Welcome to the UIC Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs is based in the Office of the Vice Provost for International 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.



UIC AY16-17 Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Miiri Kotche

OIA is pleased to inform that Dr. Miiri Kotche has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award in the field of bio engineering in Finland. Her research focuses on user-centered product design that intersects technology and health care delivery. The results of her research will be used to further prepare UIC students to be global engineers in medical device design.

Visit the UIC News post for more information here: http://news.uic.edu/uic-bioengineer-receives-fulbright-to-study-in-finland

For an example of Dr. Kotche’s work, see here: https://news.uic.edu/east-meets-west-designing-medical-products



UIC AY16-17 Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Joanna Michel


OIA is pleased to inform that Dr. Joanna Michel has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study The Role of Cultural Keystone Species in the Wellbeing of Displaced Women and their Families in Medellin, Colombia

Her research focuses on the intense process of internal displacement and rural-to-urban migration experienced during the past fifty years of armed conflict in Colombia. Ninety-three percent (93%) of the displaced population has been relocated to urban centers. As a result, over 70% of the Colombian population currently resides in urban areas. Adaptation to new environments is a multifaceted process and one poorly understood as it relates to culturally important plant species, also known as cultural keystone species, or CKS used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. This Fulbright sponsored research takes place in the city of Medellin; the second largest city in Colombia with a current population of over 2.5 million inhabitants. This a collaborative endeavor between the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Universidad de Antioquia. Research will occur over a four month period and will combine qualitative public health and ethnobotanical field methods to conduct interviews and focus groups with female heads of households living in some of Medellin’s  poorest neighborhoods.

The overarching objectives for this research are to:

(1) Explore the role of women in internally displaced urban communities in Medellin, specifically the roles that they play in taking care of their families’ health care needs.

(2) Document and identify culturally important plants, or cultural keystone species- CKS, mentioned by women to take care of themselves and their families.

(3) Understand the effects of urban relocation on access and utilization of CKS.

(4) Evaluate the impact of urban gardens on women’s overall wellbeing and sense of place, as well as related changes to diet and plant-based medical practices .

The movement of refugees and internally displaced populations into urban areas continues to escalate across the globe. This study will contribute new information about the unique cultural beliefs and health needs of rural-to-urban displaced women and children in Colombia, and the role of culturally important plants and community gardens in improving their health and wellbeing. Such information can be used to inform public and private public health agencies about the needs of displaced populations, and promote the inclusion of female heads of households in community health programming and the formation of sustainable urban communities.


New Fulbright-ENS Rennes Award

Fulbright is offering a new exciting grant to France in partnership with ENS Rennes. There are two fully-funded awards for American students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree at ENS Rennes, one in the social sciences/humanities and the other in the hard sciences. The award is for one year renewable, conditional upon good academic results during the first year, and includes a tuition waiver plus monthly maintenance allowance.

Fulbright-ENS Rennes Awards Flyer

Click here for the Fulbright France Website

Fulbright U.S Student Program


2017 Allan Lerner Lecture Series in Foreign Affairs Concludes

UIC’s Office of International Affairs had the pleasure of hosting Honorary Consul General of Sierra Leone, Mr. Ankur Purohit for the final lecture in the Allan Lerner Lecture Series in Foreign Affairs. The event was well attended by about 50 students, faculty, and staff.

After the program, Mr. Purohit enjoyed lunch with members of UIC’s faculty and administrative staff before visiting the UIC Library special collection containing several documents from the British administration in Sierra Leone during the early 19th century.


Cultural Series of the French Embassy
Announces Finalists for the Albertine Prize

We are thrilled to announce the three finalists for the Albertine Prize : Bardo or Not BardoEve Out of Her Ruins and The Heart!

The Albertine Prize, co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Van Cleef & Arpels, is a reader’s choice award that recognizes American readers’ favorite work of contemporary French fiction. At the close of round one, these three finalists received the most votes, placing them in the round two vote that will determine the winner.

Bardo or Not Bardo, one of the funniest installments in Antoine Volodine‘s acclaimed post-apocalyptic series, consists of seven vignettes set in a universe of failed revolutions, radical shamanism, and off-kilter nomenclature. In Eve Out of Her RuinsAnanda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in their country’s endless cycle of fear and violence. And The Heart, by Maylis de Kerangal, takes place over the 24 hours surrounding a fatal car crash and explores the subsequent heart transplant as life is taken from a young man and given to a dying woman.

