Western Washington University (WA) 'Ask Me Anything About My Country' Booth

May 16, 2014

Western Washington University international students took turns sitting in the “Ask Me Anything About My Country” booth on the Bellingham, WA, campus on Friday, May 16. Passersby asked the students about their countries, their cultures, and their experiences as international students in the US. Organized by International Student and Scholar Services, the goal of the event was to celebrate WWU’s international population and to encourage cross-cultural education on a personal level.

International Student and Scholar Services supports international students at Western Washington University, providing assistance with immigration advising, practical matters, and social and cultural adjustment. ISSS also works to promote cross-cultural exchange throughout the University community. International students may begin their studies at Western Washington University in Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters.

South Dakota State University (SD) International Graduates Celebrate ...

May 15, 2014

Forty-seven South Dakota State University international graduates celebrated their accomplishments and were honored in colorful fashion at the second annual SDSU Sash Ceremony May 9 at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. The Office of International Affairs awarded each international graduate a sash honoring his/her home country in the presence of faculty, friends and family.

“The best way to continue to attract quality students is to treat our current students well,” said Greg Wymer, manager of international students and scholars. “The SDSU Sash Ceremony, in particular, is important to SDSU because it leaves a lasting impression on the international students as they leave the university.”

Gibril Vandy of Sierra Leone, a 2014 international graduate, gave the ceremony’s student address.

Students were recognized and came forward to receive their sash from President David L. Chicoine. Sashes were also allowed as a special honor at the 2014 SDSU Commencement the following day, highlighting the SDSU international student population.

More than 80 countries are currently represented within the SDSU student population. To view more photos of the 2014 Sash Ceremony, visit

Winona State University (MN) Opening of English Language Center in Bemidji

April 28, 2014

Winona State University (WSU) is excited to announce the opening of the English Language Center in Bemidji in partnership with Bemidji State University. The English Language Center at Bemidji State University offers intensive English language instruction and cultural activities to international students who are preparing to study at BSU, WSU, another U.S. university, or simply wish to improve their English.

For information about the ELC in Bemidji, visit

University of Baltimore (MD) Introduces New Finish4Free Program

March 27, 2014

Good news! The University of Baltimore has just announced a new program that gives all first-time, full-time freshmen the opportunity to take advantage of a tuition-free final semester. For more information click on the link below.

Western Washington University (WA) Hosts Global Gourmets Dinner

March 12, 2014

Western Washington University international students worked with the university chef and catering staff to create authentic dishes from their home countries at the Global Gourmets Dinner on Thursday, March 6. Organized by the Center for International Studies, International Student and Scholar Services, and University Catering, the evening featured a six-course tasting menu with dishes from Finland, Bhutan, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, and Saudi Arabia. Six students presented their food and culture to an audience of university administrators, faculty, and students. This celebration of Western’s international students also included performances by a student jazz quintet and a well-known Lummi Nation violinist and storyteller. The collaboration served to highlight the diverse perspectives and experiences that international students bring to Western.

International Student and Scholar Services supports international students at Western Washington University, providing assistance with immigration advising, practical matters, and social and cultural adjustment. ISSS also works to promote cross-cultural exchange throughout the University community. International students may begin their studies at Western Washington University in Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters.

Carroll University (WI) New Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior

March 7, 2014

Carroll University has initiated a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior, one of only 10 such programs in the United States. Students electing to major in Animal Behavior prepare for careers ranging from domestic or exotic animal training to zoo keeping to wildlife management. With the appropriate coursework, students are also prepared for graduate training in field such as Veterinary Medicine or Wildlife Conservation. Carroll’s program includes coursework in behavioral neuroscience, behavior analysis, and behavioral ecology. All students complete an internship to develop their professional network prior to graduation.

University of Kansas' (KS) School of Engineering Embarks on Major Expansion

February 27, 2014

The School of Engineering at the University of Kansas has embarked on a major expansion that will increase the size of the student body, research endeavors, and opportunities for students and faculty. Through an $80 million project, two new structures are under construction that will provide an additional 135,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space. The new classrooms come in a variety of sizes and employ newer designs that help ensure students receive a quality learning experience despite growing enrollments. Another major facet of the expansion project is the creation of a high-bay facility on KU’s West Campus. The structure will provide 10,000 square feet for the structural testing area, with a 40-foot wall. In addition there will be another 3,000 square feet set aside for student projects. The high bay facility is expected to be complete by fall 2014 and the main structure at the Engineering Complex is expected to be ready for occupancy in summer 2015, in time for the start of the fall 2015 semester. Additional details about the designs for the new buildings can be found here:

South Dakota State University (SD) Hosts Sold Out Nepalese Cultural Event

February 18, 2014

Nearly 7,500 miles separate Nepali students at South Dakota State University from their home in Kathmandu and other points in the South Asian country. On Feb. 9, the SDSU Nepalese Student Association brought the culture of Nepal across the world to the university’s eighth annual Nepal Night.

