Global Engagement Office

See the UCCS graduate student experience through international eyes

(13 May 2013)  The UCCS Graduate School Blog recently featured a post describing the experiences Sarah and Mathkar, two students from Saudi Arabia, have been having as first-semester students in the UCCS Master of Public Administration Program. According to Sarah, “Our life, so far, in America has had its ups and downs. The ups being that we are learning English and finishing our degrees. And the downs being that we are so far from our families back home in Saudi Arabia.”  Sarah is originally from Jeddah, while Mathkar hails from Abha City.  UCCS is proud to have over 240 international students on campus this semester!

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Visiting Chinese university leaders complete their tenure at UCCS

Zhang Qintang

(10 May 2013)  The UCCS community sadly bid farewell this week to the five university vice presidents from China’s Jiangsu Province who have been visiting our campus since Januaryof this year. During a reception hosted in their honor, they expressed their gratitude for the time UCCS faculty, staff, and administrators shared with them, and shared information about their respective campuses. While the presentations were largely focussed on quite serious academic and institutional matters, Zhang Qingtang (vice president at Jiangyin Polytechnic College) did take the opportunity to share of few of the gestures he mastered while in Colorado, including the  “high five” (which he is shown at right demonstrating for the crowd).  We wish all five of our distinguished visitors safe travels home, and look forward to continuing our collaboration with their institutions in the future! For further information, please see the article posted in the Communique.

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You, too, can have a voice in foreign affairs

2013 Spring Fling

(6 May 2013)  Want to participate in foreign affairs, but think you don't have any opportunities to do so?  Take a look at an article recently posted on official blog of the U.S. Department of State for some exciting and easy ways to get involved -- many of which apply to people from around the world, not just U.S. Citizens!

(Image copyright AP)

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Save the date: OIA Spring Fling coming on 16 May

2013 Spring Fling

(25 April 2013)  The UCCS Office of International Affairs is pleased to invite you to join us for our 2013 Spring Fling.  The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on Thursday, 16 May (University Center 116).  All members of the UCCS community are invited to join our international students for fun, food, and giveaways. 

For more information, please contact Mr. Joey Luna, stop by the OIA (Main Hall 106), or click on the image at right.

We look forward to seeing you there!  Willkommen •  أهلاً و سهلاً  •  Bienvenido •  환영합니다  •  Bienvenue  •   歡迎 •  Welcome!!

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UCCS receives distinguished African delegation

US News and World Reports

(4 April 2013)  UCCS was pleased to host a group of distinguished parliamentarians and senior officials from eleven African countries visiting the U.S. under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.  The objectives for the three-week visit, which was organized around the theme of “Accountability in Government and Business in the U.S.", are to explain the role and structure of ethics in government and business in the U.S. and illustrate the principles underlying transparency and accountability; examine similarities and differences in ethical standards between government and the private sector in the U.S.; address international efforts to strengthen the integrity of governments and businesses worldwide; and examine the effect of transparency on trade, investment and economic development.

During their day on campus (27 March), the delegation met with representatives of the College of Education, the College of Business, the School of Public Affairs, and the Office of International Affairs (OIA).  The Associate Director of the OIA, Ms. Sandra Reno, is pictured with the group at left.  Please click on the photo for complete biographical and contact information for the delegation.

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UCCS graduate programs fare well in U.S. News rankings

US News and World Reports

(2 April 2013)  In the 2014 edition of the university program rankings published annually by U.S. News & World Report, several UCCS programs earned recognition.  We are particularly proud that the UCCS/CU School of Public Affairs achieved a ranking of 29, alongside Columbia University, Ohio State University and University of Maryland, College Park.  To learn more about how other UCCS programs were ranked, please click here.  

This past fall, UCCS was also lauded as being among the best public regional universities in the Western United States. The UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science in particular was recognized as being a national leader. For more information, please see this press release.

