CCIE DUES FOR 2017-2018

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 2016-2017 dues into your budget. 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.


For over 10 years, CCIE has worked in collaboration with Soonchunhyang University in Korea to provide full-scholarships for students to study for a semester in Korea. For Fall semester, 2017, 3 scholarships were awarded to CCIE students. Scholarships are only for students from CCIE member colleges who are current with their dues. The application deadline for the Spring 2018 semester will be DUE November 6 The scholarship includes the following: ∙ Tuition (3,794,000 KRW/semester) Global Village dorm fees (755,000 KRW/semester) The Scholarship does not include ∙ Airfare ∙ Meals, books or daily expenses

Students take courses in Korean Language; Korean Cultural Experience and Heritage; Social & Cultural History of Korea; Korean/American Relations; Korean Political Economy; Korean Business and Economics; Understanding Korean Education; Comparative Family Systems. In addition, students will spend 15 hours per week in the “cultural and language ambassador” program in which they converse with Korean students studying at Soonchunhyang University and share cultural information. Academic credits offered by Soonchunhyang University, which is a fully accredited university. Students DO NOT NEED TO KNOW ANY KOREAN TO APPLY.

This is not a group study abroad program, but rather an individually designed program and as such, medical insurance must be obtained privately by an international insurance provider before arrival on campus. Your study abroad advisor on campus will be able to assist you with this criteria.

Soonchunhyang University was founded in 1978 and offers undergraduate programs in 5 colleges: Humanities; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences; Engineering and Medicine; and Graduate programs in 3 schools: Graduate School; School of Education and School of Industrial information. The university is located on Central West Coast of South Korea, and is located nearby famous resort destinations and cultural attractions. There is a custom of consuming alcohol, sometimes in excess, including in the dormitories on Korean campuses. For an application, please contact Rosalind Raby at


CCIE announces the 2018 Institutional Grant competition. The key elements to increasing international education at our colleges are the availability of programs and the building of a cohort of leadership. Hence, the purpose of these grants is to provide start-up funding for institutions wanting to either create a new international program or augment an existing international program and to create a new cohort of CCIE international education mentors. A total of three CCIE Institutional Grants will be competitively awarded to assist colleges overcome institutional barriers by better planning and implementing international education programs. Past grant recipients will help to mentor new awardees.

Amount of Grants: An institutional grant, up to $ 3,000, will be awarded to a CCIE member college that is current with their dues. The Duedate for the 2018 Institutional Grant applications is February 9. Please contact Rosalind at for an application.

Asia Institute Student Scholarships in Business and Engineering: Due Oct. and Nov.

The Asia Institute was founded in 2006 by connecting the four key sectors of society (private, public, not-for-profit and education) through a partnership network with a mission to build the leading education platform connecting Asia with the rest of the world. Over the past ten years, the Asia Institute has worked with over 2750 students and faculty, and has quickly become a leading host partner for many educational institutions in areas such as short-term programs, student recruitment, experiential learning, faculty exchange, and career development.

The Asia Institute is working with CCIE to help member colleges · Design faculty-led programs in Asia · Bring foreign study abroad programs to campus, for on campus and integrated industry learning opportunities. · Support with international student recruiting through joint-degree and education partnership development and oversight. CCIE and the Asia Institute will soon announce a joint-scholarship program that will provide scholarships over the next three years to support community college study abroad in Asia.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Two special scholarships will be awarded to CCIE students who are studying international business and engineering For information:

Academy of International Business Southeast Joint Scholarships for $1,000
Open To: students who are studing international business.
Deadline: This scholarship will be open for application in October, 2017.

International Engineering Program Scholarships for $1,000
Open To: students who are studying engineering
Deadline: This scholarship will be open for application in November, 2017.


Headquartered in San Francisco, ACCENT is a leading provider of customized study abroad programs to Europe. Since 1991, ACCENT has supported over 50,000 U.S. college and university students on over 2,500 customized study abroad programs based in Paris, Florence, London, Madrid and Rome. Beginning with its first community college partnerships in California in 1991, ACCENT has continued to offer affordable short-term and semester-length custom study abroad programs designed to meet the unique academic needs of the community college population. Through these efforts, ACCENT has enabled over 8,000 students from over 25 U.S. community colleges to study abroad over the past 25 years. In a given academic year, ACCENT currently partners with community colleges to design and support 10-12 custom study abroad programs, which send approximately 200 students abroad annually.

Building off of this long partnership with California community colleges, we are pleased to announce the launch of the ACCENT Community College Scholarship program as our pledge to increase access to study abroad among underrepresented students. In partnership with our travel agent, FROSCH Student Travel, ACCENT pledges to offer multiple merit and need-based scholarships of up to $3,000 in value for each semester study abroad program, and up to $2,000 in value for each short-term program with ACCENT. With the first student cohort set to launch in Spring 2018, selected students will serve as student ambassadors, contributing blog and newsletter posts that reach both student and professional audiences.

The goal of this initiative is twofold: to increase access to study abroad for community college students, while also continuing to place organizational resources and outreach into areas that support community colleges in order to address this critical gap in study abroad programming.

For information: Ashley Spinelli at or 414-835-3744. To learn more about ACCENT, please visit


The CLS Program is a fully-funded, highly-structured overseas immersive language program for American students who are internationally minded or interested in learning a foreign language overseas. There is a special emphasis to recruit students from community colleges. Applications from community college students tripled last year. 1st year, 2nd year and part-time community college students enrolled in the Fall semester are eligible. The application opens in early September and closes in Mid-November. Staff from CLS are able to come to selected cities in California. In the past, student recipients were stronger as a result of these personal visits. In 2016, there were 5,760 applications and 568 awardees. Summer programs are offered in 14 languages. No prior study is required for Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. 1 year of study is required for Arabic and Persian.

Scholarships include fully-funded tuition, roundtrip airfare, housing and a living stipend. Academic credit is provided at Bryn Mawr College.
One-page CLS Program flyer to distribute to faculty, staff and students: CLS Program PPT, in pdf format, to share:


Scholarship in Colleges: The Higher Technical Skills Webinar On November 23 rd the Higher Technical Skills Affinity Group will host a webinar examining how scholarship could operate in the professional and technical education and training sector. The webinar will be informed by the work of England’s Association of Colleges (AoC) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Scholarship Project. The webinar will take place at 16:00 GMTwith 25 minutes dedicated to a question and answer period.

The Scholarship Project aims to create an evidenced-based framework to enhance scholarly activity at colleges and polytechnics. The Project is informed by Boyer’s four domains of scholarship: discovery, integration, teaching and learning and application. In the UK colleges consistently provide 8-10% of undergraduate higher education. Over the last decade, colleges have been challenged by the academic literature to improve staff scholarly activity. This literature has been echoed by formal quality reports that indicate the need for a more strategic approach to scholarly activity, in particular staff engagement and ownership, is necessary for colleges engaging in higher education. The webinar will examine the work to date by the Higher Technical Skills group on scholarly activity at colleges and polytechnics and examine the framework designed by the project stakeholders. You can read more about the Scholarship Project here.

