Welcome to the UIC Office of International Affairs
The Office of International Affairs is based in the Office of Public and Government Affairs at UIC. OIA represents UIC abroad and in relations with local and national partners who collaborate with UIC on international projects.
OIA supports the efforts of our campus’s fifteen colleges as they engage globally. We host international visitors and delegations, visiting scholars and international exchange students.
2017 Boren Awards: Funding for Language Study & Research Abroad
The application for the 2017 Boren Awards is now open at www.borenawards.org!
Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language-focused study abroad.
The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate-level research, and academic internships abroad.
Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the fall and spring. Sign up today at www.borenawards.org/webinars.html. Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at www.borenawards.org.
Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution-specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1‑800‑618‑NSEP or email@example.com.
Invitation to the Launch Party of France Alumni USA
An international platform France Alumni USA is being launched by the French Embassy and Campus France to promote networking among people who have studied, done research or an internship in France.
If you have spent a part of your studies in France whether for higher education, short or long study abroad program, research, internship or language courses, we would love for you to be part of this new global France Alumni network. Members have access to job and internship offers, invitations to special events organized for alumni, networking opportunities, and resources to value their experience in France. This is a place to create and explore new opportunities and reconnect with others.
We invite participants who have studied in France or will be going soon to the Chicago launch party France Alumni USA to locally meet and exchange with peers. The party will be held on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at 6:00pm.
Free event but RSVP required.
Come to get back the French Feel!
Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program 2017 Application
The Japan Information Center is pleased to announce that applications for the Japanese Government’s 2017 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program are now available!
The online application is available here: https://www.jetapplication.com. The deadline is Friday, November 18th. We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your students and colleagues!
We will also be holding a JET Program Information Session on Saturday, October 8th, from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM in downtown Chicago (737 N. Michigan Avenue, 7th Floor – please note the entrance to the building is on Chicago Avenue). JET Program Staff and Alumni will be on hand to discuss living and working in Japan as a JET and how to be a successful applicant. The Information Session is open to anyone, and no registration is needed.
International Lecture Series “Survivor’s Truths: Recovery in Post-Conflict Liberia” by Mr. Cooper Vuku
The Office of International Affairs and the UIC Great Cities Institute came together to host an International Lecture Series event “Survivor’s Truths: Recovery in Post-Conflict Liberia.” People from both east and west campuses as well as people from the surrounding community came to hear the lecture by Mr. Cooper Vuku, the Country Director of Survivor’s Truths Liberia. The event was held Thursday September 22nd in CUPPA Hall from 12:00-1:30pm.
Survivor’s Truths is a 501(c)3 organization which strives to bring together the best of social service, new media, and advocacy strategy to support groups affected by violence and discrimination. They do this by partnering with groups already providing services in the community.
Mr. Cooper Vuku with attendees from both the east and west campus as well as people from the larger community.
U.S. Department of State Franklin Fellows Program
Some of our most successful Franklin Fellows come from the academic community. Some are recent PhD recipients. Many are faculty members on sabbatical leave who bring specialized knowledge and expertise to State and to USAID for one to two years. The Franklin Fellowship is not a research position per se – rather, Fellows are immersed in the experience of Washington tradecraft. Fellows have made major contributions in critically important areas; almost all report that their Fellowship experience was professionally and personally rewarding.
A few examples:
Ø In what he described as “an absolutely extraordinary experience,” a Catholic University professor provided key insights on Ukraine in the Secretary’s Office of Policy Planning.
Ø A Purdue University professor was Science Advisor to the Bureau of African Affairs, helping AF to cope with the challenges of climate change, desertification, and energy.
Ø A professor at BYU writes “I use [the Fellowship experience] every day in the courses I teach, in the articles I write, and in the policy analysis that I do as a political scientist.”
Ø A senior advisor to the president of a major state university helped launch the Secretary’s Global Partnerships Initiative.
Ø A professor from the Midwest serving with EUR brings expertise in evaluating how the religious dimensions of the migrant crisis are impacting European society.
