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– February 06, 2020 –
Center for Chinese Bie-modern Studies symposium at Georgia Southwestern State

The Center for Chinese Bie-modern Studies (CCBMS) at Georgia Southwestern State University in collaboration with the Institute of Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education of Shanghai Normal University and the Center for Bie-modern Studies at the University of Primorska, will host an international symposium to be held October 1st – 3rd 2020 in Americus Georgia. Dr. Wang Jianjiang, a Chinese scholar in Shanghai has proposed a theory of “Bie-modernism” as a way to discuss the contemporary Chinese experience as unique and different from the western phenomenon. The concept of Bie-modern can be applied to a variety of disciplines and not merely art and aesthetics. We are calling for papers on a wide range of topics that engage issues in contemporary Chinese culture or cultures in similarly developing countries. Paper proposals are encouraged from all disciplines. Selected papers will be compiled and published in book form. For more information about the CCBMS visit: Center for Chinese Bie-Modern Studies


– January 21, 2020 –
Laura Thomason competes on Jeopardy!

Check out our very own Laura Thomason from Middle Georgia State University - a contestant on Jeopardy! A video and more information on the 13WMAZ website here.


– January 13, 2020 –
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


– January 10, 2020 –
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


– January 07, 2020 –
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.


– December 18, 2019 –
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


– December 16, 2019 –
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.


– December 12, 2019 –
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


– December 10, 2019 –
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.


– November 26, 2019 –
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


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