California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) is saddened to share the passing of Dr. Donald R. Culton on April 2, 2015. Dr. Culton was the first-full-time administrator for international education at a California community college and was one of the pioneers in the field since the 1960s. He began his career as a faculty member in History at Shasta Community College and continued his teaching at Los Angeles Harbor College where he later became the Dean of Off-campus Education. In this position, in the 1970s, he initiated one of the first community college study-abroad programs in the nation to Mexico. In the next few years, Don pioneered several semester study abroad programs which later became the norm for California community colleges. Don was among the first in the nation to develop Branch campuses in Asia for community colleges, initiated wide-spread internationalizing curriculum programs, and championed unique student services for international students. Don retired as Director of International Education for the Los Angeles Community College District in 1998. In his post-retirement career, he continued to consult for colleges and universities on study abroad and international student programs. CCIE extends its deepest sympathies to Dr. Culton's family at this difficult time.

There is no question but that Don was the founder of study abroad in California community colleges. His leadership, intelligence, knowledge and willingness to share inspired the development of generations of international educators. Don loved to mentor the next generation and would freely share his time, historic memory, and stories of pioneers in the field. Don formed the non-profit consortia California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) which continues to serve community college internationalization advocacy needs today. Don fully believed in and supported the community college mission of open access. He loved the concept and outreach provided by community colleges and believed that education in general, and international education in particular, should be experienced by all students and not just the wealthy. His international educational policies celebrated open access and made international education accessible to everyone, regardless of college size or income and regardless of student standing or GPA. Throughout the decades, Don remained loyal and dedicated to his mission to provide international experiences to community college students and faculty.

Don was a maverick, a entrepreneurial pioneer, a compassionate leader, and a man of the highest integrity. Don's passion for health, safety and legal issues led him to develop the first policies and standards in the field of community college international education, including how to start a program, how to protect the college legally, how to build contracts with third party study abroad providers and lay the groundwork for the shared program construct which resulted in enhancing offerings, internationalization experiences, and of course how to reach more students. Most of these policies are still being used by community colleges throughout the country today. His belief in collaboration resulted in his bringing together like-minded voices from throughout the state, at a time, when communication was limited due to physical distance. Don was also a founding member of the Southern California Consortium on International Studies (SOCCIS), a voluntary association of public and private colleges and universities established in 1972 for the purpose of sharing resources to further international studies in the southern California region. He loved to connect international educators across institutions and across the globe with the intent to create innovative low-cost abroad opportunities for faculty and students. Finally, Don's trust in advocacy worked to change state laws, and create a context where, at one time, the community colleges were sending more students to study abroad than the UC and CSU universities combined.

For those of you who would like to write to Don's family, he is survived by his wife, Josefina, and his two sons Christian and Ryan, letters and cards can be sent to : Josefina Culton, 5701 S. Kiyot Way # 6. Playa Vista, CA. 90094.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, that donations be sent to the Dr. Donald R. Culton Fund for Advancing International Education at Community Colleges. Should you wish to make a contribution, you may send a gift to California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) with a notation indicating that it is for the Dr. Donald R. Culton Fund: Att: Thomas Torres. Peralta Community College District. 333 East Eighth St.. Oakland, CA. 94606.

Please join with me in extending our memories and sympathy to Don's family during this time of loss and remembrance.

CCIE DUES FOR 2015-2016

CCIE wants to remind all our members that, now, more than ever, it is important to pay your dues. CCIE dues are collected on the academic year - July 1 - June 30. It is critical that every member be current with their dues in order for CCIE to continue to support activities such as the Newsletter, Web-Page, Workshops, and Student Scholarships. Please process your 2015-2016 dues. CCIE does appreciate the effort that all of you are doing to help support international education at our colleges. However, advocacy needs to continue on many levels, and support of CCIE is central in this process.


CCIE would like to extend a warm welcome to two new members: Saddleback College and Ventura District.


There was a time when we could reasonably believe that our country's isolation protected our economy, our national security, and our way of life. Even today, in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in New York; Washington, DC; and Boston, some policy makers have called for us to seal our borders and restrict immigration, but we cannot turn back the clock. We are increasingly connected to the rest of the world. We cannot successfully address the issues of terrorism, global climate change, communicable disease, and human rights on our own. Economic crises as far away as Greece or Spain have an immediate effect on our stock market and thus our retirement accounts. An Ebola outbreak in Africa dominates the news in the U.S. OPEC decisions affect the price we pay at the pump for gasoline. Cyber attacks that cause disruption or compromise information we assumed was secure can be launched from any location on earth. The clothing we wear, the products we buy, and even the food we eat often originate in other countries.

