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Lead Your Campus to the Top: Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus

31 March 2016

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On Thursday, March 10, 2016 Drew Gephart presented at the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s 2016 Best Practices Conference entitled “Lead Your Campus to the Top: Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus”. The conference was held at UC Davis and focused on themes such as internationalization strategies, expanding participation in #StudyAbroad, and building international partnerships. Founded in 1919, the IIE is a private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors.

These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to scholars in danger.

The workshop was called “Models and Best Practices in Internationalization at the Community College”, and explored various tools for internationalization at the community college, ideal for community college representatives who are looking for practical ideas on how to internationalize their campus.

Drew shared the two successful proposals he wrote for the California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) grants to support the internationalization of the Peralta Colleges and strengthening of the study abroad programs. These grants have helped jumpstart international student programs and activities, such as organizing an annual study abroad fair, creating a mentorship program for new international students (CONNECT), and establishing international student clubs on each campus.

To learn more about IIE and the conference please visit www.iie.org

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Win a Scholarship to #GoStudyAbroad ($10K)

23 March 2016

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The Institute of International Education (IIE), in partnership with Go Overseas and other study abroad organizations (AIFS Study Abroad, CET Academic Programs, IFSA-Butler, STA Travel), launched the #GoStudyAbroad contest calling on everyone to encourage U.S. college students to study abroad by the time they graduate. Students who enter the contest can win a $10K study abroad scholarship (along with other prizes). IIE will also be awarding five $500 travel prizes and one $1,500 grand prize to Study Abroad Alumni for a round trip flight back to the study abroad country to the person who nominates the most friends to study abroad.

Students wishing to Study Abroad can enter directly to win a scholarship here: http://www.gooverseas.com/generationstudyabroad

Study abroad alumni, teachers, community members and students can nominate their friends here: http://www.gooverseas.com/generationstudyabroad/alumni

The contest runs until March 31, 2016.

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A Student Guide to Study Abroad eBook

4 September 2014

imagePacked with user-friendly “how to” information offered in a fun and engaging style, A Student Guide to Study Abroad includes 100 practical, easy-to-follow tips and more than 200 real-life stories from students, advisers and professionals.  Written by three leading study abroad and career experts, this guide makes it clear that study abroad is more flexible, affordable and accessible than ever before, and that there is a study abroad option for just about everyone. The guide addresses the needs of all students as it offers targeted advice for students from diverse backgrounds and different fields of study, and addresses practical considerations related to topics such as disabilities, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and financial need.

 

Topics include:

  • Deciding how to choose the right program
  • Figuring out the financials
  • Making the most of your time abroad
  • Immersing yourself in the culture
  • Staying safe and healthy
  • Transitioning back to life in the States
  • Incorporating the study abroad experience into a winning job search

 

For more information about the book, visit: www.iie.org/studentguide. For more information about the Generation Study Abroad campaign, visit www.generationstudyabroad.org.

 

You can download your free copy of A Student Guide to Study Abroad from any computer, phone, or e-reader.  Just go to www.iie.org/studentguidedownload and select the file format that works for you.

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Peralta’s International Education Office Joins Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative

3 June 2014

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The Peralta Community College District’s Office of International Education has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The initiative is also focused on increasing the diversity of students who study abroad, ensuring quality and removing barriers to participation.

In the last two years, the Peralta Colleges has had 56 students study abroad. This year two programs are being offered through the Laney College Dance Department for Summer 2014: Cuban Culture and History through Dance Study Abroad (Havana, Cuba – July 11-18, 2014) and Travel to Haiti (Haiti – July 26-August 17, 2014). More information, visit http://web.peralta.edu/international/study-abroad/.

A total of 308 partners have joined Generation Study Abroad to date. They include 241 United States colleges and universities and other associations and organizations, including the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“I believe all students should have the opportunity and access to study abroad,” says Drew Gephart from Peralta’s Office of International Education. “I am excited to join the Generation Study Abroad initiative, and committed to making a difference in the lives of our students through our study abroad program,” added Gephart, pictured with Wagaye Johannes, Project Director at the Institute of International Education, accepting a Certificate of Appreciation to the Peralta Colleges.

Peralta’s Office of International Education is committed to finding new and creative solutions to enable students to participate in the study abroad experience. Study abroad improves student learning by integrating knowledge with real life experiences, creates a lasting learning experience for everyone, promotes the colleges and their programs on a global level, and provides an opportunity where students and faculty develop a greater appreciation for other cultures and become more globally aware.

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