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The United States welcomes more international students than any other country. They come from all over the world to access the country’s rich and dynamic education system. But the depth and breadth that attracts international students is also a source of complexity and confusion. That’s why international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and IIE president Allan Goodman have written their third co-written student guide, Preparing to Study in the USA: 15 Things Every International Student Should Know

This new book prepares students planning to attend a U.S. college or university succeed in and fully embrace the U.S. education system by addressing the topics most critical to international student success—identified by U.S. international student advisors—including:

     •  Finding and applying to the right school
     •  Understanding the importance of critical thinking and the value of liberal education
     •  Taking full advantage of the broad range of available resources
     •  Becoming immersed in a wide variety of campus activities beyond academics

Print copies are available from IIE Publications for $4.95, with a steep discount for bulk copies for schools to give out to students (20 copies for $20.00). IIE is also offering A Parent Guide to Study Abroad for the same discount. A Student Guide to Study Abroad can be ordered for $14.95, with discounts of 30%-50% for bulk orders.
As relations continue to improve between the U.S. and Cuba, opportunities for increased academic partnership are growing. President Obama's historic visit to Cuba in March 2016 further signaled an easing of tensions between the two countries, which allows for greater international collaboration going forward. The Cuba Partnership Program will draw on IIE's relationship with key stakeholders in the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education and Cuban university system, experience leading high-level academic delegations, and expertise in international partnership building to provide expert guidance on U.S.-Cuba academic collaboration. The program will include a delegation to Cuba in October 2016.

Eligibility: US accredited colleges and universities
Program Duration: July 2016 – February 2017
Application Deadline: June 10, 2016
Program Fee: (IIE Members) $10,000; (Non-members) $11,000
The program fee includes the cost of all in-country costs (lodging, meals, travel) for one participant for the study tour. The fee does not include international travel to and from Mexico.
Around the world, IIE is creating pathways to higher education for girls and increasing women’s effectiveness as leaders in fields such as education, science, technology, engineering and math. Please make a gift today so that IIE can continue to expand access to education and training for women and girls.
Submission Deadline: April 29, 2016 | Contact 

As new media continues to shape today’s academic experiences, so too has it found a place in the world of international education. The idea of virtual exchange has become a reality for countless institutions around the world, and continues to gain momentum as we see how it can provide deep and interactive learning experiences. These exchanges are technology-enabled programs allowing for the sustained sharing of ideas through a people-to-people education approach. 

The reported benefits and teachings from the use of virtual exchange have been numerous. For students who may not have the ability to travel internationally, it is a gateway to another culture and helps them to succeed as global citizens in an increasingly interdependent world. In the 21st century, these cross-cultural skills are vital to personal and professional success, and virtual exchanges can connect peers across continents in an effort to achieve this shared goal. 

The purpose of this issue of IIENetworker magazine is to delve deeper into the ever-evolving landscape of virtual exchange in order to explore, share and continue the dialogue around this emerging educational model. As we look to submissions for the upcoming issue, please consider some of the following topics: 

     •  Best practices in supporting and administering virtual exchange programs at various education levels. 
     •  Use of new and/or innovative platforms & programs to conduct virtual exchange, which may include case studies
        focusing on current or past projects and their overall impact.  
     •  A look into the changing landscape of virtual exchange and what we might expect in the years to come. Is there
        potential for this type of exchange to replace in-person programs or work alongside them? 
     •  Virtual exchange in conflict zones or in areas where traditional in-person exchange may not be feasible. 

If you are interested in submitting an article for the fall 2016 issue of IIENetworker please let us know as soon as possible. Submissions are due by April 29, 2016 and should be between 1000 and 1500 words. Address all inquiries to Courtney Lind at clind@iie.org and for more information on IIENetworker, please visit: www.iie.org/iienetworker.
This issue examines the impact of crises on students and their mobility, and provides research-based recommendations for institutions seeking to understand and aid those coming from some of the most tumultuous regions in the world.

Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, discusses IIE’s Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis and Emergency Student Funds and how they are working with the support of an organization led by Syrian expatriates to overcome the obstacles to higher education.
Students from China represent about one-third of the 1 million international students on U.S. college campuses today. IIE’s Peggy Blumenthal talks about what U.S. campuses are doing to help Chinese students integrate into campus life and classrooms.
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In the recent IIENetworker magazine, George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera emphasizes the important role faculty plays in encouraging students to seek international educational experiences. Listing ways that faculty can better convey the true value of an international education, Cabrera also calls on university leaders to provide support and reassurance to faculty, so that all levels "share the strategic goal of cultivating the global mindset of students."

Shawn Patton, Program Manager at IIE’s Center for International Partnerships, reflects on his visit to Cuba as one of the representatives of the U.S. higher education system at the Universidad 2016 Cuban Higher Education Conference in February. Focus was put on building partnerships between U.S. and Cuban institutions at a time when relations between the two countries are in flux. "The relationship with Cuban higher education institutions needs to be cultivated over time, with care. It’s impossible to create meaningful, lasting partnerships without having a basic understanding of the historical and political context that surrounds our relationship. As we continue to break down barriers between our two countries, I hope we take the time to listen to each other and look to understand the other side," writes Patton. 
Events & Deadlines
Boston, MA | June 22-24, 2016 | Register and Learn More 

World Education Services (WES) and the Boston Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) are partnering to provide an interactive seminar for higher education professionals who oversee international operations and recruitment services at their institutions. Sessions will include: "Internationalization of Higher Education: Concepts, Trends and Challenges," "How to Identify and Address Challenges with International Students Before, During and After Their Stay at the Campus," "Refugees: The Hidden Immigrant Student Population," and "International Student Flows: The U.S. in a Global Context."
Moscow, Russia | May 11-13, 2016 | Register | More Info 
Use the promo code "IIEmember" when registering and receive a 30% discount

The International Universities Networking Conference (IUNC) Eurasia 2016 is an event focused on University Cooperation Development organized in the format of one-to-one pre-scheduled meetings. The program includes discussion of the latest higher education trends, best practices, lively discussions and roundtables, networking activities, as well as the chance to tour university campuses in Moscow. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with Russian & foreign universities to discuss student/faculty exchanges, dual degrees, joint education programs, joint research programs, and more. Education agencies will also be in attendance, sharing cutting-edge tendencies in Eurasian Higher Education and helping attendees to extend their agency network and recruit students from all over the world.
Deadline: August 1, 2016

The new Fulbright ASEAN Research Program provides U.S. academics of all ranks and qualified professionals the ability to conduct collaborative research in one to three ASEAN countries (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). Applicants to this award may propose grants for three to six months with affiliations at appropriate universities, think tanks, civil society organizations, government agencies, or entities associated with the ASEAN Secretariat.

Applications in the following fields are of particular interest: climate change, comparative politics, dispute settlement and negotiation, diplomacy, economic integration and trade policy, environmental science/studies, gender studies, human migration and trafficking, international law, international relations, marine conservation, public health, public policy, regional security, wildlife trafficking & global youth studies. For more details, please visit our Catalog of Awards.

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
October 23-25, 2016 | Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Early bird rate until May 1 | Register | Contact 

The 2016 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will bring education, government and business leaders and journalists together for action-oriented discussion on how to ensure international experience is a key part of a 21st century education and make study abroad opportunities available to all. The Summit is part of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad®, a five year initiative to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase and diversify participation by bringing higher education institutions, employers, governments, K-12 teachers, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing programs.



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