We run vacancy announcements on www.USAJOBS.gov three or four times annually (watch for the next vacancy announcement on/about September 30). Note that fellows must be U.S. citizens; the fellowships are uncompensated – financial support is arranged by the fellows. The Franklin Fellows staff is always happy to speak with you or academics you send our way.
Phone: (202) 261-8944
Linked In: U.S. Department of State Company Page
John Nuveen Center International Development Fund AY 2016-2017
International Development Fund for Faculty
The Nuveen Center for International Affairs is accepting applications for the AY 2016-2017 International Development Fund. This competition is open to all UIC faculty.
We are pleased to announce that ten $1,000.00 awards will be available for AY 2016-17.
International Development Fund for Academic Units
The John Nuveen Center for International Affairs is accepting applications for the AY 2016-2017 International Development Fund for Academic Units. We are pleased to announce that five awards will be available for AY 2016-2017. This competition is open to all UIC academic units.
For additional information, please contact Nora Bonnin in the Office of International Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 996-5455.
The deadline for these competitions is: Friday, October 21, 2016
Chicago Consular Corps (CCC) Scholarship
UIC students are invited to apply for the CCC Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017. Fifteen successful applicants will each receive $1,000.00. Thirteen scholarships are available to UIC international degree seeking students. Two scholarships are available to full time, degree seeking American students. Eligible are UIC undergraduates and graduate students from all fields. Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to students who have a minimum cumulative UIC GPA of 3.5/4.0
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS Friday, September 30, 2016
Apply through UIC SnAP! At uic.academicworks.com
You will be notified about the status of your application after 10/01/2016.
Awardees are asked to participate in the CCC Award Ceremony to be held on mid-November at UIC.
International Lecture Series
Visit greatcities.uic.edu for more information on this and other Lecture Series events.
Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.The program gives the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.
Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
- Public Policy
- Economics and Business
- International Studies
Students spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future
The Schwarzman Scholar
Every year, up to 200 Schwarzman Scholars will represent the world’s next generation of leaders — high-caliber individuals with open minds and limitless potential. The class that begins in summer 2017 will include 125 scholars, and the program will grow to include up to 200 students in coming years.Schwarzman Scholars will be selected on the basis of not only their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, but also their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions.
All qualified candidates will have successfully completed their undergraduate degrees prior to enrollment and must be proficient in English.
Each new cohort of Schwarzman Scholars will join a global network of the world’s most talented young leaders, helping to build stronger links between China and a rapidly changing world.
The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative master’s degree program at Tsinghua University, one of the country’s leading universities. Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the world, the curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China’s expanding role in the world.
The program also provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars
What are the important Schwarzman Scholars application dates?
Applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao will apply online from March 23 to June 15, 2016. Finalists will be notified before July 1, and will attend interviews to be held at Tsinghua University in Beijing, July 6-9. Final admissions decisions for Chinese Schwarzman Scholars will be announced before October 1, 2016.
Applicants holding a passport from any other country, will apply between April 15, 2016 and September 15, 2016. The application, including all supporting documentation such as references for currently enrolled undergraduate students, is due September 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.
for more info see http://schwarzmanscholars.org/
Postgraduate Programs in Brazil
The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) has published information on postgraduate programs in Brazil that are considered of excellent quality at both national and international level. The list is available in English and ranks those postgraduate courses that received grade 6 and 7 in the annual CAPES assessment. The courses can be identified by geographic location and area of knowledge. The material may be of interest to students that desire to study in Brazil as well as universities, research institutions, classification agencies or government institutions connected with higher learning.
The report can be accessed on the following link:
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (Unpaid)
The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Summer 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid).
Please visit https://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery for more information about the U.S. Department of State Summer 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is October 14, 2016. U.S. citizenship is required.
Visit USAJOBS.gov to view the announcement: U.S. Department of State Summer 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid).
We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.
We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.
Study in Europe Virtual Fair USA and Canada
Study in Europe Virtual Fair USA and Canada will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016 and will give attendees (high school and university students, their parents, researchers, and university representatives) a chance to learn more about study opportunities in Europe by interacting directly with representatives of a broad range of European higher education institutions (HEIs), national promotion agencies and Embassies and the Delegations of the European Union to the United States and Canada.
