Are You a Global Citizen?
A recent survey by WorldPublicOpinion.org, a collaborative project of research centers around the world managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, reveals that the more people know people from different regions of the world, the more they view themselves as global citizens. Learn more about the 21-nation survey on attitudes about global citizenship.
Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival
Friday 10 July - Sunday 12 July
Friday 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Washington Square, Salt Lake City Celebrating its ninth year in 2009, the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival will take place at Washington Square in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City. The Festival begins at 5:00pm on Friday and 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. FREE clinics will be held on Friday and Saturday at the University of Utah in Libby Gardner Hall. Don't miss this world class jazz festival! Tickets: $16/Per Day $30/Three Day Pass Free/Children (12 and Under) For more information and to view program, please visit the Salt Lake City Intl. Jazz Festival website.
Program Director-Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
Work in the international community with the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD). UCCD seeks a Program Director to prepare professional programs for emerging leaders from around the world who travel to Utah as guests of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Job close date Monday 13 July. More information available here.
Summer Festival - Vietnamese Unified Buddhist Church of Utah
Saturday 18 July, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Rose Park Elementary, Salt Lake City. Come experience Summer Festival, the most exciting day of the summer. Bring your family and friends with you to join the Vietnamese unified Buddhist Association for fantastic times, unbelievable food, drinks, arts, games, activities, music and performances by various professional and multi-cultural groups. Tickets: Free Admission. For more information, please visit Summer Festival website.
Llama Fest at the Spanish Fork Krishna Temple
Saturday 18 July 18 The Llama Fest was originally conceived as an opportunity to highlight Llamas and their owners in the most public way possible: in the overall cultural context of food, music, spinning and weaving demonstrations, music, dance, and competitions between the llamas and their handlers. To find out more about this festival, visit the website.
2nd Annual Samoan Cultural Celebration Festival
Sunday 19 July -Saturday 25 July, TBA, Utah State Fair Park, Salt Lake City. The 2nd Annual Samoan Cultural Celebration Festival brings together the Samoan community in Utah and in her neighboring states. This year's celebration will feature food booths, craft booths, rugby tournament, cricket tournament, sports for the youth, scholarship programs, and nightly entertainment at its best. For more information, please visit the Samoa Cultural Celebration of Utah website.
Navajo Tribal Gathering at Salt Lake Liberty Park
Friday 24 July. Opportunities to experience the rhythms, sights, and sounds of Utah's tribal cultures are simply unforgettable. For more information on modern Utah Tribes and events contact Utah State Division of Indian Affairs, (801) 538-8803 or visit website.
Summer Arabic Camps at BYU
The 2008 BYU Summer Arabic camps consist of one session from Monday, 23 June to Wednesday, 15 July and another session from Monday, 20 July to Wednesday, 12 August. Both have openings and will offer two tracks: a fast-track option will allow approximately twelve experienced or gifted language learners to complete the equivalent of BYU’s Arabic 101 course and receive four university credit hours for their efforts; a parallel but more moderately-paced track will allow another group of approximately twelve students to complete the equivalent of a rigorous year of high school Arabic and receive the corresponding credit. All students will come away with a solid repertoire of pragmatic speaking and reading skills, and a first-class introduction to Arab culture, popular and high. Students who are accepted are strongly encouraged to continue their study via Arabic without Walls, a distance learning course developed by the National Middle East Language Resource Center (based at BYU) and the University of California Consortium on Language Learning and Teaching. Apply now!
Call for Papers/Abstracts/Submissions
8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel
Honolulu Hawaii, USA
13–16 January 2010
Submission deadline: Friday, 21 August 2009
The 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines. Cross-disciplinary submissions with other fields are welcome. You may submit your paper/proposal by using the online submission system! Submit well in advance of the above deadline and take advantage of the NEW low early bird registration rate. See website for details. Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods at the University of Louisville.
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 100.
How Do You Start an International Career?
Watch as Nikita Desai shares advice with current students who may be considering international careers. Desai, who was a Fulbright scholar and worked in Mongolia for the Peace Corps, has an MBA and a master’s degree in international policy studies. She has also done research in human trafficking.
Daughters of the American Revolution-Cogswell Nursing Scholarship
Application deadline: Saturday, 15 August 2009
This DAR scholarship is awarded to students who are accepted or enrolled in an accredited school of nursing.
Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship
Application deadline: Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Planning to study abroad? The Gilman scholarship offers financial aid for students who are pursuing study abroad opportunities.
UVU application deadline: Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Looking to travel the world? The Fulbright is an amazing opportunity to study or research abroad in one of 140 different countries for an entire year.
Jacob K. Javits
Application deadline: Saturday, 3 October 2009
The Javits provides financial assistance to students preparing to undertake study leading to a doctoral or master’s degree. Applicants must be studying in the field of arts, humanities, or social sciences.
National Clandestine Service—CIA
The CIA's National Clandestine Service (NCS) is seeking highly qualified applicants with foreign language and cultural expertise that can make a difference to protect our country's security. NCS Language Officers engage in translation, interpretation, and other language-specific functions in support of intelligence issues of critical importance to U.S. national security. This career track offers rewarding, fast-paced, and high-impact challenges.
Applicants must possess a high degree of personal integrity, a love of country, a team-player attitude, strong interpersonal skills and advanced English and foreign language skills. They welcome applicants from various academic and professional backgrounds. All applicants must successfully undergo several personal interviews, medical and psychological exams, aptitude, and language testing, a polygraph interview, and a background investigation. Following entry on duty, candidates will undergo job-specific training. U.S. citizenship required. An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force. For more information, see website.