The world has changed. The 21st century ushered in an era with the highest level of global interconnectedness in human history. Technology now allows us to view live images of events taking place virtually anywhere in the world—24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We can communicate with people in remote parts of the world, listen to the music that we like with a keystroke, or read documents without physically holding them. Text, voice, and images can be transferred with a click on a cellular phone or a computer. Students can sign up for online classes that are taught by faculty members at colleges and universities that are nowhere near where the students live. They can connect with other students to learn new languages and to build a network that will support them in their learning and in their careers. Jobs that once needed to be done in local communities can now be done anywhere on earth that is connected by technology and inexpensive modes of transport.

America's community colleges, now educating nearly half of all undergraduate higher education students, have a significant role to play in preparing students to live in an increasingly global society and economy. Our colleges have a responsibility to acknowledge global understanding and communication as integral to their mission. Community college governing boards and chief executives, as well as other administrators, faculty and staff who oversee programs and services, have an obligation not only to embrace global education, but to engage their communities in understanding its importance. Since community colleges are often centers for community education and cultural activities, it is important for them to assume leadership in the global education of their communities. Educators who want to emphasize global education should embed the need to educate students to become globally competent citizens into the college mission, vision, and values statements. Global education should be in the college strategic plan with specific outcome goals. If the college leaders do not make global education a priority, it will not become one.

George R. Boggs is President and CEO Emeritus of the American Association of Community Colleges and Superintendent/President Emeritus of Palomar College. He is a past chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics. Dr. Boggs teaches doctoral classes in higher education for San Diego State University and National American University. He is an active author and consultant.


Through its Tropical Research Initiative, Victor Valley College (VVC) has been running trips to Southeast Asia since 2009. Under the leadership of VVC biology professor Hinrich Kaiser, students have traveled throughout the region, with stops that have included watching Komodo dragons in their native habitat and the discovery of several new species to science. VVC offers this experience as a 4-unit class (BIOL 98 or 250A), which may transfer as an elective to 4-year colleges.

In the summer of 2015, VVC will be offering a slightly modified version of this superlative biology experience, to facilitate participation of students with limited mobility. Kaiser, himself a veteran of two decades of fieldwork chasing amphibians and reptiles in tropical jungles and a sufferer of arthritis, intends this experience to be an equalizer for students who want to experience tropical diversity but may have felt held back by reduced mobility.

Dates: June 30 - July 17. Cost (including air): $ 5000.

For more information and for application materials, email Dr. Kaiser at


The Institute of International Education, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' EducationUSA Advising Network, invites accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institutions (non-profit and for-profit), U.S. higher education associations, university systems, consortia, and qualified entities that meet provisions in IRS section 26 USC 501(c)(3) to submit proposals to be a Partner Organization for the second round of EducationUSA Leadership Institutes. Partner Organizations will develop and manage one or more EducationUSA Leadership Institute(s) for approximately15 mid- to upper-level foreign college or university administrators, Ministry of Education or other government officials, or other qualified participants from select countries and world regions. The Institutes consist of intensive, short-term academic programs that provide participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. higher education, develop the tools necessary to build capacity within their own systems, and engage with the U.S. higher education sector in effective, sustained ways. Applicants are invited to submit proposals to host one or more of the following Institutes (each proposed Institute must address only one of the following topics):

* EducationUSA Leadership Institute #2: Industry-Private Sector Linkages and Innovation: Energy Sector Partnerships

* EducationUSA Leadership Institute #3: Campus Internationalization: Institutional Structures to Support Inbound and Outbound Student Mobility

Download via Request for Proposals, which includes program details and application instructions.

Application Deadline: April 27, 2015, 5:00pm EDT

For more information, please visit the EducationUSA Leadership Institutes website or contact Nele Feldmann, IIE Program Manager at


In an increasingly globalized economy, understanding different cultures and being able to communicate is critical to success. As a result, the importance of international experience and education is moving to the top of the requirements list for today's students. Technology is shrinking the world and making it easier for students to gain needed skills and knowledge through instant peer-to-peer communication. As an added benefit to instant global communications, students can also take advantage of improving their language skills through simple conversations – student to student regardless of where they live.