Visit for more information on connecting to the webinar. Details of the event are as follows:
Title: Enhancing Scholarly Activity in Colleges
Join: TBC
Date: November 23, 2017
Time: 16:00 – 17:00 GMT


USMEXFUSION is offering a speakers series and CCIE members can receive 10% discount.
Nov. 27 - Dec. 2, 2017: Internationalisation at Home: A Systemic Approach: Jos Beelen
December 11-16, 2017: Diversity, Inclusion and Internationalisation of the Curriculum at
Home: Elspeth Jones
November 5-10, 2018: Engaging Faculty in Internationalization of the Curriculum: Betty Leask Spanish
Septiembre 25-30, 2017: Principales Fuentes de Financiación de Proyectos en el Espacio Euro-Latinoamericano de Educación Superior: Carlos Taquechel
Octubre 9-14, 2017: Introducción a la Gestión de Proyectos para Programas Europeos: Carlos Taquechel
Octubre 23-28, 2017: Auto-evaluación, Aseguramiento de la Calidad e Internacionalización: Hans de Wit
Febrero 12-17, 2018: La Gestión de la Internacionalización Institucional: Hans de Wit
Abril 9-14, 2018: La Integración de una Dimensión Internacional e Intercultural en el Ámbito Académico de las IES: Hans de Wit
For additional information, please conteact: Carlos S. Huerta Jiménez, MA
USMEXFUSION, A.C., Co-fundador y Director
Tel. (U.S.): +1 (281) 771-9254

Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages

Please plan to attend this conference on February 16-17, 2018, Covel Commons @ UCLA. Our conference will focus on heritage/community language studies as a multidisciplinary field impacting a variety of educational contexts. We seek submissions from disciplines including but not limited to anthropology, applied linguistics, assessment, bilingualism, demographics, education, linguistics, policy, psychology, and sociology. Registration will include two lunches and a reception on Friday night.

Registration fees are as follows:
Regular Registration: $225 before Jan 5, 2018; $300 starting on Jan 5, 2018
Graduate Student Registration: $125 before Jan 5, 2018; $200 starting on Jan 5, 2018
More information
Conference Website:
Questions re abstract submissions: Contact Arturo Díaz
General questions? Contact: Claire Chik

The World Student Scholarship Education Program

The World Student Scholarship Education Program will hold its 3rd annual conference in Dubai on October 22nd and 23rd. During the 2-day event, 100 heads of scholarships and key decision makers from the public, private and government sectors are invited to engage in one-to-one meetings with educational providers and suppliers from different organizations, institutions, and companies. It is an exclusive platform for delegates to create valuable contacts, generate new business, develop partnerships and discuss future scholarship positions. The following countries have already committed to sending their scholarship program heads: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Brazil, Nigeria, Slovakia, Nigeria, Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Libya, Sudan, Algeria, Vietnam, Russia, Thailand, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco. Visit the WSSEP website


AIFS Customized Faculty-led Programs build on a long-standing in-country relationships with universities, community agencies, businesses and non-profits. More information can be found at or contact Paula Messina (; 1-800-727-2437 x5110) or Ann Hubbard (; 1-800-727-2437, x5581).

The opportunity and need for enhanced global understanding is now greater than ever. Since 1964, AIFS has been at the forefront of international education and affordable study abroad, with a commitment to high academic standards, health and safety practices, and a dedication to supporting students in order to maximize their time abroad. For more than 35 years, AIFS and numerous California community colleges have partnered to teach young people from diverse backgrounds to understand the qualities, values and differences of other cultures.

In keeping with our vision “We Bring the World Together”, AIFS is proud to announce a $500 grant for students from the Homeboy Industries Academic Program, “Pathways to College.” Students from this program who attend a Customized, Faculty Led program with AIFS through a California Community College will receive $500 off the program fee. Based in East Los Angeles, the Homeboy Industries organization provides former gang members with training and support as they redirect their lives and become contributing members of their community. The “Pathways to College” program assists and counsels around 50 students in various levels of higher education, including community college, Bachelor’s and Master’s courses of study. To date, three Homeboy Industries students have participated in AIFS Customized, Faculty Led programs with Pasadena City College to Oxford, England. According to the Homeboy Industries Academic Coordinator, Brittany Morton, the opportunity to study abroad is another step in the students’ path toward success and away from recidivism. Morton affirms that the students who have studied abroad have learned and enjoyed even more than academics, travel and culture. “They were accepted as equals right from the start by other students, faculty and program staff. Their self-esteem soared.” Additionally, living in a homestay and coming home to a meal and enjoying it with a family who cared about his wellbeing, was particularly impactful for one student, “he never experienced that kind of structure before.”

Every day, AIFS provides study abroad students and faculty with life-changing experiences, reaching across borders to build understanding and friendships that enrich lives and make the world a better place.

Introduction to Select Travel Study

Select Travel Study is a British based provider specializing in the finest customized, faculty led, short-term study programs to Great Britain, Ireland, Russia and Continental Europe. The company also has corporate offices in the US. All programs are custom-made specifically for the sponsoring college. Academic integrity underpins every program, each designed to optimize the student’s time spent abroad. The ultimate objective is to furnish students with resume building skills and experiences that could not be duplicated at home.

Select is able to source high level professionals and practitioners in a wide variety of fields of study, including Criminal Justice, Immigration and Social Work, Substance Abuse, Nursing and Healthcare Management, Forensic Science, International Business and Marketing plus Theatre and Dance.

We understand that each institution offers a unique curriculum to a unique set of students, that’s why we custom-build each program to meet your individualized needs, bringing to life your syllabus, reflecting the learning outcomes you are working towards right now. You decide every aspect of the program, the dates, the destinations, the workshops, the site visits and meetings with European practitioners in your field, and we will make all the arrangements seamless so you can focus on teaching.

The immersive short-term and curriculum-based format of our programs make them more accessible, both financially and time-wise to a wider number of students. As the programs are custom-made, they always retain your school’s identity and reflect your curricula.

Established in 1933, Select is one of the pioneers of bespoke educational travel programs. Offices are located in Rome, Madrid, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Great Britain and United States. The US office provides an easy point of contact, operated by knowledgeable and experienced senior staff.

Contact information: Nick Squire:

Criminal Justice Programs with Select Travel Study

Select Travel Study offers unique opportunities for faculty interested in establishing a program focused criminal justice and related areas such as forensics, immigration, human trafficking and substance abuse.

