International Education in the USG
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Carla Bluhm from CCGA walks Camino into Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Read about Dr. Carla Bluhm’s experience walking one of several Camino paths into Santiago de Compostela, Spain, during the second half of spring semester 2019. Dr. Bluhm ultimately walked 460,000 steps over 230 miles and carried her pack herself the entire way! Dr. Bluhm is a an Associate Professor of Psychology at College of Coastal Georgia. More information can be found by accessing the Global Mariners Newsletter of the Office of International Education
Kennesaw hosts ‘Year of Cuba’ conference in March 2020
Kennesaw State University will host “Transformation and Continuity in Cuba” March 20-21, 2020. This ‘Year of Cuba Conference’ invites interdisciplinary approaches to the multiple, enriching, and conflicting intersections taking place in this country. This forum serves as a platform to engage in scholarly conversations that will contribute to understanding the complexities of Cuba, generating new forms of engagement and learning, and appreciating the many forms of Cuban’s resiliency and contributions to the world. Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is October 1, 2019. More information can be found here or by contacting Dr. Dan Paracka at email@example.com.
Congratulate USG students for receiving 2019-2020 Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships!
The Fund for Education Abroad recently released the names of 135 FEA Scholarship Recipients for 2019-2020 and several of our USG students were on the list. The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has increased access to international education by granting a record-breaking 135 scholarships totaling $406,000 to US students consistently underrepresented in study abroad and the introduction of six new dedicated scholarships.
Congratulations to the following USG students!
- GALILEA GARCIA University of Georgia; Tanzania; Summer
- KOURTNEY KING Albany State University; Spain; Summer *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
- DARIUS MOORE Albany State University; Japan; Summer *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
- JAQUELIN PADILLAUniversity of Georgia; Denmark & Finland; Summer *DIS Scholarship
- ROSA PADILLA University of West Georgia; Costa Rica; Summer *Artigas-Etchegaray Family Scholarship
- CARLOS SSENYONJO Georgia Institute of Technology; Germany, England, Austria, Italy, France; Summer
New Scholarship from NAFSA and the Fund for Education Abroad
NAFSA has just announced a new partnership with the Fund for Education Abroad to create the NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship. Funded by an endowment that was established by Tamara H. Bryant, this scholarship will create opportunities for African American undergraduate students to study abroad and gain valuable experiences that will prepare them for the increasingly global environment into which they will graduate. NAFSA has pledged $90,000 from proceeds of the endowment to the FEA to fund multiple scholarships each year for African-American students who wish to study abroad and who embody Mrs. Bryant’s spirit of resilience and commitment to intercultural exchange.
University of West Georgia AAMI Brazil Study Abroad Program
University of West Georgia students at the airport, with their passports in hand, on their way to Brazil. The University of West Georgia received one of the USG’s International Education Grants and was able to fund these African American Male Institute (AAMI) students and their passports. Boa viagem!
CIEE offers Gilman Go Global Grants
CIEE strives to break down barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to provide access to international education for every student who wants to study abroad.
Gilman Go Global Grants All qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, regardless of whether they receive the Gilman Scholarship, are GUARANTEED:
- $2,500 toward program costs of a CIEE semester program, or
- $1,000 toward program costs of a CIEE summer program.
- Plus, all Gilman Go Global Grant recipients automatically receive a GAIN Travel Grant to cover the cost of airfare!
Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Travel Grants All Pell students are GUARANTEED a GAIN Travel Grant of up to $2,000 toward airfare for travel to a CIEE program if they submit their CIEE scholarship application by April 1 for summer and fall programs.
Learn more about the GAIN Travel Grant and the Gilman Go Global Grant at: https://www.ciee.org/go-abroad/college-study-abroad/scholarships/gain-travel-grant-and-gilman-go-global-need-based-grants
KSU hosts Year of Morocco Conference
Kennesaw State University hosts Year of Morocco Conference March 15-16, 2019. The conference includes:
- KEYNOTE SPEAKER - by Dr. Loubna H. Skalli;
- PANEL DISCUSSIONS - 30 presentations from leading scholars, policy-makers, and community leaders from six different countries;
- CONCERT PERFORMANCE - Innov Gnawa, a Grammy-nominated musical collective.
To register visit Kennesaw’s website: Year of Morocco Conference Note: KSU faculty and students can attend individual sessions for free!
Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad
The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad seeks to increase the capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) to grow and diversify study abroad programs for U.S. students through a small grants competition and capacity building activities. Approximately 21 higher education institutions in the United States will be selected to receive grants of up to $35,000. This is a program of the U.S Department of State with funding provided by the United States Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning. USA Study Abroad is part of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
The Program Goals:
- Increase the number of U.S. undergraduate students studying or interning abroad for credit.
- Diversify American student mobility, both in terms of the students taking part and the destinations where they travel.
- Gain access to study abroad best practices through an in-person community and virtual library of resources.
Applications must be submitted by March 29, 2019 at 11:59pm Eastern time via the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad’s application portal.
Happy IEW from the USG
The USG system office celebrated International Education Week with an international potluck. We guessed World Heritage Sites, discussed where we would like to travel and feasted on delicious international dishes including: Arroz de Coco; Sweet Plantains; Greek Salad; Egg Drop Soup; Pao de Queijo; Curried Chickpeas with Spinach; Carne Caliente; Stuffed Grape Leaves and Falafel; Hummus; Mediterranean Lentil Chili; Korean Buns and Kimchi; Cheese Danish; and a Toblerone cake! We also chatted a bit about the numerous activities our institutions put on for International Education Week. Check them out on our list of 2018 IEW activities on USG campuses.
Congrats to UGA’s Markus Crepaz for receiving Forum award
Congratulations to Markus Crepaz, from the University of Georgia, for receiving the Forum on Education Abroad’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design for his course “The Politics of Development,” which is part of UGA’s South Africa Study Abroad Program in Stellenbosch. The course, which has run for ten years, has strong ties to Stellenbosch University and to local NGO, Vision Afrika, enabling the students to form connections to the local community in an intentional way, with an emphasis on best practices service learning. Read more on the Forum’s website: Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design