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3 posts from November 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. 

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.”


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.

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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:

• 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

• Toulouse, France – Language and Culture

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