U.S. State Department Internships
Fall application deadline: Sunday, 1 March
Spring application deadline: Wednesday, 1 July
Summer application deadline: Sunday, 1 November
The State Department offers both domestic and foreign internships to undergraduate and graduate students. About half of the domestic internships are in Washington, D.C.; the rest are at State Department offices in other large cities in the country. The foreign internships are located in embassies and consulates throughout the world (except, of course, at dangerous locations). Students on these internships often end up doing some fairly substantial work, including writing reports (e.g., human rights issues), working with people applying for visas, helping Americans in distress, helping organize high-level conferences and visits, and assisting with trade negotiations. Foreign-language ability is a plus for internships abroad.
Students may apply for these internships through http://www.studentjobs.gov; just put "internship" in the "Search" field.
For other government job opportunities, go to http://makingthedifference.org. This is a very helpful and informative site that links to all the various federal agencies.
Junior Professional Fellows Program
United Nations University, New York Office (UNU-ONY)
Application deadline: Monday, 30 November (February to July session).
The responsibilities of the Junior Professional Fellows (JPFs) range widely, encompassing all aspects of UNU-ONY's work: events, marketing, partnership fund-raising, and policy research. The aim is to develop partnerships and activities in Latin America, given the geographic proximity with the New York Office. Since Spanish translations can also be an important element in this cooperation, good written and spoken knowledge of Spanish is preferable. These are unpaid positions. On the job training and support is provided throughout the internship. See details on website.
2009 Glimpse Correspondents Program
Spring 2010 Program
Correspondents must be abroad for a minimum of ten weeks, 15 January–31 May 2010.
Application goes live: September; application deadline: 1 November; winners announced: December
The Glimpse Correspondents Program is an exciting opportunity for talented young writers and photographers who will be abroad for at least ten weeks. The program encourages participants to engage with people from other cultures, to seek out thought-provoking experiences, and to share their stories from abroad. You don't have to be a Correspondent to contribute to Glimpse. We invite anyone who is going abroad to submit a story proposal, start a blog, participate in our ongoing photo contests, or share an Insider Tip. For more information, see website.
NEWS IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Global Students - On Point Radio with Tom Ashbrook of WBUR
Listen to the show.
Iranian Students, Professors in the News
Several news outlets are reporting on protests in Iran and related impacts on students and professors. Inside Higher Ed provides an overview of student activism in Iran, and looks at how several institutions in the United States have formed relationships with schools in Iran. The Chronicle of Higher Education summarizes several news reports claiming that 70 professors affiliated with the Islamic Society of University Professors were arrested last week following a meeting with opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi.
NAFSA Supports Campaign to Open Travel to Cuba
NAFSA recently joined several other groups in supporting a campaign to open travel to Cuba. The campaign, Open Cuba, is an effort to connect Americans and Cubans through the freedom of travel, and is being sponsored by Orbitz, LLC. If you'd like to sign the petition that will go to U.S. leaders, please visit the Open Cuba Website.
David Killion as U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO
On June 25, President Obama nominated David Killion to be the next U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with the rank of ambassador. As a senior professional staff member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Killion has played a leading role in advancing important international education and exchange initiatives to strengthen U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy, including helping to draft and shepherd through the House of Representatives the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act. Read more here.
U.S. House of Representatives Passes Simon BIll
Yesterday marked a historic day for international education when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Simon Study Abroad Act as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization bill (H.R. 2410).
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who e-mailed and made phone calls to their representatives, urging support for this bill. It could not have happened without our collective efforts to voice support for this legislation that will widen access to opportunities of education abroad for U.S. students.
The Foreign Relations Act, introduced last month by Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.), is a comprehensive piece of legislation to enhance U.S. foreign policy efforts.
"NAFSA commends Representative Berman and the House of Representatives for their leadership on this legislation that provides a much-needed boost in our capacity to engage with the world," said NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Marlene M. Johnson. "We especially applaud the inclusion of the Simon Study Abroad Act, which will increase fourfold the number of students studying abroad each year in quality programs across the globe and will ensure that our college graduates have the skills they need to meet today's global demands."
The next important step will be getting the bill passed through the Senate. It was introduced in the Senate earlier in the year by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) and has garnered 32 cosponsors to date.
As the Simon bill progresses through the Senate, and ultimately to President Obama's desk, NAFSA will provide updates and opportunities for you to advocate for its passage into law. To be the first to receive these notices, please register for NAFSA's Advocacy Centered Team (ACT), and select Education Abroad as an area of interest.
Read more here. Another article here.
States Market their own Brand of Education to International Students
States such as Hawaii, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island increasingly are marketing themselves and their higher education institutions to international students through specialized groups, reports Inside Higher Ed. Read more here.
Columnist Calls on United States to Boost Number of Students from Latin America
In an opinion article, Miami Herald columnist Andrew Oppenheimer argues that while last week's approval of the Simon Study Abroad Act by the House is a positive step forward, the United States must also increase the number of foreign students--especially students from Latin America and the Caribbean-- studying in the United States.
Chinese coming to a school near you
Education > New 'dual immersion' programs cure monolingualism
Salt Lake Tribune Gov. Jon Huntsman's appointment as ambassador to China isn't Utah's only Far East bragging right.
We have the nation's highest percentage of public-school students studying Mandarin, mostly at the high-school level. And now Mandarin is trickling into elementary schools, securing Utah's leadership role and signaling a renewed focus on bilingual education, say state education officials.
"Dual immersion" programs in Mandarin, French and Spanish are coming to 21 elementary schools next year. As the name implies, students at those schools will spend half of every school day immersed in a world language, learning math, science and social studies. Reading and language arts are taught in English. Read more here.