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Deadline: July 1, 2014 | Update/Add Your Listing Today

The Institute of International Education is currently preparing the 2015 edition of its annual directory Funding for United States Study: A Guide for International Students and Professionals, the print companion to IIE's online search engine www.fundingusstudy.org.

With more than 1,000 grant and scholarship listings, Funding for United States Study is the most comprehensive directory on locating funding for study in the United States. It features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research in the United States. All basic listings are free of charge and provide an excellent opportunity to publicize your institution's programs.

How to Update/Add Listings:
For institutions whose listings appeared in the previous year's directory, we ask that you verify and update your listings and contact information or add new listings.

Institutions whose listings did not appear in previous years' directories can add scholarships or grants that are available for international students.

Funding for United States Study is a trusted resource for international students seeking study in the United States. It's proven to be an effective forum to showcase U.S. campuses to this community. Advertisers include community colleges, public and private universities, and undergraduate and graduate programs, many of which may be recruiting the same type of students your institution seeks. Rates are affordable and some prime positions remain. For additional details, contact Jeff Bunkin at Naylor, LLC, at 352.333.3342 or via email at jbunkin@naylor.com.

With questions, please contact jgrosh@iie.org.
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The Institute of International Education (IIE) and its Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis is pleased to share with you a report recently published on the conditions and educational needs of Syrians university students and scholars in Lebanon. "The War Follows Them: Syrian University Students and Scholars in Lebanon," is based on first-hand research and interviews conducted in Lebanon in March 2014 through a joint effort by IIE and the University of California, Davis. The report identifies:
  • Barriers Syrians face in accessing higher education in Lebanon
  • Existing programs and support models that are working
  • Recommendations for increasing Syrians’ access to higher education
The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the education sector, not only in Syria but also in the neighboring countries that are hosting so many displaced Syrians. With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, IIE and the University of California, Davis have teamed up to conduct fieldwork in the front-line hosting states of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to look at the impact, implications, and possible solutions for the Syrians and their host communities. 

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Tatiana Mackliff, Director of IIE’s Global Teacher Programs, blogged about her team’s strong commitment to the important mission of international education. "Members of our team come to work every day knowing that their contributions will dramatically change the life of the teachers they support," writes Mackliff. "As if passion and commitment were not enough to make a great IIE employee, they have all lived, worked, studied, and traveled abroad." In her post, Mackliff shares about the international experiences of six IIE team members.

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A new national study, the first of its kind, identifies the reasons international undergraduate students in the U.S. may leave their institutions of first enrollment before completing their degree. The research, released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and led by World Education Services—a non-profit with 40 years’ experience in international education research, reveals a wide gap in perception of retention factors between international students and international education professionals.

Here is a list of articles highlighting the main findings of the research:
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According to UNESCO 2012 figures, the top destination for international Arab students is not an Anglophone country. France attracts 28 percent while the United States and United Kingdom have 13 and 10 percent respectively. An article by Mohamed Elmeshad in Al Fanar Media discusses continental European determination to "enhance their reputations for value and accessibility" and appear more prominently on the international student markets.

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Conferences

Priority Deadline: July 18, 2014
Register by the Priority Deadline to Attend the School Visits and get your Profile in the Study America Guide for Free

 
Enter Code HEFF14 when registering to receive the 10% IIENetwork member discount. 
 
8,400 visitors attended IIE fairs last year. With over 30 years of experience organizing strategically marketed international student fairs, IIE can help you meet your student recruitment targets. IIE offers pre-fair seminars for students to learn about the U.S. higher education system and general admissions requirements—so you can be sure to meet well-informed, qualified students. 
 
New this year: IIE is offering school visits, networking events with local school counselors, and expert informational seminars on country-specific trends in education in each city on our tour.
 
IIE’s U.S. Higher Education fair series helps you build your institution’s name and profile in selected cities in key Asian countries in a well-planned sequence, timed to minimize your travel and maximize your impact. Join us in this exciting and promising fall 2014 fair series:
  • India: Sept. 20 - 28, 2014
  • Thailand: October 4
  • Vietnam: October 5 -9
  • Hong Kong: October 11
  • Taipei: October 12
  • Korea: October 14
  • Singapore: October 16
  • Indonesia: October 18 - 21
IIE promotes direct communication between regionally accredited U.S. schools and students; no third party recruiters are agents are permitted at our events.

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Fulbright

The Fulbright Program has been bestowed with the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked, "This award honors more than 360,000 Fulbright alumni, current students and scholars involved with the Fulbright Program today, and all who have worked to implement Senator Fulbright’s vision of promoting international goodwill through exchange."

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The United States is linked to the countries of the Western Hemisphere by physical proximity, shared values, and vast cultural, commercial and demographic ties. Through decades of collaboration and partnership, Western Hemisphere nations have built strong networks that facilitate the efficient movement of knowledge, ideas and technology throughout the region.

With an increasingly diverse offering of awards in approximately 27 countries, opportunities abound for U.S. academics and professionals to engage in original and pioneering research and teaching activities in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Most countries in the Western Hemisphere welcome applications from any field of study and offer broad and flexible opportunities through All Disciplines, Science and Technology and Social Sciences and Humanities awards.

Explore core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean, by visiting the regional pages on our website

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.
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The Sutton Trust in partnership with the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission is running a U.S. Program to give bright, state school students interested in attending a U.S. university, a preview of life on a U.S. campus and support in making high quality undergraduate applications to the United States. The number of students in the program attending U.S. universities has nearly tripled and over $14 million in financial aid has been secured.