In the Netherlands opportunities include visits to national police headquarters, national counter terrorism facilities, immigration and detention centres, lectures on the Dutch policy of tolerance towards traditional vice crimes, presentations at the International Criminal Court and International Tribunals, discussions with recently arrived Syrian refugees, walking lectures with law enforcement and former sex workers around the Red Light Districts.

In Great Britain, students experience privileged access to New Scotland Yard, Coroners offices, talks from sitting judges prior to watching both civil and criminal court proceedings. Other activities include a hands on experience at a police civil disturbance training centre, they can work case studies at police major incident centers and get an inside look at London’s mass transit security centre. Threats to the capital can also come from the Thames River, so those security issues are also discussed by the Thames Marine Police. Visits relating to social work, outreach efforts to at-risk youth, incarceration, and rehabilitation techniques, are also available. London host world class sporting and social events throughout the year, and students meet with the security officials of those events to review the 2012 Olympic security plans as well as ongoing security provided for members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries.

Contact information: Nick Squire:


Since 1965, EF has helped people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world. Our continuing mission is to break down the barriers of language, culture and geography that divide us. EF has set the international standard as a pioneer in language learning. Our high-quality educational programs have earned us the respect of prestigious monitoring bodies and organizations, including the Independent Schools Inspectorate, British Council, EAQUALS, ACCET, and many other government-approved education associations. EF Learning Labs collaborates with the most prestigious universities worldwide including the University of Cambridge—to define the future of language learning. Together this collective of the world’s leading linguists, scientists and language experts are pioneering initiatives in language acquisition, teaching technology and progress assessment. Preferred partner of the Olympics, World Cup, Whitbread Sailing Race, UNAOC, Harvard University, Cambridge College. Programs are held in 50 countries, 16 divisions, 460 schools and offices with English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Immersive language learning. Schools are centrally located, have week by week pricing, and students can combine Language with Academics and earn college credit! There is also Active online community on My EF (over 1,000,000 million friendships made!), 24 hour personal support abroad and at home, Open to students of all levels, Personalized program, Special Interest Courses, Small class sizes, EFEKTA Learning System and Internships and career experiences. For information:

Fulbright Opportunity for Community College Administrators

Fulbright’s International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries.

Community College Administrators Seminar in Russia focuses on the role of community colleges in higher education and the local community. In the two-week long award, participants exchange knowledge and best practices with Russian administrators and lay the groundwork for institutional relationships and collaborations.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

Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education (JCIHE): Call for Contributors and Reviewers

The Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education (JCIHE) is the official journal of the Comparative and International Education Society’s (CIES) Higher Education Special Interest Group (HESIG). JCIHE publishes three on-line volumes a year: Fall, Spring, and a Special Edition in Winter. JCIHE promotes scholarship opportunities, critical dialogue, and links professionals and academics to the international aspects of higher education. JCIHE has an arrangement with University World News in which articles are cross-listed in each publication. We invite those involved in higher education to contribute articles to advance discussions of current issues on comparative and international higher education. Articles should be 1500 - 2000 words in length and follow the Chicago Style. All articles will undergo a peer-editing process. Acceptance of articles is on-going. We are also asking for volunteers to help with peer reviewing of submissions. Please contact Rosalind Latiner Raby at

ON-GOING PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES Travel Video Contest is now open!

This is the 11th year we have hosted the contest and this year's winner will receive $4,000 and their very own blog on Students studying abroad, and those who want to study abroad are welcome to enter (this includes both international students and study abroad students). To enter, students would need to submit a 5 minute video telling us why they want to study abroad, or if they are already studying abroad, a trip they want to take. You can find further details on our official contest page:


Congratulations to Gilman Awardees for Spring 2017 & Summer 2017 from American River; Canada; Cerritos; Chaffey; Citrus; Cyprus; Diablo Valley; Fullerton; MiraCosta; Mt. San Antonio; Orange Coast; Reedley; Rio Hondo; Saddleback; San Diego Mesa; Santa Barbara; Santa Monica; Santa Rosa; Skyline

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a congressionally funded program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. For more information, please contact

# of Community College Awards # Given to California Community Colleges
SP 2014 NA 11
SU 2014 NA 14
FA 2014 NA 8
SP 2015 27 9
SU 2015-pre 7 3
SU 2015 52 26
FA 2015 36 9
SP 2016 34 9
SU 2016 59 13
FA 2016 15 7
SP 2017 34 16
SU 2017 53 11

While CCIE is thrilled that so many of our students are earning these scholarships, when compared to universities, the community college award numbers are dismal. For 2015-2016 - about 2,700 California community college students studied abroad. Of these students only 105 students applied for the Gilman award. The rate of acceptance ranged from 25% to 33% for that year. In Fall, 2016, there was a total of 2,900 applications received; 850 awarded of which 15 went to community colleges (1.8%). In Fall 2017, those numbers were roughly the same. However, California community colleges nearly doubled their acceptance rate.

CCIE is happy to share that San Mateo District had a 100% acceptance rate of all four applicants for the Gilman Scholarship.

How many students studying on your programs are applying for the Gilman award? Most likely, these numbers need to increase.

Action needs to be taken. We have over 115 education abroad programs planned for 2016-2017. CCIE is advocating that each of these programs should have at least a few students acknowledged in each program for these awards. There are action items for each college to do to make this happen:

  • Make yourself familiar with the Gilman Scholarships, the application requirements, and their deadlines.
  • Educate your students about these scholarships and encourage them to apply
  • Work with your students to present a strong application
  • When your students are successful, share best practices in the CCIE Newsletter.

Together we can build recognition of California community college study abroad and the needs of our students.


The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland is inviting community colleges to consider sending interested faculty to us on our bi-annual site visits. The site visits take place every April and September. The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland was founded in 1996, to provide authentic cultural and educational experiences in Ireland for visitors from North America. Since then, we have hosted hundreds of students, adults, families and groups, and provided a unique and unforgettable visit to Ireland.Twice each year, we run a partly-funded site visit to Ireland, and faculty are very welcome to apply for a place. For further information, please contact Dr. Niamh Hamill, program coordinator, at or visit the website at


Do you know how many students at your college or university will study abroad before graduation? In the U.S. fewer than 10% of students will study abroad, and only 26% of those students are from underrepresented groups. The Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad campaign seeks to address this through mobilizing and supporting higher education institutions to greatly increase the number of students who go abroad. Over 400 colleges and universities across the U.S. have made a commitment. There is no fee for joining, and by making an institutional commitment you will gain access to a network of partners, resources for growing study abroad and access to scholarships for students. The deadline to join is March 1. 2017. @genstudyabroad


Go to to learn more about the Diversity Abroad scholarships, as well as our newest scholarship opportunity with China Institute for $20,000! For information:
Web: and


Aperian Global’s flagship online learning resource, GlobeSmart®, assists students and faculty/staff to develop global awareness & skill-building for more effective interactions across boundaries. The GlobeSmart Profile, validated cultural inventory within GlobeSmart, is often integrated into higher education curriculum on developing a global mindset and assists individuals in bridging style gaps to work more effectively with individuals from other countries. The application ranges from the following:

  • International business/ intercultural communication classes
  • Intercultural training for staff & faculty
  • Support for diversity & inclusion initiatives
  • Student travel programs
GlobeSmart Profile + Country Content Database on 95 countries is available to students and faculty for $50 per person (6-month access). The GlobeSmart Profile by itself is available for $20 per person (6-month access.) More information is available here.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) 2017-2018 application cycle is open. Please direct your students to our website: for information. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Michelle Foley at, or at 202-349- 7356.