Understanding cultural and business practices is the foundation to becoming a leader in multi-national and multi-cultural business environments. Being sensitive to differences and the ability to act decisively within those sensibilities is key to leading a team to success. While colleges today provide students with opportunities to travel and study abroad, there is one component that is often less prevalent – personal interaction. Traveling abroad is enlightening; however, it doesn't always bring the deeper understanding that personal interaction provides. Fortunately, the introduction of Peer-to-Peer video conferencing across any device can increase personal interaction. And it can be accomplished from anywhere – saving on the time and expense of traveling.

Peer-to-Peer video conferencing also creates the opportunity for students to build an international network of contacts. A contact network can help students to develop business leads, find new job opportunities, and increase their knowledge of other countries and cultures. A global contact network built from having personal conversations with other students around the world will provide lasting benefits throughout the student's career.

Another positive attribute that will contribute to a student's career is multilingualism. The language of choice in the global economy is still English; however, Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish still dominate local economies. Ability to speak the native language and another language will prepare students for more global opportunities. Being bilingual is more than being able to read and write in a second language. Communication through speaking is a very important element. Leaders who can covey concepts and passion to their multi-national teams are more likely to lead teams to success. Community colleges can play a significant role in assisting their students to make connections with other learners from around the globe. Platforms such as the TalkList ( can be utilized by colleges to introduce students to the advantages of the use of today's technological tools to learn and to build a global support network. Technology, namely personal peer-to-peer video conferencing, shrinks the global economy down to access devices that are well known by students. Students who take advantage of online access tools, like TheTalkList, will be able to use their devices to reach the world. They will start building their contact networks with other students internationally, learn about other cultures, and improve their spoken language skills. From the comfort of their homes or learning institutions, they can begin the experience journey that will make them the global leaders of tomorrow. In this case, the first step of the journey is just a click away.

Tom Goodwin is the Chief Marketing Officer of TheTalkList. As versatile professional with more than 20 years of experience and expertise, he has led international and domestic teams of high tech companies in Asia, Europe and the US. He has MBA from Emory University and Physics degree from Eckerd College. His passion for technology fuels his search for new ways of addressing problems


International Higher Education Partnerships, an ACE publication, provides a global review of standards and practices. This report identifies key issues in developing and implementing sound international partnerships, and explores strategies for addressing them effectively. It is based on an analysis of standards of good practice set forth by organizations in the U.S. and around the world, and includes examples and advice from a variety of programs and institutions. Download your PDF copy here.

Topics include:

  • Program administration and management:
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Faculty and staff engagement
  • Quality assurance
  • Strategic planning and the role of institutional leadership
  • Cultural and contextual issues:
  • Cultural awareness
  • Access and equity
  • Institutional and human capacity building
  • Ethical dilemmas and "negotiated space"



The Global Campaign for Peace Education is compiling a director of programs including at community colleges that focus on peace education. It is important that the education community know of the good work being done in U.S. and Canadian community colleges. If you haven't done so already, please provide information about your program.



For information contact Eddie West, Director of International Initiatives, or

Los Angeles National College fair
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015: Times: 9:00 am to noon and 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Location: Pasadena Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A & B

Inland Empire
Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 am to noon., and 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Ontario Convention Center

Orange County
Sunday, April 26, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center

San Diego
Tuesday, April 28, 9:00 am to noon, 6:00 to 8:30 pm
San Diego Convention Center

San Francisco
Saturday, May 2, 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Cow Palace Arena

Filipino Language and Culture Curriculum Development Project

Filipino Language and Culture Curriculum Development Project is offered at University of the Philippines: July 11– August 8, 2015

The Filipino Language and Culture Curriculum Development (FLCCD) Project is a four-week summer program organized by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, in cooperation with the University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters.

This curriculum development project provides refresher lectures on Filipino language, culture, and history by leading experts based in the Philippines; conducts a curriculum development workshop; and helps with the acquisition of resource materials. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program. UC Berkeley Project Directors: Prof. Jeffrey Hadler and Dr. Maria-Josephine Barrios-Leblanc.

