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Celebrate International Education Week (IEW) 2022

International Education Week (IEW) at Chatham University begins on Thursday, November 10, 2022.  You don’t want to miss the International Symposium, Thursday, November 10th 3:00 pm-5:00 pm in Mellon Board Room. Please join us, and bring a friend! Support our 5 student speakers, 6 poster presentations, and learn from our keynote speaker, activist, and published writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, RaMa who will present Resistance Committees Today for Better Tomorrow. Light refreshments will be available.

More IEW events to check out. . .

We look forward to your participation. Please see myChatham listings at the above links for more information and/or reach out with any questions.

Apply for the Critical Language Scholarship

Applications are due November 15 for this fully funded summer immersive language learning opportunity!

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an immersive summer opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.


The Application for the 2023 CLS Program is now live! Applications are due November 15, 2022 at 8pm Eastern Time. To start an application, visit

The CLS Program provides opportunities for American college and university students to study languages and cultures essential to America’s engagement with the world.

Each summer, American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities across the country, spend eight to ten weeks learning one of fourteen languages at an intensive study abroad institute. The CLS Program is designed to promote rapid language gains and essential intercultural fluency in regions that are critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity.

CLS Spark, an initiative of the CLS Program, provides opportunities for American undergraduate college and university students to study Arabic, Chinese and Russian virtually at the beginning level.

Designed to leverage best practices in online language learning, CLS Spark provides students with the opportunity to study critical languages virtually when they may not have access to studying these languages on their campuses.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government. It is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education.

The Application for the 2023 CLS Program is now live! Applications are due November 15, 2022 at 8pm Eastern Time. To start an application, visit
For information on studying abroad as a Chatham student, and more information on study abroad vouchers, programs, and scholarships please contact


Visit the Study Abroad Fair

All are invited to stop by Chatham’s Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 21st from 11 am to 2 pm in the Mellon Board Room on the Shadyside campus. It’s a big world. Don’t miss out, study or intern abroad! Drop by Mellon Board Room to learn more about Chatham programs, provider programs, Summer 2023 Chatham Field Experiences, study abroad vouchers, scholarships & fellowships, how to apply for a US passport, financial aid for study abroad, internships abroad, giveaways, and more.

At the fair, students can meet with the below providers who can share information about their program options (all over the world) and answer any questions.


New York Film Academy

Veritas University


Worldstrides (ISA and TEAN programs)

Do you have questions about studying abroad or where you can go? Please come learn more. We’ll share details on Chatham exchange and partner programs as well as information on applying for Summer 2023 Chatham Field Experiences to Costa Rica, Germany, and Greece.

Campus partners will also be on-site to answer your questions about financial aid, scholarships, and career readiness resources specific to the study abroad experience.

We hope to see you at the fair!

For information on studying abroad as a Chatham student, and more information on study abroad vouchers, programs, and scholarships please contact

Meet the Study Abroad Ambassadors 2022-23: Michael

Meet Chatham’s Study Abroad Ambassadors for 2022-2023. These students are study abroad returnees who are available to answer questions and share their experience with interested students!

Michael Douglas

Program: Taiwan, summer 2022

My time abroad was like nothing I have ever experienced. The freedom, exploration, friendships, and experiences I had from traveling abroad have all made me a better and more enriched person.

Students can reach out to Michael via email at:


Learn More About Scholarships to Study and Intern Abroad

Welcome to fall 2022 semester at Chatham!

Are you thinking of taking your studies abroad?

Max Heller, Summer 2022, internship at Fame Lab, Thessaly, Greece

Here’s a roundup of scholarship opportunities to consider:

Gilman International Scholarship – Undergraduate students who are US citizens and Pell grant recipients can apply for up to $5,000 toward a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program.  The March 2023 deadline application will open in January for applicants whose programs start between May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024. This cycle encompasses Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Academic Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2024 programs or internships. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.


The VIH Program for Women, Non-Binary, and Transgender Global Leaders – Undergraduate women, non-binary, transgender students of sophomore or junior status with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and no previous international experience can apply to win a $5000+ scholarship toward a summer international experience.  The application deadline is November 1, 2022.

Isabel Smith, Summer 2022 VIH Scholar, Jordan

Fund for Education Abroad supports US citizen or permanent resident undergraduate students who are underrepresented in study abroad. Applications for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024 will open on November 16, 2022.


Through the generosity of donors, two Chatham scholarships are offered to Chatham undergraduates for participation in semester study abroad programs:


IFSA Scholarship— Scholarships of up to $4,250 to study abroad for semester in Cyprus (Nicosia), Thailand (Mahidol) or Costa Rica (Veritas).  The deadline to apply for a IFSA Scholarship for Fall 2023 study abroad is March 15, 2022.