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Teaching opportunity in Daegu, South KoreaDGEV plane

(26 March 2013)  Interested in spending a year teaching English at a state-of-the-art facility outside of Daegu, South Korea?  UCCS-OIA is looking for individuals to undertake twelve-month contracts to teach at the Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village, which our office helps to manage with its Korean partner, Yeungjin College (the legal employer of all teachers).   This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to have an experience working with students of different ages and abilities in a creative, dynamic environment.  Our diverse faculty of 45-50 teachers provides a supportive community in which to work and live, with more support coming from an on-site management team and UCCS-OIA. 

Please see our website for more information, or contact Ms. Sarah Vinz (, tel. 1-719/255-4218).  We are now looking for candidates to begin contracts on 1 July and 1 September 2013 (with arrival in Korea a week earlier), but start dates later in the year may also be available.  Please note that the Korean government requires all incoming teachers to submit a federal-level FBI check, which can take up to three months to obtain.  Please also note that teachers must have at least an undergraduate diploma in hand prior to departure (although it is not required for the application process).  A generous remuneration package including housing, meals, airtickets, and the possibility for bonuses is on offer.  Candidates are now being reviewed -- so please contact us soon!  As with the opportunity below, this not limited only to the UCCS community.  We would love to hear from any interested candidates!

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Teaching opportunity in Guangzhou, ChinaMilo flyer

(14 March 2013)  UCCS-OIA is now actively seeking individuals interested in teaching at the Milo International Kindergarten in Guangzhou, China.   If you have a passion for early childhood education, are committed to helping to create a warm and nurturing environment for young learners, and are eager to spend a year experiencing life in an exciting Chinese city, this may be just the opportunity for you!  Please see our website for more information, or contact Ms. Sarah Vinz (, tel. 1-719/255-4218).  Candidates will be reviewed from March until May 2013.  Individuals selected for employment by Milo will travel to Guangzhou in mid-August 2013.  Please note that this opportunity is not limited only to the UCCS community -- please feel free to spread the news!

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Reminder: Symposium this Wednesday!

(12 March 2013)  If you are interested in learning more about international student exchange opportunities, please join us from 12:15 to 1:30 pm in Dwire Hall 113 (more details may be found below).  We hope to see you there!

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Mark your calendar! Dep't of Languages and Cultures symposium on 13 March

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(2 March 2013)   The UCCS Department of Languages and Cultures will be organizing its second brown bag information symposium of 2013.  The event, which will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, 13 March (Dwire Hall 113), will be focussed on the topic of 'international student exchange programs'.  Anthony Shull (Executive Director for International Affairs) and Michael Saenz (Student Advisor, Office of International Affairs) will be the featured speakers.   All members of the UCCS community are invited to attend!  Please click on the image at left to view the full flyer.

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Don't forget!  Kenyan fundraising dinner this Friday

UCCS Kenyan Dinner

(26 February 2013)   You are warmly invited to attend the UCCS Cross Country and Track Team's fund-raising dinner for the Cheptigit Primary school in Kapatagat, Kenya.  The event will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, 1 March, at the Grace Place Church (see here for a map).  Tickets cost $10 per person and include an all-you-can-eat buffet of Kenyan foods. 

Learn more about the team's recent experience visiting this dynamic East African nation by reading their blog.

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2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition Now Open

(20 February 2013)  The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2014-2015 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to better accommodate the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the program has introduced several innovations to the 2014-2015 program. Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is 1 August  2013. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit the main website of the Fulbright Scholar Program.

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English tutoringEnglish language tutoring now available through the OIA!

(20 February 2013)  We are pleased to announce that tutoring is now available to help English Language Learners with their academic writing, reading, listening and speaking skills.  This service is available from 2:30 to 5:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in the UCCS Writing Center (Columbine Hall 316).  To schedule an appointment, please email Ms. Jana Watt ( or call the Writing Center at 719/255-4336.  This service is provided free of charge to all students currently enrolled in UCCS courses (including the ELC).  Click on the flyer at left to view the full image.

