Wisconsin Country Halloween

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The Center for Global Education hosted a Halloween event for international students earlier last month at a farm in Burlington, WI.The students had the opportunity to learn more about how Halloween is celebrated in the U.S while carving pumpkins and enjoying a delicious pizza made by themselves.

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This was the third year in a row that the CGE hosted the Wisconsin Country Halloween and, as usual, it was a success! Although the weather wasn’t the best on that Saturday afternoon, our international students still had a great time and left Burlington ready to start the Halloween celebrations for the rest of the month.

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The Intensive English Institute “Becomes the West”

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The Intensive English Institute “Becomes the West”

The first cohort of UW-Whitewater’s Intensive English Institute graduated in August 2014, but not before a travel study experience exposing them to a quintessential American experience – the road trip – while learning about Native American history and the history of the western United States.

Four Brazilian students studying in the United States as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program visited sites in Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota between August 16 and 24 led by new IEI coordinator Karen Wislocky and teaching assistant Emilia Cedron.

The student participants, Lucas Zardo, Lucas Ozzetti, Diogo Coimbra and Valdir Amorim, remain at UW Whitewater as degree seekers with the exception of Zardo, who transferred to UW Milwaukee to study Civil Engineering with a cartography emphasis. Ozzetti and Amorim both study Computer Science, while Coimbra majors in field biology.

However, in “Becoming the West” the four immersed themselves in American cultural history visiting Fort Snelling, the Mall of America, Wall Drug, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and a prehistoric Native American village, among many other locations. Each stop included reading and /or DVDs for contextual knowledge and guided follow up discussion. In addition, the four will present their travels and what they have learned at an International Student Association meeting.

TA Emilia Cedron called the trip “ideal for IEI students both for the connection to academics as well as the traveling experience of going out west” and a “fun, educational, and thrilling opportunity.”  On the basis of its inaugural success, this opportunity will be incorporated annually into the IEI student experience.

UW Whitewater English Language Academy programs like the new Intensive English Institute are helping to increase diversity and international student numbers.  IEI courses, like this one, help non-native speakers of all levels of proficiency improve their listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills.

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University of Wisconsin Whitewater Welcomes New International Students

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University of Wisconsin Whitewater Welcomes New International Students

The Center for Global Education hosted approximately 80 new international students on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in the University Center Ballroom for a dedicated dinner. This year’s new international students enhance the diversity of the UW-W student body, hailing from approximately 25 wide-ranging countries to include Kuwait, France, China, Sweden and Australia, among many others.

UW-Whitewater students, faculty and prominent staff to include Chancellor Richard Tefler, Provost Beverly Kopper, and CGE Director Candace Chenoweth attended the event. International students enjoyed a traditional Wisconsin dinner of fish fry complete with potato pancakes and coleslaw and a desert of apple pie and ice cream while interacting with the campus community and enjoying a slide show documenting their recent arrival in the country.  

Other orientation activities included information sessions from campus offices, culture presentations, shopping trips, and administrative sessions. The week culminated in a trip to Devil’s Lake where students swam, hiked and cooked out, enjoying some of the natural beauty Wisconsin has to offer while making friends with peers and learning about native traditions.

The new international students join over 100 returning students from across the globe.  Together new and returning international students enhance the educational experience of all UW-Whitewater students with unique global perspectives and long lasting cross-cultural friendships.

Five UW-Whitewater Students Receive Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

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Five UW-Whitewater Students Receive Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

Five University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students were awarded Gilman Scholarships for international study beginning in summer or fall of 2014. These scholarships are for undergraduate students who receive Federal Pell Grant funding and are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The five students are among over 2,300 receiving awards of up to $5,000 nationally.

UW-Whitewater Gilman scholarship recipients include:

Senior Ashley Cuathorn, majoring in Japanese Studies, studying for an academic year at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan;

Junior Taylor Weerda, majoring in Japanese Studies, studying for an academic year at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan;

Senior Azra Kuehmichel, majoring in Biology, participating in the UW-W exchange with Deakin University in Australia for an academic year;

Senior John Piazza, majoring in History, enrolled for the fall 2014 semester at the School of Oriental and African studies at the University of London in England; and

Senior Matthew Boelter, majoring in International Business, completed a summer 2014 program in Chinese Language and International Business Studies at Shanghai University in China.

Applications for Gilman Scholarships for study abroad in spring 2015 are now being accepted. Since its inception in 2001, the Gilman scholarship program has funded over 16,819 students to study in 142 countries. In additions, students studying critical need languages are eligible for an additional critical need language award of up to $8,000. For more information on this important program, visit: http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program.

Argentina: Tango, Gauchos, and Mate

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Hello from Argentina! I am here with SOL Education Abroad. They have been showing me the universities they partner with, the services they provide their students, and explaining the cultural activities they provide for our students. It has been great to see the program first hand. Below are some pictures. See you in Brazil :)

La Boca Neighborhood

La Boca Neighborhood

University of Belgrano

University of Belgrano

Mate

Mate

Three UW-W Students awarded Gilman International Scholarships

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Three University of Wisconsin – Whitewater students were among the 700 American undergraduate students from 341 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Karen Cano, a senior Spanish Education major, will use the Gilman scholarship to fund her upcoming eight-week student teaching placement in Cuenca, Ecuador during the Spring 2014 academic term.  Emily Kahl, a sophomore Spanish Education major, will study abroad at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain through Academic Programs International (API) next semester. Nichole Lattin, a junior majoring in Math and German, will participate in the Jacobs Semesters in Mathematics program at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, also in Spring 2014.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs.  The program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Students receiving a federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in an international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.  Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates.  Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience.  It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and country of study, is available on their website: www.iie.org/gilman. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries.  It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

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The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities.  Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges.  For more information about ECA programs, initiatives, and achievements, visit http://eca.state.gov.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas.  An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization.  IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide working with more than 1,200 member institutions and over 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions.  IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State.  The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide (http://www.iie.org), publishing the Open Doors Report and operating www.IIEPassport.org and www.studyabroadfunding.org  search engines for study abroad program and study abroad scholarships.  For more information, please contact Lindsay Calvert, Assistant Director, Gilman International Scholarship, at 832-369-3481 or lcalvert@iie.org.