Eligibility: Applicants are expected to have some proficiency in Filipino and must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Applicants should be either a K-12 teacher or a community college or university instructor. Advanced graduate students working in the field of Philippine Studies may also be considered and can apply.

Costs & Funding: Round-trip air fare and hotel accommodations are covered directly by the program. The program will reimburse participants for ground transportation costs, some meals and incidental expenses up to $525 at the conclusion of the program. Participants are responsible for their own health insurance (required), pre-travel inoculations (if needed), visa application costs (if needed), and other living expenses in the Philippines.



The objectives of the conferences are to offer opportunities to reflect on experiences gained for study abroad returnees and international students who will soon be study abroad returnees to their home countries. The conferences allow students from regional colleges to reflect on their recent international experiences, connect with other study abroad alumni, network with professionals from international organizations, and gain important skills for continual learning and application in their future career and academic paths. The keynote presentation will offer insight into how study abroad translates socially, academically, and professionally. Other conference highlights include an "Opportunities Fair" of internationally-focused organizations, various panel discussions and workshops on resume-building, graduate schools, career and volunteer opportunities, job interviewing and more!

This is a great opportunity for students to network, so we ask that they dress business casual and bring several copies of their resume.

  • Lessons from Abroad Returnee Conference - SF Bay Area
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  • Lessons from Abroad Returnee Conference - Los Angeles
    Check out photos from the 2014 LA conference!
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  • Lessons from Abroad Returnee Conference - San Diego – To be announced

3rd Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar, October 23-26, 2015, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA

Registration is now open for this year's National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar to be held 10/23-26. Last year's program brought together 35 faculty from 16 community colleges in 12 states. Over 30 organizations and professionals from the areas of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, human rights, global education, and public policy presented. We screened two films, and visited the U.S. Institute of Peace, Organization of American States, U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The 2015 program will look similar, but new presenters and site visits are planned.



NAFA serves higher education administrators and faculty who assist college-level students with applications for an array of nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships. We are striving to increase our community college membership, so all students may benefit from this association. Please consider joining this organization and/or attend the annual meeting in Oakland, CA this July.

Our national conference is July 15-18 in Oakland, CA. We hope to have a contingent of community college representatives at this conference. The conference theme, “The Road Less Traveled,” will explore ways to think past the norm of fellowship advising. From expanding the range of awards on which we advise, to recruiting underrepresented candidates for fellowship programs and thinking beyond the traditional institutions and countries students seek to experience. The Early Bird registration rate of $500 for NAFA members will run through March 31, 2015. After this date, the registration will increase to $550 for members. Non-members pay an additional $25. For more information on the conference, please visit:



Amount Awarded: $2,500 per recipient

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Eligibility: US citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in the upcoming semester.

Scholarship Page:

Please visit to see the details of our newly established scholarship.


Bath Spa University is one of many universities throughout the UK who welcome overseas students. Although a relatively small, close knit community of around 7,000 students, International students come from over 80 different countries and the USA is the second most popular cohort. Bath is renowned for being one of the most beautiful cities in the UK and boasts stunning architectural and historical sites such as the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent. Bath is England’s only UNESCO World Heritage city and has been voted the ‘safest student city.’ Throughout the year, Bath Spa University students play a key role in many of Bath’s festivals, including the Bath Literature Festival, the Food Festival, the Song-writing Festival, and the world famous Jane Austen festival. The University is recognised as being a leader in the creative industries with a course portfolio ranging from art and design, creative writing, music, performing arts and fashion. A strong cultural element also runs through other subjects available including history, English literature, heritage and film. There are also various science and business related programmes available both at undergraduate and post graduate level. Students from the USA have the option to come to Bath for a full degree or an exchange, transfer or study abroad option.

Please do get in touch to find out more. We want to ensure students enjoy their university experience and take full advantage of what's out there!

International Relations team:



Mobility International USA (MIUSA), a U.S.-based non-profit organization, is seeking study abroad alumni with disabilities who currently live in the Bay Area to talk to us about their overseas experiences for a short video about studying abroad with a disability. We will be filming in the Bay Area at the end of April/beginning of May and hope to interview several individuals with diverse disabilities and study abroad experiences while we’re there. Please contact me, Ashley Holben, at if you can suggest any individuals who:

  • have a disability (apparent or non-apparent)
  • have studied abroad in the last 1-2 years, AND
  • live in the Bay Area or within a reasonable distance (including Stanford).

