Office of International Education ready to talk to your students about studying abroad

This is a reminder that if you are interested in a classroom visit from the Office of International Education to talk about study abroad, please let the OIE know! Personnel are able to stop in classes for 5-10 minutes (or another length if interested) and cover any specific topics your students may be interested in. If you are interested in a presentation, please contact Jemma Lund, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, at lundj@uwgb.edu by Friday, Jan. 31 with your preferred dates, times and course names. Any messages received after that date will be added according to pending availability of OIE staff.

Social Work kicks off the new year with international collaboration

UW-Green Bay’s Social Work Professional Programs in the College of Health, Education, & Social Welfare (CHESW) are ringing in the New Year with an official international agreement with the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. Effective January 1, 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been approved between the two institutions which will allow for student, faculty and staff exchanges between the Master’s of Social Work Program and the Master’s Program in International Social Work and Human Rights in the University of Gothenburg Social Work Department. It is anticipated that two students from each institution would participate in the exchange which is set to kick off in the January 2021 semester. Faculty and staff exchanges are yet to be determined.

This “Scandinavian Interdisciplinary Initiative,” was developed with the support of Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Social Work faculty and staff, the assistance of MSW Program Chair, Prof. Gail Trimberger and Democracy and Justice Studies Associate Prof. Andrew Austin. The initiative emerged from the sabbatical research of Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins (Social Work) who conducted sabbatical research on the social welfare state at the University of Gothenburg in 2018. This initiative will progress with the 2020 sabbatical research of Prof. Austin who has been invited as a faculty scholar in the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg. It is hoped that these efforts, over time, will broaden to other academic units at both UW-Green Bay and the University of Gothenburg. The photo above depicts the final phase of the exchange project with a formal signing of the MOU on December 9. Left to right: Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Provost Michael Alexander, Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins, and Brent Blahnik, director of the Office of International Education.

The University of Gothenburg is the third-oldest of the current Swedish universities with 38,000+ students, 6,000 faculty and staff, and 190+ degree programs. The Department of Social Work hosts 1,400 students in several undergraduate and graduate majors, and holds 130+ faculty and staff. The Social Work department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg, one of the largest in all of the Nordic countries. Gothenburg’s population is approximately 600,000 residents, with a metro area exceeding 1 million.

Campus mourns loss of UW-Green Bay friend and supporter Palmira Torre

The College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, along with the Office of International Education, mourn the passing of long-time University friend and supporter, Palmira Torre. Over the past few decades, Torre and her family hosted hundreds of UW-Green Bay Education students at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico during the student-teaching semester and/or study abroad course. Torre was known for her outstanding culinary skills and her nurturing and caring demeanor. She has touched so many lives at UW-Green Bay and will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

Office of International Education hosting Exchange Dinner, Nov. 22

The Office of International Education (OIE) is hosting an Exchange Dinner event on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the Mauthe Center. Food from around the world and an exchange of culture are some exciting features of the event. This dinner celebrates the students on campus who received the International Research and Exchanges (IREX) scholarship. If you have any questions, please contact Study Abroad Coordinator Miriam Brabham at brabhamm@uwgb.edu.

UW-Green Bay welcomes U.S. Department of State Global UGRAD-Pakistan students

UW-Green Bay is pleased to welcome new international students Tasneem, Asavir, Fiha and Dheraj (last names withheld upon request) to UW-Green Bay as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan).

The Global UGRAD-Pakistan program, which places participants at U.S. colleges and universities for one semester of non-degree academic study, is part of a broader U.S. Department of State effort to promote greater understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, including future world leaders. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Global UGRAD-Pakistan has provided nearly 1,800 talented, highly motivated undergraduate student leaders from underserved populations across Pakistan with the opportunity to study at a U.S. college or university.

Through semester-long academic study, exploration of U.S. culture, participation in community service projects, and interactions with Americans in their host communities and campuses, Global UGRAD- Pakistan participants develop expertise in their academic fields, gain a broad and nuanced understanding of American culture and values, and go on to share this understanding of the United States with their communities when they return home. Over the past nine years, participants have volunteered over 36,000 hours of service in communities across the United States.

Global UGRAD-Pakistan participants enrich the lives of the Americans they meet by sharing their unique viewpoints and backgrounds and bringing a global perspective to their host communities. These ties endure, with over 95% of program alumni maintaining relationships with Americans they met while in the United States.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. For more information about the program, visit: https://www.irex.org/ugrad-pakistan

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. ECA programs promote friendly and peaceful relations, as mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. ECA accomplishes its mission through a range of programs based on the benefits of mutual understanding, international educational and cultural exchange, and leadership development. ECA exchange program alumni encompass over one million people around the world, including more than 80 Nobel Laureates and more than 575 current and former heads of state and government. For more information about ECA exchanges, visit http://exchanges.state.gov. For press inquiries please email ECA-Press@state.gov.