Exhibitor registration for the fair has closed and we are able to confirm the participation of more than 60 higher education institutions and organizations from 19 European countries. For details on the exhibitors, please click here.
Event profile – Study in Europe Virtual Fair USA and Canada
Friday, October 14, 2016
12:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
Target groups: High school and university students, parents, young professionals, researchers, university representatives
Exhibitors: European higher education institutions, national promotion agencies and Embassies
More information: www.studyineuropefairs.eu
Registration: To register for FREE, click here.
Study in Europe on facebook:
The Study in Europe Virtual Fair targets prospective students, young professionals, researchers and parents as well as university representatives who are interested in European Higher Education.
The United States Diplomacy Center presents the first John C. Whitehead Conference On American Diplomacy
The United States Diplomacy Center is inviting high-school and college students to explore how diplomats respond to issues and crises, work with international partners and deal with issues of mutual concern and learn about work and careers in the Foreign Service in diplomacy.
October 26th, 2016
U.S. Department of State
Use the #DiplomatCon hashtag to:
- Stay up to date on social media
- Get conference information and details as they are announced
- Learn about competitive scholarships
The John C. Whitehead Conference on American Diplomacy is
organized by the U.S. Diplomacy Center, U.S. Department of State and the
production is generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York
through their support to the Diplomacy Center Foundation.
Peace Corps Office Hours for Fall 2016
OIA will be hosting the Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps three times this semester for office hours.
Please come to UH 509 on Sept. 9th: 9am-5pm, Oct.13th: 9am-5pm, or Nov. 18th: 8am-12pm for walk-ins or appointment. Click here for more information on setting up an appointment.
2017 Boren Awards Application now open
The application for the 2017 Boren Awards is now live at www.borenawards.org! The Fall term is right around the corner, but you can already start looking into the application process. The application deadlines are February 9th, 2017 for Undergraduate Scholarships, and January 31st, 2017 for Graduate Fellowships.
For more information about the program and eligibility, visit www.borenawards.org
Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program
The Rangel Fellows application is now open and available at www.rangelprogram.org. Below is a brief description of this outstanding opportunity for young people interested in careers as Foreign Service Officers in the State Department.
The 2017 Charles B. Rangel Fellowship program is now open for applications and is seeking young people interested in making a difference in the world as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates planning to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2017; must have GPAs of at least 3.2; and must be U.S. citizens. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies/consulates, provides mentorship and professional development support, and leads to a career in the State Department Foreign Service. The application deadline is September 19, 2016, several months earlier than in prior years.
Fellows must use the fellowship to attend two-year master’s programs at U.S.- based institutions to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. There is a five-year service obligation.
The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at www.rangelprogram.org. The application deadline is September 19, 2016. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University.
German Bundestag Internship Program 2017
This Internship Program provides the opportunity for American graduates to learn first-hand about German politics by working in the office of a member of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag). The program runs from March 1st to July 31st. During this time participants are enrolled as students at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The application deadline is June 30, 2016.
You can find more information about the program at www.bundestag.de/ips
Allan Lerner Lecture Series
On April 7, under the Allan Lerner Lecture Series, UIC hosted the Consul General of South Africa, Ms. Vuyiswa Tulelo. In attendance there were many students and faculty members. Thank you to Consul General Tulelo and students for the rich exchange.
Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: Tips for Navigating the Catalog of Awards
The first step in applying for a Core Fulbright grant is identifying a single award from the Catalog of Awards. Awards are designed in country, and reflect host countries needs and priorities. In the catalog, you will see numerous ways to search for awards: by region or country, activity of the award, discipline, open to early career, or you can perform a keyword search.
Once you select an award, you’ll have access to a lot of information that will guide your application preparation: contact information for CIES program officer, overview of financial benefits and allowances for each country, grant activity and content of the award, applicable host locations, requirements for invitation letters and language proficiency, the length of grant and starting month (dependent on academic calendar) and so on.
Applicants should take some time, review the expectations and research into the educational systems and the cultural and political context to make sure they are presenting an ideal match between self and project and the host country. Please visit the Catalog of Awards to explore opportunities, and feel free to reach out to email@example.com with general questions. Best of luck!