The Sutton Trust program will send 61 UK state school students to start degrees in the United States—three times as many as last year. Three will attend Harvard, three Yale, and five Princeton. Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: "These new results are a sign that more young people from low and middle income homes are‎ making informed choices about their futures - considering top US universities alongside their UK counterparts, just as those from affluent backgrounds have been doing."

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Partnerships

IIE welcomes new member institutions to the IIENetwork, connecting over 7,000 individuals at more than 1,300 member institutions with a commitment to internationalization. For more information about IIE's membership program, please visit www.iie.org/IIENetwork.

All new IIE members will be added to the next edition of the IIENetwork Handbook for International Educators. This resource includes comprehensive listings and resources for networking and internationalizing your campus.

Bates College
Membership Contact: Misha Garg, Assistant Dean of Admission, Int'l Enrollment

Bradley University
Membership Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Bakken, Associate Provost for Research & Dean of the Graduate School

Educational Perspectives
Membership Contact: Kenneth Warren, President

IBS-SP International Business School of Sao Paulo
Membership Contact: Daniel Pitelli de Britto, Director

Mercer County Community College
Membership Contact: Savita Bambhrolia, Director of Admissions, Outreach, and Int'l Student Services

Missouri Western State University
Membership Contact: Christina Washburn, Assistant Director of Int'l Admission

Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion
Membership Contact: Annie Olson-Reiners, Assistant Principal

Rivier University
Membership Contact: Dr. Mark Meehan, AVP for Global Engagement

Tulsa Public Schools
Membership Contact: Bradley Eddy, Director of Teacher Talent

University of the South Pacific, Fiji
Membership Contact: Poonam Santiago, Manager, Int'l Office

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Study Abroad

The Institute of International Education has presented IIE Passport Awards for Study Abroad to 13 students who attend high schools in Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York, and Washington, DC. The Institute established these awards to encourage students from inner city high schools to enroll in college and make plans to study abroad during their undergraduate years.

Through the IIE Passport Awards, IIE aims to create a path to study abroad for high school juniors so that they can acquire global skills and expand personal and professional opportunities as part of their college education. Recipients will be provided with an IIE toolkit on study abroad and will be paired with a study abroad alumni mentor. In addition, each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards the costs of studying abroad once they are enrolled successfully in college and have an approved study abroad plan.

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The outcomes from IIE’s "Generation Study Abroad Think Tank," have been documented in the IIE "green paper," What Will it Take to Double Study Abroad?" This paper lays the foundation for an ongoing discussion around how to increase the number of students studying abroad in the short term and to shift the paradigm over the long term. We encourage you to share your insights and best practices with the community by commenting on the 11 Big Ideas outlined in the paper.

Idea 2: Engage accrediting bodies to have them include global competencies in their rubrics
The theory is that if "international" is a box that institutions have to check or a question that they have to address, as they seek accreditation, it will naturally get the attention of senior level administrators and faculty. With this attention, curricular changes, resource allocation, and measurable international experiences—including U.S. study abroad—will follow.

Share your insights and best practices on this topic: Submit a comment on our blog
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Application Deadline: July 11, 2014 | Application and Scholarship Details

As a Generation Study Abroad commitment partner, Sias International University has generously offered to provide up to 100 scholarships covering full tuition for one semester or one academic year for students from Generation Study Abroad commitment partner institutions in the United States. Sias International University is an accredited liberal arts institution located in China’s historic Henan Province. Offering more than 76 undergraduate programs and a diverse population of internationally recruited faculty, Sias International University provides students with strong academic training and a competitive edge in the global economy. 

Institutions can apply to receive up to five scholarships for their students and must demonstrate a willingness and ability to cost share for their students’ travel and housing expenses. Institutions must also explain how the Sias scholarship will help them expand their Generation Study Abroad commitment and how the institution will reach out to potential student applicants. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 11, 2014. For additional details and the Generation Study Abroad Member Institution application, please visit the Resources for Commitment Partner Network webpage and login with your Generation Study Abroad credentials. If you have questions or are unsure of your login details, please contact Nikki Davis at ndavis@iie.org.
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Application Deadline: July 15, 2014 | Application and Program Details

The Forum on Education Abroad has launched a new training program in support of IIE's Generation Study Abroad Initiative. The Education Abroad Capacity Review will engage a select group of 12-15 U.S. higher education institutions in their efforts to strategically expand their study abroad capacity while ensuring quality and standards of their programs. The program is open to any U.S. higher education institution that is a Generation Study Abroad Commitment partner.  
 
The Education Abroad Capacity Review is based on the Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP), which provides an objective, peer-reviewed method to assess and improve an organization’s goals in terms of its mission, conditions and resources. Based on the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, QUIP has been used successfully by a wide range of diverse institutions and organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
 
The Education Abroad Capacity Review is a customized 6-month QUIP review for Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners that focuses on assessing and expanding education abroad capacity at all types of institutions and organizations, whether they are sending colleges or universities, program provider organizations, or host universities. The processes and exercises of this Education Abroad Capacity Review are designed to evaluate the organization’s mission and goals and assess enabling conditions and challenges in light of the Forum’s Standards and the best practices in the education abroad field. The 6-month program will begin in late August.
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A recent Terra Dotta newsletter article by Gary Rhodes, Director, Center for Global Education at UCLA, discusses IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and the challenges of collecting non-credit study abroad data. He makes the case for consolidating data on all student participation in international activities across campus, not just within a study abroad office. He cites better health and safety policy as a primary benefit to centralization, but also increased opportunities to inform students about for-credit opportunities abroad.

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