Friday, December 5, 2014

Job Posting - Study Abroad Foundation (SAF)

Position Announcement:  Program Coordinator-China
Application Deadline:  December 22, 2014

Position Overview:

The Program Coordinator-China will manage the enrollment of undergraduate study abroad (visiting non-degree) students from Brunei, China, Taiwan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore who are attending SAF-affiliated host universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australasia

The successful candidate will be responsible for processing 100-plus applications per semester and will take candidates from their initial admission review through to their host university submission, course registration, housing procurement and finally the issuance of final transcripts.  Specific responsibilities include the evaluation and analysis of prospective students’ credentials, submission of qualified candidates’ applications to SAF host universities, communication with SAF Country Offices in China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea as well as affiliated host universities, creation of relevant program materials, and the provision of personal, cultural, academic and emergency advice and assistance for the duration of participants’ study abroad experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities to Include:

  • Communicate with the SAF Country Offices in Asia and, in particular, China (Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai) ensuring effective exchange of information and providing guidance regarding student placement, acceptance criteria, application deadlines, etc.
  • Ensure accurate input of data into the SAF student database and subsequent extraction of relevant data for weekly reports and enrollment projections; previous database use a plus
  • Create, organize and ensure integrity of applicant’s paper and electronic files
  • Screen, evaluate and submit applications to SAF host universities
  • Follow-up with host universities to facilitate quick turn-around on student acceptances
  • Ensure timely and organized delivery of information and materials to SAF Country Offices, and SAF host universities
  • Secure participant housing, orientation participation, class registration, and arrival transportation
  • Create, revise and review pre-departure orientation materials and on-site communication sequence including emergency protocol
  • Provide prompt on-site student support services via phone and email; provide after hours student support services as needed


  • BA/BS required
  • Proficiency in spoken and written standard Chinese and English
  • Previous study abroad experience
  • Adept at prioritizing and multi-tasking
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and exercise good judgment in addressing questions and problems
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Energetic and creative with excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong teamwork skills and an interest in working in and supporting a rapidly changing work environment
  • Willingness to travel in the U.S. and abroad

Work Environment:

  • Close-knit office environment
  • Willing to perform other duties as requested, directed or assigned
  • Resolving emergency situations may require additional work hours

The Foundation:

The Study Abroad Foundation is a US non-profit education organization – a 501(c)(3) - focused on student international mobility. SAF’s HQ is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the majority of its staff based in the Foundation’s Country Offices in China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.  SAF facilitates study abroad opportunities in the US, Canada, Europe and Australasia for international students attending its member universities in Asia.  For more information about the Foundation please visit our web site at

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter in English by email to: and include “Program Coordinator-China” in the email subject line.  Resumes will be screened as they are received and qualified candidates contacted for interviews.

The Study Abroad Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Study Abroad Foundation
1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite 216
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Tel: 317-925-2943
Fax:  317-925-2961

Monday, November 24, 2014

ILF Civic Fellowship Accepting Asian Pacific American Student Applications for 2015 新聞稿 - 國際領袖基金會宣布2015年暑期公共事務實習計劃

If you are an Asian Pacific American and are interested in public service, please consider applying for a ILF Civic Fellowship to intern in a federal agency in Washington, D.C. for 8-10 weeks during the summer. Information on the program is in both Chinese and English below.