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ChitChat at GOCA (UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art) GOAC logo

(19 February 2013)  The ChitChat series will be kicking off this Wednesday (20 February) at GOCA121, which is located downtown at 121 S. Tejon Street, Plaza of the Rockies South Tower, Suite 100.  A reception will begin at 6:30 pm, with the program following at 7:00 pm.  Chitat is a series of mash-up talks on contemporary culture and DIY topics.  Each night features two speakers, hands-on learning (often edible learning!), and a whole lot of lively conversation.  ChitChat will spark diverse discussions on contemporary life - specifically in the Pikes Peak Region--and features some of the most interesting minds in Colorado Springs.  This week's speakers will be Dr. K Alex Ilyasova, Motorcycle Studies/English - UCCS (who will speak on Motorcycle Culture), and Luciana da Silva, Professional Brazilian Dancer (who will speak on Brazilian Dance).  UCCS Students - FREE | GOCA members - $5 | Non-Member - $10 (suggested donations).  REGISTER TODAY - it's free to sign up and save your spot online!  To learn more about the GOCA, please click on the logo at right.

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Education Abroad 101 being offered this coming Monday!

(15 February 2013)  The Office of International Affairs will be holding an 'Education Abroad 101' session from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Monday, 18 February (University Center 126).  This session will answer questions like:

  • How do I choose a program?
  • How much will it cost to study abroad?
  • When can I go?
  • Where will I go?
  • Can I make progress on my degree program if I study abroad?

If you are interested in studying abroad but have questions, come and attend this Education 101 session and you'll soon be on your way toward an experience of a lifetime! Note: This general information session is not for students who:

  • Have already have spoken with a study abroad advisor
  • Are seeking additional information about specific programs (call 719-255-3618 to make an appointment with an advisor)
  • Have questions about their study abroad application
  • Are on “Applied” or “Approved” status

For more information, please contact Mr. Mike Saenz (tel. 1-719/255-3618;  We hope to see you on Monday!

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UCCS and India: A year of growing partnership 

(14 February 2013India Dr. CoolidgeUCCS had the honor of being selected to participate in the 2012-2013 International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP) for India. The IAPP, a core initiative of the Institute of International Education's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, seeks to increase the number of international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those in other countries. Over the course of the current academic year, IAPP-India is engaging the five U.S. higher education institutions participating in the program in a number of training activities focused on implementing strategic partnerships with higher education institutions in India.  As part of this program, Dr. Fred Coolidge (Psychology Department, LAS) and Mr. Anthony Shull (Executive Director for International Affairs) took part in an official IAPP India Cohort Study Tour in India from 2 to 8 February.  To learn more about the IAPP and the recent Study Tour, please visit the UCCS IAPP website.  A short video on the IAPP may also be viewed on the initiative's official website.  Photo: Dr. Coolidge speaking to psychology students at Indraprastha College for Women in New Delhi (A. Shull).

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Applications for the UCCS Undergraduate Research Academy now being accepted!

(13 February 2013)  UCCS is excited to announce that the Undergraduate Research Academy is starting this term.  The objective of this program is to immerse qualified and motivated undergraduate students in a research culture through paid research assistantships and group activities.  Applicants for this exciting opportunity should be juniors or seniors (currently sophomores or juniors) and have a faculty mentor identified.  The Academy is open to students from all disciplines and it includes projects that involve research in all of its many different forms.  The application deadline is 1 March 2013.  International students who meet the requirements of the progam are very welcome to apply.  More information about the academy and application materials are available at

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Flag of Spain   How about summering in Spain or Costa Rica?   Flag of Costa Rica

(12 February 2013)  If this sounds like an intriguing proposition, please come to an informational meeting to learn more about two- to eight-week Spanish language summer study programs available in these two countries.  The meeting will be held this Friday (15 February) from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in Dwire Hall, Room 106.  Please contact Dr. Maria Steen for more information. 

