think: international CWRU Newsletter, September 25, 2015


News and Announcements 

Asian Mid Autumn Festival: September 28, 2015; 7:00-9:00 pm; Thwing Atrium

Global Talk Series 2015-2016 

International Student Success Series: Fall 2015 Schedule 

Summer Study Abroad Faculty-Led Course Information Due: Oct 15

West Virginia State University and the University of Sharjah announce "Solutions for a Better LIfe: Future Leadership Conference." Call for papers; Due Nov 20

Competition OPEN: Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars:
  • The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.  Grant Duration is two weeks.
  • Japan and Korea:    November 2, 2015
  • France and Germany: February 1, 2016
Call for Reviewers: Core Fulbright Scholar Program and Fulbright Specialist Program -
CIES is currently seeking Fulbright Scholar alumni across different disciplines for review committees.



Center for International Affairs
Tomlinson Hall, Room 143
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7031

The Center for International Affairs provides leadership, expertise, and support to the Case Western Reserve University community, cultivating a dynamic international presence and inspiring a culture of global understanding and responsibility.


Faculty Seed Grants for Internationalization: Call for Proposals


Seed grants to enhance internationalization are again available to faculty at Case Western Reserve University. The awards, offered through the Center for International Affairs, are available up to $5000, and the Center for International Affairs will work with recipients to secure additional external funding, as necessary.

"The Center for International Affairs has provided over $110,000 to fund over 20 different projects,” says Molly Watkins, Executive Director for International Affairs. “We are excited to see what proposals are submitted this year.”

Faculty seed grants are available for the development of sustainable initiatives to enhance internationalization at the CWRU. Examples of the kinds of expenditures that are eligible for support include:

  • The development and implementation of sustainable faculty-designed semester-long study abroad programs
  • The development and implementation of sustainable international research projects
  • The development of new international and cross-discipline curricula

These are just examples, and faculty are encouraged to be far-sighted and imaginative.

Proposals, due December 1st, will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the proposed project and its impact on campus internationalization. Visit the Center for International Affairs website for more information about the grants.


Case Western Reserve University Hosted the First Annual Northeast Ohio Study Abroad Returnee Conference

Returned study abroad students from universities across Northeast Ohio at the first annual study abroad returnee conference

On Saturday, September 19, over 30 returned study abroad students from six different institutions of higher education in the Northeast Ohio Area met on the campus of Case Western Reserve University for the first annual study abroad returnee conference. The day-long conference covered topics ranging from adding study abroad to resumes to dealing with the affects of reverse culture shock to going abroad again.
"Study abroad has been described as transformative or perspective altering," explains Autumn Beechler Stebing, assistant director of education abroad. "Students have this amazing experience, but knowing how to process this experience and use it to meet career and personal goals is another thing altogether. The conference provides students the tools to take the next step."

Conference attendees also attended a session where they learned how they could continue working in the international arena by staying in the Northeast Ohio area. Representatives from Cleveland Council for World Affairs, Refugee Response, US Together Inc, and the International Institute of Akron engaged students in networking and panel discussions.

"The study abroad returnee conference was amazing. It allowed me to meet other students who went abroad, learn how to market my study abroad experience, and learn how to adjust to being back in the US. I really hope more students get the chance to participate in future study abroad returnee conferences," shared CWRU senior and chemical engineering major Matt Hively, one of seven students invited to represent CWRU at the conference.

Participating students came from Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, and the University of Akron in addition to CWRU. While the pilot conference was by invite only this year, plans are to expand the conference to any student who has studied abroad next year.

For more information about this past conference or next year's plans, contact the Office of Education Abroad







Copyright © *|2015|*|Center for International Affairs, Case Western Reserve University|*, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7031

Visit our website at: