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Link Between Study Abroad and Jobs
A new report from NAFSA and Emsi, a global labor-market consulting firm, highlights the employment and workforce benefits of education abroad. While few employers specifically seek out applicants who have studied abroad, more than 31 million job openings require skills that students pick up while overseas and especially value them in management and leadership positions, the report found.
The NAFSA/Emsi analysis of job postings specifically looked at global skills, such as intercultural awareness, global perspectives, and knowledge of a foreign language. But it also included a host of soft skills, like critical thinking, independence, and problem solving. The challenge is that while those skills are developed through study abroad, they’re not exclusively so — which can complicate the employability case for education abroad.
Virtual Institutes being offered for CLS Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program pivoted to virtual this spring, launching CLS Virtual Institutes in six languages for summer 2020. Following the success of this effort, Virtual Institutes will be offered again this fall for the study of nine other critical languages, as well as an additional institute for the study of Chinese.
The application for the 2021 CLS Program is now open with an application deadline of November 17, 2020, and at this time, the resumption of overseas programs will be next summer.
Extended timelines for Gilman
The Department of State have extended scholarship timelines and added flexibility to the Gilman Program, including the Gilman-McCain Award, to allow students to use funding for programs starting any time between January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 (including academic year 2021-2022 programs). Students can also use their Gilman awards for credit-bearing virtual study abroad or international internship programs and there are added new categories of eligible expenses to support limited virtual costs.
New, easily customizable social media toolkits to assist study abroad, fellowship, and other offices in sharing the word about the Gilman Program.
Also, the popular Gilman-CLS advisor workshops have been shifted to a virtual format and added shorter sessions to demystify aspects of the application process for advisors, including how to recruit students and support them during the application process.
Remember the next Gilman Program application cycle opens in January 2021!
Languages.State.Gov Calls for more Americans to learn a foreign language
These opportunities include language programs for individuals and opportunities for U.S. institutions to host a language instructor from overseas, supporting language study in Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, Farsi, and more than 100 other languages. A social media toolkit is available to help your institution spread the word about this new resource. The interactive quiz and search feature will help American individuals and institutions find a U.S. government language training or study abroad program.
This website brings together U.S. government language programs from elementary to graduate school levels to professional programs with plenty of flexibility. The website can be used by all American academic institutions, educators parents and students to find additional resources to learn languages.
Register for NAFSA’s Financial Aid & Study Abroad Year in Review
Register now for NAFSA’s 2020 Financial Aid: Review of a Year in Upheaval. The event will be held on October 21 at 2pm EST. This is a free event and will be recorded. The recording will be accessible to anyone but they will have to log in to the NAFSA website to view it. Anyone can create a log in to the site, you don’t have to be a NAFSA member to log in to the site.
Interested participants are encouraged to continue to provide questions in advance via this Question Submission Form.
NAFSA Panel - All Things Financial Aid and Study Abroad
NAFSA’s Education Abroad Regulatory Practice’s Federal Financial Aid Subcommittee and the Education Abroad Knowledge Community’s Funding Education Abroad Subcommittee are teaming up to present a panel discussion on all things financial aid and study abroad. Including CARES Act/COVID-19, G.I. Bill, virtual study abroad for US based and foreign schools, as well as general topics like COA, and SAP. In advance, the Subcommittees are gathering questions from the field ahead of time.
Please use this link to submit questions for the panel discussion.
The final date/times are still being finalized, but save the date - October 21st, 2020. More information for this event to be posted on the NAFSA website soon.
Forum and NAFSA collaborate on Good Practices of Health & Safety
The Forum and NAFSA are collaborating on renewing and refreshing “Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health & Safety,” written many years ago by the Inter-Organizational Task Force on Health and Safety in Study Abroad. They are assembling a task force of no more than 10 members with representation from different constituencies. This task force will meet online 3-4 times, and the bulk of the work will be done on shared documents. The expected time of completion is early February.
More information can be found online
NAFSA offers Risk Assessment, Student Safety and Management Workshops
NAFSA’s Core Education Program Workshops have gone virtual. Register now for the upcoming workshops as you plan for 2021 programs. Please remember that space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis.
- Student Health and Safety Abroad | October 8, 1:00 p.m. ET–5:00 p.m. ET
- Risk Assessment and Crisis Management in Education Abroad Programming | October 15, 1:00 p.m. ET–5:00 p.m. ET
- Management Essentials for Education Abroad | November 12-13, 1:00 p.m. ET–5:00 p.m. ET
Registration Open for Virtual Gilman and CLS Advisor Workshop
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and the Critical Language Scholarship Program are excited to announce a virtual Gilman and CLS Advisor Workshop. The workshop will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, September 18th, 2020 and will be hosted by the University of Oregon.
The virtual workshop will begin via Zoom at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) and will conclude by 2:15 p.m. (Pacific Time). There is no fee to attend the virtual workshop. Space is limited and will be filled on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously attended an advisor workshop and applicants who work at institutions in the same or neighboring region as the workshop host. In the case of a large number of applications, workshop attendance may be limited to two representatives per institution.
Please complete the application in one sitting; the application should take about 10 minutes to complete. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 28, 2020.
Stevens Initiative funds Kennesaw IVE project
The Stevens Initiative is proud to announce its 2020 Design with a Partner Grantees, which will connect youth in Morocco and the United States through virtual exchange. The Initiative is funding four partnerships for the design and implementation of virtual exchange programs that connect youth in Morocco and the United States, and Kennesaw State University is one of them!
Hassan II University of Casablanca and Kennesaw State University’s Women’s Leadership Virtual Exchange engages students from both universities in a unique cross-cultural virtual exchange experience focused on better understanding women’s leadership through research, analysis, and digital storytelling. This project provides participating students with a better understanding of the challenges and obstacles that exist for increasing women’s rights and leadership roles in society. Students not only gain a learning experience around the topic of women’s leadership, but they also advance their abilities to work in international and intercultural contexts as they develop the intercultural competency needed in today’s global society.
More details here: 2020 Design with a Partner Grantees