Scholarships for study abroad!

There are many scholarships and opportunities for study abroad with deadlines approaching…don’t wait, check your eligibility and apply now!

November 1, Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership for summer 2019

November 27, Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for summer 2019

December 1, Asher Fergusson scholarship for Spring 2019 study abroad

January 7, Fund for Education Abroad

February, Watanabe Scholarship

Early February 2019, Fulbright UK Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates

February 7, 2019, Boren Scholarship for summer STEM students and semester study abroad (must include language study) 

Late February 2019, FreemanAsia Awards for Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-20

February 28, 2019 Chatham experiential learning scholarships for summer and field experiences

March 1, 2019 Pennsylvania Council for International Education/Asia Institute Joint Scholarship

Early March 2019, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (for summer 2019, fall 2019 and academic year 2019-2020)

 Have questions? Need help with your application? Contact us!

When will you study abroad?  Contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu for more information on study abroad options, opportunities and scholarships.

Apply for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, sponsored by the US Department of State,  is a funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. Many of the language programs require no previous language study. Applicants must be US citizens and enrolled in a degree granting program at the time of application.  The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. The summer 2019 program cycle is now open for applicants https://clscholarship.org/apply

For complete program details including languages, eligibility, prerequisites and benefits, please see https://clscholarship.org/about and for application tips, please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZxBia0AE58

Applications are due November 27, 2018 at 8:00pm Eastern.

Please reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions or for assistance with the application process.

 

Questions about study abroad or scholarship opportunities? Book a meeting at calendly.com/kchipman

 

Summer 2019 undergraduate field experiences

Chatham field experiences offer undergraduate students the opportunity to travel abroad and participate in academic courses focused on interdisciplinary topics, taught by Chatham faculty during the first three weeks of the summer 2019 term.

The following summer 2019 Chatham field experiences are now open for application:

Greece – Discovery Course (Dr. Carrillo, Dr. Edsall and Dr. Lettan)

Ireland – Ireland’s Advanced Economy and Sustainability for 2020 and Beyond (Dr. Pierson and Dr. Macagno)

Spain – Global Health Experience (Dr. Appasamy and Dr. Williams-Hatala)

Please click on the above links for complete field experience information, including field experience program fee, tuition, eligibility, prerequisite requirements and the online application.  The deadline to apply is November 5, 2018.

Please reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

Questions about study abroad or scholarship opportunities? Book a meeting at calendly.com/kchipman

 

Consortium for Study Abroad in Taiwan: World-Class Education & Vibrant Adventure

Are you interested in being placed in a personalized study abroad program that fits your academic needs and interests for a semester or summer term? Consider studying abroad in Taiwan! Through the Consortium for Study Abroad in Taiwan (CSAT), you can have a great experience abroad for a very reasonable cost.

When you apply to study abroad through CSAT, an adviser provides you with options for a customized program in a Taiwanese university.  CSAT will give students several different choices to meet their academic requirements.  Practically all major disciplines can be accommodated through CSAT member institutions in Taiwan.

Housing and language instruction are also included in the program fee so students won’t have to worry about arranging where they will live. The total fee for semester programs is $7,950, and short term programs during the summer range in cost. Additional scholarships are available to help study abroad costs through CSAT and through Chatham. All Chatham undergraduate students also receive a one-time $1,200 voucher to support their study abroad experience. Students completing an international certificate may be eligible for an additional $1800 toward study abroad.

For program information, visit:

http://csat.fulbright.org.tw/

Please contact Karin Chipman at kchipman@chatham.edu or internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions or for application information.

Inspired by Global Focus Year of Ireland to Study Abroad?

2018-2019 is Chatham’s Global Focus Year of Ireland.  Ireland is a great study abroad location with academics to suit many academic areas.  Here are some study abroad in Ireland options to consider.

