CIEE Global Institute Grants for Spring 2018

The Towson University Study Abroad Office is excited to announce that we have received $30,000 worth of grant money from CIEE, and we want to give it to you!

CIEE is back at it again with generous scholarship opportunities! As a part of their Generation Study Abroad initiative, CIEE has pledged to award $20 million in scholarships by the year 2020. In order to meet this goal, they will be awarding scholarships for the 2017-2018 year.

Towson University pledged to increase the number of study abroad participants by 40% by the year 2020, and although we have already exceeded this goal (2 years ahead of schedule!), CIEE has offered us 6 grants in order to help continue this growth! These grants are specifically for students studying abroad on a CIEE Open Campus Program at their Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Cape Town, and Madrid.

These 18-week programs offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture while taking courses taught in English from one of five academic tracks: Business; Communications, Journalism, and New Media; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature and Culture; Health Science.

Open Campus Grants:

  • Six $5,000 grants to students attending 3 blocks at one of the six CIEE Global Institutes, or at a combination of 3 locations.

Eligibility:

  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Must be a sophomore by the start of the program
  • Must be studying abroad on a CIEE Open Campus Program at one of the Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Cape Town, or Madrid for 18 weeks in the Spring 2018 semester
  • Must have completed Towson’s Horizons application, and started CIEE’s application by the nomination deadline

INTERESTED? Students should visit the Study Abroad Office website and contact the TU Study Abroad Office at studyabroad@towson.edu as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: FRIDAY, September 15, 2017

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

CIEE Global Institute Open Campus Grants

The Towson University Study Abroad Office is excited to announce that we have received $50,000 worth of grant money from CIEE, and we want to give it to you!

CIEE is back at it again with generous scholarship opportunities! As a part of their Generation Study Abroad initiative, CIEE has pledged to award $20 million in scholarships by the year 2020. In order to meet this goal, they will be awarding $2 million in scholarships for the 2016-2017 year.

Towson University has pledged to increase the number of study abroad participants by 40% by the year 2020, and CIEE has offered us 8 grants in order to help us achieve this goal! These grants are specifically for students studying abroad on a CIEE Open Campus Program at their Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris, and Rome.

These 18-week programs offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture while taking courses taught in English from one of five academic tracks: Business; Communications, Journalism, and New Media; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature and Culture; Health Science.

Open Campus Grants:

  • One $5,000 grant to a student attending 3 blocks at CIEE’s Open Campus in Berlin
  • Two $5,000 grants to students attending 3 blocks at CIEE’s Open Campus in London
  • Two $5,000 grants to students attending 3 blocks at CIEE’s Open Campus in Paris
  • One $5,000 grant to a student attending 3 blocks on CIEE’s Open Campus in Rome

Global Scholars Grants:

  • Two $10,000 grants to students committed to living and learning in 3 of the 4 Global Institute sites in a single semester (Berlin, London, Paris, Rome)

Eligibility:

  • Must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA for the $5,000 grants and a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the Global Scholars grants
  • Must be a sophomore by the start of the program
  • Must be studying abroad on a CIEE Open Campus Program at one of the Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris, or Rome for 18 weeks in the Spring 2017 semester
  • Must have completed Towson’s Horizons application, and started CIEE’s application by the nomination deadline

INTERESTED? Students should visit the Study Abroad Office website and contact the TU Study Abroad Office at studyabroad@towson.edu as soon as possible.

Application Deadline (EXTENDED): FRIDAY, September 23, 2016

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

75 free passports!

Join Towson Abroad and CIEE for the first ever Passport Caravan on February 1st and 2nd. The first 75 passports will be free of cost! Read on to learn more about this opportunity.

Update December 9, 2015
Please note that we have reached 75 applications. You are welcome to complete an application and you will be added to a wait list. You will receive an email confirming the process for waitlisted applicants. We recommend you proceed with gathering all of the necessary documents in the event you are able to participate! Thank you.

Who can apply for a free passport at this event? 
Any currently enrolled Towson student who has not yet held a U.S. passport and is a current U.S. citizen. Students who are applying or approved to study abroad in Fall and Summer 2016 are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are first come, first served.

How do I apply?
Please complete a short application online via our Google form: http://goo.gl/forms/hlqUpDZWMx

Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes. When you complete your application you’ll be taken to an online scheduling tool to select a time that works for you on February 1st or 2nd.

Where will my appointment take place?
Right here on campus! We will be in the University Union Loch Raven room on the second floor, accompanied by the United States Postal Service passport agents who will process your application.

When will my application be approved?
You will receive a confirmation email and further instructions from the Towson Abroad office several days after your application has processed.

What does a complete application include?
This is a summary of the documentation you will require for your passport application appointment. You will receive a detailed list of appropriate forms of documentation in your confirmation email.
1. Proof of US Citizenship
2. Passport Application
3. Proof of Identity
4. Passport Photo
5. Photocopy of Valid Photo ID

Can someone check my documents?
Yes. The Towson Abroad office will have two days in January where we review your documentation in preparation for your appointment.

