John Jay College will host a Study Abroad Fair open to all CUNY students on March 8, 2016. It will take place from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm in the New Building, 1st Floor Landing (‘Hound Square), at 524 West 59th Street. (Nearest subway stations: 59th Columbus Circle [A,C,B,D,1], or 57th & 7th St. [N,R,Q]).

CSI will host a Study Abroad Fair open to all CUNY students on February 23rd, 2016.  It will take place from 2:00PM – 4:30PM in the Center for the Arts (1P) Atrium at 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314. See the CSI Center for International Service website for directions to campus.

Elenore Zuniga (Spring 2015 Gilman awardee from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program/Hunter College in Costa Rica. Photo from E. Zuniga

Elenore Zuniga (Spring 2015 Gilman awardee from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program/Hunter College in Costa Rica. Photo from E. Zuniga

With fourteen winners across seven colleges, CUNY students have received the most Gilman scholarship awards on the East Coast.  CUNY students from Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College, the College of Staten Island, Hunter College, and John Jay College, and the Macaulay Honors College will be heading to destinations as varied as China, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Spain and Taiwan.  Each student will spend a full semester immersed in the host culture while continuing their studies abroad.

This outstanding performance echoes the record set in the summer of 2015, when twenty-one CUNY students were awarded Gilman scholarships for summer study abroad, also topping the East Coast, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College had the most awardees of any community college nationwide.  These tips for a successful application were provided by Elenore Zuniga, a Hunter/CUNY BA student who studied abroad in Costa Rica in spring 2015 with a Gilman scholarship.

According to Jim Airozo, University Director of Academic Awards and Honors, strategic planning can push strong applications to the top in this competitive program, which “gives preference to less common study abroad destinations, …[has] a growing interest in engaging community college students, and…[wants] to see applicants stretch themselves—for example, senior college applicants tend to fare better if they propose to study abroad for at least a semester. Our advisors put tremendous effort into educating students about these specifics and helping them make strategic choices about study abroad options, and the results are a wonderful tribute to their hard work and to the great students that CUNY is sending overseas.”

The Gilman Scholarship is a nationally competitive program which supports promising undergraduates who are traditionally under-represented in education abroad—this can include students with financial limitations, community college students, students in the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.  “Many CUNY students consider study abroad unavailable to them for financial reasons, but those are precisely the ones who have an edge in the Gilman competition, which is designed exclusively for Pell Grant recipients and makes a special effort to make international programs available to a wider range of students,” said Lucinda Zoe, University Dean for Undergraduate Studies in CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Through a competitive application process, students can receive grants of up to $5000 to defray costs associated with studying abroad, including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare.

Spring 2016

  • Saada Amadu, College of Staten Island
  • Genevieve Cen, Hunter College
  • Maria Rosa Castelvetre, Brooklyn College
  • Elainne Diaz, Baruch College
  • Hugo Espinoza, John Jay College
  • Monnero Guervil, John Jay College
  • Jamel Hicks, Baruch College
  • Paul James Leung, Baruch College
  • Hannah McIntyre, City College
  • Saffia Rahimtoola, Macaulay Honors College, City College
  • Jeshaun Richards, John Jay College
  • Arthur Sorensen, Baruch College
  • Christine Zhou, Macaulay Honors College, Baruch College

Where:  Guttman CC Atrium

Learn more about the FIVE abroad opportunities that Global Guttman offers, as well as the other opportunities throughout CUNY open to Guttman students.

BMCC student Rebekah Christie (right) taking a break in Mumbai with a host university student

BMCC student Rebekah Christie (right) taking a break in Mumbai with a student from her host university (Photo credit: Eric Claudio, BMCC)

Eight students from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) received prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for study abroad experiences this summer, the highest number awarded to any community college in the country. With a total of 21 awardees from both community and senior colleges heading to destinations including China, India, and Spain, CUNY has the most Gilman scholarship recipients of any university on the east coast for the summer term. This competitive national program offers grants to promising undergraduates who are traditionally under-represented in education abroad—this can include students with financial limitations, community college students, students in the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

“Many CUNY students consider study abroad unavailable to them for financial reasons, but those are precisely the ones who have an edge in the Gilman competition, which is designed exclusively for Pell Grant recipients and makes a special effort to make international programs available to a wider range of students,” said Lucinda Zoe, University Dean for Undergraduate Studies in CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs. “Study abroad can be such a wonderful opportunity for academic and professional growth, and it is exciting that so many CUNY students will have that experience as Gilman recipients this summer.”

