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02/03/2016

Study Abroad Alert - ZIka

While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that active virus transmission is currently limited to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, two countries in the Pacific Islands, and Cape Verde in Africa, we are issuing this alert broadly due to the potential for continued spread of the virus. Student safety is our number one priority for all CIEE study abroad programs, and we are closely monitoring the status of the Zika virus for its possible risk to students.

At this point in time, there is no change in the status of CIEE's programs. We urge all students and parents to consult the CDC website for information and recommendations regarding the Zika virus: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.

According to the CDC:
• About one in five people infected with Zika will get sick. For people who get sick, the illness is usually mild, so many people might not realize they have been infected.
• Symptoms last for several days to a week.
• The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).
• There have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with the Zika virus while pregnant.


Students with specific health questions should contact their health care providers.

CIEE staff has been informed about the virus and have reinforced messaging to students upon arrival at their host cities about the critical need for proper mosquito protection and prevention techniques.

The CDC has issued a Level 2 alert for the virus, which recommends travelers to affected areas "practice enhanced precautions." In the case of Zika, this means travelers should protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Among the CDC's recommendations for protection against mosquito bites are to:
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
• Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
• Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
• Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. All EPA-registered insect repellents are evaluated for effectiveness.
• Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.


The CDC also recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant:
• Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctors or other health care providers first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
• Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their health care providers before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.


For updates and additional information, please monitor the CDC's webpage on the Zika virus. Additional information can also be found on the World Health Organization's website: http://www.who.int/.

We will continue to keep you informed of developments as needed. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-40-STUDY.

02/01/2016

IU Bloomington and CIEE to Host One of the Largest Passport Giveaways in the Country

Indiana University Bloomington, in partnership with CIEE, will give away passports to 280 preselected students during CIEE Passport Caravan: Your Gateway to the World on Feb. 5, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall. The giveaway supports an initiative to expose more first-generation, minority, and low-income students to international experience.

IU is one of 11 colleges across the United States to participate in the CIEE Passport Caravan program, which is the first step toward reaching CIEE’s goal of issuing passports to 10,000 college students by 2020 as part of its Generation Study Abroad pledge. Other participating colleges include the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania State University, among others.

“We chose to partner with IU because IU is as committed as we are to removing the financial barriers that prevent students from traveling abroad,” said Beth Donaldson, CIEE’s vice president of global enrollment management. “We feel that this partnership will be successful in helping future graduates excel.”

The passports will be given to a select group of IU students who are part of academic programs in IU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), including the Hudson and Holland Scholars, Groups Scholars, and 21st Century Scholars Programs. The students have been preparing for the event since last fall.

Ochmaa Escue, OVPDEMA director of overseas study and scholarship program, said, “I am excited and proud to be part of this initiative. Having a passport gives many students the open-mindednesses of seeking opportunities to travel and study abroad, which will ultimately lead to personal, professional and academic growth. I have had many students say to me that they hadn’t even thought about going abroad until now. There is a famous saying by St. Augustine of Hippo: ‘The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.’”

Tracy Luther, a finance and accounting major in the Hudson and Holland Scholars and 21st Century Scholars Programs, believes that studying abroad is integral to his ability to achieve his career goals. “It’s increasingly important to have a global perspective, especially when it comes to business. Having a passport means I can further expand my global perspective,” he said.

Martin McCrory, associate vice president for academic support and diversity and vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity, agreed that studying abroad has many benefits in the increasingly globalized world, including enhancing students’ degrees, establishing networks, and ending stereotypes.

“It is important that first-generation, minority, and low-income students have access to intercultural knowledge and communication skills if they are going to succeed in today’s global community,” said McCrory. “We are proud to help reduce barriers that make it difficult for these students to study abroad.”

In addition to the giveaway, CIEE Passport Caravan: Your Gateway to the World will include a special program from 1:30–2:00 p.m. There will be opportunities to learn about the collaborative partnership and passport program, enjoy musical performances, and hear stories from students who have returned from studying abroad.

01/11/2016

CIEE’s Effort to Close ‘Study Abroad Gap’ Gains National Attention

University Business” is the latest publication to cover CIEE’s efforts to increase access to study abroad by underrepresented groups, particularly students from minority-serving institutions (MSI).

In the article, CIEE Executive Vice President of Study Abroad Maritheresa Frain discusses how CIEE is rethinking the study abroad model to adapt to the challenges of cost, curriculum, and culture.