Our staff will then work with your contacts to determine whether to arrange a video interview or else suggest other opportunities for them to share their experiences with MIUSA.


Study abroad has always been central to IIE's mission and work. Building on nearly 100 years of commitment to study abroad, IIE will lead the Generation Study Abroad coalition in raising awareness of the need for students to gain language and cultural skills, identifying and breaking down barriers hindering students from studying abroad, sharing strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, and mobilizing additional financial resources. In addition to significantly expanding study abroad, the campaign will encourage and track campus activities that expand diversity in race and ethnicity, academic disciplines, and gender.

The Challenge
According to Open Doors 2013, published by IIE in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 295,000 American college students studied abroad in 2011/12 for credit and in non-credit programs. This represents only about 10% of the 2.6 million students who graduated with associates or baccalaureate degrees. In today's increasingly global workplace, the number is far too low. Generation Study Abroad seeks to address this shortfall by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities to hundreds of thousands of college students who are not currently taking part in study abroad. International experience is now one of the most important components of a 21st century resume. Our goal is to change the paradigm so that study abroad is considered an essential part of a college education.

From 2012-2013 to 2013-2014, CCIE member colleges increased both their study abroad program offering and the overall number of attending students. 27 more study abroad programs were added state-wide and 481 more students.


Richard Barnes, who is Head of International Academic Development at Aberdeen Business School, part of the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, has been working with a growing number of Community Colleges to develop a Bachelors Link programme whereby Community College scholars with a two year Diploma or Associate Degree are able to enter the 3rd year of our comparable programmes in order to gain a UK Bachelors within one academic year (or a Bachelors with Honours after two years). The Business School has been able to guarantee scholarships to students from partner institutions and there are also 'Saltire Scholarships' from the Scottish Government available to encourage US and Canadian students to come and study in Scotland (However, the Saltire Scholarship cannot be guaranteed, but students on this programme stand a good chance of getting one if they apply early). Richard will be attending NAFSA San Diego in May and would be keen to speak to any Californian Community colleges who may be interested in providing a degree-link opportunity to Europe for their students. He can be contacted via Conference Connection or email him at


The "KAKEHASHI Project-The Bridge for Tomorrow" is a youth exchange project, promoted by the Ministry Foreign Affairs in Japan, to heighten potential interest in Japan and increase the number of overseas visitors to the country, as well as enhance international understanding of the "Japan brand," and the nation's strengths and attractiveness. The KAKEHASHI Project- provides a fully funded short-term study tour to Japan for undergraduate and graduate students (ages 18-25 years old at the time of application) in the United States.

The goals of Japanese American Young Adults Invitation Program are (1) to continue building cooperation between Japanese Americans and Japan, (2) to promote Japanese Americans a better understanding of Japan in a variety of fields including politics, economy and culture, and (3) to encourage Kakehashi alumni to be effective advocates in enhancing U.S.-Japan relations. For application:


The Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars are designed for U.S. higher education administrators who are interested in spending an intensive two-week seminar in one of five countries: India, Japan, South Korea, Germany, or France. Each seminar offers participants an in-depth look at the higher education system, culture, and society of the host country, and provides an invigorating opportunity for networking with international and U.S. colleagues. Participants return to their home institutions empowered with firsthand knowledge, new professional connections, and an enhanced ability to build partnerships, encourage study abroad participation, and support international students. Please consider applying for one of these unique Fulbright seminars for U.S. higher education administrators. The application deadlines and more information about each program can be found at


Applications are due November 1 and February 1.

Application Instructions

Instructions for completing an IEA application can be found at


Please contact Tanya Janes, Senior Program Officer, at or Anna Valiante, Program Associate, at with any questions about the Fulbright IEA programs. A list of upcoming webinars can be found at


The Fulbright Specialist Program provides higher education institutions outside the United States with the opportunity to draw on the expertise of U.S. scholars and professionals to accomplish short-term projects (activities include lecturing, teacher training, curriculum development, needs assessments). The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. International travel costs and a stipend are funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services. Project activities focus on strengthening and supporting the development needs of host institutions abroad and do not fund personal or clinical medical research and related projects involving patient contact. Eligible activities include short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on curriculum planning, institutional and/or faculty development. U.S. faculty and professionals apply to join a Roster of Specialists for a five-year term. Roster candidates are reviewed by peers in the same discipline, and by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).