Dunlace Castle

Semester (Spring 2019 or Fall 2019)

University of Limerick (CIS Abroad),  https://www.cisabroad.com/study-abroad/ireland/semeter-in-limerick-university-of-limerick/ 

  •  $14,990/semester
  •  Course offerings include: Languages, History, Economics, Chemical Sciences, Computer Engineering, Biology, Education, Architecture, Math

IES Abroad Dublin Center (IES Abroad), https://www.iesabroad.org/programs/dublin-irish-studies

  • $16,500/ semester
  • Course offerings include Irish Studies, including literature, creative writing, cultural studies. Internship/ service learning opportunities available.

University College Cork (USAC), https://usac.edu/study-abroad-programs/ireland/cork/-fees-and-deadlines/2019/spring

  • $14,493/semester
  • Course offerings include: Medicine and Health, Business and Law, Engineering, Food Sciences, Arts, Celtic Studies, Social Science

Griffith College, Dublin (Athena Abroad and CAPA), http://www.athenaabroad.com/programs/study-abroad/ireland-dublin/#dates-prices and (CAPA) https://www.capa.org/dublin-ireland/dublin-fall/global-cities-fall

  • $13,390/ semester (Athena); $16,495 (CAPA)
  • Courses offerings include Business, Humanities, STEM, Arts and Social Science. Internships available with CAPA program.

National University of Ireland, Galway (CEA), https://www.ceastudyabroad.com/program/program-details/NUI-Galway-Full-Curriculum-99/Spring-2019-Spring-Semester-827

  • $16,495/ semester
  • Course offerings include: Humanities, Commerce, Irish Studies and Sciences

Dublin City University, Dublin (ISA), https://studiesabroad.com/programs/country/ireland/city/dublin/duration/255

  • $16,995/ semester
  • Course offerings include: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, STEM

Maynooth University, Dublin (API),  https://apiabroad.com/program-finder/detail-program/?72

  • $16,480/ semester
  • Course offerings include: Arts, Music, Social & Natural Science

Ulster University, Ulster (IFSA-Butler), https://www.ifsa-butler.org/programs/?fwp_program_country=ireland

  • $18,775/ semester
  • Course offerings include: Irish Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Art, Social Work, Environmentalism, Music and Political Science
Cityscape, Dublin

Summer 2019

National University of Ireland, Galway, www.nuigalway.ie/international-summer-school/courses/

  • Irish Language
    • 4 weeks, € 2,490-2,910
  • Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland
    • 2-4 weeks, € 1,950-2,175/ module
  • Irish Studies
    • 4 weeks, €3,000-3,450

Global Cities Summer, Dublin (CAPA), https://www.capa.org/dublin-ireland/dublin-summer/global-cities-summer

  • 8 weeks, $7,995

University of Limerick Summer Schools, Limerick, https://www.ul.ie/international/summer-schools

  • 3 weeks, €2,950
  • Course offerings include Irish Studies, Education, Health, Business

Nursing and Pre-Health Summer, Ulster (IFSA-Butler), https://www.ifsa-butler.org/program/summer-nursing-and-pre-health-university-of-ulster-coleraine/

  • 6 weeks, $5,975

Dublin Internship Program (Arcadia), https://studyabroad.arcadia.edu/find-a-program/programs-by-country/ireland/dublin-internship-program-summer/

  • 8 weeks, $5,950

University College Cork, Cork, https://www.ucc.ie/en/iss/

  • 4 weeks, €2,300
Blarney Castle

Check website links for up to date information.  All program costs are are subject to change.  Visit xe.com for up to date currency conversions.

For more study abroad options, use the search engines at iiepassport.org, studyabroad.com, gooverseas.com or goabroad.com.

One time $1200 study abroad voucher can be used toward any credit bearing program by Chatham undergraduate students.

Contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

 

 

Goodbye Summer 18 and Welcome Fall 18

Orientation for New International Students. Welcome to Chatham!

While summer may be a slower time for many, the Office of International Affairs was in full motion with 14 intensive courses from the English Language Program, a four-week program for 10 students from Wenzhou Medical University, immigration recertification, and international visits for partnership development, to name a few activities.

