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12/18/2014

CIEE TO AWARD $1.2 MILLION IN GRANTS AS THE FIRST PART OF ITS $20MM COMMITMENT TO IIE’S GENERATION STUDY ABROAD INITIATIVE

 

Grants support college study abroad by tackling cost, curriculum, and culture barriers

that keep young people from pursuing international learning

 

 (PORTLAND, ME – Dec. 18, 2014)  In an effort to make the study abroad experience accessible to more college students, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) today announced it will award $1.2 million in grants to college students for study at one of its two new Global Institutes in London or Berlin. One hundred grants of $6,000 will be awarded per semester during the 2015-2016 academic year, with the first round available through CIEE on January 15 for fall 2015.

 The $1.2 million in grant monies for students is the first allotment of CIEE’s $20 million scholarship pledge to Generation Study Abroad™, a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.  

 “Study abroad has never been as critical a component of education as it is in today’s globalized marketplace,” said James P. Pellow, Ed. D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “These grants are paired with an innovative academic model that will help students overcome the barriers of cost and curriculum as they strive to develop the skills needed to compete and excel in our interconnected world.”

 The decision to distribute the first allocation of grants to college students attending CIEE’s new Global Institutes in Berlin or London is deliberate, as it squarely tackles the three central barriers that keep students from studying abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture. CIEE’s Global Institutes – debuting fall 2015 – offer accessibly priced programs, maximum cultural immersion in the host city, and unmatched curriculum flexibility. Each features an innovative Open Campus academic model that couples courses for all majors taught in English with innovative 12- or 18-week accredited programs to accommodate students’ diverse needs. Students will be able to choose from five academic tracks and select a variety of academic internship, community service, and guided research programs.

IIE has documented the outcomes of their Generation Study Abroad Think Tank in a green paper designed to inspire and provoke discussion about the topic of study abroad. Among its many findings is that study abroad is no longer a luxury, but rather one of the most important components of a 21st-century education, as globalization brings with it the demand for a U.S. workforce that possesses knowledge of other countries and cultures and is competent in languages other than English. The ability to work across cultures is no longer a nice-to-have skill set of elite executives, they conclude. Rather, it is essential to a successful and satisfying life and career. Studies show students who study abroad have better grades, experience less attrition, and graduate from college at higher rates than students who do not study abroad.

“The barrier to integrating study abroad into the curriculum affects how well a student is prepared for and can readily adapt to both the cross-cultural experience and a new and challenging academic system,” said Institute of International Education President and Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman, Ph.D. “CIEE’s grants address all three of the primary challenges that prevent students from studying abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture.”

 In addition to providing scholarships to students, other commitments by CIEE to Generation Study Abroad include sponsoring passports for 10,000 students to enable greater participation. CIEE will also make an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches for custom study abroad programs.

For more information:

About CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 61 study centers in 43 countries, sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. Visit www.ciee.org.

 About Institute of International Education

Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. Visit www.iie.org.

 About Generation Study Abroad

Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing study abroad programs.

 

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12/11/2014

CIEE Welcomes New Academic Consortium Board Members in Baltimore

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange honored three outgoing members and welcomed four new people to its Academic Consortium Board (ACB) during its 2014 Annual Conference, November 19-22, in Baltimore.

 Independently elected, the ACB is comprised of exemplary leaders in international education from the nation’s finest colleges and universities. They’re responsible for the quality assurance of all CIEE programs, including approvals and reviews, and site evaluations.

 CIEE Executive Vice President, Study Abroad David Fougere celebrated outgoing ACB Chair Joël Gallegos for his unwavering dedication to the field of international education and CIEE, stating, “He is a leader and guide, not just for the other members of the ACB and the Academic Consortium as a whole, but also for me. Since I started at CIEE, Joël has shared with me his vast knowledge and expertise. He has been a trusted advisor, collaborator, and friend.”

 Gallegos, assistant provost for international programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, contributed to the ACB for eight years, including serving the past two years as chair, and was instrumental in the development of new CIEE programs and models.

 Brian Harley, director of programs for study abroad at Purdue University, and Cheryl Matherly, vice provost of global education at the University of Tulsa, also are leaving the board. Gallegos lauded their years of work and dedication.

