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International Student Census Deadline: Thursday, March 3, 2016 | Complete Survey Online
U.S. Study Abroad Survey Deadline:  Thursday, March 10, 2016 | Complete Survey Online
The 2016 Open Doors International Student Census and U.S. Study Abroad Survey are now open and available at www.iie.org/surveyforms.  
The International Student Census captures information on international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities in fall 2015.  The deadline for completing the International Student Census is Thursday, March 3, 2016

The U.S. Study Abroad Survey collects data on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit from fall 2014 through summer 2015.  The deadline to complete the Study Abroad Survey is Thursday, March 10, 2016.

The compilation of data published in Open Doors is only possible with the assistance of international education and other higher education professionals at accredited institutions throughout the United States who voluntarily provide their data for aggregate reporting in Open Doors. If your institution does not currently participate in the surveys or needs to update contact information, please contact us at iieresearch@iie.org or fill out our Update Contact Form and we will gladly add your institution to IIE’s Open Doors database.

Open Doors is the key resource on international students and scholars in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad. The Open Doors report is published by the Institute of International Education. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since 1919, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. For more information about Open Doors and to access data highlights, visit our website at www.iie.org/OpenDoors.  Please note, that if you participated in last year’s Open Doors, your complimentary copy of the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange will be shipped in early February.

We are excited to announce that the Open Doors team will be conducting webinars to answer questions about both the International Student Census and U.S. Study Abroad surveys.  These webinars are designed to discuss the content and process of completing the Open Doors surveys and to answer any questions institutions have about participating in the surveys.  The webinar for the International Student Census will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 2:00-3:00 PM (EST).  Please register for the register for the International Student Census webinar here.  The webinar for the U.S. Study Abroad survey will be on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 2:00-3:00 PM (EST).  Please register for the register for the U.S. Study Abroad Survey webinar here.  If you have questions in advance for either survey, they can be submitted here.  

If you did not receive the surveys, but were supposed to, please make sure to add iieresearch@iie.org to your address book to ensure our survey invitations continue to reach your inbox.  If you have any questions about the survey, please send an email to iieresearch@iie.org or call (646) 308-7213.

Application Deadline: February 19th, 2016

The Emergency Student Fund (ESF) of the Institute of International Education (IIE) is issuing a call for U.S. colleges and universities that currently have students from Syria and Yemen enrolled on their campuses to nominate those students who have emergency needs for funds to continue their studies so that their academic careers are not interrupted as a result of the crises in their home countries.
Syria-ESF and Yemen-ESF will provide grants of $2,000 – 5,000 each to selected students nominated by their U.S. host colleges and universities who are unable to continue or complete their degree program in the United States due to serious financial difficulties precipitated by the situation in the region.
Accredited U. S. campuses are invited to nominate up to five students in total, including students from one or both countries, at their institutions for whom help is needed to complete the spring 2016 semester. International Student Advisers or other campus officials should complete the attached nomination form and e-mail it to ESF@iie.org by February 19th, 2016, at 5pm EST. Awards will be announced by March 7th. Applications directly from students will NOT be accepted. U.S. host campuses nominating students for Syria-ESF and Yemen-ESF awards are expected to provide some emergency assistance to the nominated students, through tuition waivers, full or partial scholarships, housing, stipends, loans, work study, or other forms of support.

IIE’s Emergency Student Fund provides grants to post-secondary students matriculated at accredited educational institutions in the U.S. whose sources of support have been impacted by natural disaster or other crises. Since 2010, IIE's ESF has provided $2 million in emergency grants to over 700 students from Japan, Haiti, Libya, Thailand, the Philippines, Syria, Iran, and Nepal whose home sources of financial support were impacted by crisis or natural disaster. The Institute seeks to have a fund in place so that IIE can respond quickly to help students when disasters and emergencies arise.
IIE is pleased to announce it is partnering with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to sponsor a delegation of U.S. higher education institutions at the 10th annual Cuban International Higher Education Conference taking place in Havana from  February 15th-19th. The delegation will serve as ambassadors for the U.S. higher education system, while exploring potential opportunities for Cuba-U.S. academic collaboration. Both IIE and AASCU are proud to offer the opportunity to showcase a diverse delegation of U.S. colleges and universities at this historic event in bilateral cooperation between our two countries.
Events & Deadlines
March 10-11, 2016 | Davis, California
Registration Deadline: February 15, 2016

You are invited to join us for the Annual IIE Best Practices in International Education Conference on March 10- 11, 2016. For the first time ever, we are bringing the conference to California, hosted by UC Davis. This event will cover many exciting keynote, plenary, and session themes, and will feature high-level experts, including presidents, provosts, and international education administrators from institutions around the world. In addition, a special awards portion of the conference will honor the winners of the 2016 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

Pre-Conference Roundtable Discussions and Networking Reception on Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • Morning Special Workshop: Project No More Lost Generation: Principles of Higher Education Support
  • Afternoon Concurrent Roundtable: The Future of U.S. - Iran Academic Cooperation
  • Afternoon Concurrent Roundtable: Models and Best Practices for Internationalizing the Community College
  • Networking Reception
Best Practices Conference on Friday, March 11, 2016. Conference sessions will feature best practices in the following areas:
  • Strategic Planning for Comprehensive Internationalization
  • Best Practices in Expanding Participation in Study Abroad
  • New Strategies for Global Engagement and Partnerships
  • Keynote by representative from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State (invited)
Application Deadline: February 15, 2016 | Read More | Contact

IIE continues to welcome applications for the Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP) Fellowships for awards starting in fall 2016 or spring 2017. There are two fellowships available:

The Research Ph.D. Fellowship offers generous funding to students in doctoral programs at U.S. institutions who are pursuing China-related research across a broad range of fields in the arts, education, humanities and social sciences. Grantees will be supported for a period of at least one semester up to two years.