國際領袖基金會 宣布 2015 年暑期 公共事務實習計劃

國際領袖基金會 (International Leadership Foundation) 2015 年度「暑期公共事務實習計劃」報名開始。
國際領袖基金會每年暑期都會選拔約 30 名傑出的亞太裔大學生 , 前往華盛頓首都的聯邦政府機構,白宮 、及 國會 實習 參加十個星期的公共事務實習計劃。 2015 年暑期公共事務實習計劃,現在開始接受報名,報名截止日期為 2015 年 2 月 1 日止。被選入此計劃的學生,還將在週末期間,參加國會山莊的領袖才能研討會,學習發展人際關係的技巧,從中學習對美國政府系統最有價 值 和第一手的知識。暑期公共事務實習計劃費用由基金會承擔,學生們需自付旅行及食宿費用,但可獲得基金會 $2000 元的資助。公共事務實習計劃申請者資格,需為亞太裔大學本科生學生,具美國公民身份,擁有 3.0 及以上的 GPA 成績。需要了解更多信息或提交申請,請 查 詢 。 國際領袖基金會在提升亞太裔社區參與公共服務方面有傑出的記錄。亞太裔社區需要在政府中有更大的代表性,因此,希望訓練新一代在他們各自領域中成為成功的領袖,從而提升亞太裔社區的聲音和能見度。
爲達成這一目標,國際領袖基金會舉辦的公共事務實習計劃,將會把參與該計劃的學生,安置到十數個聯邦政府機構,甚至有機會到位置極為有限的白宮,為希望體驗及了解政府 內 部運作的年輕亞太裔年 輕學生提供強化的訓練,以有效提升他們的領袖才能。 2014 年的公共事務實習學生進入 10 個聯邦政府部門、 16 個辦公室(其中包括國務院、國防部、商務部等)進行 8 個星期的實習,公共事務實習學生達 30 位之多 ,白宮連續第 5 年從國際領袖基金會中挑選實習生 。
本會還為過千名美國亞太裔,特別是華裔大學生提供獎學金和領袖訓練。 2014 有超過 200 名傑出大學生參加基金會各項計劃,還有超過 150 名傑出美國亞太裔學生參加由國際領袖基金會和「美國亞裔領袖訓練會 (CAPAL) 」合辦的培訓項目「美國華府領導人才研討會」,依日程分別舉辦不同性質及 內 容的「領袖人才培訓及講習」活動。
本會執行長董繼玲 說 “ 國際領袖基金會以教導亞裔未來的領袖如何進入美國主流社會 , 促進美國亞裔參與公共服務為宗旨,了解如何為我們社區爭取最大權益 ” 。 本會安排每個公共事務青年學者到美國聯邦政府各行政部門正式實習,了解美國國會、白宮的運作及政策發展;並表揚亞裔傑出楷模獎,組團拜訪國會及政府各部會,以提升美國亞裔權益;推展國際交流計劃,企業與領袖高峰論壇,提供國際青年領袖人才培訓,讓來自亞太地區國家與美國的優秀企業及社區領袖、青年學員,彼此互相研討國際事務,共創未來,形成全球青年領袖社群。
著名亞太裔領袖,前聯邦勞工部部長趙小蘭女士為國際領袖基金會名譽理事長,前交通部長豐田先生則為基金會名譽主席。全美分會會長包括林美蓮 ( 舊金山 ),   劉馨儀   ( 洛杉磯 ),    孔慶超 ( 底特律 ),   傅惠芬 ( 芝加哥 ) ,   李學海 ( 紐約 ),    黄國清 ( 華盛頓 DC ) , 伯尼莊麗香 ( 休斯頓 ),   嚴培達 ( 奧蘭多 ) ,   鄭漢城 ( 邁 阿密) , 葉超 , 吳 子平 ( 新英格蘭 ), 吳 小燕 ( 西雅圖 ) ,   Anila Ali ( 橙縣 ) , 簡衛 ( 亞特蘭大 ) 等 , 其他榮譽會長和委員會主委包括孫陳小鳴 ,   吳 來蘇 ,   許文忠 ,   陳鈞亞 ,   趙惠普 ,   沈郭逸媛 ,   羅維宗 等。

ILF Civic Fellowship Accepting Asian Pacific American Student Applications for 2015

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2015 Civic Fellowship Program is open and ongoing until February 1, 2015. Every year, ILF’s selection committee identifies approximately 30 outstanding Asian Pacific American (APA) college students to spend eight to ten weeks interning at a federal agency in Washington D.C. during the summer.
Students accepted into the program are known as Civic Fellows and will receive a stipend of 2,000 dollars. In addition, they will attend weekly leadership seminars on Capitol Hill, learn networking skills and gain valuable, firsthand working knowledge of the American system of government. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, housing and living expenses.

“ILF has a stellar record of advocating for increased civic engagement and public service from the APA community,” said Chiling Tong, ILF’s Chief Executive Officer. “We need a greater representation of our community in government, and ILF’s goal is to train a new generation of successful leaders in their chosen fields and raise our community’s profile as engaged, American citizens who deserve to have our voices heard.”
Based on the interests and majors of selected Civic Fellowship candidates, ILF will work to place them with over a dozen federal agencies, as well as limited placements in congressional offices and the White House. “The ILF works hard to foster bright young APA youth who wish to experience the inner workings behind this great country’s national government, and provides effective training classes to enhance leadership skills,” said Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation. Mr. Mineta is also the honorary chairman of ILF, while the Honorable Elaine Chao serves as honorary chairwoman.

Undergraduate students of APA heritage who are United States citizens and possess a GPA of 3.0 and above are eligible for this fellowship. Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2015. To learn more or submit an application, visit

About ILF

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) has promoted the civic awareness, public service, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community as a non-profit organization. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public affairs, entrepreneurship and international relations through a network of business and community leaders. ILF has a network of national advisory boards and global advisory councils in 15 cities and two continents, comprised of professional, civic and business leaders. Since its founding in 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for thousands of talented APA college students from across the country.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NRS 496 - Seminar in International Development in Spring 2015


November 18, 2014

Hello students and colleagues,

I would like to remind you that it is possible for students to enroll in NRS 496 (3 credits) for the Spring semester (2015) even if you are not taking the International Development Minor.

