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Global Focus Costa Rica: Costa Rican Murals

On November 10, the Office of International Affairs and Global Focus Costa Rica hosted 15 students for an afternoon of Costa Rican mural-inspired painting. Check out their colorful artwork!

Student Caitlin Augustine, as part of her Spanish LNG 162 course wrote the following reflection.

En el evento, mis compañeros y yo pintamos un mural de Costa Rica en un pequeño lienzo. Usamos muchos colores brillantes para representar una similitud con los murales que se encuentran en Costa Rica. Bebimos sidra de manzana y comimos bolitas de coco. Las bolitas estaban deliciosas. Son galletas con coco y galletas saladas. No soy buena dibujando, así que Natalie me ayudó a dibujar algunas frutas en mi lienzo. Usé colores brillantes para que se pareciera al mural. Mis compañeros de clase hablaron sobre a dónde queremos viajar y cómo son las clases. ¡El evento fue muy divertido!

 

For more Global Focus Costa Rica information and to learn about upcoming events, please see https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/global-focus-program.html  and contact the Office of International Affairs at internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

International Education Week (IEW) 2021

Join Chatham University and the US Department of State/US Department of Education for International Education Week (IEW) 2021 as we celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide! The theme of the week at Chatham University is Engaged Resilient Global. 

Events for this week include:

Monday, November 15, 5:00 PM

Join Chatham’s Vira I Heinz (VIH) Scholarship Program 2021 cohort for the Finding Resilience Roundtable. This presentation focuses on a discussion regarding finding resilience and motivation in unprecedented events and lost opportunity. Community resources based around arts, crafts, and mental health will be shared! Join via Zoom at https://chatham.zoom.us/j/98351013633

Tuesday, November 16

Connect with an international student today! Did you know that students from 29 different countries are studying at Chatham this semester?  The top five countries are Canada, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China.  All of our international students have so much to share and can broaden your perspectives. Please take the time to say hello and see what you can learn today.

Wednesday, November 17

Explore the international opportunities available to Chatham students. Chatham students can participate in a variety of programs, ranging from Chatham field experiences of just a few weeks to summer internships and study abroad to exchange and partner semesters and even a full academic year abroad! Learn more at https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/education-abroad.html .  Financial support and scholarship opportunities are also available.

Thursday, November 18, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Support your classmates at Chatham’s IEW Symposium, held in the Carriage House Main Lounge from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM.  Our student presenters will deliver Ted-style talks and make poster presentations on the theme of Engaged Resilient Global and the audience will vote on the best two presentations to be awarded gift card prizes.

Friday, November 19

Pittsburgh has so much to offer! Round out this year’s IEW by learning more about local, global organizations, including Global Links, GlobalPittsburgh, World Affairs Council, and many more.  Check out these organizations and more resources to see how you can engage locally at the below links: https://theglobalswitchboard.org/  https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/category/topic/international-organizations

 

We hope you enjoy IEW 2021.

Please email internationalaffairs@chatham.edu or stop by our offices in Falk Hall, lower level for more information.

Fully Funded Summer 2022 Study Abroad – CLS Program

The application is now open for the 2022 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The CLS Program is a fully funded study abroad program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that provides intensive overseas language and cultural immersion and is open to U.S. students enrolled in all degree programs at Chatham. The deadline to apply is November 16, 2021.

Through CLS, students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages and earn academic credit for their work. The scholarship includes travel expenses, coursework, group excursions, and even a small stipend to cover your daily living expenses. Most languages offered by the CLS Program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths; students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts, and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Please take a look at the recorded CLS information sessions, including sessions specific to the 15 separate language programs and a session for beginners who may not know where to begin when selecting a language for their application. Recordings of these webinars are available here.

Our office is here to support you in applying for this and other international opportunities! Please reach out to set up an appointment if you’re interested in more information, or want help brainstorming how learning a language could benefit your future career.  Contact us! Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Summer 2022 Chatham Field Experiences!

shows students on a Chatham field experience

Field experience students in Greece, 2019

Chatham Summer 2022 Field Experiences are now open for application! Program options are:

Costa Rica: Biodesign and Sustainability, Prof. Saglinda Roberts

Greece: Discovery Course, Dr. Carrillo and Dr. Lettan

Taiwan: Tunghai Summer Mini-Semester, Dr. Kingsbury and Dr. Tippen

Please click on the above links for program details and application information. The application deadline is 12/3/2021.

