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From The PIE News: US government to launch study abroad branch

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Here’s a pretty clear signal that people at the highest levels of the U.S. government believe that study abroad really is important: According to The PIE News, the State Department is opening a study abroad office devoted to getting more U.S. students to study abroad, with an emphasis on increasing diversity among those students.

Add to this Generation Study Abroad, a State Department supported initiative led by the Institute of International Education (IIE) that aims to double the number of Americans who study abroad by the end of this decade, and we have a whole lot of support for the idea that study abroad is not a luxury, but an essential component of a well-rounded education. And programs like the Gilman Scholarship (sponsored by the State Department) can provide the financial support to make study abroad possible for exactly those students who think it’s not for them.

Of course, not everyone can study abroad, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t gain international experience. With opportunities to engage with the international community right here on Shoreline’s campus like the Conversation Partner Program, as well as chances to collaborate with students around the world online (yes, we are working on that), all students can learn about other cultures, improve intercultural communication skills, and maybe pick up a foreign language.

To learn more about your study abroad, scholarship, and other international opportunities here at Shoreline, use the contact form below.

Shoreline Student Awarded Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

Rebekah Thorne

Rebekah Thorne

On Tuesday, March 24, Rebekah Thorne, a Shoreline Community College student, was awarded over $1,800 by the Fund for Education Abroad. More than 1,600 students from across the United States applied for the scholarship; only 36 were selected as recipients. The money will be used to cover more than half of the cost of Rebekah’s trip to Cape Town, South Africa, with Shoreline’s summer study abroad program there, led by Dr. Ernest Johnson, a Multicultural Studies instructor.

Dr Johnson writes that the program, titled The Challenge and Promise of a Multicultural South Africa, “will examine the social and cultural history of South Africa and the current efforts to create a democratic, multicultural nation.” Rebekah first became interested in the program when she was in Dr. Johnson’s Multicultural Studies 105 course in 2012.

Rebekah, who is in the Career Education Options (CEO) program, isn’t what many people think of when they think of study abroad students. She’s not rich. She’s a first-generation college student. Her educational path hasn’t been a traditional one: the CEO program is for students who have not received a high school diploma; Rebekah earned her GED after taking classes at Shoreline.

“[Studying abroad] was a dream, but I didn’t think it was ever going to happen. When I heard about the South Africa program and saw the posters for it, I was really envious of the people in the pictures.” It was only after John Tankersley, an International Student Advisor, told her about study abroad scholarships that she ever thought of studying abroad as a possibility.

Rebekah plans to finish her studies at Shoreline in 2016 and hopes to transfer to Mt. Holyoke or Smith University to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a minor in Gender or Women’s Studies. She hopes one day to earn a Master’s degree and work in the field of animal sciences.

Foundation for Global Scholars Scholarship Application Deadline Coming Soon to a Panicked Student Near You!

If you are hoping to get some scholarship money to help fund your study abroad program in South Africa this summer, consider applying for the Foundation for Global Scholars scholarship. The deadline to apply is April 3 at 4:00 p.m. As always, if you have any questions about the application process, or if you’d like someone to have a look at your essay, don’t hesitate to contact us at studyabroad@shoreline.edu.

For those of you who are planning on joining our programs in Costa Rica, Tokyo, or Barcelona, but also want money (I mean, really, who doesn’t?), take a deep breath. You can’t even apply until June 1, and your deadline will be July 10 (also at 4:00 p.m., but the exact minute of the deadline really shouldn’t be an issue – you really shouldn’t plan on getting your application in at 3:59 p.m).

If You Want To Apply for the Gilman Scholarship, You Need To Get an Official Transcript Now!

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An official transcript is one of the essential, necessary, non-negotiable (Gah! My thesaurus just spontaneously combusted!) parts of the application for the Gilman Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000 to over 30% of applicants (yes, actually more than one out of three people who applies gets a scholarship—I’m pretty sure I’ve written something about that before).

The deadline for the Gilman is March 3rd (for Summer and Fall 2015 programs), putting it about two weeks away, and it takes at least one week to get an official transcript, so you do the math.

Seriously. You wouldn’t want me to do it for you. I’m really, really bad at math.

Anyway, the main point here is this: Get an official transcript ASAP if you want to get up to $5,000 to study abroad! Because that’s almost a million dollars!

(Like I said, really bad at math.)

Quick Updates

Just learned of upcoming study abroad opportunities through our partner schools in the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA – pronounced wick-sa). There will be short-term programs in the Netherlands, China (specifically Kunming, capital of one of the most beautiful provinces in China, Yunnan, which translates to South of the Clouds), and Turkey.

More details to come soon. As always, if you would like to learn more, contact us at studyabroad@shoreline.edu.