Friday, January 23, 2015

1/23/15 Chinese Program Bulletin: Welcome Back!

Dear Students of Chinese:

Welcome back to campus!  For those who are new to the Chinese Program, welcome and congratulations on your decision to study Chinese at URI!  We wish you all a successful Spring 2015 semester and hope you will take advantage of the many upcoming Chinese-related opportunities.  Please see below for information on upcoming events, scholarships, and other opportunities

Upcoming Events & Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Monday, Jan. 26, 11am-12pm, Memorial Union Atrium 2
  • Additional Sessions: Feb. 12, 10-11am, Memorial Union 308 & Feb. 18, 2-3pm, Memorial Union Atrium 2
  • For students planning to study abroad in Summer 2015 or Fall/Academic Year 2015-16 who are receiving a Pell Grant and are U.S. Citizens
  • No recommendation letters required, just 2 essays
  • Applications due March 3, 2015
  • 30 outstanding Asian Pacific American (APA) college students will be selected 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.
  • EligibilityUndergraduate students of Asian Pacific American heritage who are United States citizens and possess a GPA of 3.0 and above 
  • Sunday, Feb. 8, 4-6pm, Edwards Auditorium
  • Celebrate the Year of the Ram!
  • Performances by the Foremost Art Troupe from Boston
  • A call for student volunteers will be forthcoming, but please mark your calendars for now.
  • For non-Flagship students or Flagship students at the Advanced+ level to study in Taiwan in Summer 2015.
  • Final deadline to apply: March 31
  • Program Dates: July 1 - August 21, 2015
  • Location: National Cheng Kung University (NCKU, http://www.ncku.edu.tw ) and its Chinese Language Center, located in the historic city of Tainan.
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen not of Taiwanese/Chinese heritage, full-time undergraduate student with a min. GPA of 3.0
  • Share your ideas and be heard... perhaps even in the General Assembly of the United Nations! 70 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2015 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum where they will create plans of action related to the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The students will present these plans of action at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
  • Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language and was not your principal language of instruction during your primary or secondary education, i.e. Chinese for most of you!

Foundation for Global Scholars Funding for Study Abroad

Planning to study in China or Taiwan in Summer 2015 or Fall/Academic Year 2015-16?

Apply for funding from the Foundation for Global Scholars ($2,000)

Applications for Summer 2015 study abroad (programs that begin April 1 through August 15, 2015) are due April 3, 2015; Fall 2015 study abroad (programs that begin August 16 through December 31, 2015) due July 10, 2015; and Winter 2016 study abroad (programs that begin January 1-March 31, 2016) due November 13, 2015. 

No letters of recommendation, just one essay.

Taiwan United States Alliance (TUSA) Ambassador Scholarship

Taiwan United States Alliance Ambassador Program
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2015 TUSA Ambassador Scholarship

The Taiwan United States Alliance (TUSA) Ambassador Scholarship provides students from the United States a unique opportunity to intensively study Chinese Language (Mandarin) and immerse themselves in Taiwanese culture over a period of 2 months. TUSA Ambassadors are expected to act as goodwill advocates for both the United States and Taiwan wherever opportunities present themselves.

Quick Links Requirements
  • Ideal applicants are American citizens who hold neither a Taiwan passport nor claim Taiwanese or Chinese heritage
  • Full-time student at a U.S. college of university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from college professors
  • All levels of Chinese (Mandarin) proficiency are acceptable; there is no requirement of prior language experience
Program Details
  1. Intensive Chinese Language Classes: Classes will be divided in four categories depending on your Chinese language proficiency test
    • Daily small group classes, 2 hours per day
    • One-on-one tutorial classes, 1 hour per day
    • Teaching will use Hanyu pinyin romanization and traditional characters
  2. Cultural Courses and Activities: Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Tai Chi, Tea Ceremony, Stamp Engraving, Taiwanese Language, Chinese Cuisine, and Seminar on relevant topics
  3. Cultural and Language Exchange: One-on-one language exchange with volunteer students at National Cheng Kung university
  4. Cultural Excursions: Visiting National Palace Museum, Indigenous and Hakka Culture experience, and other cultural places
  5. Local Weekend Host Families and Volunteer in Local Schools: Students will be given additional opportunities to further immerse themselves in Taiwanese society
To apply, you may use our online application or download this form and submit it to apply@taiwanusallaince.com no later than February 15, 2015 for an early admission decision and by March 31, 2015 for final consideration.


Sincerely,

Thomas A. Bruce
President of Taiwan-United States Alliance (TUSA)
 
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United Nations Essay Contest - Enter by 3/25!

2015 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum

70 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2015 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum. The students will present these plans of action at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Write an essay (2,000 words or less) related to the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the definition of new goals reflecting the imperative of global sustainable development that recognises, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity. You are encouraged to visit the website sustainabledevelopment.un.org for background material in this regard.

Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language and was not your principal language of instruction during your primary or secondary education. To enter, you must be a full-time university student and must be 18 years of age or older by March 25, 2015

Deadline: Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 11:59pm EST
For more information, please visit http://www.els.edu/en/ManyLanguagesOneWorld

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chinese Interpreters - Providence, Rhode Island

Dear Chinese Speakers,

My name is Irina Albescu, Director at ABS Language Services. (www.absinterpreter.com |www.abstranslate.com | www.abstranscribe.com).

ABS prides itself in providing interpreting services to clients across North America and Internationally for over 150 languages.  Our current need for a Chinese interpreter is in Providence, Rhode Island.

Our company is in need of interpreters who are capable of interpreting for Chinese clients of ABS for ongoing projects. We pay our Chinese interpreters rates per each contract (average out to be around $25-$45) depending on project times and locations.

We would kindly invite you to complete our prompt online application so that we can consider you for upcoming projects in your local area.
ABS APPLICATION LINK:

If you know someone else that you can refer us to it would be greatly appreciated. Please forward them this E-mail or provide them our contact information.



Kind Regards,

Irina Albescu
Director

ABS HR
Email:  linguist@alliancebizsolutions.com

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Youth Voices on China Video Contest: Win over $2,000!

Youth Voices on China Video Contest: The 1990 Institute’s inaugural national online video contest encourages U.S. middle school, high school, and college students to think more broadly about U.S.-China relations and seek balanced viewpoints. Submit a short, thought-provoking video of 2 to 3 minutes’ length on a China topic that relates to the 2014–15 contest theme, "Why Understanding China Is Important to My Future." With more than $30,000 in total cash and prizes, students and their sponsoring teachers may win over $2,000 each, a trip to San Francisco, and visibility for their work. Deadlines are January 4 (Early Bird) and January 19, 2015 (Final). Learn more.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships -- Application Deadline Jan. 16, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Now that exams are over, it is time to apply for scholarships!  

The deadline to apply for Fund for Education Abroad scholarships is January 16, 2015.

The current application cycle will fund students with financial need who will be studying abroad in Summer 2015, Fall 2015, or Spring 2016.

If you are a U.S. citizens or permanent resident and need help funding your summer or year in China, please apply.  Multiple scholarship available!

For information about FEA Scholarships, please visit fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at fea@fundforeducationabroad.org.