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Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Indonesia: U.S. and Indonesian Perspectives and Strategies for Expansion addresses the strategic need to promote stronger ties between the U.S. and Indonesia. This recently published white paper was produced through the Institute of International Education’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education.

Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Indonesia begins with an overview of higher education in Indonesia, offers a snapshot of U.S. study abroad to Indonesia, examines Indonesian institutional capacity to host more U.S. students, and discusses challenges and opportunities in expanding study abroad to Indonesia. This white paper also provides key findings and steps and recommendations for the future. Overall, Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Indonesia is a valuable resource for expanding academic engagement with Indonesia and increasing study abroad to Indonesia.

This white paper is part of the U.S.-Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity (USIPP), a program managed by IIE and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For more information about the U.S.-Indonesia Partnership Program and to download this white paper, please visit: www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Expanding-US-Study-Abroad-Indonesia-WP.

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An article in The Australian highlights key findings from a recently published report by the Institute of International Education entitled: U.S. Students in Overseas Degree Programs: Key Destinations and Fields of Study. The rise in U.S. students pursuing degrees abroad is due to a variety of factors, including "the rising cost of higher education at home and demands of an increasingly global workforce that requires skills such as multilingualism and intercultural competence."

To read the full article, please visit: www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/more-americans-to-study-abroad/story-e6frgcjx-1226280971527. To download the IIE report U.S. Students in Overseas Degree Programs: Key Destinations and Fields of Study, please visit: www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/US-Students-In-Overseas-Degree-Programs.

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New data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) shows an increased number of American students studying for full degrees in the UK. A record 15,555 U.S. students studied at British universities in 2010-11, marking a 3.3 percent rise over the previous year. Since 2008-9, the number of graduate U.S. students at institutions in the UK has risen by 15.2 percent. International students collectively added £9.6bn to the UK economy in 2008-9 (BIS). U.S. students constitute around 7 percent of the international student body in the UK.

Key factors that attract U.S. students to the UK include lower cost of attendance, shorter degrees, increased competitiveness in the job market, the portability of U.S. loans, and the reputation of the British higher education system.

For more information, please visit: www.fulbright.co.uk/news-events/news/american-students-flock-to-british-universities.

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An article in China Daily reports that "through trade, investment, educational exchanges and other outlets, the United States and China have dramatically increased their ties to one another in this new globalized world." According to the article, "many experts...believe these cross-cultural exchanges can foster mutual understanding between the two peoples in a way that is as effective as or sometimes even more effective than professional politics."

For more information, please go to www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/28/content_14714162.htm.

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Education Ireland invites students to join them on Thursday March 1st between 12–8pm EST for Study in Ireland Day, an exclusive online event to connect with Irish Universities. This online fair will be devoted to answering questions about the admissions process in Ireland, financial aid and tuition, program information, and student life in Ireland.

Study in Ireland Day gives students an opportunity to:

  • Text-chat with admissions teams from all universities in the Republic of Ireland
  • Hear from other American students about why they chose to study in Ireland
  • Learn how to apply for admission
  • Enter to win a $1,000 scholarship from CollegeWeekLive

To sign up for this free event, please click here.

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Through oversight and funding from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and under a cooperative agreement between ECA and the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) program is designed to foster international student mobility between the United States and the rest of the world through the EducationUSA network. The REAC fosters student mobility between the United States and the region working with ECA and IIE to oversee and support a regional network of advising centers. REACs act as a resource on educational systems and exchanges; provide assessment, direction, training, and quality control of EducationUSA advising centers; and develop and promote the EducationUSA network. The REAC based in Mexico City covers the region of North America (Mexico & Canada), Central America, and the Caribbean.

Visit www.iie.org/Careers for a complete position description and to submit your resume/CV to apply. For more information about EducationUSA, visit www.educationusa.state.gov.
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Conferences

Rethinking Education—Reshaping Economies
September 11-14, 2012
Dublin, Ireland
Pavilion Registration Deadline: May 31st, 2012

Accredited U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in the EducationUSA Gateway and Pavilion at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference in Dublin. For the fifth year in a row, EducationUSA will be hosting a U.S. Pavilion at Europe's largest international higher education conference. The goal of the exhibition is to promote study in the U.S. and provide accredited U.S. colleges and universities a cost-effective way to showcase their institutions and programs. EducationUSA reserved 30 square meters to raise the profile of participating schools and all accredited U.S. institutions.

The registration deadline to join the pavilion is May 31st, 2012. Spaces are filling up quickly. Register now to secure your spot in the exhibition.

For more information, please visit: www.educationusa.info/conferences/, or contact Nora Nemeth at EducationUSA@iie.eu.

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Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 1, 2012

The Gilman Scholarship application deadline for Summer and Fall 2012 programs is Thursday, March 1 (by 11:59pm CST). After students have submitted their Gilman application, selected advisors may begin the certification process. The advisor certification deadline is Thursday, March 8 (by 11:59pm CST). For more information about the Gilman Scholarship please visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman.

The Gilman International Scholarship hosts webinars for both applicants and advisors. We invite advisors to attend a webinar on "How to Certify: Walkthrough of the Gilman Application" on March 2 and 6. Students and advisors are encouraged to register for these webinars on the Multimedia section of the Gilman website.

The Gilman Program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Specifically, the Gilman Scholarship Program provides undergraduate students up to $5,000 to participate in a study abroad program. Students studying a critical need language could be eligible to receive up to $8,000. U.S. undergraduate students who are Federal Pell Grant recipients currently matriculated in a college or university in the U.S. may apply for the Gilman Program. Eligible study abroad programs provide academic credit for a minimum of four weeks in a country outside of the United States. Please reference the Gilman website for eligibility requirements.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education. For questions, please contact the Gilman Program.