What a deal!!

You can learn project and proposal development and have a job skill to put on your resume!

You Can Enroll Now:

NRS - 496
International Development Seminar
Wednesdays - 2:00PM - 4:30PM

If you need more information or a permission number let me know.

Professor David Abedon
Natural Resources Science Department

Friday, November 14, 2014

International Education Week at URI - Nov. 17-21!

Initiated in 2000 by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of global education, including the development of cross-cultural competencies and the exchange of people and ideas across borders.

In its 4th year at URI, the week-long celebration involves a variety of globally-themed activities and is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across campus, as well as supporting global learning opportunities at URI, regionally and abroad

Please share the following activity highlights and the attached schedule with your students and colleagues! For event descriptions or questions, visit the IEW website or contact Kathleen Ramcharran at

Activity highlights include:

A Global Journey: Guest Lecture by Friedrich Löhr, Consul General of Germany in Boston (2008-2012)
TuesdayNovember 18
12:30-1:45pm, Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum

Internationally Acclaimed Author, Qais Akbar Omar of Afghanistan
TuesdayNovember 18
4:30-6:00pm, Chafee 271

The Syrian Crisis and Civil Society Activism 
WednesdayNovember 19
1:00-1:50pm, Edwards Auditorium

Work, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad!
ThursdayNovember 20
12:30-1:45pm, Quinn Auditorium

The Role of Women During and After the Conflict in Nepal
ThursdayNovember 20
2:30-3:15pm, Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum

Funding Opportunities for International Study & Research
ThursdayNovember 20
5:00pm, Lippitt 402

Perspectives of Women in the Middle East and South Asia: Voiced by URI Students, Alumni and Faculty
ThursdayNovember 20
6:30-8:00pm, URI College of Continuing Education, Providence Campus, Shepard Building

Celebration of International Student Life
FridayNovember 21
12:00-1:30pm, Memorial Union Atriums & Lobby

Sponsored by the Office of International Education in partnership with:

A.C.E. English Language Institute at URI, Alumni Association Women’s Council for Development, American Pharmacists Association at URI, Center for Career and Experiential Education, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, College of Nursing, Department of Natural Resources Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, Division of Student Affairs, Harrington School of Communication and Media, Health Services, Memorial Union Enhancement Committee, Office of National Fellowships, Office of the Provost, Office of Student Life, Polish Cultural Club, The Union Board, The Women’s Center, Total Image Hair Salon,University Honors Program, URI Summer Program in Calabria

11/18: Two Events to Promote U.S.-China Cultural Exchange

Prof. Ping Xu in the Department of Political Science and her students in PSC 377 Politics of China invite you to join them for two events on Tuesday, November 18:

Environmentalist talk (refreshments will be provided):
Speaker: Tim Mooney from the Nature Conservancy
Time: 6pm-8pm  Tuesday, November 18
Location: CBLS  Auditorium (Room 10)

Panel on US-China relations (Free food will be provided):
Speakers: Tong YU, Yuwen Chen, Richard Mcintyre, Art Mead
Time: 5-6pm Tuesday, November 18
Location: Washburn 316

Monday, November 10, 2014

Looking for a J-Term Course to Fulfill Chinese Major Requirements?

COM 310: Chinese Hollywood: Through The Lens of Visual Literacy

An intensive, interdisciplinary capstone course; exploring literature and research about Chinese Hollywood through visual literacy; and training students how to read Chinese film. Pre-requisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

Professor Yan Ma, Swan Hall 304, M-F, 9am-12pm plus blended online, 3 credits.

11/12: Confucius Institute Reading Room Opens!

The Confucius Institute at URI is pleased to announce the official opening of its Reading Room on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  The Reading Room is located in the Confucius Institute conference room in the URI Library and has an extensive amount of Chinese language reading materials on a variety of topics at various proficiency levels available for student use.  Students may use the materials in the Reading Room or take them out for a period of 28 days.

Since Tuesday classes meet on Wednesday, November 12, the Reading Room will be open according to the Tuesday hours from 1:00-4:00 PM.

Confucius Institute Reading Room Fall 2014 Hours
Effective from November 12, 2014 to December 19, 2014.

Morning Sessions
9:00 - 12:00

9:00 - 12:00

9:00 - 12:00
Afternoon Sessions

1:00 - 4:00

1:00 - 4:00