CWUNewsNewshttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/newsen-usCWU students earn prestigious international scholarships for study abroadhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3148Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:49:44<p><img alt="(L. to r.) CWU students, Gilman scholarship recipients Kendall Kramer and Stephan Simes." src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/CWU%20Gilman%20students%202017.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 253px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Learning about human rights and legal protections in Peru, and developing Japanese language proficiency, while exploring the culture of Japan. Those are the objectives of Central Washington University students Kendall Kramer and Stephan Simes, after they were each named a recipient of a prestigious, national <a href="https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program">Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship</a><a href="https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program" target="_blank">.</a><br><br>Sponsored by the <a href="https://eca.state.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs</a>, the funding will come to Kramer and Simes for study abroad during the 2017-18 school year.<br><br>Kramer, who is double-majoring in Spanish and public health, will intern fall quarter in Cusco, Peru, at the Asociación por la Vida y la Dignidad Humana (Association for Human Life and Dignity). It is a local non-profit organization that promotes human rights and legal protections in southeastern Peru.<br><br>“I’m looking forward to learning about the culture, developing relationships in this new community, and talking with locals, who are typically all so welcoming and willing to share their love for their country with me,” said Kramer, a junior from Bend, Oregon, who admits to a passion for traveling to new places, says she is eager to try the Peruvian cuisine as well.<br><br>It will provide good experience and training as she pursues her aspiration to join Peace Corps after graduation.<br><br>During the course of the entire upcoming academic year, Simes, who is majoring in Japanese, will go on exchange to Takushoku University in Tokyo, where he will hone his Japanese language capability while learning about the country’s heritage.<br><br>Simes, a junior, noted, “Receiving the Gilman scholarship offers me financial stability to be successful in Japan. Japanese is my passion. I believe that when people follow their passions, it brings good fortune and happiness.”<br><br>From Tacoma, Simes plans to finish his bachelor’s degree at CWU, attend graduate school in Japan, and “to become a naturalized Japanese citizen. These are big plans, and my journey is only beginning.”<br><br>Nicki Kukar, executive director of the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs, says the competitive scholarships add further evidence to the quality of the students at CWU, their academic programs and goals, and the support and opportunities available through OISP.<br><br>“We’re excited for these students and the experiences that await them,” Kukar pointed out, adding that 21 CWU students have received Gilman awards since January 2012. “Studying abroad is a life changing experience that enables students to learn about themselves, in addition to new cultures, languages, and new perspectives.”<br><br>Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to cover costs associated with their international programs. The goal is for them to gain a better understanding of other countries, cultures, economies, and languages, as a way to develop leaders for posts in government and the private sector. As students must receive the Federal Pell Grant in order to eligible to apply, the Gilman Scholarship specifically seeks to assist students of limited financial means in pursuing these opportunities.<br><br>The late Congressman Gilman, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired Foreign Relations Committee, was a proponent of study abroad, and was quoted as saying that it “provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p><p><strong>Photo:&nbsp;</strong>(L. to r.) CWU students, Gilman scholarship recipients Kendall Kramer and Stephan Simes.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU receives funding for summer international exchange programhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3147Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:50:03<p><img alt="Kurume Institute of Technology President Katsumi Imaizumi and students while in Ellensburg." src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/21124822_10155444751316488_1591977498_o.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;"><a href="https://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/oisp-faculty-staff">Rachel Gordon</a>, project manager for the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP), worked in collaboration with the University English as a Second Language program to receive grant funding for the OISP WorldCat Summer Institute.</p><p>The <a href="http://matsuec.u-shimane.ac.jp/en/english_index.html">University of Shimane Junior College</a> approved $65,420 for student participation, while <a href="http://www.kurume-it.ac.jp/english/">Kurume Institute of Technology</a> provided $14,750 more for its students to attend the 2017 institute.<br><br>The short-term, summer program for international college students provides them with opportunities to learn about American culture and hone their English language skills. Many of the 47 students in Ellensburg this month were paired up with community host families.