IES Abroad shares the results from the 2016 Career Outcomes survey that assesses the impact of study abroad on alumni’s employment outcomes and personal development. These results are compared to the 2012 survey.

The 2012 survey showed that 97% percent of alumni who graduated from college between 2009 and 2011 had secured full-time employment within a year of graduating. In comparison, a Rutgers University 2012 study of the general U.S. population showed that in the same time, only 49% of graduates had secured employment within a year of graduation. Study abroad students who graduated between 2006 and 2011 earned, on average, $7,000 more in starting salaries than U.S. college graduates during this same period from the general population. The 2016 survey shows that of alumni who graduated from 2012-2015, 73% secured their first job within two months or less of graduation, up from 67% of our alumni who graduated during 2006-2011. The median full-time starting salary increased nearly 7%. Nearly 90% of alumni who applied to graduate school earned admission into their first or second graduate program. More than 75% of reported that study abroad had a direct impact on their development of key employability traits, such as communication skills, adaptability, self-confidence, and cultural understanding. For full report, please visit:


Heith Hennel from Valencia College in Florida has created an innovative way to market his faculty-led study abroad programs using Blackboard. He creates a YouTube announcement and then asks faculty throughout his college to “drop” it in their Blackboard so that all students will see it when they access their class. Information is simple in terms of the opportunity and for students to contact him via text-messaging if they want additional information. Since the announcement is in the Blackboard class - most students will open it and at least view it.
Here is a video that Dr. Hennel made on how to add the link to Blackbroad from YouTube for Video Advertisements:
Here are a few sample videos as well.
Chile -
London -

If anyone wants to try this, please let me know how well it works (!) Rosalind.


The Forum’s Curriculum page now includes two new resources aimed at providing inspiration and sharing ideas for education abroad curriculum design from pre-departure through re-entry. The Curriculum Toolbox features syllabi, assignments, and course and program profiles submitted by faculty and practitioners in the field of education abroad, including past winners of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design. All contributions have been vetted against a rubric based on the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.


The U.S. Department of State has launched a new State Department resource for U.S. students studying abroad. Our Students Abroad website ( is a newly launched, mobile-friendly site designed to provide students, parents, and study abroad coordinators vital information related to studying abroad. This includes everything from how to get a passport to safety information while abroad.

We have also launched a #StudentsAbroad social media campaign to promote our new website. We encourage you to share our #StudentsAbroad social media content on your organization's accounts to help make sure this important information gets to your students. We have content on both Facebook and Twitter @TravelGov. This is especially important since so many students use social media as a source of information.

There will also be webinar opportunities for those who manage study abroad programs. Topics will include what to tell your students about obtaining passports and visas, how to stay up to date on safety information, and resources offered to students abroad by the State Department. For additional information contact Lori Lawson:


Cross-Cultural Solutions: Senator Harris Wofford Global Service Fellowship

Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) is proud to partner with California Community Colleges for International Education (CCIE) to offer the Senator Harris Wofford Global Service Fellowships. Senator Harris Wofford is a human rights advocate, co-founder of the Peace Corps, and global citizen. CCS offers volunteer abroad programs throughout the world to attend a Cross-Cultural Solutions 1 week, 2 week, or 3 week programs. Airfare is not included. The Fellowship covers 50% of the published program fee cost at the time of the enrollment.

For an application please contact Rosalind Raby at

Cultural Solutions is also interested in working with colleges to develop faculty-led programs to these locations. For additional information 800-380-4777 or visit or contact


In an effort to support the global competencies and knowledge of students interested in Asia, the Academy of International Business Southeast (AIB-SE) and the Asia Institute are collaborating to offer $1000 in scholarships supporting global learning experiences for students traveling to Asia in 2016.

These scholarships are open to all faculty engaged in International Business, so please feel free to share these details with your faculty and students if applicable. For more details on how to apply, please visit: Asia Institute Scholarship


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.


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.

For 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, please visit:

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is currently looking for host colleges for German participants for the 2017-2018 program year. CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program funded by the U.S. Congress and German Parliament (Bundestag). Now entering its 34th year, the program annually brings 75 German young professionals between the ages of 18- 24 to the United States, and sends 75 college-aged Americans to Germany. Each participant lives with a host, studies at a local college, and completes a six-month paid internship in his or her career field.

Hosting a CBYX German exchange student is a great opportunity to diversify your campus and increase awareness of international issues. Our participants bring knowledge of their professional fields, and all students complete community service projects during the fall semester. Through their involvement with groups and activities on campus, the participants heighten awareness of the benefits of working and studying abroad, specifically for local students who may be interested in our reciprocal exchange to Germany. CBYX will provide funding for a semester of study as well as health insurance and TOEFL-scores. And due to our direct working relationship with the Department of State, host colleges are never asked to handle any visa or SEVIS paperwork for the student, and we are even able to partner with colleges that do not normally admit international students

For information:


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 Dates - Applications are due November 1 and February 1.

For information: Please contact Tanya Janes, Senior Program Officer, at or Anna Valiante, Program Associate, at with any questions about the Fulbright IEA programs.


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.

MEETING THE CHALLENGE From 2012-2016, CCIE member colleges increased both their study abroad program offering and the overall number of attending students. During the 2013-2014 academic year, 27 more study abroad programs were added state-wide and 481 more students. Growth is continuing for 2014-2015 with a total of 124 programs.

COMPARISON BETWEEN 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 PROGRAMS

Fall Semester Winter Break Spring Semester Summer Term TOTAL
2012-2013 16 13 18 46 93
2013-2014 14 7 18 69 108
2014-2015 18 11 21 74 124
2015-2016 18 11 14
5 "break"
70 118
2016-2017 15 8 18
6 "break
70 117


This section provides updates on the various CCIE Sponsors.

American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS)
AIFS is one of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world. Since 1964, AIFS has organized cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year. Our programs include college study abroad, au pair placement, camp counselors and staff, gifted education, high school study/travel and insurance services.