Benter Scholarship – Scholarships of up to $5,000 to study abroad for a semester go support students’ study, international travel and interactions with diverse populations outside of North America, with the highest priority given to study in Middle Eastern nations and Muslim cultures, or for any semester study abroad with a Chatham exchange or partner institution. The deadline to apply for a Benter Scholarship for Fall 2023 study abroad is March 15, 2023.

Walker Orner, Spring 2020, Benter Scholar, France

There are several experiential learning scholarships offered by Chatham for summer study abroad.  These include the Glenda Rich DeBroff Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Sally Mercke Heym Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding, the Lorin Maazel- Rachel Carson Award for Environmental Field Studies, and the Theo Colburn-Rachel Carson Endowed Scholarship for Environmental Field Studies. The application deadline for summer experiential learning scholarships is February 28, 2023.


Additionally, study abroad vouchers ($1200) and  International Studies Certificate vouchers ($1800) can be applied toward in-person or virtual credit bearing experiences abroad.


Are you looking for information on study and internship abroad program options?  If you have any questions, or for more information on study abroad vouchers, programs, and scholarships contact or make an appointment:



Travel with Fulbright!

Are you a Chatham junior, senior, graduate student, or alum interested in a funded opportunity abroad?

Consider applying for the Fulbright US Student Program!

What is the Fulbright Program?

The Fulbright US Student Program funds one year of English teaching assistantship, research, or graduate study abroad. The application for grants for 2023-24 is open now with a deadline of October 12, 2022.

Where Can I Go With a Fulbright?

Applicants will select a grant opportunity in a country in East Asia, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, or the Western Hemisphere. Programs may differ in competitiveness based on the number of applicants to a specific grant opportunity.  For more information on individual programs visit the “countries” section of the Fulbright site. Grants are available to conduct research, study in a graduate program, or teach English.

Research grants

Fulbright applicants for research grants design their own projects,  usually alongside advisors at universities abroad or other institutes of higher education. The requirements vary by country and more information can be found on the country information pages. There are also field-specific award opportunitities. Creative and performing arts applicants are encouraged, with supplementary portfolios required based on their disciplines.

Study grants

Applicants may apply to study in a degree program through an Open Study/Research grant. Each country’s information page will indicate if that country accepts applications for graduate enrollment. Several countries offer named Graduate Degree Grants to specific graduate programs or institutions.

Teaching grants

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for ETA Programs can apply to only one country.


Applicants must be United States citizens with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent prior to the start of their grant, meaning that students who are seniors, graduate students, or alums at the time of application are eligible to apply. For more information see the eligibility section of the Fulbright website.

While applying for Fulbright can be a long process, Chatham University has resources available to help you strengthen your application.

  • Karin Chipman in the Office of International Affairs is Chatham’s Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA). She is available throughout the application process and has experience helping students in the Fulbright process. Applicants can click here to set up an appointment or reach her by email.
  • Academic Advisors: Your academic advisor and professors are helpful resources for the review of your application. Your application will be strengthened with feedback from multiple perspectives.
  • The Writing Center: The Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources (OAAR) includes a Writing Center. Fulbright applicants are encouraged to meet with the Writing Center when writing and revising their applications. Use the OAAR scheduler to make an appointment.
  • Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors: Applicants may visit the Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors page to read about and connect with a diverse group of individuals who have completed their Fulbright grants. The Fulbright Grantee Directory can also be useful to identify returnees who may have similar research, study, or teaching experiences that may relate to an applicant’s proposal.
  • Fulbright webinars, videos, and tutorials: The Fulbright program has a variety of helpful live and recorded resources on its website, including grant and location-specific sessions as well as office hours.

Questions? Please reach out to the Office of International Affairs,

Global Focus Costa Rica – Reading with Ari Tison Resources

Chatham University’s Global Focus Program seeks to instill global competence in Chatham students by leading a campus-wide initiative focused on a specific country or region of the world over the course of an academic year through curriculum, films, lectures, performances, and cuisine. 2021-2022 is the Year of Costa Rica.

On March 15, 2022, Chatham’ Global Focus Program had the pleasure of hosting Ari Tison, an award-winning Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) American poet, essayist, educator, autoethnographer, and author of YA hybrid novel SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD (2023) + Untitled YA (TBD) with FSG/BFYR. She is also forthcoming in anthologies including Latine YA anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS with Algonquin Young Readers (2022). Her poetry and essays have been published in various literary journals including POETRY’s first issue for young people. Ari has her MFA from Hamline University and teaches creative writing. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Ari Tison
Ari Tison

Following the reading, Ari shared the below resource list:

Language and Story Videos

-Follow Ditsöwö Ùnīwák on YouTube Link

Picture Book in English

-“When Woman Became the Sea” by Susan Strauss  Link

Indigenous Journalist

-Follow Johan Dominguez on Instagram Link

Land Rights & Activism

UN’s State of World’s Indigenous Peoples V.5 Published 2021 Link

New York Times “Conflicts Over Indigenous Land Grow More Violent in Central America” Link

