think: international CWRU Newsletter, November 20, 2015


News and Announcements 

Global Talk Series 2015-2016 

International Student Success Series: Fall 2015 Schedule 

France on Campus award for student organizations: Grant Proposal due Nov. 22

Confucius China Studies PhD Fellowships: Applications Due February 15, 2016

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

Russia-USA University Partnership Program Funding Opportunity

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.
  • 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.



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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.


Case Western Reserve University Ranks Among Nation's Top Institutions for Undergraduate Study Abroad


For the first time in our history, Case Western Reserve University ranks among the nation’s top 40 doctorate-granting universities in the percentage of its undergraduates studying abroad, according to the “2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange”.

The annual report is published through a partnership between the nonprofit Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. With nearly 45 percent of our undergraduates studying abroad in academic year 2013-14, CWRU tied for the 20th spot with Boston University. This year marks Case Western Reserve University’s first-ever appearance on the list.

“Case Western Reserve’s top-20 national study-abroad ranking is validation – from perhaps the most highly respected international education organization – of the institution’s success in internationalizing our campus,” said David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs. “This achievement demonstrates a shift in the university’s culture – from one that acknowledged study abroad to one that expects our students to study abroad.”

Increasing the internationalization of the campus was a key priority of CWRU’s 2008 strategic plan, Forward Thinking. Part of implementing that goal involved increasing opportunities for CWRU students to spend time learning in other countries. Since 2010, study abroad participation has more than doubled, from 19 percent to nearly 45 percent in 2013-14.

“This ranking reflects an enormous amount of effort across our entire university,” said Provost and Executive Vice President W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III. “I commend and thank everyone in the Center for International Affairs, led by David Fleshler, as well as all of the faculty, staff, students and alumni who have supported these global initiatives.”

The 2015 Open Doors Report was published as part of International Education Week, an initiative by the U.S. Departments of State and Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. This week we celebrated with campus-wide events centered around the theme of Immigration: Beyond Borders, including daily signature events hosted by the Center for International Affairs.


Internationalization has a Great Impact on Ohio


For the sixth year in a row, the State of Ohio is a top ten destination for foreign students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report released earlier this week. The rankings include all 50 states and Washington D.C., with Ohio ranked #8. This year there are 35,761 foreign students studying in the state, representing an increase of 10% from last year’s report.

The benefits of having so many international students are not limited to the classroom. While Ohio’s students have the opportunity to expand their international network and global perspectives by building relationships with foreign classmates, all Ohioans benefit from the estimated $1.02 billion spent in the state by international students.

“In Ohio, our students are our future leaders,” says Molly Watkins, Executive Director for International Affairs. “By continuously increasing the number of international students in the state, we are ensuring that the future movers and shakers of Ohio are creating strong relationships and shared perspectives with future leaders around the world.”

While international students studying in Ohio come from all over the world, the largest number of students hail from China (39.7%), India (15.1%), Saudi Arabia (13.7%), South Korea (3.8%), and Kuwait (1.7%). Case Western Reserve University is becoming a popular destination for foreign students in Ohio, with 18.9% of our students enrolling from abroad. The top area of study for international students at CWRU is Engineering and Engineering Related Technologies.

The number of students studying abroad is increasing as well, outpacing the national average. The number of students studying abroad from Ohio universities increased by 11.5% in 2013-14, as opposed to the 5% increase seen nationwide.

“Studying abroad not only provides an understanding of another culture and a perspective on our own, it is also a boost as students are beginning their careers,” explains David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs. “The experience is often the difference in a student landing his or her first job, because employers like to see students who can successfully navigate new and challenging environments.”

CWRU, ranked 20th among the nation’s top 40 doctorate-granting universities in the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad, is proud to be a leader in the efforts to internationalize Ohio’s higher education system.


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