The International Center wishes to extend a special congratulations to all of the international students who recently graduated from UVU this spring. We thank you for your contribution to the university and wish you the best in all of your future endeavors!
Simon Gilmour, Wen C. Yang, Einseon Park, Tsubasa Kosaka, Kyuyeol Seong, Eun Young Cho, Kuniyuki Toma, and Ah Jung Jin. Special congratulations to Simon Gilmour, Valedictorian of the Woodbury School of Business.
Jin Sook Park, Masaki Takato, Jin S. Yang, Eun Kyu Lee, Elaine Leandro, JiHyun Kim, JooHan Bang, Moon Sung Hwang, Risa Takahashi, Adam G. Tayler, and Ani V. Nachtajler.
Hyo Jin Yi, Kyoung Sun Lim, Angella J. Mullings, Vinicius M. Carvalheiro, Battsetset Dorjmenchim, Shuhei Asakura, Jinkuk Lee, Mario J. Castro, Solongo Tolya, Sara L. Drouaillet Mendez, Shinechuu Bumuutseren, Nawang S. Sherpa, Seok Kyo Han, Ching-Yi Yu, Sarah M. Tuttle, Katie Y. Barber, Solongoo Baatarkhuyag, Ayaka Ohe, Nicholas D. Van Vuuren, Hanson Jeong, Percy V. Murillo, Jose S. Santana, Batzaya Altangerel, Yasuharu Mizuno, HyunMOrk Jung, Hanwoong Cho, Clement I. Ali, and Monica A. Salas.
New York Times Global Review will be back in the Fall
The International Center sponsors a New York Times Global Review which will be held every Thursday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in WB 147. It will begin Thursday, 16 September, 2010.
UVU faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend to participate in lively and critical discussion about events covered in the New York Times. A different faculty or staff member will lead the discussions each week. Attendees are asked to bring along a copy of the daily edition of the New York Times. Pizza and water will be provided. See flyer.
Who: Students, faculty, and staff
What: New York Times Global Review
When: Every Thursday this Fall Semester from 12:00 - 1:00 pm starting 16 September
Where: WB 147 International Center
Why: An engaging participation in a lively and critical discussion about events covered in the New York Times.
Sponsored by: UVU International Center, Student Government, and the Utah Democracy Project.
Salt Lake Committee on Foreign Relations
Wednesday, 19 May, 2010
"The History and Evolution of Foreign Policy Analysis. Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases," Valerie Hudson, professor of political science, BYU, and one of Foreign Policy's 100 “thinkers” for her book Bare Branches. Lecture: 6:00 pm, social: 7:00 pm, dinner: 8:00 pm at the Alta Club in SLC.
Global Spotlight China: Coming this Fall
UVU students will have a competitive advantage in a global workplace to the extent that they understand different cultural traditions and institutional frameworks and acquire necessary analytical skills grounded in their academic disciplines. To better prepare globally competent citizens, the International Center sponsors an annual Global Spotlight Country program. This year the Global Spotlight will be China. Programming will cross disciplinary lines and may include coverage of education, science, technology, art, health, politics, business, environmental issues, human rights, etc. Through participation in program events, faculty, students, and community guests will break down stereotypes, connect across cultures, and develop the habits of mind appropriate for global understanding.
International Internships: Interested in expanding your education globally?
The International Center encourages you to explore the possibilities of an International Internship. An international experience could make all the difference in obtaining the career position you desire in the future. Start exploring the opportunities and make a plan for an international internship.
The International Center maintains strong connections with international internship host offices around the world, but there are also many UVU faculty and staff and community members who have international connections. In preparing for an international internship be sure to explore possibilities with campus or community contacts.
If you would like information about prospective internship placements please click here.
Follow UVU students as they intern abroad at the UVU International Study Programs Blog.
Scholarships and other funding options here.
Arabic Language Camps for Middle and Highschool Students
First session: Monday, 21 June–Wednesday, 14 July
Second session: Monday, 19 July–Wednesday, 11 August
The National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC), with headquarters at BYU, was again awarded a STARTALK grant to sponsor intensive-Arabic-language summer camps for high school students (as well as a teacher training component). These camps consist of hands-on learning through immersion in the language and culture. Students are housed in BYU on-campus facilities. Following these camps, students may continue studying Arabic through BYU Independent Study’s award-winning Arabic without Walls. There will also be a sampler camp experience for middle school and high school non-residential students who already have some background in Arabic. There is no set deadline for application, but students should apply soon as there are a limited numbers of places for the residential camps. See website.
