International Education in the USG
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Registration Open Now - Year of Cuba at KSU
The ‘Year of Cuba’ Conference will take place at Kennesaw State University from March 20-21, 2020. This forum serves as a platform to engage in scholarly conversations that 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. Registration costs $150 and is open now, due by February 28, 2020. For further information, access the Year of Cuba Conference Program
France Student Visa Type Update
The Consulate of France has announced it will no longer be issuing Temporary Long-Stay visas (VLS-T), the visa that was issued for stays between 3 and 6 months. As of December 2019, all students studying abroad in France for more than 90 days must apply for a Long-Stay Visa (VLS-TS) which allows them to apply for a residence permit while in France. In years past, this visa was only issued to students staying 6 months or longer. Further information can be found via NAFSA’s Education Abroad Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee
New Guidance on Post-9/11 Veterans Benefits for Education Abroad
NAFSA’s Education Abroad Reg Practice (EARP) Federal Financial Aid Subcommittee has produced New Post 9-11 GI Bill Guidance for Study Abroad. As of December 2019, there are new rules and guidance which will need to be implemented by August 1, 2020. NAFSA has created a website that shares information gathered from VA officials, other veteran groups, etc. For more information, see: New Guidance on Post-9/11 Veterans Benefits for Education Abroad - which will be continually updated as the EARP group discovers more of the nuances and interpretations of the law(s).
Also, mark your calendars and join NAFSA’s Collegial Conversation on January 30, 2020 for more information on this topic.
First Annual Study Abroad Day
Save-the-date to Celebrate the 1st Annual Study Abroad Day - Monday, February 24, 2020. The goal is to bring awareness to Study Abroad and its lasting impacts to campuses and the global community, especially providing support to the efforts of Education Abroad professionals. More information about and how to get involved online: National Study Abroad Day
IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) $35,000 Grant Opportunity
The IDEAS Program (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) - formerly Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad grant application is open now through February 28, 2020! This $35,000 award is available for higher education institutions who want to create, expand, or diversify their study abroad offerings. The full RFP is available on the World Learning website if you are interested in learning more.
Additionally, there are five IDEAS Incubator workshops at higher education institutions around the United States - including one at the University of Georgia on Friday February 28, 2020. Registration for these free, one-day workshops is open to study abroad professionals or professors who are interested in learning more about how to support study abroad on their campus.
Overseas Resident Director Opportunities for Faculty
American Councils for International Education is seeking qualified Resident Directors to work on overseas summer programs for a variety of languages. Individual programs are designed for high school students or undergraduate and graduate college students. Programs will be held in a variety of locations around the world from early June to August 2020.
Resident Directors represent American Councils on programs overseas and are the first line of support for students participating in these programs. The Resident Director works with the host institution, manages communications between stakeholders, arranges logistics for the group, advises participants as required, and resolves medical and other issues as necessary. Competitive applicants will have demonstrated student support experience for undergraduate, graduate, or high school students, preferably with experience leading or supporting students in study abroad or language immersion activities in the country of the individual program.
Applicants must have advanced proficiency in the language specific to the position for which they are applying. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. All positions and more information cam be found: American Councils for International Education
Danielle Smith with Georgia Southern’s Parker School of Business
Check out our very own Danielle Smith from Georgia Southern’s Parker School of Business in this short video discussing their goal to help students be prepared for life post-graduation and how they do that on Metro Atlanta CEO’s website.
Georgia Southern Opens Center in Ireland
Georgia Southern University leaders traveled to Ireland last week to officially open its learning center in Wexford. Georgia Southern University is the first public university in the United States to open an outreach learning facility in Ireland. The new Irish learning center grew from the long-time partnership between Wexford and Savannah, and Georgia Southern’s Center for Irish Research and Teaching. Read the full article on Savannah Now: Georgia Southern opens center in Ireland
International Education Week USG System Office Press Release
In association and celebration of International Education Week, the USG system office issued a press release: “Students Benefit from International Education Opportunities” discussing international education in Georgia and highlighting some initiatives including USG Goes Global and CASSIE: Consortium for Analysis of Student Success through International Education. Highlights here:
“Students who study abroad enjoy an advantage in terms of timely graduation,” said Angela Bell, USG’s vice chancellor of Research and Policy Analysis. “These advantages are especially powerful for minority students and for students who receive need-based aid. Students who study abroad are more likely to graduate on time than those who do not.”
CASSIE’s findings, USG’s Momentum Year focus on student success, and one of the goals of the new Strategic Plan 2024 are among the reasons the USG has invested in the USG Goes Global program. This new approach to study abroad programs is a collaboration among USG institutions to provide quality, affordable and impactful faculty-led study abroad opportunities to all USG undergraduate students.
“The data from CASSIE’s good work proves the value of these experiences for students, and we plan to continue our efforts to provide international education opportunities to all students at every institution,” said Tammy Rosner, USG’s director of International Education. “We are building on the CASSIE data to grow USG Goes Global and help provide quality and affordable study abroad programs accessible to all USG students.”
Full press release can be read here: Students Benefit from International Education Opportunities
UNG to host Conference of the Americas in February 2020
The University of North Georgia will host the 23rd Annual Conference of the Americas on February 21- 22, 2020 on its Gainesville Campus. Americas Council and this multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary conference provides a venue in which faculty from the University System of Georgia (USG) can engage and share their interest and expertise regarding the USA, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Presenters and participants will explore critical socio-cultural, political, economic, global, regional and national issues including the challenges and opportunities facing Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. While the focus of this conference is primarily for faculty members, the Americas Council also strongly encourages graduate and undergraduate students to participate. More information can be found on the Americas Council website.