Important Notes:

  1. At this time, Summer 2022 field experiences are conditionally approved and will only run if health and safety conditions, including visa and entry restrictions, US Dept. of State Travel Advisory and CDC Travel Health Notice for each location, permit. Chatham does not approve study abroad to US Dept. of State locations with a Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory; or to locations with a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 3. Restrictions on entry, including quarantine and testing requirements, and other travel conditions may also affect Chatham’s ability to offer these field experiences.
  2. Chatham will announce a decision on if summer 2022 study abroad will be permitted by early January 2022. There is no risk or cost to students in applying for a summer field experience. Deposits for students participating in these field experiences would not be due until after the January 2022 announcement.
  3. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, conditions may require changes to field experience programs, including program dates, cost, facilities, activities, transportation, and itinerary. Students considering participating in these field experiences will need to be flexible, understand the risks of participation, and will be required to agree to health and safety protocols and any restrictions put in place by Chatham, in-country partners, and country, regional and local agencies. Chatham is monitoring travel conditions and is working closely with in-country partners for updates on current protocols, restrictions and health and safety information. Chatham is committed to transparency in communicating information that may affect these field experience programs.
  4. Students may apply their $1,200 study abroad voucher toward any of these field experiences. This one-time voucher is available to each undergraduate student who has 30+ credits, at least 15 of which have been completed at Chatham. Students do not need to apply for the study abroad voucher; it is applied to your Chatham account for the term in which you study abroad, reducing the amount you pay by $1,200. For the Costa Rica and Taiwan field experiences, students completing an International Studies Certificate may apply their $1,800 certificate funding toward the program cost. For more information the International Studies Certificates, please see the Certificate checklists at https://my.chatham.edu/tools/_departments/advising/checklists/ Eligible students should complete the International Certificate verification form and have your International Certificate advisor sign the bottom half of the form. Please submit completed verification forms to the Office of International Affairs, Falk Hall lower level, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.
  5. Students may apply for Chatham experiential learning scholarships which offer summer funding (application deadline is 2/28/22). These awards are competitive as funding is limited. For  application and more details on Chatham experiential learning scholarships see https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/scholarships-and-vouchers.html 
  6. Students who receive Federal Pell grants may be eligible to use Pell funding toward summer programs of 6 or more credits, including the Costa Rica and Taiwan field experiences (please contact Office of Financial Aid for details of your financial aid award) and should consider applying for a Gilman Scholarship for additional funding (there are two application deadlines -10/5/21 and 3/1/22 for summer 2022 study abroad).

Please reach out to the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions on Chatham field experiences or other study abroad opportunities.

Apply for Funding for a US Passport – Deadline extended!

Chatham has received funding from the Institute of International Education (IIE) to award up to 25 first-year Pell eligible students with funding for a US passport to study abroad. Pell eligible Chatham students with 0-29 earned undergraduate credits can submit an application.

What is study abroad?

Study abroad is an opportunity to pursue an educational program in a foreign country. Study abroad is available for students in every field of study and the length of these opportunities varies – Chatham students participate in study abroad and internship abroad programs ranging from short-term programs of just a few weeks to spending a whole academic year abroad. Students receive academic credit toward their undergraduate degrees through successful completion of these programs abroad.

What options are available? Is there funding to study or intern abroad?

To review Chatham’s Education Abroad and Field Experience opportunities, please see our website. Chatham students may also study or intern abroad on non-Chatham programs provided they meet Chatham approval criteria.

Many scholarship opportunities are available for eligible students. All Chatham undergraduates can receive a $1200 study abroad voucher to use toward any credit-bearing international experience. Additional funding is available for students pursuing an International Studies Certificate.

Apply now for funding for a US passport (valid for 10 years!)

To apply for funding for a US passport to pursue study abroad during your Chatham education complete this form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will close on October 18, 2021 or earlier if all passport funding has been allocated.

Please reach out to the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu, if you have any questions about the passport funding application or opportunities abroad!

 

Study Abroad Scholarships and Deadline Roundup

Hello Students and welcome back for Fall 2021!