</p><p>It allowed the student to get a sense of typical American daily activities and routines, while also giving the students opportunities to share Japanese culture with family members.<br><br>University of Shimane Junior College students have been a part of such study abroad programs at CWU for more than 25 years. This marks the second year that Shimane students were joined by Kurume Institute of Technology (KIT) students.</p><p>In addition, KIT President Katsumi Imaizumi, who visited campus for the first time this year, signed an official Memorandum of Understanding between his institution. In addition, two KIT professors met with CWU’s aviation and engineering departments to discuss potential areas of future collaboration.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> President Imaizumi, of Kurume Institute of Technology (fifth from left), poses with KIT students in front of the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center during his recent visit to the Ellensburg campus.</p><p>August 28, 2017</p></br></br></br></br>Two Central Washington University Students Awarded U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroadhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3146Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:45:01<p>CWU students Kendall Kramer (Public Health &amp; Spanish) and Stephan Simes (Japanese) are two of approximately 1,200 undergraduate students from 354 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s <a href="http://eca.state.gov/" target="_blank">Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs</a> to study or intern abroad during the 2017-18 Academic Year. Kendall will study for the Fall 2017 term in Cusco, Peru, where she will also complete an internship at the <span id="cke_bm_310S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Asociación por la Vida y la Dignidad Humana<span id="cke_bm_310E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>, or Aporvidha, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting human rights and legal protections in the Cusco region. Stephan will study over the full academic year at CWU exchange partner Takushoku University in Hachioji, Tokyo, <span id="cke_bm_311E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Japan. While there, he will concentrate on honing his Japanese language skills and learning Japanese culture.</p><table style="width: 500px;" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="center"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/images/study-abroad/Kramer.png" style="width: 150px; height: 160px;"></td><td style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</td><td style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/images/study-abroad/Simes.png" style="width: 150px; height: 166px;"></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs.&nbsp; The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.&nbsp; Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies -- making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.</p><p>The late Congressman Gilman, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. When honored with the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates.&nbsp; Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience.&nbsp; It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community."</p><p>The program is administered by the Institute of International Education.&nbsp; The list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on their website: <a href="http://www.iie.org/gilman" target="_blank">gilmanscholarship.org</a>. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries.&nbsp; It is critical to the success of US diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”</p><p>CWU students interested in learning more about education opportunities, should contact Study Abroad and Exchange Programs (<a href="mailto:studyabroad@cwu.edu">studyabroad@cwu.edu</a>), attend one of our information sessions held semi-weekly each quarter and attend the Fall 2017 Education Abroad Fair on October 26th in SURC 137. CWU’s primary Gilman Scholarship advisor is Steve Cook, Assistant Director for Study Abroad and Exchange Programs (<a href="mailto:steven.cook@cwu.edu">steven.cook@cwu.edu</a>).</p><hr><address><strong>U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA)</strong> - For more than 50 years the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has sought to cultivate mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, and peaceful relations, as mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. ECA accomplishes its mission through a variety of exchange programs and other initiatives that support mutual understanding by protecting cultural heritage across the globe, and providing educational resources for people interested in learning about American culture and the English language. ECA programs engage participants from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. For more information about ECA programs, initiatives, and achievements, visit <a href="http://eca.state.gov/" target="_blank">eca.state.gov</a>.</address><address>The <strong>Institute of International Education (IIE) </strong>is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas.&nbsp; An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization.&nbsp; IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide working with more than 1,200 member institutions and over 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions.&nbsp; IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State.&nbsp; The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide (<a href="http://www.iie.org" target="_blank">www.iie.org</a>), publishing the Open Doors Report and operating <a href="http://www.IIEPassport.org" target="_blank">www.IIEPassport.org</a> and <a href="http://www.studyabroadfunding.org" target="_blank">www.studyabroadfunding.org</a>&nbsp; search engines for study abroad program and study abroad scholarships.&nbsp; For more information, please contact the Gilman International Scholarship at <a href="mailto:gilmanscholarship@iie.org">gilmanscholarship@iie.org</a>.</address></span id="cke_bm_310S" style="display: none;"></span id="cke_bm_310E" style="display: none;"></span id="cke_bm_311E" style="display: none;"></table style="width: 500px;" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="center"></td style="text-align: center;"></td style="text-align: center;"></td style="text-align: center;"></a href="mailto:studyabroad@cwu.edu"></a href="mailto:steven.cook@cwu.edu"></hr></a href="mailto:gilmanscholarship@iie.org">CWU Signs MOU with Japan’s Kurume Institute of Technologyhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3145Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:38:58<p><img alt="CWU Kurume Institute of Technology MOU signing ceremony" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/2017%20Kurume%20Institute%20agreement_0012-a.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; margin: 3px; float: right;">(Update) <a href="http://nwasianweekly.com/2017/08/cwu-signs-mou-with-japans-kurume-institute-of-technology/" target="_blank">Northwest Asian Weekly</a> published information about this new agreement in its August 26-September 1 edition— “Names in the News” section)</p><p>CWU has completed work on a new Memorandum of Understanding with Kurume Institute of Technology. The MOU, signed by CWU President James L. Gaudino and Kurume President Katsumi Imaizumi, was completed a year after a group of about a dozen Kurume students came to Ellensburg to study English language and culture at the university and in the community.</p><p>Those students were led by CWU alumnus Rich Lee, who works for Kurume Institute, and professor Hidenobu Igawa, from the school’s department of engineering.</p><p>“It turned out that the professor is also an advisor to President Imaizumi,” explained Sherri Fujita, CWU director of University English as a Second Language Program. “He [Igawa] loved it here and got a really good impression. While they were here, I introduced them to the faculty, particularly in engineering technology. They had a meeting just to talk about mutual interests. Both sides were excited about the possibilities. So, we decided to mutually move forward with the MOU.”</p><p>While the memorandum was actually completed last fall, the decision was to hold off on an official signing until now, in order to allow Imaizumi to come to Ellensburg to sign it in person and meet with President Gaudino.</p><p>“President Imaizumi decided to come and see us in person, probably, about six-months ago—which was exciting for us,” Fujita pointed out. “At the same time, they decided to bring a group of students to study in our WorldCat Summer Program.”</p><p>The program included having the students participate in a service-learning project at Olmstead State Park, along with visits to Seattle, Leavenworth, and Roslyn.</p><p>Now that the MOU is complete, additional partnership between the two higher education institutions are expected to be crafted and launched.</p><p>“It could be faculty or student exchanges, shared or a joint research project, or our faculty might want to provide distance education linking classes in both schools, where they could interact and collaborate digitally,” Fujita pointed out. “Those details will be worked out at the department level.”</p><p>Collaborations involving CWU Information Technology and Administrative Management and Aviation are among other potential partnerships.</p><p>“They (the Kurume students) had a look at our flight simulators,” Fujita added. “It was very interesting, because the Kurume Institute of Technology is planning to open an aviation management program on its campus. So, they’re very interested in collaborations specifically to do with aviation management and, maybe, pilot training.”</p><p>The new accord builds upon a long-standing relationship that CWU already enjoys with the University of Shimane Junior College, which is also located in Japan, and similar agreements the university has in place with other schools and communities around the world.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> (l. to r.) Kurume Institute of Technology President Katsumi Imaizumi and CWU President James L. Gaudino sign the Memorandum of Understanding.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU welcomes summer visitors, students from Japan to Ellensburghttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3144Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:05:22<p><img alt="Tamaura students visit CWU 2017" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/20170814_2017%20Int%20Student%20at%20Rose%20Garden_0005.JPG" style="width: 500px; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 333px;">Tamamura, Japan is situated about 64 miles northeast of Tokyo. The small town, of roughly 37,000 residents, has a long-standing relationship with Central Washington University.