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:

We are committed to helping more students study abroad in 2018. Students who apply for selected semester study abroad programs with CEA will receive a $1,000 Student Universe travel voucher to offset the cost of their airline ticket. Students who apply for a Summer program will receive a $500 travel voucher. We also offer a number of other ways for your students to fund their education abroad, including CEA Scholarships and a dedicated Student Accounts Team that will help them navigate funding sources like financial aid and payment plans. Contact us at 1.877.449.2775 to learn more or visit our website for full details on how your students can take advantage of our Summer and Fall travel vouchers.

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

Global Student Mobility (GSM)
was founded in 2013 and initially arranged events to connect UK educators and mainland Chinese agencies. Through 2015 GSM has been expanding its business to cover South and SE Asia as well as moving it's focus to the US. In September 2015 it partnered with American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) for a successful roadshow which visited California, Colorado and Texas and was attended by 19 agencies and over 50 educators. In the regions GSM operates many countries have historically had a stronger focus on the UK and/or Australia but are looking to build their partnerships in the USA, generally students form these regions are not very rankings driven and are cost conscious looking for cost effective ways to get a high quality US education. CCIE members who are current with their dues are offered discounts to attend in-person fairs. There is also free membership to the GSM portal.
For more information please visit:

IELTS USA is thrilled to be partnering with CCIE, and we are pleased to announce 25 community colleges enrolling international students in California accept IELTS for admissions and are CCIE members. We are also happy to share the following CCIE member schools accept IELTS for admissions and enroll large numbers of international students: Santa Monica College, De Anza College, Diablo Valley College, City College of San Francisco, and Foothill College. We are also excited to share our new efforts to collaborate with community colleges because English language proficiency testing is becoming increasingly important as more community colleges work towards increasing their international student enrollment. We are happy to offer campus visits to any college that would like more information about IELTS (please email for more information). In addition, we hope you had the opportunity to speak with Donna Cameron (IELTS Stakeholder Relations Officer) at the recent CCIE Annual Meeting, November 21 in San Francisco.

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

iNext Insurance Provides Simple, Straightforward Travel Insurance that assists both Individuals and Groups Traveling Abroad. iNext offers a complete portfolio of travel/medical insurance coverage underwritten by Nationwide. Choose from 11 insurance plans, 24 Hour worldwide assistance services, Easy online enrollment for groups and individuals, International ID card, Access to travel discounts, and Free international cell phone and SIM card.

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:

Travel & Education
Travel & Education (T&E) is an organization dedicated to the promotion of language and culture through meaningful and authentic study abroad opportunities in a growing number of destinations. T&E official destinations for both individual and group participation are Spain and Cuba. Group travel can be contracted to additional destinations in various countries throughout Europe and Latin America. Whether you are interested in individual or group programs, T&E provides essential support to faculty through personalized, timely and expert attention, flexibility and competitive pricing to create a seamless experience from inception to delivery and beyond. Visit or contact T&E at to find out more.



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

The Joint Statment can be found at AACC ACCT Joint Statement.


The white paper is intended help U.S. college and university presidents secure buy-in from Trustees and other community leaders. 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. 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.

Source: ACE: Mapping Internationalization Assessment Tool


AIEA new paper, Toward a Research Agenda for U.S. Education Abroad, builds on the 1996 AIEA publication, A Research Agenda for the Internationalization of Higher Education in the United States. This paper provides SIOs with a concise overview of research in the area of U.S. education abroad. Beginning with a brief discussion of the changing role of U.S. higher education, the emphasis on assessing and documenting outcomes, and major trends in the field.

Source: AIEA World


International Higher Education Partnerships, an ACE publication, provides a global review of standards and practices for developing and implementing sound international partnerships. 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.

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; and Ethical dilemmas and "negotiated space"

Source: International Higher Education




International Student Insurance, an Envisage International Company is now offering a video for use on Mental Health Awareness for International Students.

To watch the video, visit



GSM announces a that is in English and Vietnamese and will soon be in Thai, Khmer (Cambodia) and Burmese (Myanmar) languages. CCIE member colleges that join the website will have their educator profiles translated into these languages. Registration for the portal is at Cost and benefits are explained in the website. Students first register to the web-site and then complete their profile in English. There is a section where students can submit questions to educators. Profiles and questions will come to GSM and once approved will be sent on to educators along with contact details, academics, English level and areas of interest. For more information contact:

Our Spring roadshow to New England went well and we are now focused on a West coast event this Fall. This will visit OR, WA and ID from October 2nd and details are here. Educators from CA are welcomed to attend this year in the state most convenient for them. This roadshow will bring 22 study abroad agencies with a focus on SE Asia and a main focus of Vietnam. There is a 20% early bird discount if registering before August 18 and a 10% discount after. Please choose Other and type "CCIE20%" when registering to obtain this discount.


CCIE is working with IELTS USA to support international student programs. IELTS USA’s mission is to support individuals and organizations within the United States in evaluating English language proficiency through high-stakes testing for the purpose of education, employment, professional accreditation and global mobility. In 2016, 2.7 million students took the IELTS tests.

IELTS hosted their first Stakeholder Workshop in San Diego. At this workshop, stakeholders have the opportunity to learn more about the test, including recommendations on how to conduct IELTS standards setting sessions, and details about IELTS test security. There will be three additional workshops in 2016. In addition, there will also be numerous IELTS webinars, including the Online Results Verification Service.

World Education Services New Research Report, Improving the International Student Experience: Implications for Recruitment and Support.

International students often face unique challenges to success while studying in the United States. Understanding those challenges and helping international students overcome them is key for higher education institutions that want to recruit and retain top international students. This report examines international students’ experiences, satisfaction, and expectations in U.S. colleges and universities. The research shows:

  1. The greatest area of dissatisfaction is career services (66% overall satisfaction rate), especially when it comes to assistance in finding employment and internships after graduation (64% overall satisfaction).
  2. Students from the Middle East & North Africa struggle the most with English skills (38%) and are more dissatisfied compared to other international students with the English language courses at their institutions.
  3. International students who are satisfied with their U.S. experience are more likely to recommend their institutions to others.

Read our latest research report to learn more about the international student experience in the U.S.:

NAFSA's Education Regulatory Practice (EA RP) Committee updates

NAFSA launched the Report An Issue Issue tool for education abroad professionals.