 CIEE also welcomed the following leaders to the ACB:

  • Chris Deegan, executive director of study abroad, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Giorgio G. DiMauro, Ph.D., director, Center for Global Education and Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University
  • Mary E. McMahon, Ph.D., director of education abroad, University of California
  • Maxine J. Sample, Ph.D., director of international education, Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education, Virginia State University

 

Read more about the ACB here

12/04/2014

Study Abroad Leaders Break Barriers at 2014 CIEE Conference in Baltimore as CIEE Pledges More Access and Choice

CIEE hosted more than 500 study abroad professionals and administrators from institutions of higher education at its 2014 Annual Conference, November 19-22, in Baltimore.

 “Breaking Barriers: Cost, Curriculum, Culture” was chosen as this year’s conference theme to highlight the fact that only 10 percent of U.S. students study abroad. With an aim toward attracting more students to this enriching experience, conference participants took part in interactive sessions, presentations, and networking events to generate new ways to make study abroad more affordable, integrate international perspectives into curriculum, and communicate the benefits of international education.

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James P. Pellow, ED.D - CIEE President & CEO

CIEE’s pledge to support the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad™ high-profile initiative was the highlight of the conference. IIE has challenged those involved in the field of study abroad to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad to 600,000 by 2020. To make it financially easier for students to do so, CIEE has committed to awarding $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students by the end of the decade. Further, CIEE will fund passports for 10,000 students and give an annual $20,000 faculty grant to support innovative approaches to study abroad.

To address curricular barriers, the study abroad leader also pledged to add more International Faculty Development Seminars and expand its Faculty-Led and Custom Programs. To break cultural barriers, CIEE will launch a media campaign to encourage study abroad by sharing students’ success stories, expand its work with minority-serving institutions to 100 schools by 2020, and give 25 full scholarships to students with disabilities in 2015, in partnership with Mobility International USA.

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Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D.

In his opening speech, CIEE President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Pellow, Ed.D., noted that last year, the number of international students coming to the United States increased 8 percent to 886,000, including 274,000 Chinese. But the number of U.S. students studying abroad increased just 2 percent to 289,000.

 “There are three times as many international students coming to the United States as we are sending abroad,” noted Pellow. “And the gap is growing. Next year, the number of Chinese studying in the United States is expected to surpass the number of all U.S. students studying abroad.”

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Michelle Norris, NPR, leader of The Race Card Project

Presentations included addresses by Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D., president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), who spoke the importance of bold ideas and experimentation as he shared success stories from UMBC; Allan Goodman, president and CEO of IIE, who shared the latest data on study abroad participation and how we can improve them; and Michele Norris, National Public Radio host and special correspondent and leader of The Race Card Project, who shared provocative thoughts on how we approach race and diversity in America that tie into cultural barriers to study abroad.

The conference also featured the concluding session of the Diversity Abroad Future Leaders Summit. CIEE and Diversity Abroad co-hosted these events to share best practices and develop ideas to increase diversity in study abroad. During the last of three sessions held this year, 20 young leaders of change in international education explored new ways to balance study abroad cost and value, examine program systems and structures to minimize costs, and give students and parents the tools to make study abroad attainable.

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Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE

 “Studying abroad is one of the most important steps young people can take to ensure success in school and beyond,” said CIEE Chief Academic Officer for Study Abroad David F. Fougere. “Yet, many students are unable or choose not to pursue an international education experience. It’s critical that we change this, and at this year’s conference, we took huge strides toward making study abroad a reality for many more students.”

 The 2015 CIEE Annual Conference – The Reinvention of Study Abroad: Setting the Course for 2020 – will be held November 4-7 in Berlin.

 

11/17/2014

2012-2013 Open Doors Data Shows Growth in Study Abroad, But Not Enough

Today the International Institute of Education released new Open Doors® data, including the number U.S. students who studied abroad during 2012-2013. Though more students are making study-abroad part of their college experience every year, we still have a long way to go. Less than 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduates are benefitting from these critical international experiences.

 See the full report.

11/10/2014

CIEE COMMITS $20 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS; 10,000 PASSPORTS TO DOUBLE NUMBER OF U.S. STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD

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CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange today announced a commitment to tackle the major barriers that keep students from studying abroad – cost, curriculum, and culture – with a centerpiece pledge of $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students through the Generation Study Abroad™ initiative. CIEE will also sponsor passports for 10,000 students to enable participation, and make an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches for custom study abroad programs.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise. Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders. CIEE’s greatly expanded outreach and scholarship offerings will make a significant contribution to expanding and diversifying the population of students who have the opportunity to study abroad,” said Institute of International Education President and Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman.

