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– March 26, 2018 –
U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative

The American Council on Education (ACE) is now accepting applications for the U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative. The U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative is an award program aimed at expanding U.S.-Japan higher education ties through collaborative online international learning (COIL).

A limited number of U.S. higher education institutions (accredited, degree-granting) will be selected to work with new or existing Japanese partner institutions to develop one or more COIL courses.

Application Deadline is May 31, 2018

Institutions will be able to:

  • Engage faculty in campus internationalization and integrate global learning in the curriculum
  • Strengthen your students’ cultural competencies and increase opportunities to study abroad
  • Receive guidance from ACE, COIL experts, and peer institutions

For further information, contact or visit

– March 13, 2018 –
CIEE Generation Study Abroad Access Grant

CIEE is now accepting grant proposals for the 2019 $20,000 Generation Study Abroad Access Grant. Interested faculty have until April 13, 2018 to submit an innovative faculty-led study abroad program proposal specifically designed to attract and engage students normally underrepresented in study abroad. In addition, proposals must be:

  • At least two weeks in duration and include a minimum of 10 students
  • Focused on a topic that is relevant and unique to today’s students
  • Take place in a location relevant to the topic and in any of 50 cities worldwide where CIEE has a location

The $20,000 Generation Study Abroad Access Grant is part of CIEE’s pledge to support the Institute of International Education (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative, which strives to double the number of students who study abroad by breaking the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture.

Faculty and Study Abroad Advisors are encouraged to apply for the $20,000 grant here:

Find more information about the Generation Study Abroad Access Grant here:

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, April 13th and a recipient announced in May.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year of the CIEE Generation Study Abroad Access Grant, which has been awarded to the following institutions:

  • 2016 Northshore Technical Community College, “Workforce Training and Intercultural Skills for STEM Students,” Sharjah and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • 2017 Tennessee State University, “Intersecting Lives: Reading African-American Literature through a Black Feminist Lens,” Paris, France.
  • 2018 Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY), “Monitoring the Effects of Weather, Climate, and Water Quality,” Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

– February 13, 2018 –
European Council Summer 2018 Study Abroad

The European Council is still accepting applications for Summer 2018 Study Abroad until March 15, 2018.

This summer let Europe become your classroom when you take part in a European Council study abroad program. The EC is comprised of faculty and staff from 28 member institutions throughout the state of Georgia. We provide seasoned program directors and office staff who will assist you through the registration process and be there with you throughout your European experience. Our programs allow students the opportunity to balance classroom time with field trips, group excursions and free weekends to provide a total immersion experience. The European Council offers more value for less money by providing students with round-trip airfare, accommodations, various meal plans, group excursions, and health insurance. Our wide selection of course offerings can compliment any degree.

Choose from the following areas of study: • African American Studies • Anthropology • Art • Business • Communications • Economics • French Language • German Language • Psychology • Mass Media • Information Systems • History • Literature • Political Science • Russian Language • Science • Sociology • Spanish Language • Theater • Women & Gender Studies

Actual course offerings can be found on the European Council website.

– January 25, 2018 –
Forum Webinar: New US Dept of State New Travel Advisories and Alerts

“Practical Expertise Webinar: Incorporating the US Department of State New Travel Advisories and Alerts into Your Risk Management Strategies”

Get updates on the newly improved US Department of State New Travel Advisories and Alerts from experts at the Bureau of Consular Affairs and OSAC, and hear how experienced professionals Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Executive Director, Center for International Programs, Kalamazoo College and Todd Holmes, Program Manager, International Safety and Security, MIT are updating their safety and risk management policies and procedures in light of these recent changes. Topics covered will include:

• What to do if your existing travel policy has been based entirely on Travel Warnings and Alerts
• How to make the new country- and region-level Advisories work with your existing country classification system
• Solutions for small institutions and large, comprehensive universities
• Suggested timelines for rolling out policy updates and responses

Co-hosted by The Forum on Education Abroad and the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

Thursday, February 8, 12:30pm EST

This webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Register here:

– January 19, 2018 –
Gilman Scholarship Application Open!

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program online application is open for students participating in credit-bearing study abroad and international internship programs during Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Academic Year 2018-2019.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs or international internships. Students studying a critical need language may be eligible to receive a supplemental grant of up to $3,000. The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not consider these unique and valuable opportunities due to financial constraints. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominately spoken can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000 for a maximum combined award of $8,000. This award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year.

Applicants will be pre-screened to ensure their program of choice is in a country that has a Level 1 or 2 Travel Advisory, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System found here: Applicants applying to a country that has a Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory will not be considered.

All applications are due Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by 11:59pm (central time). (Advisors have until March 13, 2018 to certify applications.)

