CCIE Newsletter

Vol. 9, no. 4 March 2011 Click Here to View Past Newsletters

In This Issue:


DUES FOR 2010-2011

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. If your college has not already processed your 2010-2011 dues, we urge you to please make sure that the paperwork is being processed. If you can place CCIE as part of your 2011-2012 budget, we also greatly appreciate the effort.



There will be TWO different Town Hall Meetings in the Spring:

  • CalAbroad: California Study Abroad Town Hall Meeting - April 1 at UCLA
  • International Student Town Hall Meetings - March 17 (City College of San Francisco) and March 18 (Long Beach City College)


CalAbroad announces the 3rd annual Town Hall Meeting on April 1 at UCLA from 9:30 - 2:30 pm. The format includes short presentations on topics, followed by small group discussions and follow-up by all attendees.

Topics include:

  • Topic 1: Financial Challenges: Responding to the financial crisis in California: Strategies for maintaining current funding. Financial models for program sharing. Federal and State financial aid support for study abroad.
  • Topic 2: Increasing Collaboration Through Study Abroad Program Sharing in California Within and Across Systems. Easing the Process of Study Abroad Participation for Students During the Transfer Transition and After Transfer From a Community College to a 4 Year College or University
  • Topic 3: Study Abroad Health and Safety Issues and Resources: Assessing, Preparing, and Responding to Health and Safety Challenges and U.S.
  • Department of State Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts: From Egypt to Mexico to Australia to Chile to the U.K. - Civil Unrest, Crime and Safety, Floods, Earthquakes and Environmental Challenges, and Heightened Alerts to Terrorism

The California Town Hall Meeting is co-sponsored by:

  • Region XII, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Education Abroad Knowledge Community
  • California Colleges for International Education
  • California State University Systemwide Office of International Programs
  • University of California Systemwide Education Abroad Program
  • Center for Global Education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Additional information is available on the California Study Abroad Collaboration Website at:

NOTE: There are limited travel grants that can cover all or part of an inexpensive coach flight. Grants will be given on a first-come basis. Participants will need to attend the entire Town Hall meeting plus a special community college session that will be from 3:00pm - 5:00pm.

Please RSVP to Rosalind Raby at


International Student Town Hall Meetings - March 17 (City College of San Francisco) and March 18 (Long Beach City College)

Town Hall meeting with SEVP Director Louis M. Farrell and Chief of SEVP Policy Sharon Snyder. The meeting will include a discussion on whether SEVP should issue a reduced course load for international students in light of the ongoing budget crisis facing California. Two Town Hall meetings will be held at March 17 (City College of San Francisco) Room 318 and March 18 (Long Beach City College) Room T1200. RSVP:



The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released Raising the Bar: Employers' Views in the Wake of the Economic Downturn on January 20. Among the findings concerning learning outcomes on which employers want colleges to place more emphasis are global issues (67 percent), intercultural competence (71 percent), and intercultural knowledge of global issues (67 percent). While not specifically cited, there is a clear link to international education. Related to the survey, AAC&U also released a policy paper, The Quality Imperative, which calls on academe and policymakers to commit to civic, ethical and cross- cultural learning for every degree program and every student. To access this report: 2009_EmployerSurvey.pdf



The Diversity Network Innovation Award, sponsored by CAPA International Education, recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity and underrepresentation in international education. The award is designed to acknowledge and celebrate the innovative strategies employed by colleges and universities to address issues of diversity, equity and underrepresentation in international education.

Areas of focus for 2011 Awards:

  • Recruitment strategies/initiatives for diverse student populations
  • Research that supports the advancement of diversity and equity in education abroad
  • Collaboration between international education office and departments/offices that serve the needs of diverse and underrepresented student groups
  • Promoting diversity engagement in host countries among study abroad participants

Nomination process: ALL nominations must be accompanied by a letter of support from a member. PLEASE contact Rosalind Raby for details.
Deadline: April 15, 2011
Application: INNOVATION_22.pdf



The NAFSA Region XII Northern District One Day Conference will be held on March 11, 2011, 9 am-3:30 pm at Holy Names University in Oakland. You can find the Registration and the conference schedule at If you have any questions please contact Conference Co-chairs: Olga Paly and Laleh Rongere at