Also quoted are President Mildred Garcia of California State University, Fullerton and President Henry N. Tisdale of Claflin University, who participated in the inaugural CIEE Study Abroad Leadership Workshop for Minority-Serving Institutions this past November. Developed in collaboration with the Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions, the full-day leadership workshop was designed to prompt conversation around the importance of exposing students from MSIs to international education opportunities.

“We’re making sure these underrepresented students [in study abroad] know about the world and understand cultures different from their own,” said President Garcia.

Read the full “University Business” article here.

Check out additional coverage:

"Despite Paris, It’s Still Important to Study Abroad," Black Enterprise
"Widening Access to Study Abroad," University World News
"FAMU President Heads to Germany," Tallahassee Democrat
"Tisdale Promoting Global Initiatives during Berlin Visit," The Times and Democrat
"How Studying Abroad Changed Three Essence Staffers’ Lives," Essence
"Black Students Don’t Study Abroad, but a New Initiative Hopes to Change That," The Root

11/20/2015

Study Abroad Alert: Europe

Please see information below about CIEE's protocols surrounding supporting our students in times of need, especially in light of the recent attacks in Paris. 

First, we want to reassure you that CIEE has a robust active emergency and communication plan that includes the services of an evacuation assistance provider and security intelligence services that furnish us with daily and, at times, hourly updates. We are part of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, a division of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the U.S. Department of State, and we coordinate with a consortium of security professionals that works with more than 40 other colleges and institutions throughout the U.S. There are currently no travel warnings or advice from any of our resources suggesting that we should alter plans to continue with this semester, but should there be a shift, we are fully prepared to react.

Each of our study centers has an Emergency Action Plan and Response in place, as well as use of an Emergency Notification System that can simultaneously broadcast messaging out to students via email, text, and voice message. Certainly last weekend we used all of our tools to ensure that our students were accounted for. It is likely that as events continue to unfold, we will need to use our protocols again as public safety officials are operating at a heightened sense of awareness.

Additionally, our staff has identified resources in all of our study centers to support our students. Staff has received training in assisting students under stress and has the services of mental health professionals to assist them in understanding how to best support students. Our staff are paying particularly close attention to all students throughout Europe for signs of distress and are ready and able to assist.

We also recognize that everyone's tolerance for risk differs, and each student must ultimately make the decision that feels right to them. Certainly we anticipate that some of our students may struggle due to this event and the tense environment in its aftermath. We are prepared to help all of our students come to terms with the situation and to determine their next steps. Should any student wish to discuss returning home early, our staff stands ready to work with them compassionately and respectfully to help develop a path forward that includes full understanding of any academic and/or financial consequences. We will advocate, to the best of our abilities, with local universities, but we do not control the academic policies of host country universities. We are willing to explore with them alternative methods of securing academic credit should that be deemed possible.

Our offices in Portland are open from 9am to 5pm EST, but we do maintain a 24/7 emergency number that is available in times of urgency. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-40-STUDY.

11/06/2015

MSI Presidents Gather in Berlin to Develop Ideas to Expand Access to Study Abroad

Eleven presidents from some of the country’s best minority-serving institutions (MSI) gathered on November 4 at CIEE's new Global Institute - Berlin for the inaugural Study Abroad Leadership Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions.

George Wright
George Wright, President, Prairie View A&M University

Developed in collaboration with the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, the full-day leadership workshop was designed to prompt conversation around the importance of exposing students from MSIs to international education opportunities.

According to a 2014 report by the Institute of International Education, less than 10% of undergraduates study abroad before graduating. Of that already small portion, only 7.6% are Hispanic, 7.3% are Asian, and 5.3% are African-American. CIEE is committed to increasing access to study abroad by traditionally underrepresented student groups, and the Leadership Workshop represents an important step in this effort. 

Attendees
Workshop attendees discuss ideas to expand access to study abroad for more students at minority serving institutions.

Attendees of the workshop included:

  • Joseph I. Castro, California State University, Fresno
  • Wayne Frederick, Howard University
  • Mildred Garcia, California State University, Fullerton
  • Willie Larkin, Grambling State University
  • Elmira Mangum, Florida A&M University
  • Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College
  • Vinton Thompson, Metropolitan College of New York
  • Henry N. Tisdale, Claflin University
  • David Wilson, Morgan State University
  • George Wright, Prairie View A&M University

The workshop featured a panel discussion around Putting Study Abroad into Action moderated by Marybeth Gasman, director of the Penn Center for MSIs, that offered the presidents concrete ideas on overcoming the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to expand access to study abroad to students at their institutions.