The Ph.D. in China Fellowship provides funding to students holding a master’s degree in a China related field who wish to earn a doctoral degree at a Chinese institution. Funding is normally available for three to four years.
Application Deadline for Summer 2016: March 1st (student application deadline) and March 8th (adviser deadline)

The online application for the Freeman-ASIA scholarships is open for the summer 2016 competition cycle. Freeman-ASIA provides financial support to U.S. citizens and permanent residents for study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible applicants will be recipients of need-based financial aid, and will be planning to enroll in a credit-bearing study abroad program in East or Southeast Asia for the summer, fall, or academic year. 
Application Deadline: March 1, 2016 | Read More & Apply | Contact
Americans with a career-related interest in the European Union are invited to apply for the 2017 European Union Visitors Program (EUVP). Eligible to participate are government officials (local, state and federal), journalists, academics, representatives of non-profit, non-governmental organizations, and other professionals between the age of 30 to 40. The EUVP, which is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Commission and the European Parliament, provides promising young professionals an opportunity to visit Europe and gain an appreciation of the EU's institutions, policies, values, and people. Participants receive an individual 5-8 day study tour in Brussels (in some cases also Strasbourg) tailored to their specific interests and professional profile.
If you would like to see how the EU institutions function and meet some European professional counterparts, learn if you are eligible and apply here.  

Application Deadline: August 1, 2016

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year.Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Other highlights from nearly 500 awards offered in this year’s program include:

New Participating Country: Sudan
After nearly 20 years of inactivity, universities in Sudan are eager to engage U.S. scholars in developing partnerships and reforming the quality of education across all disciplines. Sudan offers an opportunity for cutting edge research in a variety of disciplines, as well as opportunities to increase the institutional capacity of the university systems.

Global Scholar Award
Now in its second year, the Global Scholar Award allows scholars the opportunity to research or teach/research in two or three countries in two or three different world regions. The award length can be from four to six months and Scholars may split the grant into two or three visits over one or two consecutive years. Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus.

Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards
The Fulbright Scholar Program presents excellent opportunities for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields, all while serving as cultural ambassadors. In addition to primary research or teaching activities, postdoctoral and early career scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host country academic community. Postdoctoral awards are available in all fields of study, from STEM, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Cross-Strait Studies Award
The Cross-Strait Studies award provides U.S. Scholars the opportunity to conduct research on contemporary issues concerning the relationship between mainland China and Taiwan. This award also allows for additional short-term travel to Hong Kong.

Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Award
The Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grant is for Scholars interested in policy oriented research in one to two EU member states. Preference is given for proposals focused on EU or U.S.-EU approaches on the issues of data privacy and protection.

Cultural Preservation and Heritage Award
The Cultural Preservation and Heritage award provides U.S. Scholars the opportunity to teach conservation science, cultural resources management, heritage preservation and museology in Jordan.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2016.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.


Study Abroad

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 16, 2016 | Learn More | Contact

Doubling & Diversifying Study Abroad by 2020

Are you interested in shaping the future of study abroad? Share your expertise and connect with leaders in education, business and government.Submit a Session Proposal for the 2016 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad held on October 23-25, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

Proposals should reflect the spirit of innovation across the following themes:

  1. New Study Abroad Models and Marketing Directions
  2. Forging New Partnerships to Advance your Pledge
  3. Commitments that Work: Learning from Innovative Solutions (and Failures)
  4. Making the Case for Study Abroad: Using Data to Promote Study Abroad and Change Perceptions

IIE welcomes proposals for one of the following interactive formats: Think Tank, Learning Lab, Summit Talk, Panel Session. You may also submit individual presentations to be included on a panel. IIE will create sessions that bring presenters together based on theme and content. 

GPS and IIE Collaborate to Spotlight the Relevance of Global Competency

IIE is collaborating with Global Professional Search (GPS), a job-matching service that specializes in sourcing and evaluating candidates with global competencies to help connect young professionals from the U.S. and around the world to global enterprises that seek employees with language ability, experience living and studying abroad, and the critical and creative skills acquired through cultural immersion.  Young professionals and recent graduates who have participated in international exchange or study abroad programs are eligible to register.  Under this initiative, IIE encourages the alumni of IIE-managed programs to join this network to connect with globally-minded employers by registering through a dedicated IIE/GPS portal.

IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund announced a new partnership with the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture’s Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) to provide safe places in Finland for threatened scholars from Iraq and Syria. In partnership with CIMO, IIE-SRF will offer joint fellowships for as many as five professors to continue their academic work at Finnish institutions of higher education. CIMO will match IIE-SRF’s fellowships worth up to $25,000 USD, and the Finnish institutions will contribute in-kind support such as language training, housing, and additional assistance with cost of living expenses.

An IIE-SRF fellow from Syria also spoke at the event, retelling his escape from the violence in his home country and arrival to the United States to continue his academic work in safety. His powerful story emphasized the need for partnerships like the one between IIE-SRF and CIMO to transform the lives of scholars and ultimately the future of war-torn countries. As the fellow elaborated, "Securing the future of Syrian education is as important as providing food and shelter because you cannot feed people for their entire lives. You have to keep the [academic] structures there so that [the people] can rebuild themselves."

Read more about the partnership




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