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21 posts from May 2012


Living the DReam - Santiago Service Learning Newsletter

DR final

The seven members of the CIEE Service Learning program in Santiago, DR share their community-based research and reflect upon their experiences in the field in this end-of-the-semester newsletter.

Download this edition of 'Living the DReam' below, and read all their stories!

 Download DR Final Newsletter


New Programs Announced for 2013

At CIEE, options matter—and it’s more important than ever that students have access to study abroad programs that advance the study of their academic majors. That’s why we continually strive to create new programs to match the needs of today’s students.

Today, CIEE offers more disciplines in more locations—and we’re excited to announce the following new programs for spring, summer, and winter 2013. We’ll have many more details at booth #501 during the NAFSA annual conference so be sure to stop by!


New Programs for Spring 2013


Africa/Middle East

Ghana, Legon

  • Business, Development, and Social Entrepreneurship

Israel, Haifa

  • International Relations, Psychology, and Peace and Conflict Studies


China, Beijing

  • Chinese Language and Society


Australia, Perth

  • Tropical Ecology, Conservation, and Sustainability

Australia, Sydney/Wollongong and New Zealand

  • Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Education: Theory and Practice



Czech Republic, Prague

  • Communication, New Media, and Journalism

Ireland, Dublin

  • Engineering, Technology, and Society

Spain, Madrid

  • Business, Economics, and Culture
  • Engineering and Society


Latin America

Argentina, Buenos Aires

  • Undergraduate Research—Globalization and Development

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

  • Business, Economics, and Culture
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Media, Design, and Social Communications



New Programs for Summer 2013


Africa/Middle East

South Africa, Cape Town

  • Community Development and Social Justice: Theory and Practice



Australia, Perth

  • Tropical Marine Ecology



Germany, Berlin

  • Contemporary Germany

Italy, Naples

  • Italian Studies

England, London

  • British Culture


Argentina, Buenos Aires

  • Performing Arts in Context



New Programs for Winter 2013



Spain, Seville and Morocco, Rabat

  • International Business


Latin America

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

  • Intensive Language and Culture

Brazil, São Paulo

  • Intensive Language and Culture

Brazil, Salvador da Bahia

  • Intensive Language and Culture


We hope you’re as excited about these new programs as we are!

If you have any questions or want to learn more, don’t forget to stop by our booth #501 or contact your Institutional Relations Representative.





Innovation and Incubation in China. Where The System is the Problem

Will China learn to innovate?

It is a question that has been discussed for a while, and was the topic of focus at the ISTA conference in Nanjing last week.

An organization that works to facilitate tech transfer developed in universities to the private sector, I was one of four panelists discussing different aspect of tech development and incubation in China. With my focus being on the market / business model side for tech development as in solving china’s largest issues of environment, economy, and society. the other three focused primarily on the role of university based incubators and of government funding.

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CIEE Scholarships Support President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative

CIEE is excited to announce that since its inception in March 2012, the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) has awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships and grants to college and university students interested in CIEE’s Study Abroad in China programs. These scholarships and grants directly support President Barack Obama’s “100,000 Strong” initiative, which seeks to significantly increase the number and diversify the composition of American students studying abroad in China.

There is perhaps no more complex relationship between nations in the world than the one that exists between the U.S. and China. Announced in November 2009, the “100,000 Strong” initiative seeks to prepare the next generation of American experts on China who will be charged with managing the growing political, economic, and cultural ties between the two countries. The initiative also seeks to develop specific opportunities and funding sources for underrepresented students to study in China.

Through GAIN, which commits $1 million in grants and scholarships each year to help diversify the study abroad experience, CIEE is able to support this mission by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from a traditionally underrepresented social or ethnic group, have a documented disability, or are in an underrepresented field of study. The average scholarship is worth $1,300, which can be put toward the costs for a summer, semester, or full year study abroad program.

Recipients are chosen based on a submitted essay about the barriers he or she needs to overcome in order to study abroad, how he or she plans to encourage students facing similar challenges to study abroad, and why studying abroad is important to students from all walks of life.

In his essay, GAIN winner Dominic Romeo—an intensive Chinese language student at the University of Notre Dame with a Native American background—explained the impact studying abroad in China will have on his future: “The CIEE GAIN scholarship will afford me the opportunity to study abroad, thereby enabling me to obtain fluency in Mandarin and become intimately acquainted with the Chinese culture in an extremely enjoyable fashion. Ultimately, this experience will pave the way for me to effectively work as a diplomat between China and the United States, with a special focus on United States-China relations.”

CIEE has administered study abroad programs in mainland China for more than 30 years, since the first CIEE Study Center opened at Peking University in 1980. Today, CIEE offers Study Centers in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Taipei with programs in advanced Chinese studies; business, language, and culture; communications, business, and political economy; and intensive Chinese language.

Established in 1947, CIEE is the leader in international education. For 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally independent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.