New International Students

Fall 2018 brings fewer new international students than last fall, but plans have been made for a productive semester with a host of activities for the Global Focus Year of Ireland; exciting opportunities to study abroad, including scholarship opportunities; and a robust cultural program to celebrate languages, cultures, and international education. Read through our eNewsletter for information on these programs.

Here are a few highlights of the summer.

ELP End-of-Term Celebration

With thirty-three students, 70 hours of weekly instruction, three full-tuition scholarships offered to local students, the ELP celebrated the success of the semester with a guest speech from Natalia Castillejo, Product Manager at Duolingo; student speeches by Fadia Azzani and Gabriela Gomez; and music performances from Ayaka Fushino, Ai Fudano, Hong Zhao, and Hong’s husband. It was a wonderful celebration of language and culture!

ELP at the Frick Park and Museums

Opportunities for students for social interactions and cultural discovery include a Conversation Partner Program, Waterfront Battle of Homestead Tour, Mexico War Street Tour, trips to outstanding museums Pittsburgh has to offer, a potluck with education students, BBQ parties at Dr. Phung’s and Mr. Musick’s houses, among others. Students also traveled to so many cities and attractions in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Cuba. What an adventurous bunch!

Students from Wenzhou Medical University at the Fallingwater

Ten students majoring in psychiatry at Wenzhou Medical University participated in a four-week program organized and led by AVP Chris Musick. The students participated in workshops taught by faculty from the Psychology Department, cultural explorations led by AVP Musick, and selected lessons in some ELP’s courses. Many of the workshops had experiential components taking the students to museums, the zoo, and the Allegany Cemetery. The students learned many new concepts which they had not encountered before in their studies in China.

After over 18 months, the Pittsburgh Pathways was finally approved by SEVP. The approval was needed in order for Chatham to issue immigration documents for students to apply for a visa to enter the U.S. and attend the program. Following the approval was intensive work to apply for a SEVP recertification to allow Chatham to continue to enroll international students and host international scholars in its programs.

Janelle Moore in Costa Rica

On the study abroad side, Chatham undergraduate students participated in summer study and internship opportunities in Costa Rica, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. Graduate students studying Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy participated in a summer field experience in Ecuador.

AVP Musick visited China with Dean Downey in May to build institutional partnerships. There is now interest from Wenzhou’s College of Nursing, College of Psychology, School of Foreign Languages in building sustainable student and faculty exchanges.

Dr. Linh Phung with Students from Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts

In addition, the staff in the Office of International Affairs attended the NAFSA conference in Philadelphia with about 9,500 other attendees all over the world. We caught up with existing partners and connected with potential new ones. In July, Dr. Linh Phung visited long-lasting university partners in Japan, which together have sent over 100 students to Chatham since 2011. Partnership work is intense and intensive, but also rewarding.

With the summer semester behind, we are looking forward to an exciting academic year ahead!

Highlights of the 2018-2019 Global Focus: Year of Ireland

 

Professor Jim Pierson, Global Focus Coordinator this year, and his wife, Kathleen Pierson, standing on property that has been owned by her mother’s maiden family (the Smyth’s) since circa 1830, in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Global Focus Year of Ireland highlights the Opening Picnic with a great Irish menu on August 28; discounted tickets and free transportation to Pittsburgh Irish Music Festival; a screening of the Emmy-award winning documentary “Ireland’s Great Hunger & The Irish Diaspora;” a music recital by John O’Conor, an internationally acclaimed Irish pianist; and “A Reflection on Women’s Reproductive Rights, Considering Faith-Based Perspectives and Recent Ireland Historic Changes.” Plan to attend!

We are excited about our campus activities celebrating the Global Focus Year of Ireland, as well as our study-abroad trip planned for May 2019.  Opening convocation and picnic on August 26th kicks off with a “Six-Piece Flock of Riveting Celtic Music” from the popular local Irish group, the Wild Geese Band.