American Councils for International Education announces the application for the Intensive Summer Language Institutes which provides fully funded fellowships for U.S. community college faculty who teach Arabic or Mandarin Chinese to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic and Chinese in Egypt and Mainland China. The Intensive Summer Language Institutes are funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and non-native speakers of Arabic and Chinese in order to qualify. To apply, please visit
Program Dates: June 21-August 6, 2011
Application Deadline: March 4, 2011
For more information, please contact Alena Palevitz at



Florence University of the Arts, SAI now offers Professional Certificate Programs for professional experience in an international learning environment. Certificate Programs may be taken from one semester to one or two years. Each year is comprised of two semesters, with pre-set “core classes” and weekend intensive seminars. All programs devote a portion of each term to the development of a professional portfolio. All students take a 3-week course of Italian Language before the courses begin. Students receive US credit for Certificate Programs, and they are also available for Italian school credit only, with a fee reduction.

Certificate in Accessory Design and Technology: The Program in Accessory Design and Technology offers a technical study approach to the fashion accessory world and challenges students to develop their personal techniques, styles and ideas with an eco-sustainable preparation. Students will explore the “lost arts” of Florence’s local fashion economy, specifically straw and leather manufacturing in the case of accessory design; the aim is to provide a direct “hands on” experience through the construction of accessories and close contact with green-mapped fashion businesses and artisans.

Certificate in Eco-Sustainable Design: This unique program focuses on the philosophy of designing and adhering to the principles of economic, social and ecological sustainability.

Certificate in Fashion Design and Technology: The program in Fashion Design and Technology offers the unique opportunity for total immersion in the Florentine fashion world through direct experience and hands on experimentation combined with the a study of the contemporary and traditional innovations that continue to make fashion in Italy so dynamic. Students will explore the “lost arts” of Florence’s local fashion economy, specifically leather and knitwear manufacturing in the case of fashion design; students will continuously experience hands on approaches to the technologies and the creative/marketing strategies behind the design and construction of fashion, supported by close contact with local and greenmapped designers based in and around Florence.

Certificate in Photography: Combines classical and digital approaches studies and skills training to provide students with a thorough understanding of Photography.

Certificate in Publishing: The certificate in Publishing unites the creative forces of Apicius, FUA, and FAST in a single program of study in the publishing field. The year long program begins with the fundamentals and proceeds with the advanced skills necessary to design, edit, produce, publish and market published media. Particular focus is given to the magazine and book forms of published media and the unique structuring of the course allows students to partake in ongoing publishing projects of Ingorda for Florence Campus Publishing. Students must choose one of three concentrations offered in this certificate: publishing in the art world, gastronomy, and fashion. The final project is a student and faculty produced book that will make its way into mainstream and specialized markets. A semesterly lifestyle magazine is also produced in house with the collaboration of students.

Certificate in Visual Communication: Assists students to develop proficiency in the use of visual design methods and technologies. Students will combine the development of design skills and experience with various forms of media and industry.



President Obama has recently modified travel to Cuba and the regulations should go into effect in the next few months. The proposed changes would be the following:

  • Allow religious organizations to travel to Cuba under a general license.
  • Restore educational exchanges by allowing accredited institutions of higher education to sponsor travel to Cuba for course work for academic credit under a general license.
  • Modifying academic exchanges toward work for a degree rather than length of time.
  • Allowing academic institutions to license through specific licenses to cosponsor academic seminars, conferences and workshops related to Cuba.

The new regulations are much more liberal than the current minimum stay of 10 weeks for university and college undergraduate programs. The rules have not been posted to the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets) but are anticipated to in the next few moths. If you have any questions about legal travel to Cuba or you have considered taking a group I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Paul Bardwil, Global Educational Facilitation 916-225-8207 or



A former Director of Grants at El Camino College, Bo has always had a passion for international education. During her tenure between 2000-2010, ECC received 13 grants for international projects. Bo will be providing CCIE members with information about grants that can be used to fund the colleges’ international activities. Please contact Bo directly at if you have any questions about any of these grants, funding sources for international projects or finding an international partner.

