Monika Byrd, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Leadership Development and Service Learning, recently attended the annual conference of the Community Colleges for International Development. Here, she shares some highlights.
Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) held their annual conference February 20-22. CCID is a network of community, technical and vocational institutions from 14 different nations that seeks to create and support globally engaged learning environments (ccidinc.org).
CCID is celebrating 40 years this year, so the conference was a great opportunity to learn more about its history. The international education researchers and practitioners who attended contributed to my knowledge of community college international initiatives, comprehensive internationalization, international community colleges, and the short- and long-term impact of study abroad on student and professional success.
I learned some practical things of interest to Phi Theta Kappa advisors and members too. The U.S. State Department is seeking to dispel the myths that its scholarships and funding in higher education are not for community college students, faculty, administrators and programs. In fact, in addition to the U.S. Department of State, the Departments of Agriculture, Education and Defense all have initiatives for which they seek greater participation from community colleges.
A single website is available to learn more about the opportunities related to study abroad: studyabroad.state.gov. Grant funding is available for things besides study abroad that are relevant to internationalization too, such as the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program, which funds the expenses of bringing a foreign lecturer to U.S. colleges.
Representatives of the Institute for International Education, which administers Fulbright programs for the U.S. Department of State, will be at NerdNation 2016, April 7-9 in National Harbor, Maryland, and available to answer questions.
Phi Theta Kappa works to connect its members with various international studies and study abroad opportunities:
- International Honor Certificates offer online international curricula through four universities:
Global Entrepreneurship — UCLA
Organizational Leadership — the University of Johannesburg
International Business Human Resources — the University of South Carolina
Contemporary Chinese Culture — Beijing Culture and Language University
- Phi Theta Kappa members participating in the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) — which allows students to study one of five career fields in four countries: Australia, China, New Zealand and South Africa — may apply for scholarships to help cover the cost of international travel. Applications are due March 11.
- The Institute of International Education has launched the #GoStudyAbroad Campaign offering $30,000 in scholarships and travel prizes. The campaign is part of Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative to double the number of students who study abroad by the end of the decade.
- The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. The number of awards and award amounts varies. The application is open March 31-October 11.