There are still a few openings for the UWT Kenya study abroad course in Winter quarter, even though the priority deadline was last week. If you know of any students interested in this interdisciplinary course focused on conservation and sustainable development, please encourage them to submit their applications.

The Kenya program provides students with access to areas of Kenya and corresponding first-hand experiences that are possible because of relationships that have been built over the past several years between UWT faculty and Kenyan colleagues. For example, part of the course involves travelling to the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest near the community of Watamu on the Indian Ocean. Here students will have the chance to work with a world-renowned ornithologist collecting data on the birds of this forest, including six species that are on the brink of extinction.

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CIEE just announced the launch of its Global Access Initiative (GAIN), which is designed to overcome the main barriers to study abroad, namely, challenges of cost and curriculum requirements. GAIN is intended to expand the opportunities for students from all backgrounds and all majors to participate in study abroad programs.

Through GAIN, CIEE is committing one million dollars each year to students who are economically challenged, are pursuing intensive international experiences, or are otherwise limited by their major or student activities. CIEE will provide grants and scholarships to students for full-year, semester, and summer programs.

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Institute for International Public Policy Student Fellowship Program DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2012!

The UNCF Special Programs Corporation’s Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship Program is now entering its 17th year. The Institute seeks to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a representative cross-section of the American citizenry. IIPP also seeks to broaden access to international education and training opportunities for underrepresented minority college students.

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to announce that for summer 2012 we will again offer three internship programs: RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering), RISE professional, and RISE worldwide. RISE has established itself as an outstanding opportunity to combine serious research with a rewarding study-abroad experience. All three programs are targeted to students from the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences (geology) and related disciplines.

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Students interested in study abroad - here are two scholarships which might interest you:

The Critical Language Scholarship Program: this summer program provides fully-funded eight to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Eligibility details and language levels and prerequisites are explained on their website .

Applications are now available online, and the national deadline is November 15, 2011.

The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides up to $20,000 for US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East...

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The UW Tacoma Office of International Programs is now accepting applications for an Argentina Study Abroad program: the Urban Geography of Buenos Aires. This program offers students the opportunity to live and study in one of the world's greatest cities, Buenos Aires, this coming Spring Quarter.

Urban Studies Director and Professor, Brian Coffey, will lead *12* students on this urban field course which includes 9 credits of T URB 379 and either 5 credits of Spanish through the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero or a 3-5 credit internship with an organization working with the city's homeless population.

Ready to get to know the city of Buenos Aires like the back of your hand? Want to learn how to make a difference in an urban context?

If you're interested: check out the program and download your application today. Priority consideration will be given to student applications received by November 16. Learn more and get ready to tango... ¡Vamanos!

What are your plans for this winter? Studying hard at UWT? How about studying hard at UWT in KENYA!

The UWT Office of International Programs is offering students the opportunity of a lifetime: A 12-credit course, winter quarter 2012, centered around a month-long stay in Kenya.

Environmental Science Professors John Banks and Jim Gawel will lead *15* students on the field studies course, Sustainable Development in East Africa. Highlights include:

  • Homestays in communities active in Green Belt Movement's tree restoration and food security projects.
  • Safari in the savanna of the famous Masai Mara game reserve, with lectures from wildlife managers on reserve design and challenges.
  • Visit the Arabuko-Sokoke forest reserve on the coast north of Mombasa, participating in an ongoing research effort to link declining bird populations with arthropod resources.
  • Work with local efforts on the coast to improve urban planning and sustainable water management.

If you’re interested, don’t wait: check out the program and apply now…priority consideration will be given to student applications received by October 31st.
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The deadline for fall quarter applications for GO! and Fritz scholarships is November 3 at 5pm.

  • GO! Scholarship – available to UW students of all majors, applicants must be eligible for Pell Grants or Husky Promise and must be Washington residents
  • Fritz Scholarship – applicants must be declared social science or humanities majors and have at least a 3.0 average GPA

If you’re planning to study abroad during winter or spring quarter 2012 should apply now; if you’re planning to study abroad in summer, early fall, or fall quarters, you should apply at the April deadline.

For more information and to apply, you’ll want to check out the newly-updated website, which includes a “Student Scrapbook” with work by GO! and Fritz Scholars, and there's a new Facebook page.

Environmental Science faculty members John "Buck" Banks and Erica Cline are in Costa Rica with UW students during the month of August as part of a study abroad field studies course on topical ecology and community.

Hola! We are back in the farming village of Mastatal, Costa Rica after a whirlwind visit to the Pacific coast. We spent some days at Hacienda Baru, a private nature reserve near Dominical, where the class explored the mangroves and other coastal habitats with staff naturalists. We also spent time with naturalists in Manuel Antonio Natural Park as well as some mangrove islands further north - all teeming with monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife. Finally, we had the opportunity to participate in night beach patrols, looking for nesting sea turtles - several groups had the good fortune of witnessing the ancient ritual of Olive Ridleys crawling up onto the beach in the dead of night and laying their eggs!

Students are busy wrapping up their research projects - they'll be giving final presentations tomorrow afternoon in the outdoor classroom here at Rancho Mastatal - then it will be back to the San Jose area to return home and/or continue travels elsewhere!

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Environmental Science faculty members John "Buck" Banks and Erica Cline are in Costa Rica with UW students during the month of August as part of a study abroad field studies course on topical ecology and community.

Hello from Costa Rica! Erica Cline and I are in a rural farming village in Costa Rica with 13 students on a UW Tacoma study-abroad course. We left the San Jose area a few days ago, and all are now immersed in life in a remote village, with students fully engaged in their independent research projects, which form the core of this study abroad experience. Projects span a range of mostly ecological studies, including exploring the effects of roads and landscape use on stream macroinvertebrate biodiversity and sediments, poison dart frog behavior, hummingbird foraging, butterfly diversity, fungal pathogen dynamics in cacao plantations, and the antibiotic properties of medicinal plants found here in the rainforest. The group will be here for another week or so before heading to the coast to explore mangrove and other habitats there, before returning back to the village. More posts and updates to come!

Read more of Buck's posts from his Notes from the Field blog