Michael McRobbie
Michael McRobbie, President, Indiana University

Panelists included Andrew Gordon, founder and president of Diversity Abroad; Beth Donaldson, vice president of Global Enrollment Management at CIEE; Aaron Bruce, chief diversity officer at San Diego State University; Joti Sekhon, Winston-Salem State University; and Dr. Keshia Abraham, interim dean of Arts & Sciences at Florida Memorial University.

“The importance of study abroad for every student today is well established, yet we know that many institutions are finding it difficult to create a robust set of international programs for students and faculty. We heard from all of our member schools that the importance of having support from top university leaders cannot be overstated,” explained James P. Pellow, president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “With the Penn Center for MSIs being the leader in championing high-quality programs for Minority Serving Institutions, this partnership to sponsor the first Study Abroad Leadership Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions is an important contribution to the field and to shaping the lives of many students from MSIs.”

11/05/2015

Gneisenaustrasse 27: Welcome to the Future of Study Abroad

On November 4, CIEE staff, U.S. and German dignitaries, and students gathered in the tree-lined courtyard of the new CIEE Global Institute - Berlin for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration.

Ribbon Cutting VIPS
L-R: Kendall Brostuen, Michael McRobbie, Robert Fallon, Ambassador John Emerson, James Pellow, David Belt, Cansel Kiziltepe

Located at Gneisenaustrasse 27 in the heart of Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, the Global Institute - Berlin is designed to overcome the primary barriers that prevent many students from studying abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture. It integrates a student-centered living and learning facility with affordable, flexible academic programming options that allow students of all majors to design their ideal international experience. More than 120 students are currently enrolled at the Global Institute - Berlin for the fall 2015 semester.

“As the ‘city of reinvention’ Berlin is the ideal venue for us to continue to innovate the study abroad experience so that it is accessible to more students,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “Our new campus in Kreuzberg is a portal where the United States can continue to learn from Germany through high-quality academic programs for students from all socio-economic backgrounds and countless academic majors.”

The ceremony featured reflections from:

  • David Belt, executive director and founder of Macro Sea, the architecture firm that led the redesign of the Global Institute building
  • Kendall Brostuen, chair of CIEE’s Academic Consortium Board
  • Joël Gallegos, past chair of CIEE’s Academic Consortium Board
  • Cansel Kiziltepe, member of German Parliament, Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
  • Michel Robbie, Ph.D., president of Indiana University
  • Robert Fallon, chair of CIEE’s Board of Directors

Keynote speaker The Honorable John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, remarked:

“Diplomacy is a conversation and educational and cultural exchanges enrich that dialogue. Both German and American alumni have told me how their exchange experiences influenced their worldviews and enabled them to see more clearly areas of common interest and ways to find common ground. I congratulate the CIEE Global Institute on this new program and thank future students and faculty in advance for their commitment to the goals that Senator Fulbright defined for the program that bears his name. Those goals apply to all exchange initiatives, namely to bring ‘a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs.’”

Ambassador Emerson
The Honorable John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, speaks during CIEE's grand opening of the Global Institute - Berlin.

Learn more about the CIEE Global Institutes.

11/04/2015

CIEE Launches Global Institute in Paris; Unveils New Global Internship Program in 11 Locations

CIEE: Council on International Education and Exchange today announced it will open a Global Institute in Paris and offer a new Global Internship program in 11 locations spanning five continents beginning in 2016.

These efforts are part of a larger slate of 11 new programs approved by CIEE’s Academic Consortium Board during its annual meeting at the CIEE Annual Conference, “The Reinvention of Study Abroad: Setting the Course for 2020,” underway today through November 7 in Berlin, Germany.

“We’re listening to our students. They’re asking for more options that fit their busy schedules and rigorous academic requirements. More courses taught in English. And more opportunities to gain real-world work skills while immersing themselves in new cultures. That’s why we’re expanding our Global Institutes, which offer the most flexible study abroad programming available, into more cities and developing new internship and short-term options,” said Maritheresa Frain, executive vice president, study abroad at CIEE. “Our goal is to ensure every student has access to a study abroad program that’s right for their needs, schedule, and resources. With these new programs, we’re well on our way to meeting this goal.”

