Global Conversations

The Office of International Education and Global Programs hosted the first three sessions of its Global Conversation series. The first forum focused on teaching, research, exchange and faculty-led study abroad opportunities in Peru and Ecuador. The panel was led by Dean Hector Flores and professors Ruben Proano, Joseph Hornak, and Robert Rothman. The second forum focused on the strategic international partnership developed through the College of Liberal Arts with Malmӧ University in Malmӧ, Sweden. Panelists included Senior Associate Dean Ann Howard, and professors Timothy Engström, Christine Kray, and Dennis Andrejko. The third forum focused on exciting developments and partners in China, led by Dean Lorraine Justice, Dean dt ogilvie, professor Qiang (John) Tu, and professor James DeCaro.

The office is excited about the interest and engagement of faculty and staff in the continued internationalization of the RIT campus. Materials from all of the forums can be found in the Inclusive and Global Education section of the Provost’s priorities website: Found Here

The next Global Conversation with a focus on Fulbright programs will take place on February 5, 2013 from 1:00-2:30pm in the SAU 1829 Room.


International Visitor

Visitors from the Open World Program with a delegation from Ukraine, the University of Fukui in Japan, and Alytaus College in Lithuania were hosted on the RIT campus by Jim Myers, associate provost for international education and global programs, in November 2012. The visitors met with various administration, faculty and staff across RIT to learn more about our university structure, degree programs, facilities and educational assessment. The visits are a wonderful way for RIT to share its successes with other educational institutions around the world and explore new international partnership opportunities.


Visitors from the University of Fukui in the Toyota Production Systems Lab


Study Abroad & Fellowships

Passport Drive

The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office hosted their first passport drive of the year on October 11, 2012 in the Campus Center. The Monroe County Clerk’s Office processed 60 applications for passports on behalf of RIT students, staff, and faculty, as well as, their families. In total, about 90 people attended the event. The office will host another passport drive on March 6, 2013. Save the date!

Walk-in Hours at Study Abroad Office

Walk-in hours have been reinstated for winter quarter. Our student advisor, Clarissa Baston, will be available at the Study Abroad & Fellowship Office (above the Cantina in Global Village) to field quick questions from students about the study abroad process on Tuesdays & Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30pm. These hours are in addition to traditional advising meetings.


Students Return from Study Abroad

This quarter RIT welcomes back 47 students that studied abroad during the fall quarter. Of these students, 15 studied at our Global Campuses. The most popular locations for international study this fall were Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, England and Italy.


Two Faculty Members Named Fulbright Scholars

The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office would like to congratulate RIT’s most recent fellowship winners! Two RIT faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars for the 2012-2013 academic year. George Awde will be completing his fellowship in Cairo, Egypt and Sergey Lyshevski will complete his in Kiev, Ukraine. RIT was recently named a top producing university for Fulbright Scholars as a result of these two faculty winners. Student Christiana Beck received both a $4,000 Gilman scholarship and a $1,000 scholarship through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE). Christiana will be using her scholarship in Paris, France. Lindsay Kuzara also received a scholarship through CIEE. She will be using her award of $1,750 during a semester in Ghana.


Recent surveys show that the most effective conduits of advertising for fellowships are faculty and staff within the colleges. For that reason, we appreciate your assistance in informing students about the value of study abroad experiences and the following opportunities: Footsteps Through the Adriatic, a 12 credit, four- week program between 2 cities in Croatia; Fulbright Fellowship information sessions in the Study Abroad & Fellowships Office on March 21 & 22 from 5-6pm. Please direct students to our office for questions or assistance with applications.