How to Request a U.S. Fulbright Specialist:
Foreign institutions interested in requesting a Fulbright Specialist must make their request through their local Fulbright Commission or the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The form for requesting a Specialist is now available online to Fulbright commissions and embassies. Projects must be reviewed and approved by the home-country Fulbright office and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Learn more information about the Fulbright Specialist Program, including how to join the roster of Specialists, how to request a Fulbright Specialist, how to develop a project and more!

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Fulbright Specialist Program


This section provides updates on the various CCIE Sponsors.

AIFS is recognized as a leading provider of study abroad programs. Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS. With more than 50 years of experience, we have the resources and experience to provide what our students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe.

Unlike many other study abroad programs or independent study options, AIFS program fees are guaranteed in dollars. Our program fee is also all-inclusive, making it simple for you to live and study abroad and experience all that the world has to offer.

AIFS offers a wide range of unique programs in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas. Most AIFS campuses offer courses in English or in foreign languages from beginner to advanced levels, so you don't even have to know a foreign language to study abroad.

For more information, visit

Never has international higher learning been more important than it is today for college students who are interested in joining an increasingly globalized workforce. The ability to work across multicultural environments, communicate across language barriers and lead increasingly diverse project teams has gone from what makes a job candidate leap to the top of the resume stack to what hiring managers use to weed out the unqualified. CEA Global Education shares in your commitment to connect more students with the education they need to succeed in today's world through study abroad. We've designed our Global Campus programs to foster hands-on intercultural learning through: a) Behind-the-scenes tours of museums and significant sites of interest, such as art restoration labs and government legislatures; b) Guest lecturers who contribute first hand experience and/or expertise regarding class discussions on topics ranging form the Holocaust to sustainability; c) Excursions to surrounding cities and countries to deepen students' cultural understanding of the surrounding region. The result is our students' ability to return to their home campus better equipped to articulate their experiences, newly acquired intercultural skills and, in many cases, improved language proficiency. We realize universities and colleges face a tough budget outlook this year. In recognition of those declining resources, we've redoubled our efforts to provide the kids of services universities and colleges need to connect more students to the advantages of international education. Those services include: a) Flexible programming; b) Integrated curriculum, approved and transcripted by the University of New Haven; c) Internationalfaculty and staff who reside in the cities they work and teach; d) Financial resources for student and faculty, including additional grants and scholarships for affiliate schools; e) One-on-one guidance to help students select the program that best fists their academic needs and goals. To find out more about how CEA Global Education can assist your campus, contact or visit

CORT, A Berkshire Hathaway Company
CORT specializes rending office, apartment, and dorm furniture. For our business clients, CORT delivers economic value through a wide range of products and services that find solutions as diverse and varied as touring, home finding and furnishing new or reconfigured offices that get businesses up and running. Providing businesses with financial and operational flexibility is just one way CORT helps business get down to work. We are the nation's largest provider of trade show and event furnishings, helping to create the perfect environment to showcase your company's image, product or get together. For more information, please visit

EF College Study Tours
EF College Study Tours partners with colleges and universities nationwide to create enriching and affordable short term faculty-led study abroad programs. With a presence in more than 100 countries, EF offers a wide range of custom-built and ready-made experiential learning options, and as experts in faculty-led travel, our team works to understand your specific needs and help craft the right program for you and your students. Every partnership with EF includes the confidence that comes with end-to-end support at home and while traveling, and the peace of mind that comes with an unparalleled safety and security network. Together, we can build a better faculty-led experience abroad. For more information, please visit

Since 1989, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has been used to help higher education institutions, governments, organizations, and professional bodies determine the English language proficiency of applicants. Millions of IELTS tests are taken each year, providing secure, valid and reliable results. IELTS is trusted by more than 8,000 organizations worldwide including over 3,000 U.S. institutions and programs, and includes all standard varieties of English – American, Australian and British. Tests are available up to four times per month in more than 130 countries, with over 900 testing locations worldwide. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The U.S. division of IELTS based in Los Angeles, CA, IELTS USA, is responsible for U.S. recognition, stakeholder relations and test center operations. The increasing number of U.S. community colleges focusing their efforts on globalization, and the recruitment of more international students to their campuses are key reasons why IELTS USA is proud to partner with organizations such as California Colleges for International Education.