</p><p>That relationship continues as 20 students from Tamamura and Minami junior high schools have come to Ellensburg to see CWU, visit other community locations, and participate in various events.</p><p>“They’re accompanied by some of their junior high teachers and administrators, and other officials from the city government,” explains Sherri Fujita, CWU director of University English as a Second Language Program. “For the students, it was their first time abroad for most of them, so we’ve wanted to give them a taste of what it’s really like to study here. I also brought in three Japanese students, who are in my [UESL] program right now, to interact with them, so they could see a role model.”</p><p>In honor of international friendship, several years ago some of the exchange students and their families from the prefecture donated flowers for the Tamamura Rose Garden in front of Bouillon Hall.</p><p>“They clearly have an interest in maintaining a relationship with Central,” Fujita notes, adding the hope is that some of these students will eventually enroll and pursue their college degrees at CWU.</p><p>Fujita points out that CWU already enrolls students annually from Gunma Prefectural Women’s University, which is also located in Tamamura, acknowledging that, “They’ve been great students.”</p><p>In addition, 36 other visiting students from the University of Shimane Junior College and the University of Shimane will remain on the CWU campus through Saturday, August 26. Accompanied by two faculty members, they’ve come to Ellensburg primarily to study English and learn about—and experience—American culture, Fujita says.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>The Tamamura students and group members visit, and pose for a picture, near the Tamamura Rose Garden on the CWU campus.</p>CWU representatives join peers to discuss best ways to internationalize higher educationhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3141Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:24:33<p>CWU<img alt="Rachel Gordon, left; Stacy Soderstrom, right" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/Gordon%20and%20Soderstrom.jpg" style="width: 450px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 225px;"> representatives are among those who will gather next week to discuss best international student recruitment and retention strategies. The <a href="https://www.state.gov/">US State Department</a> will host the eighth annual <a href="https://educationusa.state.gov/events/2017-educationusa-forum">EducationUSA Forum</a> in Washington, D.C.<br><br>CWU Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) project manager Rachel Gordon and international student recruiter Stacy Soderstrom will join more than 570 counterparts from 46 states, 60 EducationUSA regional coordinators and advisers from around the world, and United States and foreign government officials.<br><br>The goal of the meeting, held from July 31 through August 2, is to strengthen partnerships with EducationUSA advisors, make new and strengthen current relationships with other attendees, and learn of best practices in the field as they pertain to the various countries being represented.&nbsp;</p><p>This is considered to be important as international education increases American global competitiveness, and creates relationships and understanding that contribute to increased national security.<br><br>The forum, organized in partnership with the Institute of International Education, will feature sessions on traditional as well as virtual recruiting strategies, comprehensive campus internationalization, student visas, maximizing recruitment resources, and developing comprehensive and innovative strategies for recruiting international students.<br><br>With students from nearly 40 countries, CWU’s OISP has been acknowledged for its efforts to strengthen ties between the United States and countries around the world.<br><br>The State Department’s <a href="https://eca.state.gov/about-bureau">Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs </a>collaborates with CWU, and other accredited US colleges and universities to help maintain the United States as the world’s top destination for international students and scholars and to promote diversity in international education.<br>&nbsp;<br><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> (l. to r.) Gordon and Soderstrom</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU representatives join peers to discuss best ways to internationalize higher educationhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3140Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:24:32<p>CWU<img alt="Rachel Gordon, left; Stacy Soderstrom, right" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/Gordon%20and%20Soderstrom.jpg" style="width: 450px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 225px;"> representatives are among those who will gather next week to discuss best international student recruitment and retention strategies. The <a href="https://www.state.gov/">US State Department</a> will host the eighth annual <a href="https://educationusa.state.gov/events/2017-educationusa-forum">EducationUSA Forum</a> in Washington, D.C.<br><br>CWU Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) project manager Rachel Gordon and international student recruiter Stacy Soderstrom will join more than 570 counterparts from 46 states, 60 EducationUSA regional coordinators and advisers from around the world, and United States and foreign government officials.