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Terecea Green, Baruch College and Summer 2016 Gilman scholarship recipient in Costa Rica

Fifteen students from eight different CUNY colleges were awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad this fall, a record number of recipients for fall semester for CUNY. Students from Baruch College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College, the College of Staten Island, Hunter College, John Jay College, Lehman College, and Queens College, will continue their studies in foreign countries as varied as South Korea, France, Spain, Uganda, Singapore, Italy, China, Costa Rica, and Japan.

The Gilman Scholarship is a national competitive program which 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.

“All too often, study abroad can be cost-prohibitive for students, but the Gilman competition is designed specifically to make international programs available to Pell Grant recipients. In recent years, this scholarship program has benefited many CUNY students who would not otherwise have been able to travel overseas and experience different cultures and academic settings that can inspire new interests and perspectives,” said Lucinda Zoe, University Dean for Undergraduate Studies in CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs. “We are delighted that another cohort of deserving CUNY students will have the opportunity to study abroad this fall, thanks to the Gilman Scholarship.”

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.

Jim Airozo, who served as University Director of Academic Awards and Honors until retiring in June 2016, notes that successful applicants are often those who familiarize themselves with the program’s key components and plan ahead to make their applications strong and targeted. “Our advisors aim to educate students about the Gilman Scholarship Program, so that they understand its competitive nature and ways that they can optimize their chances of receiving a scholarship,” he said. For example, community college students have been a focus of the program in recent years, especially for short term and summer programs, and senior college applicants tend to fare better if they aim to study abroad for at least a full semester. Airozo adds that students should utilize the expertise of advisors, who can provide invaluable guidance on study abroad options and strategic ways of strengthening applications.

Students should also check out tips for a successful application from Elenore Zuniga, a Hunter/CUNY BA student who studied abroad in Costa Rica in spring 2015 with a Gilman scholarship.

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.

Expert advice on studying abroad while “DACAmented”

 Advance Parole for DACA students who want to study abroad:
The Advantages, the Risks & Real life accounts of those who’ve done it! 

A conversation with DACA students who’ve traveled abroad and returned to talk about it, there will also be representatives from the study abroad office, and an immigration attorney available to provide some helpful information and answer questions.  

Offered by CUNY Citizenship Now and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Pre-Law Institute

Where: 524 West 59th street, New York, NY 10019
-2pm Session:   Room NB1.65
-5pm Session:   Room NB1.61

When: Thursday 10th, 2016 2:00-2:30 pm & 5:00-5:30 pm

  • Advance Parole for DACA students who want to study abroad: the advantages, the risks. Real life accounts of those who’ve done it.
  • A conversation with DACA students who’ve traveled abroad and returned to talk about it, there will also be representatives from the study abroad office, and an immigration attorney available to provide some helpful information and answer questions.
  • This event is open to DACA students from ALL CUNY colleges and their families, and will be followed by a short question and answer segment.  

*We will start on time as we only have the space for a limited time, please come promptly at either 2pm or 5pm.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 8th by emailing Stephanie.Delia@cuny.edu with “RSVP” as the subject.
 
Include in the body of the email;
(1) Your full name
(2) The best email address to reach you, and
(3) The name of the CUNY College you are enrolled in.

Record Number of Gilman Scholarship Recipients for Fall Semester

 

Sixteen students from eight different CUNY colleges were awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad this fall, a record number of recipients for fall semester for CUNY. Students from Baruch College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College, the College of Staten Island, Hunter College, John Jay College, Lehman College, and Queens College, will continue their studies in foreign countries as varied as South Korea, France, Spain, Uganda, Singapore, Italy, China, Costa Rica, and Japan.

 

The Gilman Scholarship is a national competitive program which 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.

 

“All too often, study abroad can be cost-prohibitive for students, but the Gilman competition is designed specifically to make international programs available to Pell Grant recipients. In recent years, this scholarship program has benefited many CUNY students who would not otherwise have been able to travel overseas and experience different cultures and academic settings that can inspire new interests and perspectives,” said Lucinda Zoe, University Dean for Undergraduate Studies in CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs. “We are delighted that another cohort of deserving CUNY students will have the opportunity to study abroad this fall, thanks to the Gilman Scholarship.”

 

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.

 

Jim Airozo, who served as University Director of Academic Awards and Honors until retiring in June 2016, notes that successful applicants are often those who familiarize themselves with the program’s key components and plan ahead to make their applications strong and targeted. “Our advisors aim to educate students about the Gilman Scholarship Program, so that they understand its competitive nature and ways that they can optimize their chances of receiving a scholarship,” he said. For example, community college students have been a focus of the program in recent years, especially for short term and summer programs, and senior college applicants tend to fare better if they aim to study abroad for at least a full semester. Airozo adds that students should utilize the expertise of advisors, who can provide invaluable guidance on study abroad options and strategic ways of strengthening applications.

Students should also check out tips for a successful application from Elenore Zuniga, a Hunter/CUNY BA student who studied abroad in Costa Rica in spring 2015 with a Gilman scholarship.

 

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.

 

Fall 2016 Winners

  • Frederick Alvarez, College of Staten Island
  • Michelle Castel, Lehman College
  • Sok Cheng, Baruch College
  • Michael Clark, CUNY BA/BS: Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Whitnney Dihmes, Baruch College
  • Yoryi Dume, Lehman College
  • Valeria Granzo, CUNY BA/BS: Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Hunter College
  • Devin Lee, Macaulay Honors College at Queens College
  • Valerie Loayza, John Jay College
  • Alexandra Lopez, Baruch College
  • Izza Nadeem, City College
  • Daniela Padilla, John Jay College
  • Brandon Robinson, Lehman College
  • Winnie Shen, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College
  • Lewis Tse, City College

Study Abroad while DACAmented Workshop open to all CUNY students, hosted by BMCC.

Where: 199 Chambers Street, N-452, New York, NY 10007
When: November 18th, 2016, 12:00-2:00 pm

  • Free legal advice from CUNY Citizenship Now on Advanced Parole for (Dreamers)
  • Learn about scholarships available to DACA students
  • Testimony from students who have studied abroad with Advance Parole

Please join the U.S. Department of State at Baruch College of the City University of New York to discussDOS logo

 Study Abroad:  An Investment in Your Future

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan will discuss the role of study abroad in U.S. relations and practical ways students can access global opportunities. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10:30 am EST

Room 750, Newman Library Building, Baruch College, 151 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010

Students, faculty and staff from all CUNY colleges and other NYC colleges and universities are welcome.  Limited seating so please arrive early.

RSVP at www.baruch.cuny.edu/saevent

Follow on Twitter at @ECA_AS and @CUNYglobal

Study Abroad while DACAmented Workshop open to all CUNY students, hosted by BMCC.

Where: 199 Chambers Street, N-452, New York, NY 10007
When: March 4th, 2016, 1:00-3:00 pm

  • Free legal advice from CUNY Citizenship Now on Advanced Parole for (Dreamers)
  • Learn about scholarships available to DACA students
  • Testimony from students who have studied abroad with Advance Parole

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]).

CSISA-Fair-flyer-2016_376x451CSI 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.