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). For more information, please visit or email

– January 11, 2018 –
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarship Application

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship application deadline has been extended by one week to Wednesday, January 17 at 12PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time. No further extensions will be granted for the 2018-2019 cycle. Please direct students to apply here:

Application components to be submitted by the deadline include:
1) the application questionnaire (including 2 essays)
2) a financial aid form or FAFSA
3) an unofficial transcript
4) a recommendation

FEA scholarship are up to $10,000 for an academic year, $5,000 for a semester, and $1,250-$3,750 for the summer semester (based on number of weeks) in the coming cycle. For more information:

New this year, FEA scholarship applicants participating on programs hosted by our Access Partners are encouraged to apply to take advantage of dedicated scholarships. Current FEA Access Partners with dedicated scholarships include:

  • CAPA The Global Education Network
  • CIEE
  • IFSA-Butler
  • SIT Study Abroad
  • The Intern Group

For information about the Access Partner program, please contact Jennifer Calvert at

– June 30, 2017 –
International Student Recruitment Workshop

On June 23, 2017, the IE offered an International Student Recruitment workshop at Middle Georgia State University. Overall attendance at the workshop was 36 representatives from our 28 institutions. The goal of the workshop was to improve system-wide processes across the USG by sharing successful strategies and approaches to a wide range of international recruitment resources. Presentations was given by Columbus State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, English USA, StudyPortals, University of Georgia, and IDP Education USA.

The presenters provided information regarding best practices in international student recruitment, best practices when partnering with international student recruitment agencies, online marketing strategies for international student recruitment, and ESL recruitment strategies. The workshop included a forum for our institutions to learn from one another.

The presentations provided by the IE can be viewed at:

– May 30, 2017 –
New & Improved USG Study Abroad Directory

The USG IE have been working diligently to launch our new searchable database of study abroad programs! The Study Abroad directory lists over 650 study abroad programs. We expect the directory to be user-friendly, thereby making it easier for students and staff to find the right programs within the USG. The Study Abroad Directory is now active on our website at

– April 27, 2017 –
GGC Receives Award for Innovation in International Education

– March 30, 2017 –
KSU ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Global Ed Program Wins Prestigious National Innovation Award

– February 06, 2017 –
U.S.- Russia Relations Symposium


– November 04, 2016 –
Best Practices In Study Abroad Risk Management

On October 21, 2016 the OIE offered a Best Practices in Study Abroad Risk Management workshop at Middle Georgia State University. Overall attendance at the workshop was successful with a total of 52 representatives from 18 of our 29 institutions. The presenters provided information regarding the ways they utilize risk management, crisis prevention and program management in their study abroad programs. Presentations were given by UGA, Georgia Tech, and GSU. We were also joined by EF Tours and Terra Dotta.

The presentations provided by the OIE can be viewed here:

Emergency Response Plans (Georgia Tech)
Pre-Departure Orientation (UGA)
Faculty Led Program Director Training (GSU)
How to Choose a Study Abroad Provider (EF Tours)

– October 06, 2016 –
SCIE Fall 2016 Meeting

System Council on International Education (SCIE) Fall 2016 Meeting

On September 30, 2016 the SCIE met at Middle Georgia State University for the annual fall meeting. We are happy to report that 27 of 29 institutions were represented at the meeting! In additional to regular business, Dr. Micheal Crafton Interim Chief Academic Office for USG, attended and addressed the group. Please check the International Education website at for meeting minutes for the SCIE meeting, as well as the CISS and Study Abroad sub-committee meetings.

An amended presentation provided by International Education can be viewed here:
CIE 09.30.16 - blog post
2016 Fall CISS Minutes final

– August 25, 2016 –

Hello and welcome to the University System of Georgia’s International Education blog – International Education in the USG! Geared towards the International Offices at each USG institution, we plan to highlight new programs, trainings, policy updates and current news and events from the system office. We also plan to highlight and share great programs and ideas of different USG institutions.

If you have a topic, story or program you would like to share please send us an email at

Shaye Robinson

For our first blog entry we are excited to introduce you to our newest staff member, Ms. Shaye Robinson! Although Shaye has been working with the University System Office since 2007, she joined International Education in May 2016 as the new International Education Coordinator.

Shaye has a BA in Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Clayton State University. Shaye’s new role in International Education will consist of helping with all aspects of International Education. Currently she is revising the International Education website, initiating communication links between the USG institutions and the System Office, assisting with J-1 visa processing, and contributing to the development of other international projects for International Education.

An avid world traveler, Shaye resided in Frankfurt, Germany for three years and one year in Seoul, Korea. Her passion and love for travel is seen through her dedication of exploring new cultures through amazing travel adventures and local involvement with many international organizations right here in Atlanta. She has also traveled to many destinations throughout Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Canada with her favorite being Syros, Greece.

When Shaye isn’t traveling she most enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and close friends. You’ll find her either kayaking the Chattahoochee river, hiking the trails of the North Georgia Mountains, watching a Sunday afternoon match of polo, or riding her horse Isabella.

Shaye and Tammy look forward to seeing everyone at the System Council on International Education meeting on 09/30/2016!

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