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2 posts from April 2016


CIEE Generation Study Abroad Access Grant Program Highlights

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange today credited the success of its inaugural Generation Study Abroad Access Grant (GSAAG) recipient’s program, and shared highlights from the Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) J-Term, STEM-focused, and faculty-led Global Maritime Academy program in Sharjah and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“NTCC’s Global Maritime Academy program was a great success, and truly supported our goal to recognize innovative programs that increase access to study abroad on every level,” said Kellie Sullivan, executive director of Faculty-Led and Custom Programs at CIEE. “We are excited to launch the 2017 campaign on April 15 and look forward to supporting more of these innovative programs that prepare students to succeed in today’s globally competitive environment,” she said. Sullivan also noted the key role that Abu Bakr Al Ani played in the program. The resident director of the CIEE Study Center in Sharjah, Al Ani skillfully applied his professional experience as a translator, eight years’ experience in the UAE, and his welcoming style to help create and maintain a thriving learning environment and make the experience a success.

CIEE’s first-ever GSAAG grant last year of $20,000 supported NTCC’s Global Maritime Academy program for freshmen and sophomores majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, industrial maintenance technology, drafting and design, industrial electrician, or welding. As participants, the students, many of whom had never had the opportunity to travel or study abroad before, received workforce training, industry credentials relevant to future employment, and intercultural skills training. Program highlights included:

"The Global Maritime Academy’s first Generation Study Abroad program has had a profound impact on the lives of participating students and faculty at Northshore Technical Community College,” said Dr. William S. Wainwright, NTCC Chancellor. “The robust curriculum ensured relevant industry exposure in the field of maritime studies coupled with meaningful cultural immersion activities. CIEE provided flexibility for the construct of an innovative curriculum that has captured the interest of key stakeholders interested in supporting future international study abroad," he said. NTCC’s Global Maritime Academy proposal was one of nearly 50 submitted by schools across the United States during CIEE’s inaugural GSAAG campaign 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.

For more information about CIEE’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad, visit:



CIEE and The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions (Penn CMSI) today announced scholarship details related to our three-year comprehensive partnership to increase study abroad at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). 

CIEE has pledged 100 percent of all exhibitor fees related to its Annual Conference in 2016, 2017, and 2018 to support study abroad scholarships for students from Minority Serving Institutions. CIEE and CMSI expect the first-year scholarship pool to total at least $50,000. 

Funds historically used to support conference expenses will now be earmarked for the most financially challenged students attending the nation’s nearly 600 Minority Serving Institutions. Each year for the next three years, the scholarship funds will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students of color from 10 MSIs. Each cohort of 10 students will take part in a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in one of three locations: London, England (summer 2017); Cape Town, South Africa (summer 2018); and Seoul, South Korea (summer 2019).

The scholarship is being named the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship in honor of Frederick Douglass – the African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman – to highlight the characteristics that today’s young leaders need most: a keen intellect, a strong work ethic, and a global perspective. President Abraham Lincoln called Douglass “one of the most meritorious men, if not the most meritorious man, in the United States.” Of the many impressive chapters of his life, after publishing his international bestselling autobiography in 1845, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” Douglass traveled to London and spent two years traveling and lecturing extensively throughout Britain and Ireland. During this trip, British supporters raised funds to buy his freedom from his American owner and when Douglass returned to America in 1847, he was a free man.

Consistent with that legacy, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows are meritorious men and women who demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary communication skills, who possess the hallmarks of self-determination, who exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and who have a history of service to others. In the spirit of one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows commit to sharing their experience and intercultural growth with peers and classmates, before, during, and after the fellowship.

To become a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, each student must be nominated and receive a letter of recommendation from the president of their institution following their first year of college.

The first scholarships will be awarded on November 1, 2016 by Penn’s CMSI, one of the nation’s leaders in elevating the educational contributions of MSIs, increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs, and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. 

"Our partnership with CIEE is an unprecedented effort to move the needle in a serious way around study abroad for students of color, and especially students at Minority Serving Institutions,” said Dr. Marybeth Gasman, education professor and director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. “Together, we are working to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture that prevent far too many students of color from experiencing international study. This significant financial support will have a direct impact on some of our country’s brightest students.”

In addition to the scholarships, CIEE and CMSI have committed to a three-year partnership to co-sponsor training for college presidents and workshops for faculty to increase diversity in study abroad. Research shows that students who study abroad can have higher GPAs, are more likely to graduate on time and are more attractive to employers that seek to hire candidates with intercultural competencies. However, there is a significant gap in the profile of those who study abroad versus the overall population of U.S. undergraduates.  While students of color represent almost 40 percent of all undergraduates, they represent only 26 percent of those students who study abroad, including just 8.3 percent who are Hispanic and 5.6 percent who are Black.

“As the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization founded to support international exchange for all students, CIEE strives to implement both practical and innovative solutions to overcome the barriers to study abroad.  For seven decades, we’ve sponsored an annual conference that strives to bring together leaders in the field of study abroad to share best practices to improve the student experience. We felt compelled to use this platform – the annual conference – to demonstrate a simple approach to funding student scholarships, which will allow more students to embrace this life-changing academic experience,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE and a Penn Graduate School of Education alumnus. “With a proliferation of annual conferences, workshops, and meetings devoted to international study and exchange, we hope that other organizations might consider a similar approach to opening doors for individual students by funding scholarships.  

The deadline for students to apply to become Frederick Douglass Global Fellows is October 1, 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit the Penn CMSI website