At the CIEE Global Institute – Paris, which will open in fall 2016, CIEE students will have the option of enrolling in CIEE’s Open Campus program, with the opportunity to combine CIEE courses with one direct enrollment course at a local CIEE host institution, such as the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 or the Université Paris Diderot Paris 7. 

CIEE Global Institutes provide affordable, flexible academic programming options for students of all majors to design their ideal international experience, with options for internships, research projects, and community service. Students can enroll in one, two, or three six-week academic blocks in Paris, or combine blocks at multiple CIEE Global Institutes in Berlin, London, or Rome for comparative academic study.

Following CIEE’s merger with the Academic Internship Council, CIEE will offer a new Global Internship program in 11 locations across North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia beginning in summer 2016. The eight-week program, which will be offered in the summer, fall, and spring, combines a full-time, unpaid internship with an integrated academic seminar that offers students of all majors the opportunity to develop professional skills, learn intercultural abilities, and gain professional work experience in a local or multinational company or organization.

“The demand for internships, especially as part of a study abroad experience, has never been greater. In fact, internships and service programs account for nearly 12 percent of all study abroad today. Through our new Global Internship program, students can gain critical skills in some of the world’s leading centers of business and the arts,” continued Frain. “The intensive nature of the Global Internship program, combined with its short eight-week duration, ensures students of every major – from communications to public health to engineering – get maximum impact from their investment over the summer.”

The CIEE Academic Consortium Board also approved nine semester and short-term programs, including:

Short-Term:
• Sao Paulo, Brazil – Business and Culture Short-Term
• Beijing, China – International Relations Short-Term
• Toulouse, France – Language and Culture Short-Term
• Toulouse, France – Engineering, Technology, and Society Short-Term
• Dublin, Ireland – Engineering, Technology, and Society Short-Term
• Ferrara, Italy – Language and Culture Short-Term
• Lima, Peru – Language and Culture Short-Term
• Madrid, Spain – Business and Culture Short-Term

Semester:
• Toulouse, France – Language and Culture

For details on CIEE’s full program offerings, visit www.ciee.org/study.

10/08/2015

CIEE OPENS DOORS WITH GENERATION STUDY ABROAD STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, PASSPORTS, AND FACULTY GRANTS

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange reports it is making significant progress toward its Generation Study Abroad pledge to increase study abroad opportunities for students from all academic majors and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

Research shows that students who participate in study abroad have higher grade point averages, graduate faster, and are more attractive to future employers. Yet fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad. In November 2014, CIEE joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad challenge by committing to breaking down each of the three main barriers to study abroad – cost, curriculum, and culture – with a set of specific, concrete, action-oriented programs designed to enable more students to take part in international education. Today the organization is on track to meet its five-year goal to provide $20 million in student financial aid, sponsor passports for 10,000 students, train more college faculty, and create more flexible curriculum options by the year 2020.

In the nine months since launching efforts in January 2015, CIEE has made progress in each area of its pledge, specifically:

Breaking cost barriers
Student Scholarships: CIEE awarded a total of $5,965,000 in scholarships and financial aid to high school and college students and institutions.
Faculty Grants: CIEE awarded the inaugural $20,000 CIEE Generation Study Abroad Access Grant to Northshore Technical Community College in Louisiana to support an innovative faculty-led study abroad program in the Middle East designed specifically for students in STEM fields.

Breaking curriculum barriers
Flexible Semester Study Abroad Curriculum Model: CIEE reinvented the study abroad model with the launch of the Global Institutes in Berlin, Germany; London, England; and Rome, Italy. The CIEE Global Institutes provide affordable, flexible academic programming options for students of all majors to design their ideal international experience, with options for internships, research projects, and community service. Students can enroll in up to three 6-week academic blocks in one location, or combine blocks from multiple locations for comparative academic program study. In most cases, students can maintain their home institution’s financial aid while studying at multiple Global Institutes.
Short-Term Study Abroad Curriculum Model: CIEE increased short-term program options to 301 sessions available during January, May, and three summer sessions. This allows students of all academic majors and challenging schedules to participate in study abroad as their academic and personal responsibilities permit.
Expanded STEM Study Abroad Programs: CIEE added new science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and sustainability curriculum options to its portfolio. CIEE now offers 104 study abroad programs, with STEM course options in 47 locations worldwide - providing students with the most study abroad options for STEM disciplines available today.
New Faculty Development Seminars: CIEE created faculty development seminars focused on best practices in international education to help train faculty from colleges and universities across the country and in all academic disciplines in how to develop and deliver high-quality faculty-led study abroad programs.