A Look at UIC International Exchange Students
Brenden Paradies, Masters of Urban Planning and Policy Graduate Student, Studied at University College Dublin in Dublin Ireland Fall 2015. Brendan Paradies participated in the UIC Exchange Program Fall 2015, click here to read about his experience in Dublin, Ireland.
The Cliffs of Moher in Galway, in Ireland
A Look at UIC Alumni Participation in the Peace Corps
Since 1961, when the Peace Corps was established, a total of 344 UIC alumni have served in the program in countries all around the world. In 2013, 17 UICers volunteered with Peace Corps, and in 2014, 27 alumni went to to foreign nations to assist in development efforts. Within the first two months of 2016, 11 UIC members are already stationed in Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guinea, Malawi, Mexico, Panama, and Uganda. The UIC volunteers are all providing services within different fields with two alumni serving in education, two in environmental studies, four in public health, and one in youth development. We want to thank these honorable members of the UIC community for their service and encourage all students to take a look at this wonderful program upon graduation.
Mr. Rok Teasler, the Peace Corps recruiter has office hours in campus. You can schedule an appointment with him to explore the opportunities. His e-mail address is Teasley, Rok firstname.lastname@example.org
Allan Lerner Foreign Policy Lecture Series with Vincent Floreani
The Office of International Affairs in conjunction with the Department of Political Science hosted the Consul General of France, Mr. Vincent Floreani. In attendance were about 60 sixty students and faculty. The Q&A session lasted more than hour and covered a wide spectrum of current issues. Thank you to Consul General Floreani and the students for the rich exchange.
Congratulations to the Gilman Scholarship Awardees
Congratulations to Elizabeth Molina and Paulina Rico-Juarez on receiving the Gilman Scholarship for the Spring 2016 Semester. Paulina Rico-Juarez will be attending MICEFA University in Paris, France and Elizabeth Molina will be attending Universidad de Autonoma de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.
Celebrating International Education Week and the CCC Scholars
On November 18th, 2015 OIA celebrated International Education Week along with the awardees of the CCC Scholarship. During the program, we honored the Chicago Consular Corps and announced this year’s recipients of the Chicago Consular Corps scholarship. This award embodies the long standing relationship between UIC and the diplomatic community. Consular Generals, UIC faculty, current students, and the DRC were all in attendance of this year’s international event.
Group photo of the Chicago Consular Corps (CCC) recipients and members of the CCC in attendance.
Karina De Oliveira Lima, CCC recipient and UIC student in the graduate program of Biopharmaceutical Sciences with the Consul General of Brazil, Paulo Cesar Camargo and to the right, Honorary Consul of Barbados, Dr. King.
of the same consul.
Japan Day at OIA
On 09/18/2015 was Japan day at OIA. OIA held an Japanese exchange info session open to UIC students. In attendance were students, UIC faculty, OIA staff, and Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba, Keiji Shigeoka, Eri Fuwa, Akira Nishikawa visitors from Japan. A lunch followed with presentations from Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba, Keiji Shigeoka, and Eri Fuwa.
OIA held International Resources Fair
The 16th Annual International Resources Fair took place in the UIC Quad on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 11:00-1:00PM. The International Resources Fair was a great opportunity for Chicago and UIC organizations to inform the UIC student body about available international resources and programs. This year there were a diverse array of organizations including: Cultural Services at the French Consulate in Chicago, UIC Diplomat in Residence, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Chicago Area Peace Corps, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Goethe –Institut, UIC International Club, Swedish American Museum, National Hellenic Museum, International Museum of Surgical Science, United Capoeira Association, Japanese Culture Center-Chicago, Italian Cultural Institute, Swedish American Museum, UIC Study Abroad Office, UIC Language and Culture Learning Centers, UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, and the UIC Office of Special Scholarships. The organizations highlighted cultural programs, language programs, global education, internships, and much more. There was a raffle that encouraged students to visit each table in order to answer question found on the raffle form. The fair provided a unique opportunity for students to communicate with cultural and international organizations located in Chicago and at UIC.
Congratulations Nuveen Awardee!
