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The Institute of International Education (IIE) announced today that more than 300 companies across the United States are hosting summer internships for Brazilian students as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This prestigious scholarship program, administered by IIE in the United States, is funded by the government of Brazil to strengthen science and technology skills and foster innovation and international cooperation in the country’s future workforce. Several leading U.S. corporations are supporting the program by offering scholarships and internships. The companies are providing students with practical experience in their fields, while also building relationships with the students, universities, and future innovators in Brazil.

These students are among the approximately 1,500 Brazilian undergraduates who are studying at one of more than two hundred colleges and universities across the United States for one year prior to returning to Brazil to complete their degrees. Thirteen U.S. companies are hosting more than five interns each, including AbbVie, Inc., Amgen Inc., The Boeing Company, Braskem America, Cargill, DuPont Company, Fitesa, General Electric, Gerdau, Merck & Co, Inc., NurturEnergy, Inc., Praxair, Inc., and Raytheon Company. The 300+ companies across the United States that are also hosting up to four interns each represent a wide range of businesses. 

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The Institute of International Education is pleased to provide application materials for the development of an Undergraduate Chinese Language Flagship Program.  The Language Flagship is a major initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP).  For more information about this RFP and The Language Flagship, please visit www.thelanguageflagship.org/funding/institutional-grants

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Christine Farrugia, Senior Research Officer with IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research, discusses the increasing number of US students who are seeking out short-term jobs, internships, and volunteer work overseas. "Data collected by Open Doors show a sharp increase in the reported number of students engaged in work, internships, and volunteering abroad (WIVA) over the past four years.  In 1999/00 there were just 5,584 students engaged in these kinds of extra-curricular activities abroad.  By 2006/07 that number grew to 8,584, and has almost tripled in the past four years to reach a total of 25,080 students engaged in WIVA both for-credit and non-credit in 2010/11," Farrugia writes in IIE's Opening Minds blog.

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Recent research by HSBC indicates that Australia is the most expensive country for overseas students, with a combined average cost of university fees and living costs totaling more than US$38,000 per year. "Despite this, Australia has remained one of the most popular destinations for international students with its stocks likely to be further boosted by the continuing fall in the Australian dollar and improved visa processing." 

To read the full article, visit: www.hsbc.com.au/1/2/about/news/13/130813.  

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The Chronicle of Higher Education just published the 2013-14 Almanac of Higher Education, an annual compendium of data on colleges. This year’s Almanac features many new tables and charts along with familiar ones. 

Highlights from the Almanac:
  • Universities With Highest Average Pay for Full Professors
  • The Backgrounds of New Campus Chiefs
  • Spending by University Research Libraries
  • The Fastest-Growing Campuses

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An article in University World News discusses the future of engaging with India, which needs to be reframed from a focus on branch campuses and their regulatory requirements to models and opportunities of partnership that align with the expectations of stakeholders."

"Debate on the lack of momentum around the establishment of foreign branch campuses has tainted the optimism for engaging with India. Many foreign university leaders are at a loss in terms of their India engagement strategy. This is an unhealthy outcome and may result in missed opportunities for foreign and Indian institutions alike." 

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Seizing Opportunity 
March 8-11, 2014; San Diego 

ACE's 96th Annual Meeting will highlight work going on across the country as higher education leaders explore innovative solutions and seize opportunities in the midst of challenging times. Registration opens September 12. For more information, click here

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Deadline to Apply: September 3

The UNAOC Fellowship program has an open call for applications this fall for European and North American participants. To learn more and apply, visit: www.unaoc.org/fellowship/apply
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is a competitive Fellowship program designed to foster mutual understanding, trust, cooperation and dialogue between emerging leaders from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Europe, Canada and the United States.  The program is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany in partnership with the League of Arab States, Guerrand-Hermes, ISESCO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, the Qatar foundation, OIC and the Institute of International Education.

Candidates should be between the ages of 28-38, from the United States, Canada and Europe, and work in politics or government, media, grassroots NGOs, religious or community groups, the private sector or a related field. All should demonstrate leadership and a commitment to fostering dialogue, peace and understanding. 

MENA Fellows travel to 3 countries in Europe and 3 States in the United States. European, Canadian and American Fellows travel to 3 countries in the MENA region.  Fellows meet with host country officials, government leaders, representatives of the media, NGOs, academics and religious groups to gain a multidimensional perspective of the political, economic and social background of each country. 

This year the Fellowship program will be in November 2013 (Dates TBC). Fellows will travel to three countries (TBD) in the MENA region. Airfare and transportation, lodging and food expenses are covered by the program. For full details, visit: www.unaoc.org/actions/trainings-and-exchanges/fellowship/

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Study Abroad

The online application for the Whitaker International Undergraduate Program, Spring 2014 cycle is now available at http://undergradapplication.whitaker.org/ with a October 15, 2013 deadline. 

The online application for the Whitaker International Summer Program for Summer 2014 is also available at http://summerapplication.whitaker.org/ with a February 4, 2014 deadline.

With support from the former Whitaker Foundation, IIE provides biomedical/bioengineering students (and those in a related field) funding  to pursue coursework, research, or an internship, in an international setting that is approved by their home university, which is relevant to biomedical engineering (BME).

Summer Program Grants are designed for currently enrolled Master's or PhD students, or recent Master's recipients.  Summer awards are for 8 weeks typically between June 1 and August 31.  Up to 20 awards will be available for Summer 2014.  Award amount includes a fixed fellowship award, monthly maintenance allowance, international airfare, settling-in allowance, and insurance.

Undergraduate Grants are designed for currently enrolled Undergraduate Students with a study abroad program approved by their home university related to Biomedical Engineering.  Up to 15 awards will be available for the Spring 2014 term. Award amounts range from $7,500 for a semester program to $10,000 for an academic year program.

To be eligible for the award, an applicant must:
  •   Have U.S. citizenship or be permanent residents of the U.S., and
  •   For the Summer Program:  be enrolled as a Master's or PhD student, or recent Master's recipient.
  •   For Undergraduates:  be enrolled as a Sophomore (2nd year), Junior (3rd year), or Senior (4th or 5th year), with at least one semester remaining, in an undergraduate BME (or related major) degree program with good academic standing
For the Whitaker Undergraduate Program, a student may apply to attend any overseas academic institution that is endorsed by the student's study abroad advisor. The advisor must certify that the program is approved and the student will receive academic credit at the home institution. The advisor must also certify the student's financial aid need. Students who already have the cost of the program fully covered may not apply for the scholarship and receive duplicative funding.  However, if the program is only partially funded by another source, the applicant may apply.

We look forward to receiving approved applications from your students by the application deadlines. To learn more about the Whitaker International Program please visit www.whitaker.org, and feel free to contact us with any questions.


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