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British Consulate-General seeking temporary assistance

(11 February 2013)  The British Consulate in Denver is looking for a short-term member of staff to help with a number of Great Britain logoevents in the upcoming months. Further details on the nature of the position and the application process/timeframe may be found in this communication from Beverly Simpson, HM Consul-General to Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Please note that application materials must be submitted by 21 February 2013.

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UCCS, a proud member of StudyColorado

(8 February 2013)  StudyColorado is an initiative of the State of Colorado, its institutions of higher education, and the Colorado business community. StudyColorado's primary purpose is to promote Colorado as an education destination for international students. StudyColorado is housed at the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The goals of the initiative are to: Study Colorado

• support the international enrollment goals of the member institutions;

• create new economic opportunities for Colorado businesses through the influx of international students and their families;

• create a more diverse learning environment to help Colorado students be more competitive in a global workplace; and

• foster lasting relationships between international students and Colorado that will benefit international trade and investment.

To learn more, click on the logo at right to visit the StudyColorado website.

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Calling all prospective Education Abroad students!

Stockholm statue

(6 February 2013)  We are pleased to announce that our new Education Abroad website is now live! We would like to invite you to navigate through the wide array of education abroad programs and information here at UCCS.  We also wanted to let you know that we are currently accepting applications for summer and fall 2013 if you are interested in those terms. The site may be accessed by clicking here.

In addition, one thing to keep in mind is the Education Abroad Application Deadlines: Mindful of the fact that application deadlines for specific education abroad programs vary and many programs offer rolling admissions and can thus fill up many months before their published deadlines, the application for UCCS will be due on 15 March 2013. Please keep in mind that students complete two applications – one UCCS application and one Program of choice application (usually due at another date). The application process can vary, but in general students apply at least one semester before they depart. Please note: The host site application requirements may differ from UCCS application requirement.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Michael Saenz (tel. 1-719/255-3618; with any questions or if you would like to schedule a meeting to go over your options to study abroad.  We look forward to helping you along the way!

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Are you an international student interested in working on campus?

(6 February 2013)  The OIA International Student and Scholar Services office will be holding a training session on Monday, 11 February (2:30 to 3:30 pm) for students on F/J visas interested in campus employment.  Topics covered will include how to get the necessary authorizations.  The session will be held in Cragmoor Hall Room 008.  If you cannot make it on Monday, don't worry -- the training will be repeated later in the semester!  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Wangyun Chao.

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Celebrate the Year of the Snake!

(4 February 2013)  The Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute (CSCCI) will be hosting a 2013 Year of the Snake Chinese New Year celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm this coming Saturday (9 February 2013). The event will be held at the City Auditorium at 221 East Kiowa Street.  Tickets will be available at the door ($5 for adults, $4 for members/students/military ID, free for kids 5 and under).  According to the CSCCI's website, the Main Arena will feature local organizations linked to Chinese culture, vendors with items from throughout Asia, culinary selections from local Chinese & Asian restaurants, martial arts demonstrations & a kids zone.  A variety of cultural performances will also be seen on the main stage throughout the day, while the Tea House will feature various performances in a more intimate setting.   Please note that this is not an official UCCS event.

Chinese New Year Flyer

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IIE releases print edition of Open Doors Report

(1 February 2013)  The Institute of International Education has announced that the print edition of Open Doors 2012: Report on International Education is available for purchase (online ordering may be done here). This report, which is published annually, is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges and universities.  UCCS is a proud contributor to the report!  Click here to view a fact sheet educational exchange as it pertains to Colorado. 

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Announcing the first UCCS Education Abroad scholarship!

(30 January 2013)  The UCCS Office of International Affairs (OIA) is pleased to offer the first UCCS Education Abroad Scholarship.  The award is $500 and can be applied to financial aid for Education Abroad during the 2013-14 academic year.  Interested students should complete this Scholarship Application formPlease note that the application deadline is 1 April 2013.  For further information, please contact the OIA in Main Hall 106.