Breaking culture barriers
CIEE Passport Caravan: CIEE provided new passports to 250 college students with 550 more scheduled through the end of the academic year. Obtaining a passport is the first step for many students to believing they can truly study abroad.
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act in July 2015, CIEE partnered with Mobility International USA to support students with disabilities, who are underrepresented in study abroad. Through the CIEE/MIUSA Access the World Scholarships, CIEE has provided more than $45,000 in scholarships to students with disabilities to study abroad through a diverse selection of CIEE summer programs in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In total, CIEE/MIUSA Access the World Scholarships will fund 20 students’ participation in CIEE summer programs and five students’ participation in the Open Campus program at CIEE’s new Global Institute in Berlin, Germany.
Minority-Serving Institutions Presidents Workshop: CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions have developed a one-day workshop for presidents from minority-serving institutions across the United States to review the research on the impact of study abroad on student success and discuss ways to expand opportunities for their student bodies’ to study abroad.

“Study abroad is rapidly becoming a core requirement for students across the country who are seeking the skills that will prepare them for our culturally diverse and interconnected world. Research shows that international study can help students improve their success in college, as measured by grade point averages, graduation rates, and employment opportunities. We are grateful to our Academic Consortium members, Academic Consortium Board, and worldwide CIEE staff who have rallied around the building blocks to our Generation Study Abroad pledge to expand study abroad to more young people,” said CIEE President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Pellow, Ed.D. “We would not be breaking down these barriers without their help and there is still so much more to do.”

Over the next four years, CIEE will continue its commitment to breaking barriers to study abroad by offering more scholarships, faculty grants, passports, and flexible programming options that make an international experience accessible to even more students, particularly those in underrepresented populations.

Read CIEE’s pledge and follow its progress at http://www.ciee.org/generation-study-abroad/progress/.

10/01/2015

CIEE Celebrates 50 Years of Study Abroad Partnership with Japan Innovating Cultural and Educational Exchange

To commemorate 50 years of partnership with Japanese educators and students, on September 30 CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange announced the CIEE Japan 50-Year Anniversary Scholarship: Summer Study Around the World before an assembly of international dignitaries that included heads of Japan’s top academic institutions, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.

The newly created scholarships will be awarded to 50 promising young Japanese students to study abroad on CIEE summer programs in more than 40 different countries. CIEE will award 10 scholarships in 2016, followed by 20 more in 2017, and another 20 in 2018. Scholars from a range of disciplines – language, business, culture, marine science, public health, engineering, art, and more – will see their tuition waived for courses offered at CIEE Study Centers around the globe, including in Argentina, Bonaire, China, Cuba, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, and the United States.

The scholarships were announced by James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE, who said, “We honor the first steps that Japan’s students took in 1965, which broke cultural and logistical barriers, and encouraged mutual understanding and friendship between our nations. They are the inspiration for the CIEE Japan 50-Year Anniversary Scholarship, which seeks to help Japanese students overcome the main barriers to study abroad – cost, curriculum, and culture. This scholarship program will allow Japanese students to join Americans and other international students in study programs around the world.”

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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (3rd from left), CIEE President & CEO James Pellow (6th from left), and CIEE Japan staff participate in a traditional Japanese sake barrel breaking during a celebration of CIEE’s 50 years of study abroad partnership with Japan.

Since CIEE opened its office in Tokyo in 1965, it has provided scores of educational exchange programs to more than 60,000 Japanese and international students and educators who have gone on to serve as leaders in business, education, the arts, and public service. The experience they’ve had on CIEE programs has opened the door for alumni to work across cultures as global citizens, helping to bridge cultural differences and encourage warm relationships between nations, businesses, and people.

“Over the past 50 years, more than 60,000 people have participated in CIEE’s international exchange programs. And each one of them has a story of how the CIEE experience was life changing. My former assistant, for example, participated in CIEE Japan’s study abroad program when she was an exchange student here in Tokyo. This is just one example of how CIEE programs have brought us closer together,” said Ambassador Kennedy. “I would like to extend my deep appreciation for your dedication to international education and friendship between our two countries. I would also like to thank CIEE for its support of the TeamUp campaign to increase the number of American and Japanese students studying in each other’s countries, and for its spectacular new scholarships for Japanese students to study around the world. You truly are cultivating a new generation of leaders for the United States and Japan.”