Data shows that fewer than 300,000 U.S. students per year study abroad, which means that less than 10 percent of all U.S. college students experience international education before they graduate. The Generation Study Abroad initiative was launched earlier in 2014 and challenges institutions of higher education, governments, and associations to support study abroad and to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of this decade.

“Faculty and students alike consistently report their study abroad experiences are full of life changing, ah-ha moments,” James Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “Part of that change includes the realization that people in different countries, with different cultures and customs, are in many ways very similar to themselves. They are striving for a better life, for healthier children, for a more a peaceful world. This revelation helps students broaden their worldview and become more effective leaders of business, education, healthcare, politics and government.”

CIEE will announce complete details of its commitment to Generation Study Abroad at the CIEE Annual Conference, November 19-22 in Baltimore.  With its theme, “Breaking Barriers: Cost, Curriculum, Culture,” this year’s conference is dedicated to gathering industry leaders and professionals to explore and generate new strategies that will help more students of all backgrounds benefit from study abroad.

“CIEE is ideally positioned to help Generation Study Abroad achieve its critical goal. We began more than 65 years ago with a mission to help faculty and students to gain an understanding, acquire knowledge and develop the skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world,” said David F. Fougere, chief operating officer, CIEE Study Abroad. “The ability to move comfortably among cultures makes a difference between college graduates landing a job and finding a path to lifelong career satisfaction.  The Generation Study Abroad initiative takes on real and perceived beliefs surrounding cost, curriculum, and culture that are keeping students from studying abroad.”

10/24/2014

CIEE Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Living and Learning Center in Berlin

CIEE Staff at Berlin Groundbreaking
CIEE staff members Benjamin Lorch, Catherine Scruggs, Caroline Maas, Cary Nathenson, Cornelia Mueller, and Dave Fougere celebrate the groundbreaking of CIEE’s new Global Institute – Berlin, during an official ceremony on October 17.

We’re one step closer to transforming study abroad in Berlin! On October 17, CIEE hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for our innovative new center for living and learning, the Global Institute – Berlin. Nearly 100 guests attended the event, including local dignitaries Thomas S. Miller, minister counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy Berlin, and Dr. Peter Beckers, vice mayor of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, as well as CIEE staff and local community members. 

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Thomas S. Miller, minister counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy Berlin, stressed the importance of international experience for students during the groundbreaking event at the new CIEE Global Institute – Berlin.

Housed in a former factory building in Kreuzberg, one of Berlin’s liveliest and culturally rich districts, the new Global Institute – Berlin offers a U.S.-style residence life program integrated with a local German neighborhood. When renovations are completed, the campus will include a spacious residence hall for up to 200 American and German students, 12 state-of-the-art lecture rooms, studio space, café, and Discover Berlin office with resources to help students get the most out of their time in Berlin. Learn more.

 

Attendees of Berlin Groundbreaking
CIEE staff, students, and local community members attend the October 17 Global Institute – Berlin groundbreaking ceremony.

 

 

10/15/2014

100,000 STRONG FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH CIEE TO ENCOURAGE STUDY ABROAD IN CHINA

CIEE is excited to announce its partnership with the national 100,000 Strong Foundation to help increase the number and diversity of Americans studying in China.

The foundation is an offshoot of President Obama’s “100,000 Strong Initiative” started in 2009 to get 100,000 Americans to study in China by the end of this year. The U.S. Department of State already has achieved that goal, and the movement continues at the center of efforts to deepen connections between the United States and China. The 100,000 Strong Foundation is an independent bipartisan nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

As a leader in study abroad in China for 35 years, CIEE is ideally positioned to help the foundation further its mission. With partner universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Taipei, and Hong Kong, CIEE offers study abroad and exchange programs to U.S. high school and college students, and enrichment seminars to U.S. faculty and administrators.