Are you thinking of taking your studies abroad?  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, or a virtual international program of at least three weeks.  The October 2021 Deadline application is open now for applicants whose programs start between December 1, 2021, to October 31, 2022. This cycle encompasses Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Academic Year 2022-2023 programs. The application deadline is Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Vira I Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership Undergraduate sophomore or junior women 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, 2021.

 

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 will open in February 2022 for applications for Academic Year 2022-2023, including the following terms: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, Spring 2023, and Calendar Year 2023,

Fund for Education Abroad supports  US citizen or permanent resident undergraduate students who are underrepresented in study abroad. The deadline for Spring 2022 study abroad program scholarship applications is September 15, 2021 at 12 noon.

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 Spring 2022 study abroad is September 30, 2021.

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 Spring 2022 study abroad is September 30, 2021.

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, 2022.

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

For information on approval of in-person mobility during COVID-19, please see the blog post on Study Abroad for Summer 2021 and Future Terms.

Are you looking for information on study and internship abroad program options (in person or virtual)?  If you have any questions, or for more information on study abroad vouchers, programs and scholarships contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu or make an appointment: https://calendly.com/kchipman.

 

Fulbright US Student Program 2022-23 Grant Competition Timeline

Are you interested in applying for a Fulbright US Student Program grant for the 2022-2023 competition?

The below checklist/timeline lists the national application deadline, October 12, 2021, 5 pm ET. Submission by the campus deadline, September 14, 2021, allows Chatham’s fellowship committee to provide applicants with feedback and applicants time to make final edits prior to the national deadline. There are suggested optional tasks to complete and check-ins throughout the summer to help applicants develop and organize required components of the application.

IIE has scheduled many webinars, panels and office hour sessions in the coming weeks and months on a variety of topics related to the Fulbright grants and the application process. Applicants can register for upcoming sessions and view past events here.  Please be sure to also review the resources at https://us.fulbrightonline.org/  and particularly the Getting Started tab which can answer many applicant questions.

Suggested tasks / deadlines:

March 31, 2021:

Online application opens.  View awards by clicking on specific countries at https://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries or use “Award Search” at https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/

April-May 2021:

      • Thoroughly read Fulbright website and view tutorials at https://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/videos-tutorials . Participate in live webinars and/or view recorded sessions at https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/information-sessions
      • Review differences between ETA (English Teaching Assistant) grants and Research/Study grants
      • Research your country and Fulbright commission (either grant). Carefully consider the profile of countries. Keep up with current events in the country.
      • Research your topic if you are applying for a Research grant; discuss your research topic with your academic advisor and department for ideas and input.
      • Begin networking and start looking for affiliations (names and universities) if you are applying for a Research grant. Make initial outreach to university/organization abroad. If you are unsure about how to approach universities, request assistance from your academic advisor, department and/or Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA)
      • Work on your language proficiency (register for summer classes and/or self-study)
      • Look for opportunities to strengthen your candidacy. Examples: volunteer, academic tutor, language partner for the English Language Program, participate in related research.
      • Be in touch with FPA to schedule advising appointments.

Summer 2021

      • Update your CV/resume
      • Start drafting statements for application
      • Fill out your personal details on the application
      • If needed, start looking for language reference writers; continue language study
      • Think about your recommenders and reach out to them.
      • Follow up contact with the university abroad as necessary, secure affiliation letter
      • Request university/college transcripts (unofficial is okay) from all schools attended in US and abroad
      • Share first drafts of your essays with FPA by July 16 (or earlier)

August 16, 2021, Deadline to share revised draft statements with FPA /Fellowship committee for feedback before campus deadline

September 14, 2021, Campus Deadline.  You must submit final drafts of your statements at this time and list your recommenders, language, etc.

September 20-24, 2021 Virtual and or on-campus interviews with Fellowship committee. (exact days/times TBD). Campus committee evaluation completed.  (FPA uploads form to Slate platform).

Applicants will be able to make additional revisions to application post-interview.

October 12, 2021, 5 pm EST.  Online application system closes at 5:00 P.M. EST.

Late January 2022. Semi-finalists announced.

March-June 2022. Fulbright finalists announced by country.

For more information:

Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) Karin Chipman, kchipman@chatham.edu

 

Summer 2021 – Virtual Study and Intern Abroad Options

This summer, participate in international programs without leaving home! There are many affordable and interesting virtual program options for studying or interning abroad during summer 2021.

University of Nicosia, Cyprus  

UNIC offers three virtual options: courses, Global Health Virtual Experience and virtual internships.