Krista Schaefer is one of the awardees of the John and Grace Nuveen awards. She spent this past summer conducting a practicum in Kisumu, Kenya at Nyanza Reproductive Health Society. Her main goals were to understand public health in a global setting, assist in curriculum development, create training evaluation surveys, and conduct data analysis and interpretation. Working with her three SHAPE colleagues and two interns gave her a chance to teach, lead, and manage. Those are valuable skills that she will continue developing after completing her Masters in Public Health. An unexpected job that she took during her practicum in Kisumu was unofficially supervising two university students, during their internship at NRHS. Krista says that her favorite part of working with them was discussing newspaper articles that she would pre-select articles related to public health and community development. Living with a Luo family gave her a different perspective on the experiences she was having and the current affairs in Kenya. Lastly, she cherished greatly that the practicum culminated in a totally new and fuller understanding of what global health is and how it is actually practiced at another nation. Ms. Schaefer is grateful that the John and Grace Nuveen International Award supported her academic pursuits into global health– a vocation she plans to follow in the future.
Welcome Amb. ROBERT NEUS!
Office of International Affairs is pleased to announce the new Diplomat in Residence is on campus.
Farewell Brazil Interns!
We have said good-bye to the Summer 2015 ninety-four BSMP interns.
Congratulations to BSMP students!
Congratulations to the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) students who have completed their academic year at UIC.
Exchange Program Summer 2015 “Know Europe” Program
Our students left France to pursue their European study tour. They spent one study week in Normandy at our campus EM Normandy Caen.
Congratulations to Professor ROSS ARENA!
CONGRATULATIONS TO PROFESSOR ROSS ARENA, Department Head of Physical Therapy and Interim Department Head of Kinesiology. Prof. Arena was awarded with the Personality of the Year Award, which was conferred by his colleagues of the Sao Paulo State Society of Cardiology (SOCESO) at the XXI Symposium of Physical Therapy and XXXVI Congree of SOCESP.
Congratulations to ASRAT DEMISE ASMAMAW!
Who was awarded with a full scholarship that supports his exchange program at ETH, Zurich during the academic year 2015-2016. Congratulations to him and his mentor, Professor Cecilia E. Gerber. Mr. Asmamaw is the recipient of the prestigious Heyning-Roelli Foundation that supports exchanges with Swiss institutions.
Congratulations to the John Nuveen International Development Fund Awardees
for Spring/Summer 2015
List of the academic unit awardees and the title of proposed activity
School of Literarture, Cultural Studies & Linguistics – In/Between Conference om Border Crossings
Center for Global Health – Annual World Health Day Celebration
Physics Department – Energy Initiative/A Global Classroom
Center for Research on Women & Gender – Women’s Work in a Man’s World
Applied Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy – Launching of Therapists without Borders
List of the faculty awardees and the title of proposed activity
Center for Global Health- Local, Regional and National Partnership meetings to establish a Global Health Research Network
Lewis L. Hsu
Pediatrics Hematology-Oncology- Center for the 2nd Century of Sickle Cell
Center for Global Health- Expansion of Emergency Care Training Program in Uganda
Ursula Perez- Salas
Physics Department- Cholesterol Exchange and Flip-Flop on supported Lipid Bilayers
List of the student awardees and purpose of award
College of Dentistry- External Dental Rotation in Guatemala
Krista R. Schaefer
School of Public Health- Kenya Practicum through the School of Public Health
Samantha C. Hare
College of Business- Doing Business in Brazil Study Abroad Program
College of Dentistry– External Dental Rotation in Guatemala
Congratulations to Professor Craig Foster on being selected as a
Fulbright U.S. Scholar
Dr. Foster has been selected for a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant to India. He will be traveling to India with his proposal.
Earthen buildings are an old technology experiencing renewed interest,
both in developing and developed countries, for economic and environmental
reasons. This proposal focuses on creating material models that can be
used to examine mechanical behavior, predict safe use, and improve
performance. Central to the research are the interaction of the
constituent particles and the addition of natural fibers for ductility.
The mathematical models will be validated and improved by experiments at
the host institution, building a collaboration between experimentalists
and modelers. A seminar series on modeling for earthen materials will aid
those conducting research at the host institution.