International Education in the USG
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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
Feedback from Study Abroad Financial Aid Workshop
The evaluation survey from the Study Abroad (SA) Financial Aid (FA) Workshop closed today and we received some valuable information and feedback. Participants left the workshop with concrete ideas they plan to implement such as: better coordination and in-person meetings between the SA and FA offices; coordinated efforts in encouraging Pell students to utilize Gilman; how to plan Maymester to allow for students to take better advantage of financial aid; and information about study abroad financial aid audits. Participants learned a lot from their colleagues at different institutions and also had great suggestions for future workshops that include: a similar topic workshop that is more hands-on and/or also invites bursars and registrars; exchange workshop and marketing study abroad programs. We’ll follow-up with further workshop planning; stay tuned!
Forum Regional Workshop Recipients
Congratulations to Mary Davis (Albany State University) and Laura Thomason (Middle Georgia State University) for receiving the 2 free registration passes for the upcoming USG hosted Forum Regional Workshops held at the system office on December 12, 2018. We hope that other USG colleagues will consider joining us. Further information is posted on the Forum’s website and we encourage you to register by the November 30th deadline.
Forum Regional Workshops Hosted by USG
The USG will host 2 half-day Forum Regional Workshops on Wednesday December 12, 2018 at our office in downtown Atlanta (270 Washington St., SW Atlanta, GA 30334). All are welcome to register on the Workshop & Training Forum website and attend. The cost is $240 for Forum Members and $325 for Non Members.
The USG International Education office has 2 complementary passes to distribute to USG staff/faculty who wish to register* for one of the sessions: Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3) OR Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7). *Please note that the complementary passes are for registration only, and participants who receive the complementary pass will still need to pay for their transportation to/from Atlanta and parking.
Please apply by Monday October 29, 2018 at 5pm EST using the Attend a Forum Regional Workshop hosted by the USG link. Winners will be notified by Wednesday November 7th, which leaves enough time to register by the Forum deadline (November 30, 2018).
2018 International Education Week
International Education Week (IEW), November 12-16, 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. The USG International Education office is requesting that campus’ please submit details of their plans and events via the 2018 International Education Week Google Form so that we can promote on the USG International Education Week website.
Fall 2018 Study Abroad & Financial Aid Workshop
Registration is now open for the USG International Education Fall 2018 Study Abroad & Financial Aid Workshop. To be held at Middle Georgia State (Room 212) on Tuesday October 16, 2018, the workshop will cover: Using Financial Aid for Study Abroad; Study Abroad Financial Aid Challenges; and Study Abroad Financial Aid Partnerships. Spread the word! Especially to colleagues who work in Financial Aid.
USG joins Generation Study Abroad
The University System of Georgia has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans to gain international experience through study abroad programs. IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling and diversifying the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. The USG’s membership means that all institutions within the system, regardless of whether your institution has pledged your committment, are eligible for Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants.
Augusta University’s Exploration of Genetics and Biology in Iceland
Augusta University’s Study Abroad Program: Exploration of Genetics and Biology in Iceland has been featured on Fellowship Travel International’s website. Read more: https://www.fellowship.com/blog/2018/06/21/augusta-universitys-exploration-of-genetics-and-biology-in-iceland/
Gilman Scholarship Application Open for Spring/Summer 2019
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the online application is open for students participating in credit-bearing study abroad and international internship programs during the spring 2019 and summer 2019 terms.
All applications are due Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by 11:59pm (central time).
Advisors have until October 9, 2018 to certify applications.