More than 1500 CUNY undergraduates study abroad each year, according to CUNY’s Office of International Education, which is part of the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The Office of International Education works with all of the campuses to internationalize the curriculum through study abroad and other global opportunities, both at home and abroad.

“This banner season for Gilman Scholarships at CUNY is a credit to the collaborative work of study abroad and fellowship advisors at many campuses, as well as faculty who supported the applicants with recommendation letters and other parts of the application,” said Kim Holland, CUNY’s International Education Manager, who emphasized that this year’s awardees benefited from the expertise and guidance of Jim Airozo, Director of Student Academic Awards and Honors, and Kate McPherson, Senior Advisor of the CUNY Baccalaureate program, who met with CUNY’s International Education Council early in the year in order to help campus study abroad advisors prepare to recruit and support student applicants.

“With all competitive scholarship opportunities, student can strengthen their chances by understanding the program’s parameters and tailoring their application,” said Airozo, noting that much useful knowledge was gained from McPherson’s service on the Gilman selection committee over the past several years. “We know that the Gilman Scholarship Program gives preference to less common study abroad destinations, that they have a growing interest in engaging community college students, and that they want to see applicants stretch themselves—for example, senior college applicants tend to fare better if they propose to study abroad for at least a semester. Our advisors put tremendous effort into educating students about these specifics and helping them make strategic choices about study abroad options, and the results are a wonderful tribute to their hard work and to the great students that CUNY is sending overseas this summer.”

In addition to BMCC’s eight awardees, thirteen students from Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the CUNY BA program also received Gilman Scholarships. Their collective success reflects CUNY’s mission to foster a culture of opportunity and ensure that New Yorkers have access to a wide range of rewarding academic opportunities.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Through a competitive application process, students can receive grants of up to $5000 to defray costs associated with studying abroad, including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare.

Summer 2015 (Fall 2015 CUNY Gilman awardees here)

Erick Barksdale, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Tanzania: Exploring Arts, Culture & Society

Tiffany Benjamin, Hunter College, Spanish Language and Literature in Madrid

Latoya Bethune, Hunter College, Tanzania: Exploring Arts, Culture & Society

Troy Blackwell Jr., City College, CCNY/ULR Language, Literature and Culture Program in La Rioja, Spain

Maria Bonilla, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Spain: Hispanic Heritage

Rebekah Christie, Borough of Manhattan Community College, India: Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Sandeela Coonjbeharry, Borough of Manhattan Community College, China: Chinese Civilization and Language

Dalvin Delia, City College, CCNY Language and Culture in Senigallia, Italy

John Fleurimond, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Tanzania: Exploring Arts, Culture & Society

Ramsi Harrison, Borough of Manhattan Community College, India: Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Veronica Chin Hing, Brooklyn College, CUNY Baccalaureate, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Community Health

Linda Huang, Brooklyn College, Kyoto-Ritsumeikan University

Palakpreet Kaur, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Cultural and Psychological Theories of Self in Society: A Case Study in Bali

Cynthia Morales, Borough of Manhattan Community College, India: Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Sara-Meagan Phillips, Borough of Manhattan Community College, China: Chinese Civilization and Language

Pawel Rosanski, Borough of Manhattan Community College, China: Chinese Civilization and Language

Gabriel San Emeterio, Borough of Manhattan Community College, India: Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Edwin Sue, Brooklyn College, University of Belgrano, Argentina

Hadassah Yisrael, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Tanzania: Exploring Arts, Culture & Society

logo LaGuardiaOctober 21, 2015, 3-5 p.m.

Study abroad fair

Room E-500, LaGuardia Community College

 

logo BaruchBWA picIntern. Work. Teach. Volunteer. Abroad

October 13, 2015

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Newman Library, Room 50

Baruch College

151 East 25th Street

New York, NY 10010

 

Open to all CUNY students!

Featuring special funding opportunities for Baruch students!

Wondering how your study abroad experience can help you land a job? Make sure you don’t miss this seminar on what to do before, during, and post study abroad. Refreshments will be provided.

More details here.

 

logo QCCThe fall Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 2-5 p.m. in  Queensborough‘s Library Building Room 16 (LB-16). Meet program sponsors and QCC students who have studied abroad!  More details here.

logo BaruchLearn about opportunities to study abroad for the upcoming winter session or spring semester or plan ahead for a future summer, winter or semester abroad. The fall Fair will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:30-2:30 p.m. in  Baruch’s VC Building, B2-level Auxiliary Gym. Meet program sponsors as well as returned study abroad participants and visiting exchange students.

Baruch fair