Forest Peoples Programmes (

Further Educational Sources 

University of Costa Rica Link

National Museum of Costa Rica Link

Ari Tison’s Info 

Join Ari’s Newsletter for Updates, Poetry, & Pop-Up Class Discounts + A Costa Rica-Themed Coloring Page 🙂 Link

Pre-Order Ari’s debut novel SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD at Barnes & Noble Link

Pre-Order Latine Folklore/Horror Anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS out this September! Barnes & Noble Link

Read “The Storyteller Gets Her Name” on Poetry Foundation Link

Twitter: @AriTison Instagram: @AriTisonWrites

Other Costa Rican American Authors & Poets 

John Manuel Arias 

Gaby Orozco Belt 

For more: Check out Latino Stories “Costa Rican Americans Making a Name for Themselves” Link

Please see Chatham’s Global Focus Program for upcoming events and more information and reach out to with any questions.

Closing Soon: Study Abroad Scholarships

Please see the below scholarship opportunities that are closing soon.

Freeman-Asia Awards provide need-based funding to assist students studying in East or Southeast Asia with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.  Check your eligibility and application instructions.  Applications are open for Academic Year 2022-2023, including the following terms: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, Spring 2023, and Calendar Year 2023. The Application deadline is March 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM, ET.

Bridging Scholarships for study in Japan for fall 2022 are expected to open for applications shortly.

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship for fall 2022 closes on April 15, 2022.

Through the generosity of donors, a number of Chatham scholarships are offered to Chatham undergraduates for participation in semester and summer study abroad programs:

For Fall 2022:  IFSA Scholarship— Scholarships of up to $4,250 to study abroad for semester in Cyprus (Nicosia), Thailand (Mahidol) or Costa Rica (Veritas).  The deadline to apply for an IFSA Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.  Benter Scholarship – Scholarships of up to $5,000 to study abroad for a semester at any Chatham exchange or partner institution. The deadline to apply for a Benter Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.

Additionally, eligible undergraduates can have their study abroad vouchers ($1200) and  International Studies Certificate vouchers ($1800) applied toward in-person or virtual credit-bearing experiences abroad.

For information on approval of mobility-based travel beginning with summer 2022, see Chatham’s updated Travel Approval Policy.

Are you looking for information on study and internship abroad program options?  If you have any questions, or for more information on study abroad vouchers, programs and scholarships contact or make an appointment:

Important Update to Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy

An update to Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy now makes some travel to USDOS Level 3 and 4 locations approvable beginning with summer 2022 programs.

Please review the below policy carefully and reach out with any questions about how this may affect you and your program choice or a pending application. If you had previously delayed making plans it is not too late to apply for many summer and fall programs abroad.

Updated Travel Approval Policy 03.03.22

In line with peer institutions and in response to recent changes in Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation, beginning with summer 2022, Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy has been updated.

Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy covers any travel for which a student is receiving academic credit for their activity abroad (coursework, internship, fieldwork, research, etc.). The policy states that students will be approved for travel to locations that have a US Department of State (USDOS) Travel Advisory of Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions or Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. Applications to travel to locations that are Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel for COVID-19 only will be reviewed and may be approved on a case by case basis. The designation for Health Risk (H) and information on COVID-19 risk will be stated at the top of a location’s Travel Advisory, along with any other risk factors. Locations that include any other risk factor (except Health for COVID-19 only) of Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel will not be approved. Students should review the USDOS Travel Advisory Level of their travel location and contact the Office of International Affairs with any questions.

Students approved to travel to a Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel location will be required to 1) sign an Acknowledgement of Risk and Release Related to the Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory and 2) to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19; boosters are highly recommended and may be required for entry into certain countries. It is each student’s responsibility to monitor and be aware of entry requirements, including vaccine documentation, mandatory quarantine, testing, masking or any other restriction as detailed by country and local authorities.

Please note that US DOS Advisory Levels change often – please check the USDOS Travel Advisory listing regularly for any updates.

Students may apply to programs abroad that include other risk factors as designated on the USDOS Travel Advisory, including in Level 3 and Level 4 locations and be conditionally approved by Chatham, however, if the location’s Travel Advisory Level does not exclude Level 3 or Level 4 risk factors other than Health for COVID-19 by 60 days prior to the program start date, they will not be approved. It is not recommended that students make nonrefundable deposits or plans that cannot be changed until fully approved by Chatham.

As of today, some countries that could be approved under the updated policy include: Japan, Germany, Greece, France, Costa Rica, Brazil, Spain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy. United Kingdom, Jordan, Morocco, Argentina, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia. These countries are Level 3 or Level 4 for Health (H) and may have other risk factors that do not exceed Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution). Please review the USDOS Travel Advisories to check other locations and to confirm advisory levels and risk factors.

Please contact with any questions.