Report an Issue can be used by anyone to report any trends or issues at your institution in a variety of regulatory areas. You can report issues ranging from federal financial aid, passport/entry issues, Cuba regulations, and DACA students to name a few. This is a reporting tool only that allows NAFSA and the EARP to track trends and issues facing the education abroad field and to liaise with appropriate government entities where clarity and guidance is needed. EA Visa questions and issues should still be reported in the usual way through EA Visa Help. Another important regulatory issue is visa reciprocity for U.S. citizens traveling abroad. The European Parliament has passed a non-binding resolution suggesting that U.S. citizens should not be allowed visa-free travel within the European Union. It is important to note that action on this vote would require each member state to individually pass the resolution, a process which could take years. NAFSA does not anticipate an immediate need for U.S. citizens to obtain visas when studying in Europe for less than 90 days. The EARP will continue to monitor this situation and will make updates as necessary to the field. The EARP's Consular Affairs Liaison (CAL) subcommittee is currently scheduling Collegial Conversations on visa processes and concerns for those who send students to Spain, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. These live, online chats, allow NAFSA members to ask specific questions to CAL representatives. It is a great opportunity to learn what tips or processes will make your student's visa experience as flawless as possible. Please visit the Collegial Conversations page of the NAFSA website to view these events as they are scheduled. We anticipate the Spain and Italy events will take place in late April and early May respectively.

Finally, in the past several months, members of the EARP have met with officials from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Education, Veteran's Affairs, as well as foreign consulate officials and we will continue to seek clarity on issues of importance to the education abroad field. Please visit to learn more about our work and email us at or use Report an Issue to let us know what regulatory issues you are facing.

“US: 20% growth in international students seeking high school diplomas” PIE News

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 by Patrick Atack growth-in- international-students- seeking-high- school-diplomas/ USA, International students, higher education, IIEInternational students are targeting US high school diplomas, aiming for access to US universities. Chinese students make up 42% of international students enrolled in US high schools. According to the Institute for International Education, almost three quarters (72%) of international high school students studying at US high schools are on a diploma track, 22% more than in 2013. The figures are based on the number of students on F-1 visas which indicate they are directly enrolled in the schools compared to those on a J-1 visa used for exchange programs. Studying on an F-1 visa, the report argues, indicates a wish to attend US universities or colleges after graduating from high school. “Most of these diploma- seeking students plan to enrol in US higher education institutions following their secondary studies”, it reads. “We’re continuing to see that interest remains high in the US for Chinese students.” Alongside the increasing numbers of students seeking a diploma, the number of exchange students has also dropped by 7% over the same period. While numbers of international secondary students remain high in the US, growth figures have slowed in recent years. Asked about the future of the sector, Christine Farrugia, the IIE report’s author, commented that the US remains a highly popular destination for Chinese students in particular, though students from other areas of the globe do have reservations. “There’s students from other countries like India and from the Middle East, those are the ones who’ve been reporting stronger concerns about coming to the US,” she told The PIE News. “But the Chinese student interest still remains high at the HE level and I expect it would be the same at the high school level.” Indeed, of the Asian students on a path to graduate from high school, Chinese students dominate, making up 42% of international students enrolled in US high schools. The number of F-1 Chinese students increased by over 10,000 between 2013 and 2016.

The IIE report also shows that the intention to graduate with a US high school diploma differs among nationalities. Asian students make up 78% of F-1 secondary students, with only 9% originating from Europe, and even fewer, 8%, from Latin America or the Caribbean. In contrast, 67% of high school students on J-1 visas for shorter term study are European, with 22% Asian students and 8% again from Latin America and the Caribbean. Bradley Farnsworth, the vice president of the Center for internationalization and global engagement at the American Council on Education, told The PIE News he is cautiously optimistic about the growing numbers of international high school graduates. “The results of the report are encouraging, even with the decline in the growth rate. Nevertheless, we remain concerned about the sustainability of the growth rate for international tertiary students in the US, and in particular the potential impact of the domestic political climate,” he said. With more international students coming through domestic recruitment channels, some US admissions offices have been caught off guard, said Farrugia. “Sometimes [domestic recruiters] are not prepared enough with information about what international students will need to do to apply,” she said. “I think that’s impacting the admissions practice at universities because they’re really recognising the need for domestic staff to be trained up on international issues.” Similarly, a recent survey of college admissions counsellors in US high schools found they feel less confident giving advice to international high school students compared to US students. “We remain concerned about the sustainability of the growth rate for international tertiary students in the US” Globally, the US remains the most popular destination for international secondary students, with 81,981 enrolled in 2016 – a 12% increase from 2013. California schools are the most attractive among these students, with 12,201 enrolees. A distant second is New York state, with 6,059 students. The report credits Californian institutions’ strong international engagement for this domination. The picture of international secondary education students around the anglophone world is roughly congruent with that seen in the US. Growth rates are highest in Australia, where the number of foreign high school students has increased by 34% between 2013 and 2016. The growth is similarly driven by Chinese students, who make up 54% of the foreign students in the Australian secondary education system. In Canada and the UK, the sector is also expanding, and though not as impressively as in Australia, the overall figures are still increasing. The UK has experienced a 7% growth to 27,633 international high school students, and 44,510 students in the Canadian system indicate growth of 9%. Again, Chinese students are the major group in Canadian international secondary education, representing 55%. But the UK is the outlier, with only 23% of students from the Chinese mainland. However, a further 17% originate from Hong Kong.

PIE Blog Updates by Dr. Mark Ashwill

Dr Mark Ashwill is managing director of Capstone Vietnam and has shared with CCIE several of his past postings.

“Trump is not deterring Vietnamese from studying in US” Mark Ashwill07 July 2017 Issue No:467

Vietnam remains a hot country for United States colleges, universities, boarding and day schools interested in international student recruitment. Just as its economy has managed to weather the global storm of the past few years, Vietnamese young people continue to study abroad in large numbers, undeterred by Brexit, the 2016 US presidential election and other cataclysmic, potentially game-changing socio-political events. In fact, the US is the world’s second-leading host of Vietnamese students – after Japan – with over 30,000 at all levels, mainly in higher education, according to the latest (June 2017) SEVIS by the Numbers quarterly update. However, Japan and the US are an apples and oranges comparison since the latter offers mostly short-term, vocational programmes. Vietnam displaced Canada as the fifth-leading sending country to the US in March 2017, a position it continues to hold in the latest update. Recent mobility trends

Given how volatile and dynamic the political situation is in some of the key host countries, it’s important for higher education leaders to have access to the best information available in order to make informed decisions about how to use their precious resources in recruiting internationally. In that spirit, below are links to some articles and blog posts that provide accurate and up-to- date information about recent trends in Vietnam.

