Center for International Education News

Study Abroad Fair is September 26; Peer Advisors Ready to Share Their Stories

While most UT students took trips to beaches in Florida or South Carolina last spring, Mackenzie Higgins saw two of the Seven Wonders of the World. A senior in global studies and Spanish, Higgins studied at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Higgins is now back at UT and working as a peer adviser in the Programs Abroad Office. She and other peer advisers will be available to talk about their experiences at the Fall 2012 Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 26, in the University Center Ballroom.

Campus Groups Team Up to Present Foreign Policy Week

Foreign policy, globalization, global security—these terms are often used in news headlines and tossed about in political debates. But what do they really mean and why are these issues important to all of us? Those questions prompted the development of Foreign Policy Week, which will be held September 10–13.

Confucius Institute to Open; Will Provide Educational, Cultural Activities

A Confucius Institute will soon open on campus, expanding opportunities for UT students and others to learn Chinese, experience Chinese culture, and travel abroad. Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions run in cooperation with Chinese partner universities and typically offer for-credit and non-credit Chinese language courses, sponsor cultural activities, and help local schools provide more education about China.

Through UT’s Friendship Program, Students See It’s a Small World

UT senior Lauren Wurth spent the fall 2010 semester studying at Swansea University in Wales and came home completely enamored with the United Kingdom and all the things she experienced across the pond. When she heard about the Friendship Program through the International House, she thought it might give her the opportunity to befriend international students about to have the same experience she had.

English Language Institute Offers Opportunities for UT’s International Students

Hanadi AlMazroue and Jeddah Canever were shown just how small the world is when they signed up for the Conversation Partners Program at the English Language Institute. The ELI is a UT institution affiliated with the Center for International Education. ELI students are not UT students; rather they apply and pay tuition to the institute.

UT Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 28 to Help Students Shape their Future

Students interested in semester, academic year, summer, and mini-term study abroad programs will have the opportunity to learn about available options at UT Knoxville’s Fall 2011 Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, September 28. International students and students who have studied abroad will be on hand to share their experiences.

200 UT Students Receive Scholarships for Study Abroad

The Center for International Education (CIE) at UT Knoxville has awarded $500 scholarships to 200 students who will be studying abroad during mini-term or summer 2011. These scholarships came from the J. Wallace and Katie Dean Endowment and the CIE Scholarship Fund, which comes from the $10-per-year fee that undergraduates pay.

106 UT Students Receive Scholarships for Study Abroad

The Center for International Education (CIE) at UT Knoxville has awarded scholarships to 106 students who will be studying abroad during spring break and during the spring semester. Six students have received $500 to study abroad during spring break; another 100 have received $1,000 scholarships to study abroad during the spring semester.

Veteran Educator Advises School Leaders as UT’s Principal-in-Residence

Betty Sue Sparks remembers when she was an elementary school principal trying to mediate between school staff, students and parents over how much noise was tolerable in the cafeteria. Now Sparks, the Cornerstone Principal in Residence at the Center for Educational Leadership at UT Knoxville, is the person area school principals and assistant principals can call upon when they need advice.