<br><br>The goal of the meeting, held from July 31 through August 2, is to strengthen partnerships with EducationUSA advisors, make new and strengthen current relationships with other attendees, and learn of best practices in the field as they pertain to the various countries being represented.&nbsp;</p><p>This is considered to be important as international education increases American global competitiveness, and creates relationships and understanding that contribute to increased national security.<br><br>The forum, organized in partnership with the Institute of International Education, will feature sessions on traditional as well as virtual recruiting strategies, comprehensive campus internationalization, student visas, maximizing recruitment resources, and developing comprehensive and innovative strategies for recruiting international students.<br><br>With students from nearly 40 countries, CWU’s OISP has been acknowledged for its efforts to strengthen ties between the United States and countries around the world.<br><br>The State Department’s <a href="https://eca.state.gov/about-bureau">Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs </a>collaborates with CWU, and other accredited US colleges and universities to help maintain the United States as the world’s top destination for international students and scholars and to promote diversity in international education.<br>&nbsp;<br><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> (l. to r.) Gordon and Soderstrom</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU welcomes first Tunisian exchange student to campushttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3006Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:38:39<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/Jedidi%20CWU%20wide.jpg" style="width: 317px; height: 190px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">This fall, Ahlem Jedidi became the first student from Tunisia—the northernmost nation in Africa—to ever study at Central Washington University.</p><p>“At first, I didn’t know there was an Ellensburg or a Washington that was not part of Washington D.C,” admitted Jedidi. “Then I did some research and decided it was going to be different, but really great. Everyone has been so welcoming and so kind. I have the feeling like it’s my home now, even after only a week.”</p><p>Jedidi, 22, is the university’s first Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program, Tunisia UGRAD scholarship recipient. CWU’s Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) helped facilitate her year of study.</p><p>Coordinated by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Thomas Jefferson program is run through IREX, a nonprofit international education and development organization. An interview was part of the selection process.</p><p>“I had never spoken English before with people from the United States,” Jedidi noted, adding that the language barrier is still presenting some challenges. “I don’t know the names of vegetables,” she added, with a laugh. “I have to go on the Internet and see what they are.”</p><p>Not only is it the language and country that are different, but CWU’s small-town locale is also an adjustment for Jedidi, who lives in Tunis—Tunisia’s largest city—with a population of more than one million.</p><p>“It’s different but I like different things,” she acknowledged. “I have never seen a place like this. The architecture is magical. The food? Yes, it’s different. So are the people, the way they see things, the way they think, the way they work. But I’m enjoying everything and the fact that it’s different from where I come from.”<br><br>Jedidi has already had time to amend one of her preconceptions about the United States.<br>“People [in Tunisia] who watch TV shows think that Americans do not have strong family relationships,” she explained. “When I came here all the students had their parents with them and my [American] roommate told me she likes to go home on the weekends because she misses her family. It changed my mind.”<br><br>Jedidi, who has a younger and older brother, says the importance of family here is akin to that in her home country. That importance of family is also driving her academic pursuits.<br>“I’m interested in social business, like family-life management, how you can do business by studying the family,” she pointed out. “I’m choosing classes that will, one day, help me open my social business, focusing on education.”&nbsp;<br><br>Roslyn Moes, CWU international student advisor, added, “Ahlem is living on campus but will also be connected with a ‘friendship family,’ so she can experience real American culture, not what’s portrayed on television.”<br><br>In order to gain practical educational experience, Tunisia UGRAD students enhance their education with online career preparation in the fall followed by professional internships in the spring.</p><p>Participating students return to Tunisia equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become innovators and leaders in their respective fields, while making positive contributions to the economic development of the country and its 11-million citizens.</p><p>“We are a small country and we have a lot to build,” Jedidi explained. “I want to learn about innovation and see what people do to succeed here. I’m going to go back and do the same thing in Tunisia, because we need it.”</p><p>Jedidi is among nearly 500 international students from 48 countries attending CWU classes fall quarter.<br><br>Rachel Gordon, OISP project manager, stated, “Our recruitment plan allows us opportunities to bring students here who would, otherwise, never have a chance to visit Ellensburg.”