“Vietnamese still have a favourable view of the US, but Trump is another story” (27 June 2017, VnExpress International). This article is based on a recent Pew Research Center survey about the damage that President Donald Trump has done to the United States’ image around the world. Here is a key Viet Nam-related finding: “The drop in favourability ratings for the United States is widespread. The share of the public with a positive view of the US has plummeted in a diverse set of countries from Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Favourability ratings have only increased in Russia and Vietnam.” While Vietnamese don’t think very highly of Trump (something they have in common with people in most countries), their favourable view of the United States has actually increased from 78% to 84%, the second-highest rise in the world at 6%. That figure rises to an astounding 92% among young Vietnamese aged 18-29, which has clear implications for the future prospects of student recruitment. Even favourable views of US Americans are at 86%, tied with South Korea for the highest percentage among all of the 37 countries surveyed. There are a number of possible reasons that could explain positive Vietnamese views of the US and its people:
1 – A reaction against China, the result of current concerns about territorial conflicts in what is known in Vietnam as the East Sea (South China Sea) and Chinese influence on Vietnam's economy.
2 – Another more deep-seated, historical reason could be that the official view during the American War in Vietnam (that is, the ‘Vietnam War’) is that it was a war between governments not peoples, which resulted in many Vietnamese differentiating between the US government and US Americans.
3 – The fact that so many Vietnamese, especially in central and southern Vietnam, have family ties in the US, mainly the result of post-war waves of emigration.
4 – The influence of US soft power, including music, movies, television, goods and services, etc. For example, 57% of Vietnamese respondents said: “I like American music, movies and television.”

“In Vietnam, good parenting equals a straight-A kid, plus an American degree” (25 June 2017, VnExpress International) This is an article about the desire of many parents of means to provide the best possible education for their children, in this case, in the US, as demonstrated by the financial and other sacrifices that parents are willing to make on behalf of their children. Dr Phung Xuan Nha, Vietnam’s minister of education and training, acknowledged this fact at a conference last December: “Vietnamese parents can sacrifice everything, sell their houses and land just to give their children an education.” Vietnam enrolment up 6%, according to SEVIS biannual report (26 June 2017, An International Educator in Viet Nam) My blog post shows Vietnam is one of the few top 10 places of origin with a healthy year-on- year enrolment increase, according to the June 2017 SEVIS by the Numbers update and biannual report. It also hints at some regional shifts in enrolment that could also apply to Vietnamese students. “Brexit and US Election: No major short-term effects on VN student interest” (24 June 2017, An International Educator in Viet Nam) While the results of this 2016 online Hotcourses survey of Vietnamese students are already somewhat dated, they confirm anecdotal in-country evidence and are consistent with the Vietnam-related results of the Pew survey. Interest in studying in the US declined by 9% last year, one of the lowest percentage decreases.



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.

Finally, we request student profiles and stories about their international literacy growth. This includes international students, education abroad students, and domestic students who participate in internationalizing curriculum programs.

College Updates Shared at the NAFSA Region XII Conference:
College of the Canyons: thematic seminars for all students, faculty and staff (see below for description)
MiraCosta College: New Global Studies Certificate of Achievement. Based on 24 units of coursework.
Santa Barbara City College: New AS Degree in Global Leadership
San Mateo College: Summer Camp for local post-high school students and new International Students
Please continue to share your college updates !


College of the Canyons received the CCIE 2017 Institutional Grant. The following are updates on Grant related projects. College of the Canyons created a Taskforce on Comprehensive Internationalization in November 2016 as an initiative of the Office of the International Services and Programs (ISP). The Taskforce has been developing comprehensive educational experiences that emphasize global awareness, responsibility, and participation. COC Global has organized several globally-focused events for students, staff, faculty, administrators, volunteers and the broader Santa Clarita community to build campus engagement. As a task force on campus COC, Global will continue to foster a campus climate characterized by civility, collegiality, and acceptance. For the fall 2017 semester, COC Global plans to finalize work on a video on depicting comprehensive internationalization. In addition to the video, COC Global plans to have a couple of events during International Education Week (IEW) November 13-17. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education as part of an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. For IEW, COC Global will be organizing a Coffee event, covering the history, culture, economy, and science of coffee on a global scale; and a global diversity panel features international students and faculty of international backgrounds.

Events Conducted
May 4, 2017: “Before the Food” Documentary. In collaboration with sustainability center, a documentary on climate change was shared.
May 5, 2017 - Star Party: “Science is Internatinal” had attendees read the biographies of several famous scientists, and then consult a map to guess where they are from. International students helped to facilitate the activity.
May 23, 2017 - Lila Dahan Training: Middle East Customs & Communications. Dr. Dahan lecture described communication styles from around the world with specific examples from the Middle East.
Aug 14 2017 ALL IN - Welcome Back Breakfast . Every year in the fall COC organizes a fall professional development week (Flex Week). All COC employees are invited to attend, and this year COC Global organized three events. The first event was the “Welcome Back Breakfast” where participants got to focus on the following questions, "What do Comprehensive Internationalization, Civic Engagement, Diversity, Equity, and Student Success all have in common?"
Aug 14 2017 ALL IN - What is Comprehensive Internationalization – Workshop . Flex week workshop designed to have participants get an overview of comprehensive internationalization, and be able to describe what COC Global is doing to support internationalization at COC and how they can become involved.
Aug 16 2017 Coffee around the World: History, Culture, Economy, and Science of Coffee. Flex week event. The presentation covered the history of coffee, the spread in popularity of the drink across different cultures and regions, as well as the science involved in making coffee.
Sep 13 th 2017 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Event . In light of the recent decision involving the proposal to end DACA, ASG, Model United Nations Club, and ISP co-sponsored an event in the Honor Grove. The event provided information about the impact of the recent changes. ISP was there to clear up any possible misconceptions about ISP’s role with DACA students. DACA students are considered domestics students and do not receive any services from the ISP office but are welcomes at ISP events.


Foothill/DeAnza District

International Education Week (IEW), held Nov. 13-17, is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Foothill College has planned a series of speaking events for students and the community to learn about opportunities at home and abroad for becoming global citizens.