For more information about IELTS USA, visit

ISIC Card / STA Travel
STA Travel is offering student exclusive pricing on their Airfare Deposit Program that is available to students on financial aid who are going to study abroad. Eligible students can lock into a specific airfare and then pay the full payment seven days prior to departure. The airfare price is guaranteed upon receipt of the deposit. There is a $ 300 nonrefundable deposit. This is a special program designed for CCIE member college students. For more information, call 800-535-7172 or e-mail:

The Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS) facilitates customized, faculty-led study programs for a wide range of academic disciplines. Support and facilitation services include instruction, service learning, homestays, etc. For information, please contact Stacy West:



AACC and ACCT Joint Statement on the Role of Community Colleges in International Education

For more information, please click and download AACC ACCT Joint Statement.


The Institute of International Education has released an updated version of its most recent white paper, "International Education as an Institutional Priority: What Every College and University Trustee Should Know." The white paper is intended help U.S. college and university presidents secure buy-in from Trustees and other leaders who may not be thinking globally, yet, and to help those who are doing so to articulate their vision.

To remain competitive, our nation's higher education must keep pace with the rapid globalization of our society over the last few decades, made possible by ever more rapid flows of ideas, technology, people, and information.

Leading higher education institutions have recognized this by "going global" and internationalizing their campuses. Yet surprisingly few colleges and universities make "international" a central part of what it means to become educated.

This paper distills some of the most essential information about international education that Trustees need to know as they address their institutions' strategic growth and planning, and help them formulate their institutional foreign policies.

For more information and to download the white paper free of charge, visit


ACE has a new free online tool to assess the state of internationalization and global engagement at a higher educational institution. Designed to be simple and easy-to-use, the tool requires users to answer 12 questions about various dimensions of their institution's internationalization strategy. Users then receive a report on how their institution compares to the colleges and universities that participated in the survey that served as a basis for ACE's 2012 survey, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses.

Using the tool, campus leaders can:

  • Highlight the strengths of their current internationalization initiatives;
  • Identify areas for improvement to become a more comprehensively internationalized institution;
  • Utilize data to make the case for internationalization efforts on campus.

The report and the tool were developed by ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement.

Source: ACE: Mapping Internationalization Assessment Tool



USCIS Updates

Written by Amy Yan, NAFSA Region XII Community College Rep
- USCIS takes longer the 90 days to process OPT requests. Please remind students when they apply for OPT.
- USCIS will deny students' requests (I-539 reinstatement or I-765 employment) if they use different names from the one in their passports. Please remind students who have changed their names.
- All documents submitted to USCIS must be translated into English and the translation must be certified.
- All documents submitted must be clear and legible. Otherwise, requests/petitions can be denied.

Types for a Paperless Office
- Scan documents to PC instead of mass storage.
- Scan passport information page and visa page or other required documents with an iPod or iPhone during check in.
- Use a clear clipboard to press documents to be scanned for a high quality document.
- Do not save documents in shared drive for data security. Use USB.
- Save documents with student college ID.
- Use software to guarantee multi-page documents quality, for example, use Ex Turbo Scanner
- Consider jpeg to conserve storage space.
- Document image and management software: NOLIJ, ISSM, Terra Dotta, Supasis.
- Provide on-line workshops. (I'll find out what A &R uses to store e-files and create a section for the ISC files.)
- Presenter suggested to buy an ID scanner from Amazon at $30. It can be used for check-in, walk-in, and appointments.

Types for E-files
- Create web forms which are fillable on-line, example, application, request forms
- E-newsletters (software to generate newsletter at price of $100 with a 30-day free trial Email notifications

When Mistakes Are Made: Dealing with Advising Error
- Mistakes are part of business and they happen. When error occurs, remain calm. Don't rush to apologize to students.
- Never play blame game. There is no judgment.
- Tell student that you need time to resolve it and you will do some research to find the best way to solve the problem.
- Consult with you colleague, PDSO, attorneys you trust; call your region peer for different perspective to help you find another solution.
- Discuss the scenario in the office and avoid the same mistake from happening in future.
- Create standardized quality control checklist.
- Stamp all appointments and documents received.
- Develop a buddy system in your office. Have a second advisor review or proof read any requests that go to USCIS.
- Create a small contingency fund for the cost of mistakes. For example, refiling reinstatement, OPT etc.
- Don't let paper mountain grow. Ask for help when you feel overwhelmed.
- Schedule time at the end of each day to review your advising notes and paperwork. Give opportunities to catch errors or follow up on complex advising situations. At University of Oregon, ISSS has the policy to save 1 hour before office close each day for all advisors to focus on reviewing potential possible errors made during the day.