IREX is a global development and education organization. We strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world. With an annual portfolio of $90 million and 400 staff worldwide, we work with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information. For more information about IREX, visit www.irex.org.

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UW-Green Bay international students welcomed to Titletown with football practice | wearegreenbay.com

International students from 14 different countries joined together for the first time this school year on the UW-Green Bay campus.

“One of the first things we like to do is welcome them to the Green Bay community,” Kristy Aoki, Asistant Director of International Student Scholar Services at UW-Green Bay said. “One of the biggest things about UW-Green Bay and our community is a love of football.”

To help showcase that love of football, Aoki enlisted the help of the Green Bay East High School Red Devils. The team hosted the international students at City Stadium Tuesday afternoon and showed them the football ropes. See more UW-Green Bay international students welcomed to Titletown with football practice | wearegreenbay.com.

Office of International Education looking for Phoenix Friendship Families

The Office of International Education is seeking faculty and staff who are willing to serve as Phoenix Friendship Families for new international exchange students. The goal of this program is to help new students with their transition to life at UWGB and get to know more about our community.  Single person and multiple person families are welcome to apply! The OIE will provide a monthly event for students and families to meet together. If interested, please fill out the Friendship Family survey. If you have questions, please contact Kristy Aoki at 920-465-2190 or by email at aokik@uwgb.edu.

UW-Green Bay student Alexander Alberts selected as a Study Abroad Ambassador for the German government

UW-Green Bay student Alexander Alberts (Accounting, Business Administration and German), has been selected as one of the German Academic Exchange Service Young Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Green Bay-area native (Ashwaubenon) is currently attending a workshop in New York to prepare, working on public speaking and methods to motivate students to study abroad in Germany.

Young Ambassadors are undergraduate students and master’s students from North America who recently studied abroad in Germany and promote study in Germany at their home universities. They help to inspire their fellow students by giving them useful tips on how to enjoy and make use of their own stay in Germany. Alberts is in his fifth and final year at UW-Green Bay and has career aspirations to work at an international company and spend some time working and living abroad in Germany. His specific interests include international sales, business systems and international accounting, and he hopes to spend time teaching English abroad in Germany.

Nearly 60 students abroad this summer

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UW-Green Bay students in Italy

This summer, nearly 60 UW-Green Bay students will study abroad in eight countries. Summer 2019 programs include six faculty-led courses in England, France, Italy, Ireland, Poland and Spain and three interim programs, allowing individual students to take classes in Germany, Scotland or Spain.

The program with the highest number of UW-Green Bay students abroad this summer will be the faculty-led program to England. Fourteen students will leave in July for Oxford University to experience “a whirlwind adventure of the literary culture [in] England’s oldest intellectual center and the world’s second oldest surviving university.”

Students wishing to learn more about future study abroad opportunities should contact Jemma Lund, lundj@uwgb.edu. Applications for January 2020 are open through early fall. Follow The Office of International Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates, and visit www.uwgb.edu/study-abroad/ for complete information.

Spring semester success in Social Work: International collaboration with University of Gothenburg in Sweden

The Social Work Professional Programs and the College of Health, Education & Social Welfare (CHESW) proudly hosted guests from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden’s Social Work Department to explore international student and faculty exchanges between UW-Green Bay and the University of Gothenburg’s International Master’s in Social Work and Human Rights. This effort builds upon the recent sabbatical research of Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins (Social Work) who spent several months at the University of Gothenburg in 2018.

Helena Johansson, Deputy Head of Social Work, Lena Andersson, International Coordinator and Social Work faculty member, who visited UW-Green Bay from February 23-March 2, 2019, joined several enthusiastic UW-Green Bay campus and community members in a Welcome Reception and Dinner hosted by the Provost’s office in the 1965 Room, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. While in Green Bay, Johansson and Andersson also met with UW-Green Bay administrators, numerous faculty and staff campus wide, local Swedish guests and a host of community providers to explore UW-Green Bay and the broader community. Plans are underway in the Social Work Professional Program in conjunction with the University of Gothenburg, CHESW, the Provost’s Office and the Office of International Education to fully develop the collaboration over the next academic year. Check out the photos.