The event showcased cultural aspects of Nepalese life, including a Nepali band performing a fusion of folk and rock music, dances, food and a fashion show of traditional dress from the country’s eight regions. Entertainment also included a drama celebrating the Nepali festival of Tihar, which is a five-day festival held in late October or early November. The final day marks the good bonding between brothers and sisters through the custom of tika, a mark of honor that is placed on the forehead.

Traditional foods, like chicken curry and roasted chicken were served, along with a favorite staple of Nepal Night, fruit yogurt dessert. The event sold out and has sold out every year since its inception, attracting over 450 people from the campus and community. Currently, there are 82 Nepali students at SDSU, most of them graduate students and can be found in virtually every academic discipline. To view more photos of Nepal Night, visit our Facebook page.

Admissions applications are now being accepted for fall semester which begins August 2014. The SDSU Office of International Affairs is the hub for international student services and undergraduate admissions, ESL programs, study abroad planning and community connections programs.

Chapman University (CA) School of Pharmacy Masters of Science in the ...

February 11, 2014

Beginning Fall 2014, Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) will offer a 2-year, year-round thesis and non-thesis Master of Science in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) for students interested in a broad range of scientific disciplines critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies.

Graduates of the program can pursue a variety of career opportunities in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. A number of pharmaceutical, biomedical, and medical device companies are located both in and around the Irvine Rinker Health Science Campus where CUSP is located in Orange County, California. Chapman created this program because company leaders indicate their personnel needs project significant employment opportunities for MSPS graduates. Also, graduates are positioned to work as researchers at universities, for agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which also has a large office in Orange County, U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), and at national laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Join the 3rd Annual EducationUSA Siberian and Far East Tour

January 17, 2014

Travel with EducationUSA Russia beyond the Ural Mountains for U.S. higher education fairs, outreach events and networking for institutional partnerships in Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Vladivostok, March 16-21, 2014. For more information or to register, visit: The deadline to register is January 24, 2014.

EducationUSA Russia Special Week of "Summer Programs in the U.S."

January 17, 2014

EducationUSA Russia will be promoting summer academic and cultural opportunities for students at accredited U.S. academic institutions from February 3-7, 2014, and we need help from U.S. colleges and universities to make this week a success! To participate with us, please send us:
• promotional materials for distribution at our centers;
• give-aways for essay contest winners;
• social media blasts for reposting;
• your local alumni to meet with prospective students.
For more information about this initiative, please contact Katherine Scodova:

New Global Education Program announced in Russia

January 16, 2014

The long awaited Presidential Decree to launch the Global Education program in Russia has finally been signed! Global Education, which funds graduate studies in high-tech, public administration, education administration and social services fields, will start distributing funds in 2014. Students applying for support from the Global Education program must also independently apply and be admitted to a Master, PhD or post-doctoral program at a top 300 ranked institution per ARWU, THE and QS scales. Official information (in Russian only) can be found at

Specific eligibility criteria and application process are not yet available. EducationUSA Russia is following developments closely, and will post news and updates as it becomes available.

New Education Opportunity Created in the Midst of Civil Uprising

January 7, 2014

In November, when the Maidan, or central square of Kyiv, Ukraine, filled with protesters, no one knew what to expect: was it another Orange Revolution, signifying major changes for Ukraine? Or was it a brief paroxysm of outrage that would pass? So far, it’s been neither. But in the midst of seemingly permanent rallies, a new initiative has taken hold: the Open Maidan University. Started by the faculty and staff of the Kyiv School of Economics, Open Maidan University is offering free, graduate-level lectures to the Ukrainian public on the square.

Read more about it on the Eurasia Foundation website:

Looking for great students who are worth investing in?

December 10, 2013

EducationUSA Opportunity students are just the ticket! Initiated by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2007, Opportunity funding supports talented international students with the application process to U.S. higher education institutions. Opportunity covers the initial application expenses for highly competitive international students who do not have the financial means to apply to universities in the United States.

This year, EducationUSA Opportunity funding in Eurasia is supporting 60 exceptional applicants from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine who are very competitive for and in need of full funding. Would you like to meet them?

In an effort to promote these great applicants to more U.S. institutions, EducationUSA Advisers compiled short profiles of their Opportunity students who expressed interest in participating in this new initiative. You can view the profiles online, and contact the students’ EducationUSA advisers if you would like more information.

Since 2007, EducationUSA’s Opportunity funding in Eurasia has assisted over 500 students from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to apply to study in the United States. The results are impressive – 278 Opportunity students received 387 offers of admission and $11.8 million of first-year funding. Opportunity students bring cultural and economic diversity to U.S. college campuses, they are among the most academically talented candidates from their countries, and they are extremely well prepared for higher education in the U.S.

Russians studying in the US increases, especially undergraduates

November 15, 2013

An 8% increase of Russian undergrads studying in the U.S. fueled an overall 2% increase of Russians pursuing higher education in the U.S. last year. (Open Doors 2013)

The birth rate in Russia is also on the rebound, with the population of 0-14 year olds up 11% in the past five years.

What is your institution doing to get on the radar of the next generation of Russian college students? EducationUSA Russia can help!