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Here’s the November 2023 Update from Vietnam from Mark A. Ashwill, Ph.D. Greetings from Vietnam! I’m pleased to send you my November 2023 Update from Vietnam. Today is Vietnamese Teachers’ Day. Have a look at this 2021 article that I wrote about some teachers who have influenced me. (Here’s a Vietnamese version.)

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How can you make an impact on #GivingTuesday? Give to California Colleges for International Education (CCIE).
CCIE is a non-profit consortia of California Community Colleges whose mission is collaboration and advocacy for international education.

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CLS Program Application

The application for the U. S. Department of State’s 2024 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program and its virtual initiative, CLS Spark is open and will close on Tuesday, November 14 at 8 PM ET.

We welcome students to apply to learn a critical language on a funded virtual or overseas summer program. The application is available at

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International Students Are So Much More Than Cash Cows

Here’s the latest article from Mark A. Ashwill, Ph.D. for University World News. The original title was Towards a More Inclusive Approach to International Student Advocacy.

The direction of this essay changed after some email exchanges with Fanta Aw, the new CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Her perspective is a breath of fresh air and, I hope, an indication of the enlightened leadership that she brings to that position and organization.

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Call for Applications – Community College in France Bootcamps 2024

We are delighted to inform you that the call for applications for the 2024 edition of the Bootcamps is now open!

The Community College in France program offers Community College students the opportunity to participate in two-week summer programs in France. These Bootcamps offer high-quality courses, multi-disciplinary and project-based learning, and an enriching and supportive personal experience abroad.

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Internationalization Student Perspectives Survey

We are interested to learn if courses at the community college include global, international, and intercultural topics and perspectives in class readings, class discussions, class activities, and class assignments/project. There is very little current research on community college internationalization of the curriculum and this study will help to advance the field. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

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CCIE Education Abroad Working Group – Special Guest: Paul Bardwil, Expert on Cuba – September 21st at 4:00pm

Our special guest speaker is Paul Bardwil who has been designing programs to Cuba for over 20 years for community colleges, universities and other entities. Some clients include: Diablo Valley College, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, San Diego City College, San Francisco City College, UC Berkeley, Sacramento State, UC Davis, Sonoma State, Cal State Long Beach, and more!!!.

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CCCFLC – 2023 Conference

We are about 9 weeks away from this year’s conference, held at the beautiful LA Valley College campus on Saturday, October 21st, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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CASE applications are open!

We are delighted to announce that the CASE: Community, Activism, and Social Entrepreneurship Program is now accepting applicants for Summer 2024. This program is exclusively for students at 2-year institutions or students seeking 2-year non-baccalaureate degrees at 4-year institutions.

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Study Abroad Association

Work with SAA to start planning your 2024 faculty-led program today! Are you still on the fence about running a faculty-led program next year? Don’t wait — with the fall semester approaching, now is the perfect time to plan your program and recruit students!

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Student Recruitment Agents in International Higher Education

With a focus on the growing number of institutions employing commercial agents to support international student recruitment, Student Recruitment Agents in International Higher Education provides an evidence-based exploration of this phenomenon and will increase the reader’s understanding of the multiple dimensions of agent engagement, its contradictions and complexities.

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CCIE DUES FOR 2023 – 2024

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 listing and Institutional Grants, Faculty Grant, and Student Scholarships.

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