Can I renew my passport at this event?
Renewal will be possible but costs will not be covered. Priority appointments will be given to first time passport applicants.

What is the deadline to apply?
Applications are first come, first served. Please apply as soon as possible for full consideration.

What does it mean to be on the wait list?
After receiving 75 applications, the office has started a wait list. Being on the wait list does not guarantee a passport, but we recommend you complete a full application. The application will request a cell phone number for you and the office will call you if you are selected for an appointment. Please collect your documents just in case!

Is my passport still free if I am on the wait list?
The university will provide 75 passports free of charge. If any of the original 75 appointments are not kept, the individuals on the wait list will be able to take those appointments and receive a free passport.

Student Blogging: Tsamaya Botswana

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Working with children in Botswana. Photo: CIEE

 

Wondering how you can make an impact? Take a look at Erin’s blog to see the incredible work she’s doing while in Botswana this fall! In case you’re wondering just how her journey’s going, you can also read about her work in the latest CIEE newsletter! That’s right: Towson students are so incredible that they get featured in the newsletter’s published by the providers! Read about her work in that newsletter by visiting http://study-abroad-blog-gaborone-as.ciee.org/2014/10/fall-2014-issue-ii-sos-volunteer-day.html. And since we’re sure you’ll be looking to read more about Erin’s African adventure after that, be sure to check out her blog:

Tsamaya Botswana

http://tsamayabotswana.wordpress.com/

Erin Kelly

Gaborone, Botswana

Fall 2014

 

Volunteering Abroad: Jane Nay

 

Name: Jane Nay
Major: B.A. in Economics ’13
Hometown: Salisbury, Maryland
Location: Chachoengsao, Thailand
Program: CIEE, Teaching at Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University from Oct. ’13 – Oct ’14

Q. How did you decide that Thailand was the right place for you? How did you find out about the program? 

I knew I wanted to go abroad and experience something different once I graduated from Towson, but had no idea where or how to start the process. I talked to my professor, Dr. Seth Gitter, about what I wanted to do and he recommended CIEE.

After looking into all the different countries CIEE has, the programs in Thailand stood out to me. I’m not sure exactly why. I liked that Thailand is a slow paced ‘no worries’ or “mai ben rai” kind of place. I read that the people in Thailand are extremely nice and welcoming (true). I liked the idea of going to a Buddhist country, learning about a new religion, and seeing amazing temples. And, of course, the delicious food and amazing beaches!

Q. What is your daily workload like as a teacher in Thailand?

I teach 7 classes, 5 days a week. Each class is three hours long so I only have one or two classes per day. When I am not teaching I am in the office. My time in the office is spent making lesson plans, creating worksheets, and grading. I am expected to be at school (teaching or in the office) from 8:30- 4:30 every day.

My school does not have text books to work out of, so I have to create lesson plans without having anything to work off of. Lesson planning is harder and more time consuming than I expected it to be. I also travel between campuses every day. The work plus the travel can be stressful and exhausting but is also rewarding.

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of volunteering abroad?

The most rewarding thing is making progress in my classes. Most of the students in my class have very little, or no, knowledge of the English language. This makes it hard to teach when English is the only language I speak. I will spend 20 minutes trying to act out and explain a topic, or even a word, in many different ways. Finally, I will say or do something that just clicks for the students. You know because a group of 15 students will say “OHHHH” in unison. That sound is the best sound I have ever heard.

I also find it very rewarding to see students become comfortable speaking English. As the semester has progressed more students are coming up to ask for help. When I first started they were afraid to talk to me, or in English at all. Now, many students are trying.

Q. And the most challenging part? The most surprising?

The most challenging part is communication in the classroom and lesson planning. Each of my classes have around 50 students who range from good at speaking English to having no English at all. It is very hard to create a lesson plan that works for each student because of this huge range. Some days the 3 hours drag. Students don’t seem to understand a thing I am saying. Other days the lessons go just as I wanted. I am still learning the best way to communicate to my students.

The most unexpected, or surprising, thing was having surgery in Thailand. After only being in Thailand for a little over a month, my appendix burst. It got really bad really fast. One day I had a simple stomach ache and two days later I was having surgery. Communication was extremely difficult. Nurses and doctors did not speak English and I do not speak Thai. This experience was the worst, yet the best, thing that has happened to me so far in Thailand. It was the worst for obvious reasons. It was the best because I realized the support I had here in Thailand. I truly got to experience the kind nature of Thais that I have heard so much about. I did not have to stay alone in the hospital once, even if that meant a friend of a friend of my boss stayed the night with me. People were bringing me food once I got home from the hospital. Many people in my town were looking after me. It was a great feeling to know that I had a family here in Thailand and that I don’t ever have to worry about being alone.

Q. How is teaching abroad different from studying abroad?

Since I have never studied abroad, this is a question I cannot answer from experience. I think the main difference would be the responsibility. One thing people have to remember when considering teaching abroad is that it is a job. Not only do you have to show up to class, but you have to be completely (physically and mentally) there every day all day. I have expectations from the University. I have students I am responsible for.