Vote for your favorite book & enter to win two Air France tickets to Paris!

Cultural Services of the French Embassy Homepage


Exchange program expands Asian partnerships

Traffic outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Traffic outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. | Source: Jeffron Boynes

It’s not every day that students get a chance to travel to culturally rich Southeast Asia. Experiencing what life is like halfway around the world has always been a coveted learning opportunity.

Students in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago now have the option of traveling to Vietnam, which was added last year to the list of more than 40 study abroad countries by the UIC Exchange Program.

The Vietnam opportunity, available to business students during the summer semester, is at RMIT University Vietnam, part of the Melbourne-based Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Students live and study in exciting Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), where the business curriculum includes courses in economics, finance, tourism and hospitality management. A second site in Hanoi will be open in the future.

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2017 Allan Lerner Lecture Series in Foreign Affairs

The 2017 season of the Allan Lerner Lecture series got off to a great start on Thursday, February 16th. The Consul-General of the Republic of Poland gave a presentation on the Visegrad Group and their role in Central Europe from the time of the USSR to today, and through their transition from the Warsaw Pact to joining the European Union in 2004. The lecture was followed by a Q&A session. In attendance were 25-30 UIC students and faculty.

There are still four more lectures coming up this semester presented by esteemed members of our diplomatic community.

The Consul-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on Thursday, March 2nd.
The Honorary Consul-General of the Kingdom of Sweden on Thursday, March 16th.
The Consul-General of the Republic of Ecuador on Thursday, March, 30th.
The Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Thursday, April 20th.

If you are interested in attending one or all of these events, please RSVP to oia@uic.edu or 312-996-5455


2017 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship

The MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship application is now available. This scholarship offers current undergraduate students majoring in Japanese Language, Japanese Literature, Japanese Studies, or Japanese Culture an opportunity to deepen their understanding through academic study at one of several universities in Japan.

Applications, Guidelines, and a FAQ are currently available online at the MEXT Scholarship website under the “Japanese Studies” header:

Applications are due Friday, February 24th. Those who pass the initial Application screening will be asked to sit for an interview and Japanese language exam on Friday, March 3rd. Final selection will come from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in June with scholarship recipients departing for Japan in September of 2017.


ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships 2017

ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. The program is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students and to foster the exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.

Please see attached PDFs for more details.

US Embassy ThinkSwiss 2017 Flier

2017 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship Application Information


Congratulations to Bilqees Dinkins and Dominika Struk

Recipient of the Prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship


 Bilqees Dinkins  

Dinkins will attend National Taiwan University

Location: Taipai, Taiwan









Dominika Struk 

Struk will attend Universidad Austral

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina








Chicago Consular Corps 10th Anniversary Award Ceremony

Thursday, November 17th marked the 10th Anniversary of the Chicago Consular Corps scholarship award ceremony. The event was part of the annual International Education Week celebration hosted by the Office of International Affairs. The Chicago Consular Corps award embodies the long standing relationship between UIC and the diplomatic community, and the University deeply values the engagement of CCC members in our campus programs.


Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education provides grants to K-12 and postsecondary educators to study and travel abroad?

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each seminar features educational lectures and activities specifically designed for the group, including visits to local schools and organizations, meetings with teachers and students, and visits to cultural sites. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new, cross-cultural curricula for their classrooms and school systems back in the U.S.

In 2017, summer programs will be offered in Bulgaria, Chile, and Thailand. A total of 48 awards are available (sixteen per program). The program covers airfare, room and board, and program costs. Teacher participants are responsible for a cost-share of $600.

2017 Seminars Application NOW AVAILABLE

The 2017 Seminars Abroad application is now available on the G5 website at www.g5.gov.
Click HERE for basic eligibility requirements, application instructions, and an application assistance webinar.

Application deadline is December 28, 2016.

EU-US agreement offers new opportunities for research cooperation

Thanks to an agreement between the European Commission and the US Government, European and American researchers will be able to work together more closely on projects funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation program. It is another key step in support of the Commission’s policy of making European research and innovation Open to the World.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Bright ideas should know no boundaries, so European research and innovation is open to the world for collaboration. This agreement means that the best talent on both sides of the Atlantic will be able to work even closer together on tackling the global challenges that our societies are facing.”