DPS, Amman Spring 2012 Newsletter

Prince hassan

In their spring newsletter, students of the Diplomacy and Policy Studies program in Amman, Jordan reflect upon the events of this past semester, including: a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp, a tour of the National Gallery of Fine Arts, and a private conversation with H.M.H. Prince Hassan, at his palace!

Read the newsletter, here:

Download DPS newsletter


'Window to the Best'

Smolny ball

The midnight train to Moscow, tours of the Kremlin, the annual Smolny Spring Ball and Paula Abdul sightings - it's been a busy spring in St. Petersburg!

Catch up on all the latest news in the St. Petersburg Spring 2012 Newsletter:

Download Spring 2012 Newsletter 2


Santo Domingo, Spring 2012 Newsletter

Santo domingo

The Santo Domingo, Spring 2012 Newsletter is here! The publication features updates and photos from both students and faculty. This issue covers internships, volunteering, excursions and the 25th Anniversary celebration of CIEE programing in Latin America!

Click on the link below to download the issue:

Download CIEE Santo Domingo Liberal Arts Newsletter II Spr 2012

Nanjing News

Photos from this semester's Intensive Chinese Language & Culture program!


Teaching migrant students 'head, shoulders, knees and toes.'


Students dressed in traditional Tibetan clothing in front of the world's largest prayer wheel.


Trip to Linyin Temple in Hangzhou.


Horseback riding in Lijiang Old Town, Yunan.


Tea tasting in Hangzhou.



Shanghai Time-Lapse


Mitchell Institute International Fellows Announced




Two Maine Students Named Inaugural CIEE and Mitchell Institute International Fellows

CIEE and The Mitchell Institute are proud to announce the winners of the inaugural CIEE and Mitchell Institute 2012 International Fellowships: Amanda Hall of Farmington, and Spencer Traylor of Brownville. In June 2012, Hall, a Yale University sophomore majoring in American Studies, will serve as a CIEE intern in Belfast, Ireland. Traylor, a Colby College sophomore with an interest in Middle Eastern Studies, will serve as a CIEE intern in Amman, Jordan. Both students will participate in the unprecedented opportunity of examining firsthand the public diplomacy and peace process in two of the world’s most contentious regions.

As CIEE and Mitchell Institute Fellows, Hall and Traylor will study the elements of conflict resolution and international peace efforts by meeting with local experts and government officials, attending lectures, exploring local communities and culture, and engaging with faculty participants of special CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars. Few skills are as important to our world today as the ability to bridge cultural gaps, increase understanding, and foster mutual respect, and these fellows will gain hands-on global experience that will aid them in meeting their future academic, career, and personal goals.

According to Hall, “I'm most looking forward to the chance not only to apply my studies to a non-American context, but also—on a more personal level—to experience something so incredibly unique, culturally and academically. For these reasons, I could not be more grateful for this opportunity.” Traylor echoes that sentiment, stating, "This opportunity is a dream come true! It has been my strongest desire to go to the Middle East to see firsthand the region that I have been studying and now I get a chance to do so! I am hoping to use this time to reflect on my own hopes for peace and figure out what it is that I'll be able to do to help the process in any way that I can once I return."

The CIEE and Mitchell Institute Fellowship Program celebrates the collaboration of CIEE, the leading provider of international and cultural exchange programs for U.S. students and faculty, and The Mitchell Institute, an organization working to expand and improve the opportunities for higher education for young people in the state of Maine. Each year, CIEE and The Mitchell Institute select two exemplary, globally minded current or alumni Mitchell Scholars to participate in an innovative diplomacy internship during the summer. Fellows are chosen based on an essay that describes the student’s objectives for participating in the program, how the student expects to benefit personally and professionally from the experience, and how their academic major, and work and personal experiences have led them to their interest in the fellowship of international diplomacy.

Amanda Hall, Yale University
As a sophomore at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, Hall is majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Politics and American Communities. In particular, she is focused on studying marginalized populations and how they interact within the U.S. During the summer of 2011 she worked as a scheduling intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Maine Senator Olympia J. Snowe and will return this summer to work as a policy intern. Hall’s ultimate professional goal is to work for the State Department in issues of civilian security and democracy.

Spencer Traylor, Colby College
Traylor is currently a freshman at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Spencer was awarded the Mitchell Scholarship at his 2011 graduation from Penquis Valley High School in Milo. Since then, he has been working with the Mitchell Institute to develop ways to help other Mitchell Scholars overcome the barriers to studying abroad. Currently undeclared, Traylor is planning an independent major of Middle Eastern Studies with the future goal of facilitating dialogue with future leaders of the Middle East and helping to foster an understanding of conflict in the area in the hopes of creating lasting peace beyond the capacities of political treaties.

About CIEE
Established in 1947, CIEE is the world’s oldest and leading international education organization. For 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally independent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.

About The Mitchell Institute
Since 1996, The Mitchell Institute, Maine’s premier foundation promoting access to higher education and research, has created scholarship and grant programs that recognize Maine’s best and brightest students.