Q. Has your time abroad met your expectations?

My time abroad has been great but in different ways than I expected. I expected to spend most of my time abroad traveling around Thailand and Asia. I do travel and get the chance to see great things, but not as much as I expected. Sometimes it is not realistic to travel since I only have off Saturday and Sunday. This is not a bad thing, though. I have had the chance to meet people, make great friends, and become part of a community. I feel more at home in Thailand than I ever expected. I don’t think this would have happened if I was always on the move.

Q. Any advice for others considering spending time abroad?

Keep an open mind and put yourself out there. It is important to go out and meet people around the town you live in and learn about a new culture. There will be times when you get frustrated and disagree with the way things are in the country you are in. I was told to remember things are not wrong they are just different. I think that is an important thing to remember.

Q&A Spotlight: Jane Nay

Name: Jane Nay
Major: B.A. in Economics ’13
Hometown: Salisbury, Maryland
Destination: Chachoengsao, Thailand
Institution: CIEE (partners with OEG)


Jane is a recent TU alumna who extended her study abroad experience to a teaching opportunity at Rajabhat Rajanagarindra Universit. This is her story!

Q. How did you decide that Thailand was the right place for you?

I knew I wanted to go abroad and experience something different once I graduated from Towson, but I had no idea where or how to start the process. I talked to my professor, Dr. Seth Gitter, about what I wanted to do and he recommended CIEE.

After looking into all the different countries CIEE offers, the programs in Thailand stood out to me. I’m not sure exactly why. I liked that Thailand is a slow paced ‘no worries’ or “mai ben rai” kind of place. I read that the people in Thailand are extremely nice and welcoming (true). I liked the idea of going to a Buddhist country, learning about a new religion, and seeing amazing temples. And, of course, the delicious food and amazing beaches!

 
Q. What is your daily workload like as a teacher in Thailand?

I teach 7 classes 5 days a week. Each class is three hours long so I only have one or two classes per day. When I am not teaching I am in the office. My time in the office is spend making lesson plans, creating worksheets, and grading. I am expected to be at school (teaching or in the office) from 8:30- 4:30 every day.

My school does not have text books to work out of so I have to create lesson plans without having anything to work from. Lesson planning is harder and more time consuming than I expected it to be. I also travel between campuses every day. The work plus the travel can be stressful and exhausting but is also rewarding.

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of volunteering abroad?

The most rewarding thing is making progress in my classes. Most of the students in my class have very little, or no, knowledge of the English language. This makes it hard to teach when English is the only language I speak. I will spend 20 minutes trying to act out and explain a topic, or even a word, in many different ways. Finally, I will say or do something that just clicks for the students. You know because a group of 15 students will say “OHHHH” in unison. That sound is the best sound I have ever heard.

I also find it very rewarding to see students become comfortable speaking English. As the semester has progressed more students are coming up to ask for help. When I first started they were afraid to talk to me, or in English at all. Now, many students are trying. 

Q. And the most challenging part?

The most challenging part is communication in the classroom and lesson planning. Each of my classes have around 50 students who range from good at speaking English to having no English at all. It is very hard to create a lesson plan that works for each student because of this huge range. Some days the 3 hours drag. Students don’t seem to understand a thing I am saying. Other days the lessons go just as I wanted. I am still learning the best way to communicate to my students.

The most unexpected, or surprising, thing was having surgery in Thailand. After only being in Thailand for a little over a month, my appendix burst. It got really bad really fast. One day I had a simple stomach ache and two days later I was having surgery. Communication was extremely difficult. Nurses and doctors do not speak English and I do not speak Thai. This experience was the worst, yet the best, thing that has happened to me so far in Thailand. It was the worst for obvious reasons. It was the best because I realized the support I had here in Thailand. I truly got to experience the kind nature of Thais that I have heard so much about. I did not have to stay alone in the hospital once, even if that meant a friend of a friend of my boss stayed the night with me. People were bringing me food once I got home from the hospital. Many people in my town were looking after me. It was a great feeling to know that I had a family here in Thailand and that I don’t ever have to worry about being alone.

Q. How is teaching abroad different from studying abroad?

I think the main difference would be the responsibility. One thing people have to remember when considering teaching abroad is that it is a job. Not only do you have to show up to class, but you have to be completely (physically and mentally) there every day all day. I have expectations from the University. I have students I am responsible for.

Q. Has your time abroad met your expectations?

My time abroad has been great but in different ways then I expected. I expected to spend most of my time abroad traveling around Thailand and Asia. I do travel and get the chance to see great things, but not as much as I expected. Sometimes it is not realistic to travel since I only have off Saturday and Sunday. This is not a bad thing, though. I have had the chance to meet people, make great friends, and become part of a community. I feel more at home in Thailand than I ever expected. I don’t think this would have happened if I was always on the move.

Q. Any advice for others considering spending time abroad?

Keep an open mind and put yourself out there. It is important to go out and meet people around the town you live in and learn about a new culture. There will be times when you get frustrated and disagree with the way things are in the country you are in. I was told to remember things are not wrong they are just different. I think that is an important thing to remember.

Thanks, Jane!