To align our taste buds to the Emerald Island, a great Irish menu will be served at the opening picnic, to include baked salmon, corned beef and cabbage, traditional Irish coddle, and vegan Guinness stew, along with traditional Irish sides and desserts.  All good!

Chatham students will be able to receive discounted tickets and free bus transportation to the famous Pittsburgh Irish Music Festival at a nearby venue.  This event attracts over 20,000 visitors over a three-day weekend and celebrates Irish music, culture, language, and other neat things, such as an Irish dog show.  Plan to attend!

To highlight just a few of the events planned during the fall for the Year of Ireland, on October 25th, we will present a documentary of “Ireland’s Great Hunger & The Irish Diaspora,” an Emmy award-winning documentary (48 minutes) and discussion by documentary Chief Historian, Dr. Christine Kinealy, Professor of History and Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University.

We will also have John O’Conor, an internationally acclaimed Irish pianist and former director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, present a recital on campus, at 11:30 am, Tuesday, November 6th.

One other key event will be “A Reflection on Women’s Reproductive Rights, Considering Faith-Based Perspectives and Recent Ireland Historic Changes.”  This will be an important co-sponsored event by Global Focus, the Interfaith Council, and Chatham’s Women’s Institute.  In 1983, The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland, which strictly limited abortion, was adopted by a referendum vote of Irish citizens by a 2 to 1 majority. Fast forward to 2018, where the repeal of the 8th Amendment was adopted by a referendum vote of a 2 to 1 majority of Irish citizens.

However, in the United States, efforts to further limit women’s reproductive rights are in full display in 2018 as seen in political campaigns, legislative and judicial activity, and as an issue in the supreme court nomination process.  Thus, the issues of women’s reproductive rights are ripe for reflection, in context of faith-based perspectives, and in comparing and contrasting global perspectives between Ireland and the United States.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on Global Focus activities during the Year of Ireland!

Three Accomplished Women on Scholarship at Chatham English Language Program

The English Language Program at Chatham University awarded three full-tuition scholarships to three local students in the summer 2018 semester. The students shared their stories and comments about the English Language Program in an interview with Shawn Kent, ELP Tutor, below.

Farazdaq Alhammood

Goal: Ph.D. in biotechnology and chemical engineering

When Farazdaq Alhammood started the ELP program at Chatham she had already lived in Pittsburgh for many years. Her goal is to pass her TOEFL exam, a requirement before getting her Ph.D. in biotechnology and genetic engineering. She has an MA in biotechnology from her home country of Iraq.

Farazdaq said that what she likes most about her English studies at English Language Program at Chatham University this summer is learning grammar, improving her vocabulary, and understanding tenses in speaking and writing. She feels she has made a lot of progress in the program. The teachers are good, and everyone is friendly and helpful. In fact, when asked about what suggestions she might have to improve the program she said, “Everything is perfect!”

The hardest thing is time. The summer program is short and intensive, and that creates some pressure. It goes fast. Still, her English—particularly her understanding of grammar, she says—has improved.

The first year in Pittsburgh was difficult. She had to find a job, study, and take care of her three kids. Two of them were born here. Her extended family was not around. In her own country she depended on her family. Now, she is stronger and feels more responsible for herself.

American culture was not hard to adjust to. She talks to her American neighbors. And she likes the holidays: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween. She likes free summer movies in the park. “I’m so happy here,” she said.

Her favorite place is Point Park at sunset. She spends time with her family at the park. They enjoy the big fountain and being near the river.  When she is not with her family, she spends her time studying at Chatham.

The scholarship has been such a good opportunity for her to make progress in her goals. She hopes to finish her studies and become a doctor. “I like Chatham,” Farazdaq says. “They take care of us.”

Hong Zhao

Goal: Master’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling

 

“I know Chatham. It’s near our house. I love this place,” Hong said, when asked what she thought of Chatham.  The only thing she would change is to have more students from other countries and to mix them all up in class, rather than let students from a particular country stick together.

