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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




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.”


Congratulations to Our First CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes Winner!

CIEE Study Abroad - Best Summer EverFour more chances remain for students to win $5,000 toward summer study abroad in 2014. 

We’re thrilled to congratulate Heidi N., University of Hawaii at Manoa, the first winner of the CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes. Heidi is the first of five U.S. college students to win $5,000 toward the CIEE 2014 Summer Study Abroad program of her choice. Eligible students can enter here, and we’ll announce a winner every week through March 3.

CIEE offers over 70 top-quality immersive summer abroad programs in more than 30 countries worldwide, giving students more choice than anyone else. Click here for full sweepstakes details, and check this blog to see the next winner.


Three CIEE Board Members Honored


CIEE honored three outgoing members of its board of directors at a special ceremony on November 22 during the 2013 CIEE Annual Conference.

Ambassador Charles Baquet, Ambassador Kenton Keith, and Patti McGill Peterson, Ph.D. were honored after serving the maximum two terms. Over the past 10 years, these dynamic members used their proven leadership skills and extensive knowledge of international education, intercultural relations, and higher education to contribute positively to both the organization and the field of international education. Their dedication has helped to make a difference in the lives of countless students, professionals, and educators.

Their accomplishments include helping CIEE achieve well-managed, positive growth, which has enabled the organization to reach more participants than ever before and expand the breadth and depth of program offerings. Baquet, Keith, and Dr. Peterson were also instrumental in leading the organization—and the field—into the development of innovative programs and initiatives.

During the ceremony, each outgoing board member was presented with a resolution expressing CIEE’s “sincere gratitude for service to CIEE, its students, member institutions, and partners, as well as the worldwide international exchange community.”

Ambassador Charles Baquet

Ambassador Baquet retired in 2010 after an illustrious career focused on promoting peace throughout the world. Most recently, he served as director of the Center for Intercultural and International Programs. He has also served as a foreign affairs consultant at Xavier University, deputy director of the Peace Corps, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, U.S. consul general in Cape Town, and foreign service officer. During his tenure at CIEE, Baquet served on the board’s Finance and Investment Committee. 

Ambassador Kenton Keith

Ambassador Keith also retired in 2010 after serving as senior vice president of the Meridian International Center for more than 13 years. His past international relations and public diplomacy post include director of the United States Information Agency's Office of North African, Near Eastern, and South Asian Affairs; U.S. ambassador to Qatar; special envoy to Islamabad; and officer in the U.S. Navy. At CIEE, he served as vice-chair of the board of directors and as a member on the board’s Executive and Governance and Nominations Committees.

Patti McGill Peterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Peterson is currently presidential advisor for global initiatives at the American Council on Education. During her career in international and higher education, she has also served as senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, vice president of the Institute of International Education, president of Wells College, president of St. Lawrence University, and senior fellow at Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs. Peterson served on the Executive and Governance and Nominations Committees while on CIEE’s board. 


CIEE Hosts Record Number at Annual Conference

CIEE hosted a record 596 study abroad professionals, higher education faculty and administrators, and experts in the field at its 2013 Annual Conference, November 20-23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 During four days of interactive sessions, presentations, and networking events, attendees focused on the theme Align. Innovate. Educate. Using their own experience and the expertise of session presenters, attendees explored how international education providers, like CIEE, and institutions of higher education can work together to create innovative new types of study abroad programming that meet all students’ needs. Additional topics included breaking down the barriers—cost, curriculum, and culture—to studying abroad; ensuring quality across all international experiences; and bringing internationalization to all aspects of student life, both in and out of the classroom.

 Highlights included a screening of the film Girl Rising, which tells the stories of nine girls in developing countries who overcame tremendous hardships to pursue an education. The film was introduced by Girl Rising Director of Partnerships Justin Reeves. Photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges spoke about the use of storytelling to effect social change, exemplified in his own work in developing regions. Ann Bancroft, another keynote speaker, shared her fascinating life story, from growing up in the Minnesota to her record-breaking expeditions to her work as educator and philanthropist.

 During the 2013 Annual Conference, CIEE also hosted its inaugural Diversity Abroad Future Leaders Summit. During this full-day workshop, 20 campus leaders and change agents in international education developed new ways to attract diverse and underrepresented student populations to study abroad.

 Widely considered the leading conference on international education, the CIEE Annual Conference has brought together industry leaders and professionals to discuss challenges and effect change in the field of international education for more than 35 years.

 “The CIEE conference is known for offering an intimate, rich environment for professional development and innovation,” said CIEE Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Strategy Brenda Majeski. “It’s this environment that enables us to consistently attract experts in the field as both attendees and session presenters. This year, the CIEE Annual Conference attracted more of these experts than ever before, which will ultimately lead to the creation of important new solutions to challenges that exist in international education.”

The 2014 CIEE Annual Conference—titled Breaking Barriers: Cost. Culture. Curriculum—will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, November 19-22.

 Steve Amendo
Director, Marketing and Communications


Record Number of Registrations Received for 2013 Annual Conference

We received a record number of registrations to the 2013 CIEE Annual Conference, Align. Innovate. Educate. in Minneapolis, MN! That means more experts and innovators than ever before will come together to examine key trends, discuss current challenges, and develop new solutions in the field of international education.

If you missed the deadline, you can still register for the conference on site, though space may be limited for certain events. Due to the popularity of this year’s topics, our pre-conference workshops and One-Day International Faculty Development Seminars have sold out!

The CIEE registration desk will open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20.

Please note that our sleeping room block at the conference hotel, the Hilton Minneapolis, has sold out and the hotel is close to capacity, so be sure to book your rooms immediately!

Can’t make it to the conference?  You can still stay connected to all of the conference happenings and hear what your peers are saying by liking us on Facebook (CIEE Annual Conference) and following us on Twitter (@cieeconference). Be sure to use the hashtag #cieeconf.

Questions? Contact our conference team at or visit our conference website for more information.

Hope to see you in Minneapolis!

Anne Gray
Senior Manager, Annual Conference


4 Days Left to Register for the 2013 Annual Conference

There are only four days left to register for the 2013 CIEE Annual Conference, November 20-23, in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Register by November 1.

Only TWO spots are left in our One-Day International Faculty Development Seminar in the Somali community of Cedar-Riverside—register today! It's sure to be an inspiring and enlightening day as we explore the complex process of community adaption.

And, there are still a few open slots in our pre-conference workshops:

Pre-Conference Workshop I - Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining Curriculum Integration of Education Abroad

Pre-Conference Workshop II - Demystifying Digital Storytelling: Narrating International Experience with Digital Media

Don't wait, register today. See you in Minneapolis!

Anne Gray
Senior Manager, CIEE Annual Conference


Minneapolis: Home to the Best Parks in the Nation

Looking for a place to stroll or relax during the conference this fall? You're in luck! The Trust of the Public Land recently named Minneapolis the nation's best big city for public parks. Parks were scored on factors including size, access to citizens, and services provided.

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New Collection of Japanese Art at Minneapolis Museum

Clark collection

A collection of nearly 1,700 works of Japanese art is headed to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

A number of pieces from the the collection--which is part of a gift and purchase from the Clark Center of Japanese Art and Culture, in California--will be on display during our CIEE Annual Conference this November!

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Minnesota’s US Bank agrees to open account allowing US Somalis to transfer money to Africa

U.S. Bank has agreed to open an account that will allow Somalis living in Minnesota to send money to their homeland, reopening a lifeline to relatives living in the war-torn East African country. Somalis in Minnesota, which is home to the largest U.S. Somali community, say their families in Africa might not survive without the monthly remittances they send them… Read the article.