working in an international environment. Interns generally find the experience to be rewarding and interesting.
Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a master’s degree or PhD with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity). Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs.
This program typically seeks candidates in the following fields: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social science (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, as well as other related fields. Fluency in English is required. Prior relevant work experience, computing skills, as well as knowledge of languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese are advantageous.
The bank pays an hourly salary to all interns and, where applicable, provides an allowance toward travel expenses. Interns are responsible for their own living accommodations. Most positions are located in Washington, D.C. (some positions are offered in country offices) and are a minimum of four weeks in duration. See website.
Student Mobility Program
Application Deadline: Monday, 1 February
The Student Mobility Program is designed to support short term-initiatives involving exchanges, study tours, internships, scholarships, etc., in Canada, but projects including elements of reciprocity (i.e., Canadian students to the U.S. or Mexico) are also welcome. Applicants may request up to $10,000 CAD to cover expenses for travel-related expenses including economy class airfare, local transportation, and accommodation.
Please note: All activities must take place after Thursday, 1 April 2010 and finish before Thursday, 31 March 2011. For further details and to download forms, please follow the links below. http://www.international.gc.ca/studies-etudes/mobility-mobilite.aspx?lang=en
Please visit our website for more scholarship opportunities. If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please visit the International Center, WB 147.
Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity: Prize in Ethics
Deadline: Friday, 8 January
The Elie Wiesel Foundation offers up to $5,000 for essays that clearly explore an ethical issue. Essay topics are listed on the foundation web site. More information here.
UVU's Deadline is Monday, 11 January
UVU Advisor: John MacFarlane, (801) 863-6716.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Open to both undergraduate and graduate level students. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.
Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
NSEP link: http://www.borenawards.org/
The Donner/Galbraith scholarship is still accepting applications for the Spring '10 semester. Students in Philosophy or English will be interested to know that preference is geared towards those majors; however, all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Please see the attached PDF for further information.
CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars
New Seminar Themes and Destinations for 2010
Of the twenty seminars offered in twenty-three countries for summer 2010, nine are either completely new or have significantly updated content. Here’s a quick look at the new changes:
Shanghai: Economic Development and Urban Transformation
In response to the demand for a seminar that includes a strong global economics component, we present this new seminar in Shanghai. Set to take place in June, this seminar features a visit to the 2010 World Expo.
Human Rights in Thailand: Military Coups, Social Movements, and Rule of Law
This new and highly active seminar presents a rare opportunity to travel in a country that has both struggled with and fought to protect human rights. Seminar participants will enhance their understanding of this important issue through community interaction, travel, and academic analysis.
For more information, please visit the website.
Check back here to see the Global Engagement Week 2009 Report