The variety of programs led by CIEE Japan has been diverse over the last five decades and includes initiatives which, at the time of their inception, were considered groundbreaking. Today they have become integral to Japanese culture and its education system. It all began in 1965 with a dramatic chartered flight that departed Haneda International Airport for America with 102 young and excited Japanese students aboard. Those pioneers broke a key societal barrier among citizens of both nations, paving the way for future generations to explore other nations.

“Knowing that we have had a hand in nurturing so many global citizens, especially between our two countries, is a point of pride that humbles and inspires me,” said Robert E. Fallon, chairman of the CIEE Board of Directors. “Our collaborative work has opened the hearts and minds of Japanese and American students who have studied abroad and experienced life in other cultures. Indeed we have made great progress toward the founding mission of CIEE: to foster world peace and greater understanding between nations. Thank you to the Japanese people and our institutional partners who have contributed to 50 years of CIEE’s success in Japan.”

Over the years, the programs managed by CIEE Japan have steadily expanded, with help and collaboration from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and partner universities. Programs include:

• Providing the first-ever in-service training for Japanese teachers of English;
• Administration/representative of the TOEFL® Test products;
• Management of International Volunteer Projects abroad;
• Study and work abroad opportunities for Japanese students;
• Japanese host programs for American educators and students;
• Hosting programs for international students and volunteers in Japan.

For more information about the experiences of CIEE Japan alumni and partners, and to read notes of congratulations on 50 years, visit http://ciee50.jp/.

09/24/2015

CIEE SELECTS NORTHSHORE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR INAUGURAL GENERATION STUDY ABROAD ACCESS GRANT

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange today announced that it has awarded the first CIEE Generation Study Abroad Access Grant to Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC). NTCC, based in Louisiana, will use the $20,000 grant to support an innovative faculty-led study abroad program in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The grant will open doors for NTCC students who have never traveled abroad before or who don’t have the resources to study abroad to participate in an international experience.

Over the semester, NTCC and CIEE’s Faculty-Led and Custom Programs team will work together to create the Northshore Technical Community College Global Maritime Abroad Collaboration (GMAC) program for freshmen and sophomores pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including industrial maintenance technology, drafting and design, industrial electrician, and welding. The program will focus on providing workforce training and industry credentials that are relevant to NTCC students’ future employment, while also offering intercultural skills training that will help prepare them to enter the global economy following graduation.

“The Global Maritime Abroad Collaboration program is inspired by a progressive and transformative maritime collaboration between our college, our public school system, our regional university, and our maritime advisory consortium. The foundation of this proposal, by design, is centered on advancing global educational pathways that promote mentoring, service-learning, internship, and project-based experiments,” said William Wainwright, Ph.D., chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College. “Through this groundbreaking opportunity with CIEE, meaningful student engagement will lead to earned college credit through a scalable program that will impact our college, our community and technical college system, and our global economy.”

NTCC Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Daniel Roberts, Ph.D., who authored the Global Maritime Abroad Collaboration program proposal, added, “We are very thankful for CIEE and their commitment to funding a customized, faculty-led study abroad program centered on students in workforce pathways. Our students now have the opportunity to experience the global economy firsthand while obtaining their degrees.”

CIEE received nearly 50 proposals from schools across the United States for its inaugural grant. CIEE created the Generation Study Abroad Access Grant to recognize innovative programs that increase access to study abroad, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The grant program is part of CIEE’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad™, a national challenge initiated by the Institute of International Education to double the number of students studying abroad to 600,000 by the year 2020.

“CIEE is excited to award the first-ever Generation Study Abroad Access Grant to the Northshore Technical Community College. Their program truly supports our goal to recognize innovative programs that increase access to study abroad on every level,” said Kellie Sullivan, director of Faculty-Led and Custom Programs at CIEE. “We know there are many barriers to study abroad, chief among them cost. In addition, community colleges have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. By offering Northshore Technical Community College students access to a valuable international educational experience, we’re helping empower a new generation of community college students to engage with diverse cultures, which will ultimately help them to become more effective leaders in today’s globalized world.”

For more information about CIEE’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad, visit: http://www.ciee.org/generation-study-abroad/.