“Our broad portfolio of programs and partners allows us to serve nearly 600 participants each year, giving them skills and knowledge of Chinese language and culture that opens new perspectives and helps shape career options and choices,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., CIEE’s president and CEO. “We’re proud to have been selected by the 100,000 Strong Foundation and look forward to many new initiatives designed to support our mutual goals to create new opportunities for students to advance their Mandarin language skills and gain rich cultural experiences in China.”

Specific partnership initiatives include:

• Selecting and supporting 10 students each year to serve as 100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors
• Cross-promoting activities that highlight China as a study-abroad destination
• Increasing the number and diversity of Americans learning Mandarin and studying in China  

“CIEE strives to support programs that have real impact,” Pellow said. “Our partnership with the 100,000 Strong Foundation will provide American students and faculty with concrete opportunities to know China better, to know the Chinese people better, and to understand the Chinese culture better. It complements similar CIEE initiatives in Brazil, Russia, and India, and will help young Americans become more successful global leaders in the decades ahead.”

09/11/2014

Update on Explosion in Chile

According to reports from CIEE staff in Chile, the area in and around campus and student housing continues to be unaffected and safe.

Each year on September 11, demonstrations, marches, and protests in downtown Santiago mark the anniversary of the 1973 overthrow of President Allende and installation of General Pinochet. Officials reported clashes with vandals and arrests overnight, but these events took place far from our students. Following guidance from the U.S. State Department, we continue to advise students to avoid protests, as well as suspicious packages or unattended backpacks in public areas.

CIEE staff remains on-call 24/7, and we will continue to monitor events in Chile.

Bill Bull
Director, Health, Safety, and Security

09/10/2014

Terror Threat Raised in Spain

You may have heard that today the Spanish Secretary of State for Security ordered increased security measures as the government raised the level of the terror threat in Spain. There are five levels of terrorist risk (with two sublevels), from 0 (no risk) to 5 (extreme risk). The government has increased the level from “2 low” to “2 high.” Spain’s security agencies are stepping up their monitoring efforts at the country’s airports, train stations, hospitals, government buildings, and other key sites in response to the heightened sense of risk.

The safety and security of students, faculty, and staff is our first priority. Our on-site and regional staff will continue to monitor and assess the situation and are sharing this information directly with students. In the event that there are issues in Spain, we have emergency contingency plans in place to assess the situation quickly and fluidly and take appropriate courses of action. We work closely with local and global security professionals and the U.S. Embassy to make informed decisions, and have protocols in place that allow us to make both small and large-scale changes to our programs as necessary.

We will remain in close contact with students and will advise them to:

• Register with the U.S. Department of State at https://step.state.gov
• Avoid any demonstrations or protests that might occur during their time in Spain
• Stay up to date on all government advice via local news sources
• Purchase a local phone to ensure immediate access
• Keep emergency numbers in Spain and Portland in easily accessible places
• Inform CIEE staff of travel plans

We will continue to keep you informed of developments in Spain as needed.

Bill Bull
Director, Health, Safety, and Security

Explosion in Chile

Today, there are reports of an explosion of a small improvised explosive device (IED) in the coastal city of Vina del Mar, Chile. Earlier this week, Chilean media reported an explosion of a device in a subterranean commercial area, the latest in a series of explosions in public locations over the last several weeks that suggest a potential risk to citizens in Santiago. I want to reassure you that all students on CIEE programs in Chile are safe and have been informed of the incident, as well as the potential for similar events, particularly in the days around September 11, which marks the anniversary of the 1973 military coup against President Allende. The Chilean government has called these latest incidents acts of terrorism, and the U.S. Embassy has recommended that U.S. citizens increase their vigilance and avoid suspicious packages or unattended backpacks in public areas as well as on public transportation in Santiago.

Per U.S. Embassy recommendations, CIEE has informed all students in Chile about these incidents and provided tips for staying safe, including increasing vigilance, avoiding suspicious packages or unattended backpacks in public areas and on public transportation, and avoiding certain prominent public areas. Additionally, all students have been enrolled in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which provides students with the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate to contact students directly in an emergency.

CIEE is in regular contact with the State Department and local authorities, and is closely monitoring the security situation in Chile through all available outlets. In the meantime, CIEE’s programs in Chile have not been interrupted, and daily life for Chileans and CIEE students continues normally.

Safety is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in contact with students. We will provide additional updates as needed as the situation progresses.

Bill Bull Director, Health, Safety, and Security