SU Santiago Visits the U.S. Embassy

Four SU Santiago students were short-term interns at the US Embassy for its 4th of July reception. They used the opportunity to promote SU among the people who attended! Also pictured: Santiago students Daisia Glover and Christine Valenzuela with the United States Ambassador to Chile, Michael Hammer.Unknown-2 Unknown

SU Beijing Student Gives Speech at 35th Anniversary of China Daily Newspaper

IMG_0910SU Beijing student Phoebe Sudargo is interning at Earlier this week, she was invited to give a speech at the 35th anniversary of the newspaper China Daily.

About 30 international commentators and experts shared their stories, thoughts and suggestions about China at a seminar in Beijing organized by the paper.

Themed “My China Story,” the event sought to solicit suggestions for telling China’s story to an overseas audience. You can read more at the China Daily website.

Phoebe is just one of many SU Beijing students who chose to take advantage of their time abroad by taking part in an internship. If you’re interested in spending a semester in Beijing, applications are now open for Spring and Fall 2017. All students enrolling in the program will receive a $1000 grant.

SU Istanbul Students Visit the Consul General

IBO_3320On May 5, students and staff from SU Istanbul, along with students from other U.S. study abroad programs in the city, were invited to the home of Charles Hunter, the United States Consul General in Istanbul. Hunter, along with the consulate’s public affairs officer, Jeffrey Anderson, gave the students a presentation about their role in Turkey. They then opened the floor to questions from the students, resulting in a refreshingly open discussion on topics ranging from their own personal experiences in the foreign service, to Turkish-American relations and the complexities of regional politics and security. The students were also encouraged to share their experiences and perspectives on living and studying in Istanbul for the last semester.

Dr. Erika Wilkens-Sozen, the on-site director of SU Istanbul, is working with other U.S. study abroad providers in Istanbul, including AIFS, CIEE, and Aracadia University, to develop a study abroad council that works closely with the State Department in Istanbul.

“In forming this group, our aim has been to share best practices in study abroad in Turkey, including our protocols for minimizing and responding to health, safety and security issues,” said Wilkens-Sozen. “We all share a commitment to the importance and value of Istanbul as a study abroad location.”

The Spring 2016 students will wrap up their semester in Istanbul in early June, having completed a semester full of travel and cultural and educational immersion in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Applications are now open for the spring and fall 2017 semesters at SU Istanbul.

“Istanbul is a magnificent city, steeped in the history of empires while at the same time is modern, edgy and dynamic,” said Wilkens-Sozen. “As a study abroad location in a complex and troubled region, it offers students an unparalleled opportunity to explore some of the most pressing, and challenging, issues of our time, to help them become more informed and globally engaged.”

Summer 2016 Gilman Winners!

Shanghai PearlCongratulations are going out to seven SU Abroad students who received Gilman Scholarships for their abroad programs this summer! The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. We encourage all SU Abroad students who meet the qualifications to apply for awards that can reach up to $8,000!

The next deadline (for spring 2017 programs) is October 4, 2016.

Our summer 2016 winners are:

Francis Morency, Survey of Current Issues in African Migration
Elizabeth Quezada, Summer Internship in Shanghai
Shanice Smith-Banks, Summer Internship in Shanghai
Jomaris Alicea Lopez, Summer Internship in Singapore
Hatou Camara, Survey of Current Issues in African Migration
Spencer Stultz, Survey of Current Issues in African Migration
Gabriel Smadi Matos, Summer Internship in Singapore

Congratulations to all the winners!