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Kenyan dinner flyer Save the date:  Kenyan fundraising dinner
on Friday, 1 March 2013

(30 January 2013)  The UCCS Cross Country and Track Team will be hosting a fund-raising dinner for the Cheptigit Primary school in Kapatagat, Kenya, on the 1st of March (Grace Place Church; see here for a map).  Tickets will be $10 per person and will include an all-you-can-eat buffet of Kenyan foods.  Please click on the image on the right for a full-size flyer. 

The Team recently returned from a university-led volunteer trip to this beautiful East African country.  Learn more about their experiences from the students from their blog.

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Don't forget!  Two exciting Education Abroad events happening this Wednesday

(29 January 2013)  Please make sure you stop by the UCCS Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, January 30 from 3-6 p.m. (University Center Room 116).  A total of 15-20 on- and off-campus programs will participate, representing opportunities available in many corners of the globe.  Please also join us for an Education Abroad 101 Session from 12.30-1.30 p.m. the same day (University Center 126).  This introductory session will give you an overview of programs open to UCCS students and will help you plan your path overseas.  We hope to see you at one or both events! 

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Local scholarship opportunity open to international female students

(28 January 2013)  The Colorado Springs Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the oldest women’s organization in the United States, whose mission is equity for all women and girls, life-long education, and positive societal change, will award three Local Scholarships for $1000 each and two scholarships for $500 each for the academic year 2013-2014.  International students are welcome to apply, but please note that the scholarships are only available to women.  The deadline for submitting applications is 31 March 2013.  For more information on this opportunity, please see the local AAUW site.  For other information on how international students can fund their studies at UCCS, please see our scholarship page.

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Make-up orientation session for international students

(25 January 2013)  If you are a new or transfer international student and you were not able to attend the orientation session on 18 January, please join us on Thursday, 7 February, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  The session will be held in Cragmoor Hall Room 008.  More information for the Spring 2013 Semester can also be found here.

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Academic administrator sought for partner language project in South Korea

(24 January 2013)  The Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village (DGEV), located outside of Daegu, South Korea, is currently seeking a new Lead Coordinator. Responsibilities include providing general management and oversight of all academic-, personnel-, and resource-related aspects of the DGEV project (which currently employs fifty international English instructors). Applications will be accepted only through 1 March 2013. The appointee is expected to be at the Korean campus in June 2013. Serious applicants are encouraged to start securing visa-related documents as soon as possible, given that some may require three months to obtain. For a full job description and application instructions, please contact Ms. Sarah Vinz at the UCCS Office of international Affairs or see our DGEV website.

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Education Abroad Fair Spring 2013

Want to learn more about Education Abroad?

(23 January 2013)  Come and learn about opportunities and possibilities for short-term, semester, and year study abroad programs at the UCCS Education Abroad Fair, Wednesday, January 30 from 3-6 p.m. in University Center Room 116. Approximately 15-20 on and off-campus programs will be represented.

There will also be an Education Abroad 101 Session, Wednesday, January 30 from 12.30-1.30 p.m. in University Center 126. This is an introduction and FAQ to education abroad for UCCS students. Come, bring your lunch, and find out about how you can see the world and earn credits at the same time!

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Voices of Immigrant Professors:  A call for papers

(22 January 2013)  Charles B. Hutchinson (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Kwabena O. Akurang-Parry (Shippensburg University) are editing a book that will look in-depth at foreign-born professors' experiences.  Abstracts are due by 15 February 2013.  For further information please view the following announcement.   

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Chinese university leaders arrive at UCCS

(14 January 2013)  We are pleased to announce the arrival on campus of five university vice presidents from China's Jiansu Province.   These distinguished university leaders have come to UCCS through the President Fellows Program, an initiative of the United Education Alliance.  During their 17-week stay, they will have an opportunity to interact extensively within both the UCCS and broader Colorado Springs communities.  Read more about the visit in a recent Communique.   

If you are interested in learning more about the group's program or would like to set up a meeting, please contact Ms. Kathy Griffith (; tel. 1-719/255-3119) or Ms. Jing Votruba (; tel. 1-719/255-3135).