BYU French Camp for Highschool Students
The Department of French and Italian at Brigham Young University will offer a three-week-long French camp (days only) for high school students. The camp aims to help students prepare for college-level French or for travel abroad. Students will also be eligible to earn high school credit. In addition to language instruction each morning, the program will provide students with opportunities to practice the language while engaging in various culture-based activities. Sport, photography, journalism, history, cuisine, and film will all figure into the schedule. The cost will be $379 for three weeks and will include lunch. More information (including the online application) may be found online.
Istanbul Summer School
Application deadline: Monday, 31 May
Istanbul, The Capital of Empires Past
Summer Program 2010, Monday, 5–Friday, 30 July
Come and explore the intricacies of Istanbul, an ancient city, and surrounding areas across its many manifestations through lectures by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Turkish scholars married to hands-on, guided tours of well-known as well as off-the-beaten-path landmarks. You will also have the opportunity to study and learn the basics of the Turkish language while being hosted by local university students. The program is composed of a lecture series covering a survey of the history and culture of Istanbul and an introductory Turkish language course. Please see the informational brochure or the website for more details.
Teach Abroad with CIEE
Work overseas and teach English abroad in Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, or Thailand with CIEE. Change the lives of you and your students. Connect with local communities in ways no traveler can. In countries all over the world live people with a great desire to learn the English language - and to absorb American culture. Be part of this essential historical and cultural exchange as you teach English to your students by sharing your culture: share stories about your family, your work, and your interests alongside vocabulary and verb conjugation. Your favorite shirt, song, sports team, and stories become exotic ambassadors for your home country - and give your culture a dimension it never has in headlines and movies. Whether you are a recent graduate, an experienced teacher, or a professional ready for a change, CIEE is devoted to increasing opportunities for you to teach English overseas - and for students abroad to learn. Read more here.
MicroBusiness Mentors Internships
Want hands-on experience with a micro-credit organization right here in Provo? (See flyer for more details.)
Volunteer Positions Available:
Spanish Trainers (Spanish Speaking Business Major)
English Trainers (Business Major)
Alumni Trainers (Spanish Speaking Business Major)
Outreach Trainers (Spanish Speaking)
Accountant (Spanish Speaking Accounting Major)
Human Resource Director
Marketing/Public Relations Director
How to apply: Email your resume and desired position to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll contact you soon with interview information!
International Education News
The United States Improves Global Image
The BBC World Service Poll, conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA, reports that global views of the United States have improved greatly over the last year. Read more here.
Latin America Hopes to Lift Global Profile
Latin American universities are working to increase their international education profile and exchange. The Chronicle of Higher Education examines the barriers these countries face, as well as the successes that are beginning to emerge, focusing on Chile, which has the largest per capita investment in Latin America. Francisco Marmolejo, executive director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration and a NAFSA board member, states that "Their focus is quite explicit: The entire education agenda is centered on boosting the competitiveness of Chile." Read more here.
A Need For More Colloboration Among North American Universities
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the 13th North American Higher Education Conference, held by the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC). The conference focused on such issues as the lack of a strategy in North America regarding the internationalization of higher education and the need for inter-regional collaboration. Read more here.
Book: Staff Pick
Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China by James Hessler
Hessler, who first wrote about China in his 2001 bestseller, River Town, a portrait of his Peace Corps years in Fuling, continues his conflicted affair with that complex country in a second book that reflects the maturity of time and experience. Having lived in China for a decade now, fluent in Mandarin and working as a correspondent in Beijing, Hessler displays impressive knowledge, research and personal encounters as he brings the country's peoples, foibles and history into sharp focus. He frames his narrative with short chapters about Chinese artifacts: the underground city being excavated at Anyang; the oracle bones of the title ("inscriptions on shell and bone" considered the earliest known writing in East Asia); and he pays particular attention to how language affects culture, often using Chinese characters and symbols to make a point.A talented writer and journalist, Hessler has courage—he's undercover at the Falun Gong demonstrations in Tiananmen Square and in the middle of anti-American protests in Nanjing after the Chinese embassy bombings in Belgrade—and a sense of humor (the Nanjing rioters attack a statue of Ronald McDonald since Nanjing has no embassies). The tales of his Fuling students' adventures in the new China's boom towns; the Uighur trader, an ethnic minority from China's western border, who gets asylum after entering the U.S. with jiade (false) documents; the oracle bones scholar Chen Mengjia, who committed suicide during the Cultural Revolution—all add a seductive element of human interest.There's little information available in China, we learn, but Hessler gets the stories that no one talks about and delivers them in a personal study that informs, entertains and mesmerizes. Everyone in the Western world should read this book.
"A great read if you want a personal approach to China's history." Book chosen by Leanna Escobar. More info here.