</p><p>Through interactions with her CWU peers and area residents, Jedidi will also provide new and different perspectives within Central classrooms and the community.</p><p>“I want people to know that Tunisia is a really beautiful country, with a lot of history, amazing traditions, and delicious foods,” Jedidi added. “Maybe someone will want to come and visit<br>someday.”</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p>September 27, 2016</p><p>More information about the exchange program is available on Facebook and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/TunisiaUGRAD/<br>https://twitter.com/tjsptunisia</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Near You: CWU Visits Nepal, Pakistan, and Jordanhttp://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/3002Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:37:08<p><a href="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/documents/OISP/fall 2016 stacy travel.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITYVisits Nepal, Pakistan and Jordan Fall 2016 Visiting:•Kathmandu, Nepal September 24EducationUSA University Fair, Click here to Register•Pakistan•Amman, Jordan October 5 @ 18.00 EducationUSA Advising Center" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/fall%202016%20stacy%20travel.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 300px;"></a></p><p>Meet with Central Washington University’s International Student Recruiter,<br>Stacy Soderstrom, to learn more about our diverse undergraduate and graduate degree programs, English language learning program, scholarship opportunities, and why CWU is a great place to study and live!</p><p>Stacy will be in Nepal September 18-24, in Pakistan in late September, and in Jordan October 4-6.</p></br>Enrollment Up Dramatically for CWU WorldCats Summer Institute http://www.cwu.edu/international-programs/node/2986Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:14:05<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/Watrous.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 274px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University’s WorldCats Summer Institute will experience an enrollment increase of more than 200 percent this summer, as students from around the globe come to Ellensburg. In all, 73 students will spend part of the summer on campus, up from just 23 students last year.</p><p>“It’s a phenomenal success,” said Ann Radwan, Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) executive director.</p><p>Offered through OISP, the two-to-four-week summer program involves students, from Japan and Mexico, who receive exceptional English language instruction paired with considerable cultural immersion.</p><p>“Identifiably, we offer a very high-quality product,” Radwan added. “We ensure that the students receive lots of attention, feel welcome, and have a broad experience.”</p><p>It is a formula for success that has students from the University of Shimane Junior College, based in Matsue, Japan returning to CWU for the 25th consecutive year.</p><p>“Shimane officials actually recommended us to Kurume Institute of Technology [in Fukuoka, Japan],” noted Sherri Fujita, CWU University English as a Second Language director, who pointed out that a contingent of students from that institution are among the newcomers this year.</p><p>While students from those institutions, along with others enrolling through Mexico’s Proyetca program, will develop a better grasp of English and American culture, their parents are said to be equally attracted by CWU’s small, safe, college-town atmosphere, where the students don’t need a car, or bus, for transportation. It’s a significant departure for most of those students, who will spend the majority of their lives in cities or major metropolitan areas.</p><p>“It gives them a chance to live in the countryside where the air is clean, there’s more green, and a different way of doing things,” Radwan said. “Parents seem to find it somewhat unbelievable that there is still such a space in America.”</p><p>Rachel Gordon, OISP project manager added, “So many of the students are amazed to see blue sky or the stars at night.”</p><p>Fujita went on to say, “This is America. They feel like they are in the U.S. They feel the energy of campus. This is what they imagined.”&nbsp;</p><p>While at CWU, the students will be offered opportunities for outdoor hikes and horseback riding, along with weekday, and weekend excursions around the area and state. However, many are said to be happy just enjoying the university’s Student Union and Recreation Center, and its cultural, food, and recreational opportunities, along with the chance to live on campus.</p><p>“It gives them an opportunity to speak English as much as possible—for repetition and practice,” Fujita explained. “We distinguish ourselves from what they can get in their home countries by offering the whole 360 (degrees), not just an hour in the classroom.”</p><p>The enrollment growth is also being attributed, in part, to enhanced networking CWU is doing through established entities and other international connections, such as EducationUSA, a United States Department of State network of more than 400 international student advising centers in some 170 countries around the world.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“We’re building a client base and ‘trust’ is the key word,” Radwan says. “We provide what we say we are going to offer and the students get exactly what they expect. Everyone understands the value and everyone is satisfied.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu</p><p>June 20, 2016</p>