Grant:National Council for Eurasian and East European Research - Grants and Fellowships for Eurasian and East European Research
Description: The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research seeks humanities and social science policy research on Russian, Eurasian and East European social, political, economic, and historical development. National Research Competitions support collaborative and individual research. Hewett Fellowships support research under a United States government agency. Short-term Travel Grants and other awards are also available.
Deadline: varies depending on program (check the website)
Link to announcement or program page:

Grant:USAID/Peru Development Assistance Fund Program
Description:The objective is to create the competitive environment for small development activities that benefit the communities within the USAID/Peru operating environment. USAID-Peru seeks responses/grant ideas from local communities that: •Advance local economic growth. •Promote human health and education. •Foster stronger democratic practices and community level organizations. •Pursue licit livelihoods in former coca-growing regions. •Conserve the environment. Only NGOs/NPOs in Peru are eligible to apply so if you have partners in Peru, [please inform them of this opportunity.
Deadline:September 30, 2011
Link to announcement or program page:contact Bo



This section provides updates on the various CCIE Sponsors.

EF College Study Tours provides short-term study abroad opportunities for college students and professors. With a focus on international experiences on college campuses, EF College Study Tours provide easy and affordable opportunities for community college students to acquire the international experience they need to compete and succeed in today’s global economy. Short-term programs have proven to be effective in helping college students become globally engaged, and EF’s one- to four-week tours allow professors to incorporate their curriculum and academic goals into any of more than 50 itineraries to 33 countries around the world.

EF College Study Tours is a division of EF Education First, the world leader in international education. With 400 offices and schools in more than 50 countries, EF offers a range of 16 educational programs focused on language learning, educational travel, cultural exchange and academic degrees. Since its founding in 1965, EF has helped more than 15 million students learn a language, discover the world or earn an academic degree.

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


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

The Joint Statement can be found at AACCACCT_Joint_Statement.pdf




CCIE has section in the i-studentadvisor publications that are based in England and which produce a range of online magazines for international students considering their study options. These magazines have a subscribed readership of 10,000 guidance counselors in schools in 165 countries and a secondary readership of 1/4 million international students.



Friday, April 8 | 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM | California State University, CSUN

Special Topic - Applying for a Student Visa – Representatives from Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group will update us as to new developments in the visa application process (DS-160, biometrics, etc.) as well as share troubleshooting tips for issues that may arise. They are a nationally known and prestigious immigration law firm that has presented at NAFSA nationally and regionally. Emphasis will be on working with F-1 and/or J-1 students.

Please RSVP to Becky Peterson,



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.

Ohlone College Winter-term Egypt Program

Ohlone College Speech and Communication Studies professors Brenda Ahntholz and Kay Harrison escorted 16 Ohlone students to Egypt from January 4-16. We used our Business and International Education (BIE) grant from the Department of Education to subsidize the cost of participation for each student - giving them each $1,000 toward those costs. We also used the grant to pay for coursework taught as part of the trip, in Speech and Communication Studies and International Business. The group visited Cairo, Aswan and the trip included a Nile Cruise too. One of our former Egyptian students – Ibrahim, a practicing journalist – arranged for the group to visit the media outlet headquarters where he works. This was one of the highlights of the trip. Their visit was also featured on the media outlet's web site; see here: (scroll down for more photos)

This marked Ohlone's first-ever official trip to the Middle East / Africa. All students and faculty returned home prior to the political unrest in the country




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. Visit:



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


  • March 11: : Northern NAFSA Region XII District Conference
  • March 17 & March 18: SEVP Town Hall Meeting
  • March 28 - 31: Education Without Borders at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates.
  • April 5 - 8. Making the Connection: Praxis and theory in Education Abroad. The Forum on Education Abroad. Boston.
  • October 15 - 23: AACC Trip to China for Presidents and Vice-Presidents. For information contact Elaine Kontos at
  • May 29 - June 3: NAFSA Annual Conference. Vancouver


CCIE Corporate Sponsorship provided by:

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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.

CCIE Supporting Member for 2010 - 2011

As of March 1, CCIE Supporting Members for 2010 - 2011 are: Barstow; Cabrillo; Citrus; Coast District; Contra Costa District; El Camino; Glendale; Kern Community College District; LACCD; Long Beach City College; Los Rios District; Ohlone; Peralta District; San Francisco; Santa Barbara; Sequoias; State Center CCD.

Thank you all for processing 10/11 dues, especially during these economically challenging times.

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