Courses June 14 – July 23, 2021 (apply by May 31)

$1,170 per each 3-US Credit Course (you may select 1-2 courses)

Courses available include: International Accounting; Blockchain Technology and Digital Currencies; Comparative Management of Care; Nationalism and Ethnic Politics; other courses  include options in Art, Biology, Business, History, Psychology, etc.

2. Global Health Virtual Experience (Course + Internship) 

July 5- July 30, 2021 (apply by May 15)

This program includes: a course on Medical Terminology (2 credits) and an Internship in clinical healthcare (3 credits)

5 credits – $2,650

3. Virtual Internships

June 14 – July 23, 2021 (apply by May 31)

$1,170 per each 3-US Credit Course

Internships are available in the following department/research centers:

Universidad Nebrija, Spain  

Nebrija offers a variety of language learning courses for levels A1 (beginner) through B2.1 (high intermediate – advanced)

Cost: 647 Euro per 6 ECTS (3 US credit) course

Additional 4-week courses in English (647 Euro per 6 ECTS/ 3 US credit course) with June and July starts:

      • International Management (June)
      • Intercultural Communication (June & July)
      • International Marketing (July)
      • International Business (July)
      • European Studies: Culture, History and Integration (June)
      • Art in Spain (June & July)
      • Present-Day Spain (July)

Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica

Veritas has two 5-week summer terms beginning 5/24 and 7/5/21.  Courses are $700 per each 3-credit English taught course; $715 per 3-credit Spanish language course, $195 reg fee.

Virtual English taught courses in the following areas:

      • Communications
      • Environmental Science
      • Health
      • History
      • Business
      • Photography
      • Psychology

Spanish Language Learning

      • Basic to Advanced Language courses

CIS Abroad

Virtual Study, Summer in South Korea, Sogang University

This is a 6 credit program  all students will take Korean Language (beginner level only) and one of the following courses: K-pop and Culture or Korean Society.

Dates: 6/28-7/16/21, apply by 5/1

Cost $1,990

Virtual Internship, choose from the following options:

      • Argentina, 6-week, 3 credits for $1690 5/17 or 7/5 start
      • Barcelona, 6-week, 3 credits for $1690 5/17 start
      • Ecuador, 6-week, 3 credits for $1690 5/17 or 7/5 start
      • New Zealand, 6-week, 3 credits for $1690 5/17 or 7/5 start
      • South Africa, 6-week, 3 credits for $1690 5/17 or 7/5 start

SIT Study Abroad

    • Virtual Language Study, apply by 4/1/21

Hindi, 3 credits, 6/1-7/12/21, $960

Arabic, 3 credits, 6/1-7/12/21, $960

    • SIT Virtual Internships, choose from the following 5-credit options. 6/14-7/23/21 – apply by 4/1/21

-Women’s Rights & Resilience in Conflict Situations in Cameroon $1,950

-Education & Social Change Organizations in Chile $1,950

-Environment, Conservation & Ecosystems in Ecuador $1,500

-Environment, Development & Sustainability in India $2,000

-Public Health in the Tropics in Kenya $2,000

-Finance or Social Entrepreneurship in Malaysia $2,000

-Sexuality, Gender & Non-Government Organizations in the Netherlands $2,250

-Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution & International Relations in South Africa $2,000

-Development & Gender in Vietnam, $2,400

USAC

Online courses, $985 per 3 credit course – you can enroll in 3-9 credits, 6/14/21-8/6/21, apply by 5/1/21. Options include:

Virtual Internship, 3 credit internships for $1,390.  Internships are a minimum of 120 hours plus internship seminar. Internships take place June- early August. Schedules determined in consultation with internship supervisor Apply by 4/14/21. Fields: Digital marketing and social media management, Business, Translation, Social Welfare, Journalism, Grant writing, Research, Health/wellness, Computer Science, Graphic Design, Human Resources.

Virtual Short-Term French Study with Université Grenoble Alpes, 4 US credits (Beginner A1 to Advanced C1 French language), $1850, May 31- June 25, 2021, apply by May 17th.

