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UNCW Receives the "Institutional Award" for Unique and Outstanding International Programming

UNCW accepts the Institutional Award for Outstanding International Programming

Michael Wilhelm, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs, and Amy Mabery, Exchange Visitor Specialist, accept the Institutional Award for Unique and Outstanding International Programming on behalf of UNCW. The award was given as part of the North Carolina Association of International Educators conference held Friday, March 11th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Institutional Award recognizes universities that offer exemplary international programming that can be modeled by other universities.

FYSA at Maynooth Wins Study Abroad Award! FYSA at Maynooth Wins Study Abroad Award!

UNCW recently won's 2015 award for Innovative New Program for it's FYSA @ Maynooth program. " The success of the program has been overwhelming and the relationship between Maynooth and UNCW has been strengthened immensely. The students' feedback was extremely positive and they returned to UNCW prepared and ready to transition into life on campus." To learn more about the award, click here. To learn more about the program, click here.

2015 Photo Contest Spring 2015 Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our photo contest winners Nikolay Kudinov and Katie Babbott! See all of the Spring 2015 photo entries here!

OIP Launches Study Abroad Online MagazineOIP Launches Study Abroad Online Magazine

Check out UNCW's brand new Study Abroad Online Magazine! It features pictures and posts from study abroad returnees, office members, and more!

Sherri DillUNCW Study Abroad Alum wins "Global Voices" Video Contest

Sherri Dill, a recent UNCW graduate and Study Abroad Ambassador, won first place in the University of North Carolina system-wide "Global Voices" video contest. In her video, Sherri highlights the academic and personal growth she experienced while studying abroad in Spain for a semester and participating on a Faculty-led program to Peru. In the spring, students from all over North Carolina were ask to submit videos about their experiences abroad in three categories: Impact Abroad, A Day in the Life, and Cultural Connections. While the selection committee states on the website, " All entries were exceptional…it was tough to choose from such a creative array of submissions…", Sherri's video (linked here) ultimately won first place in the Impact Abroad category. Great job Sherri!


Two students receive scholarships for education abroad programs

Two UNCW students, Joseph Durgin and Adam Laughter, were awarded Gilman Scholarships to participate in a direct study program at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso this summer. Durgin received a $2,500 scholarship, and Laughter received at $3,000 scholarship. Congratulations Joseph and Adam!

IEWEducation abroad student awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Keenan Withers, a graduating senior and member of the UNCWorld, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Mauritius, an island nation located off the African coast in the Indian Ocean. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program "facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others' viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think." Students achieve this by living and working with the people of their host country. As a participant in two education abroad programs, Withers know what it takes to live and study in another country. His study abroad experiences as an undergraduate student at UNCW helped prepare him for the next steps in global citizenship as a Fulbright grant recipient

As a Fulbright Scholar, Withers will be conducting breast cancer epidemiology research and working with the Mauritian government to create a comprehensive database of cancer for sub-Saharan Africa. Congratulations, Keenan! .

Congratulations also go to UNCW students Lydia Shippen and Julia Daughtery. Both Shippen and Daughtery made it to the Fulbright selection round and were named as alternates. They also participated in education abroad programs; Shippen studied in Jordan, and Daughtery studied in Ecuador.

If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship, contact the Fulbright campus representative, Dr. Teddy Burgh. Also look for an information session in the fall of 2013. Also, the 2014-15 Fulbright Scholarship Competition website opens on May 1st, 2013, and students may visit it for more information. In the meantime, contact the UNCW Education Abroad Office in the Office of International Programs to find out how participating in study abroad and exchange programs can bolster your resume.


2013 International Student Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Judging for the annual UNCW International Student Photo Contest has closed. Thank you to all the students who submitted photos for consideration in this year's contest. The outstanding quality of the entries this year made our judges' decision difficult, but our winners' photographs stood out from the rest. Congratulations to Xin Fiora Cheng whose photo "Miami" was selected as our grand prize winner. Belen Ubidia's photo "UNCW International Pride" won the Student Life Category, and Anna Sherer's photo "Grand Canyon" was selected as the winner of the Road Trip category.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this year's contest. To see the winning photographs, visit the photo contest page.