Create system in place to stream line priorities.
- Be open and flexible.
- It is also important to know when DSOs can band the law and policy.


WES ORGANIZATION new Briefs on International Students

International Student Mobility Trends 2014: The Upward Momentum of STEM Fields.
This brief examines :

  • Comparative international enrollment trends in STEM fields in the four major English-language destination countries: U.S., UK, Australia and Canada.
  • Primary STEM markets pursuant to international recruitment in the U.S.
  • Insights on international STEM students' information needs and behavior.

Trends and Strategies for Attracting International Students to U.S. Public Health Programs.
This brief examines:

  • Current mobility patterns and near-term forecast of international students pursuing public health degrees in the U.S.
  • The profile, motivations, information needs and behavior of U.S.-bound international students seeking master's degrees in public health.
  • Actionable strategies to attract best-fit international students to schools or programs of public health.


Spotlights on CCIE member colleges are provided in each Updates. Please send any information that you would like to share about your college, including information on faculty, students, international guests who have recently visited your college, and related international educational activities. In addition, if any of your students or faculty have received international related scholarships or grants, please share that with CCIE so that we can publicly congratulate your students.


The Summer 2015 Gilman Scholarship Early Application Award recipients have been announced and in total, 7 community college students nationally were awarded.

Of these, 3 came from California community colleges. Congratulations to all the recipients.
Rydecki Elanor (American River College) - attending the United Kingdom program
Lewis Mylisa (San Diego City College) - attending the Spain program
Sulayao Andrew (San Diego Mesa College) - attending the Spain program


The Spring semester 2015 Gilman Scholarship recipients have been announced and in total, 27 community college students nationally were awarded. Of these, 9 came from California community colleges. Congratulations to all the recipients.
Allen Anthony (Antelope Valley College) - attending the Citrus College Spain program
Espinosa Cristian (Mira Costa College) - attending the Citrus College Spain program
Flores Stephanie (Mt. San Antonio College) - attending the Citrus College Spain program
Morales Lucky (Mt. San Antonio College) - attending the Citrus College Spain
Riveros Karen (Mt. San Antonio College) - attending the Citrus College Spain program
Terriquez Yadira (Mt. San Antonio College) - attending the Citrus College Spain program
Lewis Savannah (Fullerton College) - attending the Fullerton College Italy program
Saucedo Barbara (San Diego City College) - attending the Riverside College Ireland program
Wood Melissa (San Diego City College) - attending the International University College in Dobrich, Bulgaria

The Fund for Education Abroad announced the 2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

Among the 36 awardees are two CCIE member college students. Congratulations to
Raymond Cobb: Mt. San Antonio College studying in London
Kenyatta Irvin: Los Angeles City College studying in Madrid

For information on upcoming scholarships contact:


Marceel E. Marchena who is an ASO Senator at WLAC studied abroad in Korea as part of the CCIE and Soonchunhyang University in Korea scholarship program. He created a short YouTube presentation regarding his experiences.

Please see the forth thumbnail at :




Please review the CCIE web-site to make sure that you college is accurately listed. The CCIE web-site includes information on all programs related to international education and highlights awards, grants, and other information to showcase your college. Please send any updates to Rosalind at

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
This web-site provides links to information about several initiatives including Foreign Language Programs, Community College Exchanges, and Diversity & Disability. The NCDE, administered by Mobility International USA and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, assists international exchange programs in the process of including people with disabilities in all types of international exchange programs.



Visit the CCIE web-site section to view various scholarship opportunities for students studying abroad and for international students studying at California community colleges. Please send information on any scholarship that your students have been rewarded that assist them gain international literacy skills.

Check the web-site for deadlines for:

Note: Special Scholarship Opportunities just for CCIE member colleges


  • April 18 - 21: AACC Convention. San Antonio, Texas
  • May 25 - May 29. NAFSA. Boston
  • June 1 - 2 : Going Global Conference. British Council. London

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