Virtual Global Internship, 3-6 credit internships, $1,650, Summer 1 – 5/31-7/23; Summer 2 – 6/28-8/20, Customized placements, can be full or part time in the following fields: STEM, NGO, Sports, Art and Design, Accounting and Finance, Business, Advertising, Communication & Journalism, Education

CET Study Abroad

Intensive Language and Culture programs, 6/15-8/6/21. These programs are 8 weeks and 9 credits, combining a group class with one-on-one instruction.

      • Virtual Intensive Language and Culture (China), $4,990
      • Virtual Intensive Language and Culture (Japan), $5,390
      • Virtual Intensive Language and Culture (Jordan) $4,790

CET Global Virtual Internship, 10 week, 3 credit internships for $1,995. There are multiple placement options in Jordan, Colombia, Czech Republic, and China and an optional one-on-one language training add on.

CEA study abroad offers 8-week virtual global internship (3 credits) for $1995.

Program includes career Coaching and individual placement process and Multicultural Workplace Internship Course and minimum of 120 hours in internship placement.  Career Fields: Accounting, Advertising, Architecture, Arts, Broadcasting, Business Management, Communication, Computer Science, Data Management, Design, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Exercise, Finance, Food Science, Health, Information Technology (IT), International Relations, Journalism, Law, Life Sciences & Resource Management, Marketing, Media Technology, Museum Studies, NGO & Development, Non Profit Administration, Political Science, Psychology , Public Relations, Publishing, Sales, Social Sciences, Social Services, Sports Science, Sustainability, Teaching, Theatre, Urban Planning, Veterinary Medicine, Visual & Digital Arts, Visual Arts & Design

CIEE Virtual Global internship, 8-week virtual global internship (3 credits) for $1,450.  Jun 14 – Aug 6, 2021  Apply by 5/1/21

This program contains 200-240 internship hours in total. That breaks down to 25-30 hours/week. Career Fields: Arts, Business Development & Sales, Business finance and accounting, communications, data science and data analytics, design, digital health, engineering, entrepreneurship, IT and computer science, Marketing, Media/film/photography, NGO, social media, sustainability and the environment

  • IFSA Remote International Internship, 8-week virtual global internships (3 credits) for $1,450 per session.
    • Session 1, Application Deadline: March 15, 2021, Program Dates: May 24 — July 16, 2021
    • Session 2, Application Deadline: March 15, 2021, Program Dates: June 21 — August 13, 2021
      This program contains at least 120 internship hours
    • One-on-one placements –in one of 13 countries and in a wide range of fields

IES Virtual internship, 8-week virtual internship offered May 31 – July 23; apply by March 15, 2021.  Cost and credit options: $1695 (0 credit) $1,995 (3 credit) $2295 (6 credits), 10 to 32 work hours per week.

Variety fields and locations available– Archeology, Art, Biology, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Education, Environmental Science and Sustainability, Health, Film, International Studies, Exercise Science in one of 13 program locations.

Students must submit Chatham’s study abroad application for consideration of any credit-bearing international experience. Students completing an internship must complete an Internship Learning Agreement through the Office of Career Development, contact internships@chatham.edu.  Questions about international opportunities or funding your experience abroad? We are happy to help! Please reach out to the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Fellowship Opportunity: China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP)

The China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) is an exchange fellowship program for Chinese and American scholars and students in the arts, humanities and social sciences to teach, study or conduct research abroad in China, Hong Kong SAR or the US. in 2021-2022. The program will award 48 grants to selected faculty and students. The distribution of grants is anticipated to be roughly equal among Chinese students and scholars traveling to the US, and US students and scholars traveling to China.  The program is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Henry Luce Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

The application for the China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) will open on March 1, 2021 and close on April 15, 2021. Programs can range from five to ten months and must take place between August 2021 and May 2022.

Please email CUSP@iie.org to receive a notification once the application is open.

https://www.iie.org/Programs/China-US-Scholars-Program

Learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

All students and alums are invited to attend an Information Session on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 5 PM EST.

This information session is open to any Chatham student or alum with an interest in the Fulbright program, and will be particularly helpful for those looking to apply for the 2022-23 cycle. Speakers will include ambassadors from the Fulbright US Student Program. To attend, please register at the link below and email Fulbright Program Adviser Karin Chipman, kchipman@chatham.edu, with any questions. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides opportunities abroad for U.S. citizens to pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English.

Register at https://apply.iie.org/register/3.30General.

For more information see Fulbright_Event_Flyer_Chatham_33021 and https://us.fulbrightonline.org/