UNCW Students Receive Licenses to Teach in Belize

On March 21, twenty-one UNCW students made history when they received licenses to teach in Belize. In a ceremony at San Pedro High School, the Government of Belize, through the ministry of Education, awarded temporary teaching licenses to volunteer student-teachers from UNCW. The license is good for two years and allows students from all specialty areas--early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, and special education--the opportunity to teach in any Belizean classroom.

These students are from the Watson College of Education and are participating in a study abroad initiative, which allows students to earn their North Carolina teaching licenses and gain valuable global teaching experience in Belize. According to the Belizean Ministry of Education, this is the first time students from other countries have been licensed to teach in Belize. Students were previously not allowed to teach in the country because of strict requirements.

While in Belize, the students will spend three weeks in the classroom, and two weeks working on service projects, collaborating on a book for Belizean children, and working in the San Pedro Community Library.

For more information about this and other study abroad opportunities, contact UNCW's Office of International Programs in Friday Annex.


UNCW Faculty-Led Summer Study Abroad Programs Still Open!

Apply now to study abroad with UNCW professors and fellow Seahawks this summer. Programs are filling fast, but it is not too late. Check out all program offerings at:


Intercultural Week

UNCW will host its 20th annual Intercultural Week February 11-16, 2013. A full schedule of events is being planned to celebrate the rich diversity of cultures found within UNCW and the Wilmington community. The week is full of films, live performances, panel discussions, and lectures. It will culminate with the Intercultural Festival on Saturday, February 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Burney Center. For a full list of events, visit


International Students

UNCW welcomes 58 new international students to campus this spring semester, bringing the total number of international students on campus to 306 for the 2012-13 academic year. This is the largest number of international students UNCW has ever hosted. International students offer a great deal to the UNCW community, adding linguistic and cultural diversity, and contributing more than $21 billion to the US economy annually. More information on the number of students on UNCW's visa sponsorship can be found here.


Fudan University Summer Program & Scholarship

Fudan University is offering three scholarships for their 2013 summer program. The scholarship includes an application fee waiver, tuition waiver, free on-campus housing, and partial meals. This is an excellent opportunity for students wishing to experience living and learning at a prestigious university in Shanghai, China. Subject areas include: Chinese Language, Society and Politics, Chinese History and Culture, and Chinese Business and Economy. Previous Chinese Language study is not required. Program duration: June 8-July 13, 2013. Deadline for scholarship applications: January 21, 2013.

IEWInternational Education Week Opening Reception

In keeping with tradition, the Opening Reception of International Education Week, 2012, held on November 12 at the University Clock Tower Lounge, was dedicated to recognizing and highlighting some of the global activities of UNCW's staff, faculty and students. Click here for full article.

Ra oneBollywood Blockbuster Showing at Lumina Theater on Fri,Nov. 16

As part of International Education Week, Lumina Theater 1006 will be featuring Ra. One, a recent Bollywood Blockbuster about a video game creator gets more than what he bargained for when his digital creation comes to life. Free with UNCW ID. $4 non-students. Free tickets available in Sharky's Box Office and Game Room and on Etix.

International Education Week will take place from Nov. 12-16 with a wide variety of activities and events on campus. Experience the sights and sounds of Irish dance, create international crafts and learn about international internship opportunities plus much more. Click here for a calendar of events for International Education Week 2012.

Like us on Facebook and enter your photo for a chance to win the grand prize of $100. 2nd prize winners will receive $50 from each category. Winners will be announced on Nov. 7 at the Study Abroad Fair in the Burney Center. For complete contest details, click here.