The agreement, called the Implementing Arrangement, facilitates cooperation between US organizations and Horizon 2020 participants by enabling researchers to organize their cooperation outside the formal Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement signed for each project, in accordance with applicable laws, rules, policies, and regulations of their respective funding programs.

The full press release can be viewed here.



Have an interest in international collaborations and enjoy statistics?


UIC College of Nursing faculty are working with University of Rwanda Masters students as part of the groundbreaking Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program.

We are looking for volunteer tutors willing to assist UR students with calculations and statistical process via email/videoconferencing during Spring 2017 (Jan 3-May 15, 2017).

UIC Students may be eligible for recognition via UIC Impact’s Co-Curricular Transcript (go.uic.edu/UICimpact).

For more information, please contact:
Patricia J. Moreland, PhD, CPNP, RN
Visiting Clinical Instructor, UIC College of Nursing
Masters Program Educator,
Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program


UIC Office of International Affairs hosted the UIC International Distinguished Lecture.  


On Friday, October 28th, Dean Astrida Tantillo Orle, of UIC’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hosted the UIC International Distinguished Lecture by Mr. Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. In attendance were UIC students and faculty, and representatives of the Chicago diplomatic community. The program was followed by a rich discussion of current European events.

Transatlantic Challenges  a European Perspective” – europapolitische Grundsatzrede von Staatsminister Michael Roth an der University of Illinois in Chicago

Spring 2017 Arabic Research Internship

The Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution is pleased to announce the opening of a Spring 2017 Arabic Research Internship position. Responsibilities will include providing Arabic and English-language research support and programmatic and administrative assistance to staff and scholars in the Center for Middle East Policy. This is a paid internship position; applicants with strong Arabic-language skills are preferred.

To learn more about the position, please visit:http://brook.gs/2ehTT7e.

If you have any questions, please email  MIddleEastPolicy@brookings.edu.

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 boren@iie.org.


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!

More information


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.

Our contacts:
E-mail:            FranklinFellowsProgram@state.gov
Phone:            (202) 261-8944
Internet:         https://careers.state.gov/work/fellowships/franklin-fellows
Facebook:       DOSCareers
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.

IDF_Faculty_AY16-17 application

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.

IDFU 16 17 application

For additional information, please contact Nora Bonnin in the Office of International Affairs at nbonni1@uic.edu 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

Click here for more information on the application process.

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.

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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.

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

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 informationwww.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
Washington, DC

John C. Whitehead Conference on American Diplomacy Flyer
Click here for information on the scholarship application process and selection criteria.

Click here for the application form.

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.

Rangel Fellowship Flyer 2017


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 scholars@iie.org 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 rteasley@peacecorps.gov


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.

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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.

11/18/15 Office of International Affairs International Education Week Celebration

Group photo of the Chicago Consular Corps (CCC) recipients and members of the CCC in attendance.

11/18/15 Office of International Affairs International Education Week Celebration

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.

11/18/15 Office of International Affairs International Education Week CelebrationAfnan Afnan, CCC Recipient and UIC student in the graduate program of Health Information Technology with the Consul of Indonesia and Educational Attaché

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.


Japan Day at OIA


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.


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 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.

Prof. Uslenghi, Tarcia Moraes, Sabrina Mendes, Daniane Pereira.

In this photo we capture one of the interns team: Prof. Uslenghi, Tarcia Moraes, Sabrina Mendes, Daniane Pereira.


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 


Academic Unit Awardees

List of the academic unit awardees and the title of proposed activity

Colleen McQuillen

School of Literarture, Cultural Studies & Linguistics – In/Between Conference om Border Crossings

Marcia Edison

Center for Global Health – Annual World Health Day Celebration

Thomas Lipsmeyer

Physics Department – Energy Initiative/A Global Classroom

Veronica Arreola

Center for Research on Women & Gender – Women’s Work in a Man’s World

Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar

Applied Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy – Launching of Therapists without Borders

Faculty Awardees

List of the faculty awardees and the title of proposed activity

Andrew Dykens

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 

Stacey Chamberlain

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

Student Awardees

List of the student awardees and purpose of award

Carolyn Cronin

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

Scott Czarnik

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.

A brief abstract of 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.

Images of Proposal