**All events will be held in Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)**
Speaker Bios
Monday, Nov. 13:
12 p.m. Read Global: Literacy and rural empowerment in South Asia. Naita Saechao Chialvo, Deputy Director of READ Global, will discuss her work in South Asia. READ Global establishes community library and resource centers with rural communities where a majority of women are illiterate, and most families live below the poverty line.
1:30 p.m. Ireland & Anthropology: Did you know that every summer Foothill College students and staff go to Ireland as part of the anthropology program? Hear from instructor and trip organizer Sam Connell.
3 p.m. Campus Abroad: Have you ever wished you could actually see firsthand what you learn in class or read in your textbooks? Through campus abroad, you can have that opportunity! Learn more about this exciting program from college dean Simon Pennington.
Tuesday, Nov. 14
11 a.m. Native Perspectives on Climate Change. *Co Sponsored with Native American Heritage Month/ASFC. Join international native rights activist Rochelle Diver, of the UN-affiliated International Indian Treaty Council, for an update on the current protests at Standing Rock and Native perspectives on climate change.
1:30 p.m. From Foster Care to Fostering Global Connections: Turning Everyday Interactions Into International Opportunities. Carlos Collard, a former foster youth and first-generation college graduate who worked his way through UCLA, shares tips on how to become a global citizen through the local community and beyond.
3 p.m. Ups and Downs of an International Journalist. Sonia Paul is an independent journalist, radio producer and editor. Her work focuses on culture, power and powerlessness, identity and media, with an emphasis on revealing injustices and challenging assumptions. Her work has taken her to Japan, Uganda and India.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
11 a.m. Why Global Studies?. Learn about the new global studies major with college dean Kurt Hueg. This program is perfect for students interested in internationally focused politics, international organizations and issues that have no boundaries.
12 p.m. MālamaHonua Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom and Global Connections through Ethnomathematics. Dr. Furuto began training with the Polynesian Voyaging Society in 2007, and was part of the first international leg of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage on Hōkūleʻa from Hawaiʻi to Tahiti. Since then, she has had the opportunity to sail as education specialist and apprentice navigator on five additional legs. When she isn't sailing, Furuto is a tenured professor at the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa.
3 p.m. Fund for the Future. Fund for the Future is a student group that helps to raise awareness and to alleviate global poverty through microloans and donations to the poor in developing countries. Join professor Brian Evans and learn how you can get involved.
Thursday, Nov. 16
11 a.m. The Red Hills of Mindoro: A Journey Of Service Leadership. Learn about a service leadership opportunity in the Philippines from professor Laurence Lew and Foothill students.
12 p.m. Peace Corps! What is it, why do it, how can I prepare?. Join Veronica Bucher to hear about her experience in the Peace Corps. Veronica graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2014 and immediately joined Peace Corps as a community health extensionist in the Dominican Republic. She served for two years in the Monte Cristi province near the Haitian-Dominican border.
1:30 p.m. Life of a Diplomat. Dorothy Ngutter is the State Department's current representative to UC Berkeley. She assumed her duties as Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest Region in August 2016. One of 16 Diplomats in Residence across the country, Dorothy provides guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships with the State Department to students and professionals throughout the northwest region.
3:30 p.m. Cuba's Artistic Revolution. Join photography professor Ron Herman as he discusses how Cuba's Artistic Revolution and Foothill intersect.
Friday, Nov. 17
11 a.m. Global Brigades. Learn about Foothill's Global Brigades, who have been to multiple destinations in Central America teaching local communities about dental hygiene.
12:15 p.m. The JET Program and 2020 Olympics in Japan. Learn how you can spend time living and working in Japan through the J.E.T. Program, sponsored by the Japanese government. Hear from J.E.T. alumni and program liaisons, and learn about new initiatives, including the 2020 Olympics.




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)'s Web site

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.


The Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch “Go Global” Scholarship.
This scholarship was created in loving memory of two wonderful mothers, departed from this world much too early, who inspired their children to travel the globe and engage with other cultures, ultimately leading to our commitment to the field of international education. To read more about these inspirational women, please visit our memorial page here:

The scholarship will be awarded to a student accepted to study abroad in Mexico, Central America, South America, France, or Germany through the Fund for Education Abroad’s 2017-2018 application cycle which will open on November 16th, 2016:


Scholarship Updates
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



National MatopmScience Foundation Grant Opportunity for Community Colleges
Deadline for submissions is November 16, 2016.

Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity
The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports academe-industry. In this program, there is a heavy emphasis on the quality, composition, and participation of the partners, including their appropriate contributions. Deadline: September 30, 2016 100,000 Strong in the Americas Competition #12: Promoting Study Abroad in Engineering, Physics, Geology, and Geophysics. Deadline: October 16, 2016.


  • November 17-20:CCLC - San Jose
  • April 6-8. CSCC Conference. Fort Worth
  • April 22 - 25: AACC Convention.
  • April 21-23. Global Climate Change and Environment Challenges: Approaches to Teaching in Community Colleges. Norther Virginia Community College / Alexandria
  • May 5: CalAbroad TownHall Meeting: CSU Dominguez Hills
  • May 3 - 5: Going Global Conference. Cape Town, South Africa
  • May 22 - 24: British Council Going Global 2017 "Global Cities: Connecting Talent, Driving Change"
  • May 28 - June 2. NAFSA. Los Angeles
    NISOD Conference. Workshop on Internationalization in Community Colleges: Integrating Foreign Language and Cultural Training.
  • June 1 - 2 : Going Global Conference. British Council. London


Members of full status are entitled to:

a) ability to vote in all elections and to enjoy other rights and privileges accord to all members;
b) access of CCIE Website and inclusion of college / institution in Website;
c) access to a collaborative network of community colleges who are devoted to international / intercultural education;
d) access to CCIE thematic workshops at reduced rates (TBA);
e) access to the CCIE International Negations Modules Project (INMP);
f) access to technical assistance team on global competence and its development on community college campuses;
g) eligibility for CCIE faculty and staff grants;
h) eligibility for CCIE student scholarships;
I) eligibility for officer positions;
j) inclusion in CCIE annual reports that documents the individual activities of member colleges and which is shared with colleges and organizations throughout the state and nationally;
k) inclusion of College in CCIE list-serve;
l) participate in the annual business meeting;
m) receipt of CCIE on-line monthly newsletter;
n) receipt of the CCIE quarterly Directory of Study Abroad Programs;
o) receipt to reports and publications prepared by CCIE experts;
p) reduced CCIE conference fees.


Dr. Donald R. Culton was the first-full-time administrator for international education at a California community college and was one of the pioneers in the field. Don helped to form the non-profit consortia California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) which continues to serve community college internationalization advocacy needs today.

The family has requested 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 indicated that it is for the Dr. Donald R. Culton Fund:

Att: Ava Lee-Pang,
CCIE Treasurer Assistant, Sr. Supervisor,
Business & Administrative Services,
College of Alameda,
555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway,
Alameda, CA. 94501

As of November 1, CCIE Supporting Members for 2017-2018 are:

  • Barstow CCD;
  • Cerritos;
  • College of the Desert;
  • Contra Costa CCD;
  • El Camino;
  • Grossmon-Cuyamaca CCD;
  • Kern CCD;
  • Lake Tahoe;
  • Mendocino-Lake CCD;
  • MiraCosta;
  • North Orange CCD;
  • Riverside;
  • San Francisco;
  • San Jose/Evergreen CCD;
  • Santa Clarita;
  • Santa Barbara;
  • Santa Monica;
  • Shasta;

Thank you all for processing your 17/18 dues

CCIE dues help support our activities such as the Newsletter, Web-Page, Workshops, and Student Scholarships and Faculty Grants. CCIE gives each of you our sincere thanks for your continued support for CCIE.

Faculty Grants. CCIE gives each of you our sincere thanks for your continued support for CCIE.

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