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Deadline for Submission of Applications: April 23, 2012
Estimated Available Funds: $2,990,000

The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Short-term projects of up to 18 months may include seminars, curriculum development, or group research or study. Long-term projects of up to 48 months support advanced overseas intensive language projects, which give advanced language students the opportunity to study languages overseas.

For the full notice, please go to: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-23/html/2012-4239.htm.

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Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2012

The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) runs an intensive ten-week language and general studies program from June to August held at Gadjah Mada University for U.S. students and recent graduates selected in a competitive application process. The deadline for submitting an application is March 15, 2012.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and undergraduate college seniors, enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate degree program, or recent graduates of any tertiary educational institution (within 6 months). Applicants will be judged by the clarity of communication in their personal statements and by their demonstrated interest in Indonesia. A good academic record will be required as well as a demonstrated interest and success in learning languages. Previous foreign travel is desirable but not necessary. Stated career plans will be judged in part on the likelihood that such a career will involve communicating knowledge of Indonesia to a broader audience.

All application documentations must be submitted via email to summerstudies@usindo.org. In addition to the Application Cover Page, students are required to submit a 1-page personal statement, resume, transcripts, and one letter of recommendation.

For complete information on the program, including costs and eligibility requirements, please visit the USINDO website. Additional questions can be directed to summerstudies@usindo.org, or call 202.232.1400.

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Proposal Deadline: March 12, 2012

Accredited U.S. higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals to host the on-campus portion of the Spring 2012 EducationUSA Training Institute (May 6-12, 2012). In addition to reimbursement for adviser expenses (lodging, food, transportation, materials), campus hosts will receive an honorarium of $6,000. Visit the EducationUSA website for more information and to download the host campus application.

About the EducationUSA Training Institute
The EducationUSA Training Institute is an intensive training and professional development program designed to provide EducationUSA advisers with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance their effectiveness and build professional competency. Each two-week EducationUSA Training Institute is comprised of a Washington, DC-based workshop and an on-campus training element.

The on-campus portion of the EducationUSA Training Institute: Essentials of Advising (Level 1) program will take place May 6-12. The Level 1 program is designed for new advisers and will build on regional and online training. The program will provide advisers with foundational knowledge of key topics such as: EducationUSA as a public diplomacy tool; history, structure, and diversity of the U.S. higher education system; international student admissions and financial aid procedures; and an introduction to resources available to support advisers in their work. Advisers will gain skills in student advising, advising center management, networking, and marketing and outreach.

Host Campus Responsibilities
In close collaboration with EducationUSA staff, host campuses will design and carry out the on-campus portion of the training program. Campus responsibilities include securing faculty and staff to deliver training sessions, providing on-campus meeting space and other facilities, and arranging all program logistics, including lodging, meals, and transportation.

For more information and to download the application, visit:
www.educationusa.info/conferences/workshop/professional_development/.

Proposal Deadline: March 12, 2012

Questions about the program, hosting responsibilities, or the host campus application should be directed to Matt Washburn, Program Officer, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, washburnmp@state.gov.

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Partnerships

The Embassy of Iraq, with the support of the U.S. Department of State, hosted a two-day "Iraqi American University Conference" at the Madison Hotel in Washington, DC, on February 22-23, 2012. The conference brought together leaders of more than 50 academic institutions from both countries with the aim of expanding academic exchanges, linkage opportunities, and research collaborations between the two countries. Dr. Ali Al-Adeeb, Iraq’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, led a delegation of 10 Iraqi universities that came to the United States to meet with U.S counterparts. The U.S. and Iraqi officials called for more university partnerships and expanded opportunities for Iraqi students to study in the United States.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) assisted the Embassy of Iraq in planning the conference, and IIE experts led several sessions. IIE's President and CEO, Allan E. Goodman, moderated a session on trends in Iraqi higher education that featured the presidents of Anbar University, Kerbela University, Mosul University, Science and Technology University Baghdad, and the Deputy Director of the Iraqi Board of Medical Specialties.

Representatives of several of the major Iraqi scholarship programs provided the U.S. educators with an update on the programs and also emphasized their goal to send more of their students to the United States. Of the thousands of students currently on Iraqi government scholarships, only several hundred are pursuing their graduate degrees in the United States, with higher numbers going to other host countries, such as the UK, Germany, or even Malaysia. The Government of Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, which provides scholarships for master’s and Ph.D. studies abroad, announced a dramatic increase in the budget for the scholarship program and will provide 10,000 scholarships in the next years.

For more information, please go to:
www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Events/2012/Iraqi-American-Universities-Conference.

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Study Abroad

Deadline for Summer Program: March 16, 2012 

The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) is pleased to announce that its Shakespeare’s Globe Education Theater Program has been selected by the Fulbright Commission as one of their prestigious Summer Institutes in 2012.

AIFS’ Shakespeare’s Globe Education Theater Program is one of seven college summer programs selected. Students who win the award will have the majority of their program costs covered including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, accommodations, insurance, social program, and meals.

On the Shakespeare’s Globe Education Theater Program, students spend three weeks at Shakespeare’s historic Globe Theater in London, where they have the unique opportunity to study intensively with actors, directors, and other theater practitioners. The program runs from June 11 through June 29.

Students applying for the Fulbright award should submit their application materials directly to the Fulbright Commission. The application deadline is March 16, 2012.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for U.S. citizens to study in the U.K. These summer programs provide the opportunity for U.S. undergraduates (ages 18 and over), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to go to the U.K. on a three-, four- or six-week academic cultural summer program.

For more information, application criteria or to apply, visit www.aifsabroad.com/england/londonglobe/summer/fulbright.asp.

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