October 9, 2014
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IIE was honored to host His Majesty King Felipe of Spain on his inaugural visit to the United States since his proclamation. The event celebrated U.S.-Spain educational exchange, academic collaboration and the accomplishments of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program in promoting mutual understanding between the two countries.

"Today, while we celebrate the great history of the Fulbright Program, together with the IIE's work, and both their contributions to human progress, I would like to take this opportunity to send all these young people and their families a message of hope and confidence in our common future," said King Felipe.

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IIE professionals share their stories in a brand new Generation Study Abroad video. "Study abroad is the methodology by which you take something out of a book and you actually live it," said Schuyler Allen. Asked to sum up their study abroad experience in one word, they said, "multidimensional," "eye opening," and "transformational."

How would you describe your study abroad experience? If your campus or organization has a similar inspirational video, let us know and we would be happy to promote your message too.
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CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange and AIC: Academic Internship Council—a global leader in placement-based, academic, and experiential education programs—are announcing a merger to expand academic internship programming around the globe. 

Together, CIEE and AIC will provide college and university students more internships in more cities than any other international organization. Both organizations look forward to the rich opportunities this partnership creates for students everywhere. 

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Five U.S. institutions will pilot a new assessment tool developed to evaluate practices within education abroad offices pertaining to access, diversity, and inclusion. The Access, Inclusion, and Diversity in International Education Scorecard (A.I.D. Scorecard) serves as a set of guidelines for diversity and inclusion good practices in education abroad. The tool was established to encourage greater access to education abroad for diverse and underrepresented students and is part of Diversity Abroad’s broader A.I.D. Initiative to provide the information, tools, and guidance needed to advance diversity  in international education and exchange.

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Commitment Partner Spotlight

In this interactive hangout hosted by the Generation Study Abroad commitment partner National Geographic Geo-Educator Community, staff from iEARN and PenPal Schools shared tips for how to connect U.S. students with students around the world through global collaborative projects. Also included were accounts from teachers about how they have used global collaborative projects with their own students and the impact it has had on their learning.  

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The University of Cincinnati recently committed $100,000 towards faculty development to lead faculty-led study abroad programs. The funding ultimately aids goals of increasing UC’s number of students participating in global study.  

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Culver-Stockton College has pledged to join the Generation Study Abroad initiative, with the goal of doubling the number of students who study abroad by the end of the decade. Since transitioning to the 12/3 semester calendar in 2008 and receiving a $2 million endowment to fund travel courses, C-SC has placed increasing emphasis on travel in all facets of their students’ education.

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Events and Deadlines

The applications for the 2015-2016 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit their website. 

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

Boren Fellowship Deadline: January 27, 2015
Boren Scholarship Deadline: February 4, 2015*
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit the website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions. 

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.
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The Institute of International Education (IIE) will be hosting two webinar sessions providing information on the newly launched Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship (CCSP), which is accepting applications through January 29, 2015 for awards beginning in the fall 2015. The CCSP Fellowship offers funding for doctoral students at U.S. institutions who wish to pursue research and continue their doctoral work in China for a period of six months to up to two years. 

There will be two webinar sessions, and each session will cover the same information, including academic and research areas, tips on applying, application components, award details and benefits, and the application and award timeline. We will also provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions. 

Register for Webinar 1: October 16, 2014, 2:00–3:00 PM EST

Register for Webinar 2: November 19, 2014, 3:00–4:00 PM EST
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October 17, 2014 | University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Members of PDX Abroad will hold an informal discussion on study abroad as part of the upcoming AWISA meeting at the University of Washington. AWISA connects international educators in the region and holds quarterly meetings to provide opportunities for professional development, networking, and project collaboration. AWISA's activities and session topics are driven by current members and leadership, so new members and new ideas are always welcome. The study abroad discussion will be a follow-up to a recent Think Tank event on Generation Study Abroad, hosted by PDX Abroad and Idealist.org in Portland. 

If you are interested in learning more about AWISA, feel free to join the meeting or email secretary@awisa.org with inquiries.
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