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!

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

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!

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Professor Buck Banks (Environmental Science) spent time in June working on research projects in Kenya.

June 4, 2011

Greetings from the Kenyan coast – I’m here for a few weeks at the Mwamba Field Study Centre (A Rocha Kenya) working with colleagues on several different conservation projects. I’m continuing work on a collaborative project with Colin Jackson, an ornithologist at A Rocha Kenya, and his field crew on conservation of several endangered bird species that inhabit the nearby Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF). ASF is the largest last remnant forest along the East African coast, and is home to six birds on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (or the IUCN as it’s known) “red list” of endangered/threatened species. Last year we published the results of a study we conducted (with UW Tacoma undergraduates) exploring the interaction of bird and arthropod populations with elephant disturbance; this month we have just submitted another paper (again with the help of UW Tacoma undergraduates who accompanied me here last autumn to do more fieldwork) detailing the preference of one of the red-listed birds (the East Coast Akalat – Sheppardia gunning) for a particular habitat in the forest (Cynometra forest & thicket).

Read the rest of Buck's post in the Notes from the Field blog

Professor Buck Banks (Environmental Science) spent time in May on coffee farms in Costa Rica.

May 5, 2011

I'm spending a few weeks in the central highlands of Costa Rica, conducting research in an ongoing project I'm conducting with Earthwatch Institute and a local coffee farmers cooperative (CoopeTarrazu). The focus this year is on pollinators, and especially on the importance of nearby forest fragments on coffee yields and the abundance and diversity of bees visiting coffee. Fieldwork activities include sampling bee/wasp diversity and abundance in and around coffee fields, and manipulating pollinator access to flowers in order to compare the effects of wind vs. insect pollination on yields.

Read the rest of Buck's post in the Notes from the Field blog

This course will explore different dimensions of a global and cosmopolitan citizenship by offering students an opportunity to live and learn in the historical city of Frankfurt, Germany, as a city with a long historical tradition, which has been at the center of German, European and international intellectual, commercial, and political life for centuries.

Through an intensive four week program this course will offer students the possibility to immerse in the study of the German language and learn about German culture, history, and philosophy by focusing on the different periods of the development of Frankfurt as an urban center of great diversity.

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Three Things UW Students Should Know
to Launch Their International Career with the Peace Corps

Earlier this week, Universum announced the Peace Corps is a “Top Ideal Employer” according to a survey of college students and young professionals. With benefits including living and working abroad, learning a new language, receiving a living stipend with medical/dental benefits, and student loan deferment, it’s easy to see why the federal agency is an excellent way to launch an international career.

UW students interested in serving a community overseas with the Peace Corps should take note of the following dates and activities...

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