Hong was living in Pittsburgh and taking classes at Literacy Pittsburgh, where they told her about the scholarship program to study English for the summer at Chatham. She applied and was accepted.

The hardest thing about living in the U.S. for her was not knowing English. In her country, Hong could do a lot of things. Here, nothing. She felt stupid not knowing the language. But now she is better!  Her husband is American, so she learns a lot from him, though he also speaks Chinese. He studied Chinese philosophy and has visited China several times.

Hong said. “Freedom of expression is important here. But sometimes I build myself a cage. Sometimes, if a bird is in a cage too long it gets out and doesn’t know what to do. I should find a way to release myself, my mind.”

Hong studied to be a counselor in China. She wants to get a Master’s degree in psychology and counseling in the U.S. But first, she has to pass the TOEFL exam. That is her goal now.  She would like to keep studying at Chatham, but is not sure if she can afford it. The scholarship has been a wonderful opportunity for her to pursue her dream.

Ainagul Borambayeva

Goal: MBA at Chatham University

Hong Zhao told Ainagul about the scholarship at Chatham and it was Hong who encouraged her to apply. Ainagul is a caregiver for Hong’s family.

About Chatham, Ainagul says she has had a “very good experience here. A little hard. Don’t have time. One month is not enough.”

However, she says she will continue studying at home, now that she understands grammar.  Before, she only knew about the present and simple past. “Now I know 12 tenses! I like grammar—when the teacher explains everything!”

She speaks Russian at home with her husband, so she needs more time practicing English with other people. Her husband doesn’t speak English. He works at a pizza parlor where his co-workers also speak Russian. Luckily, Ainagul likes pizza. Her husband brings a pie home with him every night.

She also likes American culture. Nothing was hard to adjust to. She likes American people. “American people are very polite. In my country, if I don’t know people I don’t say hello. At first when people here said ‘Hello, how are you?’ I was confused. But it’s just like saying ‘hi.’ They smile. Now, my child, 4-years-old, when we take a walk he says ‘hello, how are you?’”

When asked what Chatham could improve, Ainagul answered, “More scholarships! More people from other countries, mix them all together to study.” But, she adds, “The program is very strong.”

One of Ainagul’s favorite places is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where she often takes her children. The family also likes going to the library where the kids can play and read.

What has changed for her is that her grammar has improved. “When I go to the bank, talk with the neighbor, I just ask, speak, talk! I feel more confident. I understand people!”

Next year she wants to pass the TOEFL and get an MBA at Chatham. She already has a degree in economics from Kazakhstan.  One day, Ainagul would like to work at BNY Mellon Bank and, in the future, be a manager.

The importance of maintaining immigration status

The importance of maintaining immigration status

While studying in the United States, it is important to follow the rules and regulations for your visa category.

Your student status aligns with your primary purpose in the United States: to study. If you do not follow the regulations for your student status, you risk losing your student status in the United States (termination).

Actions that may lead to termination include, but are not limited to,

  • working without authorization;
  • taking less than full-time course load without authorization;
  • failing to make academic progress;
  • and failure to report a change of address;

Failure to maintain status can lead to serious consequences, such as accruing “unlawful presence.” The accrual of unlawful presence may lead to deportation, and a 3-10-year or lifetime ban on entering the United States.

On August 9, 2018, USCIS updated their policy regarding when “unlawful presence” begins to be counted. If you fail to maintain your student or exchange visitor status, you will begin to accrue unlawful presence immediately.

If you are an F-1 student, you have 60 days after the program end date on your Form I-20,  to leave the United States. Failure to depart within this grace period could adversely impact your ability to re-enter the United States.

Always remember to talk with your designated school official (DSO) if you have any questions about maintaining status while studying in the United States. The Office of International Affairs sends monthly reminders on maintaining status.

For more information, visit the Maintaining Status page on Study in the States website (https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/) for information and tips to help you maintain your status.

Additional information:

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Emory at the Office of International Affairs:

k.Emory@chatham.edu  |  412-365-1388

Chatham University

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