The Office of International Programs (OIP) has created a Global Citizenship Student Award to recognize students who demonstrate a commitment to internationalization. Apply for this prestigious award. Some of the questions you may want to ask yourself as you prepare your application are: How have you developed your global footprint? Have you studied, worked, or volunteered abroad? Have you been involved with on-campus international programming? Served as a mentor for international students? Been a conversation partner? Taken classes that have made you develop a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of our world? How have these experiences prepared you to graduate as a global citizen? Components of the award:
• $500 (The award will be credited to the student's account.)
• A plaque or certificate
• A world atlas
• Recognition at a reception during International Education Week (along with the recipient of the Global Citizenship Award Faculty/Staff Award). Runners up will also be recognized at the ceremony. For more information and to apply, click here.

So…where in the world are YOU going? Studying abroad in Shanghai or Mumbai, Rio or Reykyavik? Sailing along New Zealand's golden coasts to conduct maritime studies? Exploring the architecture of ancient Italy? Perhaps your global adventures have taken you no further than the campus dining hall, where a celebration of ethnic cuisine awaits. And if you are an international student studying here in North Carolina, we ARE your destination! Wherever your next international foray takes you - at home or abroad - we want to hear your story. So grab your camera - and your imagination - and participate in the University of North Carolina's first annual international video competition. For complete details, click here.

SwanseaResident Faculty Director Position Available

The Office of International Programs is seeking applications from faculty interested in the position of resident faculty director for UNCW's Swansea University study abroad program for the spring semester of 2014. Applications must be received by OIP no later than 5pm October 15, 2012. More information can be found here.

This fall UNCW hosts 248 international students on its visa sponsorship, reflecting a 6% increase from the previous year. The 248 students come from 42 countries. The top five sending countries are Germany, UK, France, Spain and Saudi Arabia; this is the first time Saudi Arabia makes the Top 5 at UNCW. For full details, visit this website.

The moment I heard the phrase, "You're a cheeky monkey," I knew I wasn't in North Carolina anymore. I began my Scotland study abroad experience with zero expectations of the European countries I planned to visit and the way I would feel when I returned home. Attending a university in Scotland was the easy part-traveling was a little trickier. It was my first time out of the country and the only expectation I had of myself was to acquire at least one thing and bring it back to America-if not in my thought process, then at least in my suitcase. Read more.

soccer gameOIP Bids Farewell to Departing International Students

To celebrate the end of the academic year, international and American students, host families, and friends enjoyed a BBQ buffet and professional soccer game. On this glorious April evening, students celebrated the end of their time in the United States while the Wilmington Hammerheads defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-0. Certificates were presented to students who successfully completed their program at UNCW. We wish all students the best for the future!

Thanks to our international student photographers who sumbitted over 60 photos chronicling their Road Trip and Student Life adventures! Congratulations to our winners Jasmin Seitz, Carla Cordero Rothen and Noni Nelson. A summary of the winning photos or links to the complete contest photo galleries can be found here.

Intercultural WeekUNCW Nationally Ranked for Study Abroad

The 2011 Open Doors report, published under the auspices of the Institute of International Education, has ranked UNCW 9th among the top 40 master's institutions for domestic students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs as well as international students and scholars studying or teaching in the United States. UNCW has regularly progressed in this ranking, first appearing in the 40th position in 2007, 18th in 2008 and 2009, 13th in 2010, and 9th in 2011. The Open Doors report measures only the number of participants, regardless of the size of the institution. Three of the universities ranking above UNCW have substantially larger enrollments. This record of success is eloquent testimony to UNCW's commitment to graduating global Seahawks. The immersion experience of international study is a resume asset and a transformative experience for UNCW students. Benefits of a study abroad experience include not only increased knowledge of a specific disciplinary content or area of the world but "soft skills," such as the ability to negotiate the unexpected, enhanced interpersonal skills, willingness to adapt and more independent decision-making.

Intercultural WeekRegional Engagement with a Global Twist

As part of the celebration of UNCW's 19th Annual Intercultural Week, staff members of the Office of International Programs devoted three hours each of their community service leave to volunteering at Wilmington's Interfaith Refugee Ministry (IRM), an organization that helps legal refugees resettle in the United States. IRM assists with a wide spectrum of issues related to adjusting to a new life in the U.S., ranging from ESL classes to finding housing to negotiating the grocery store. OIP staff worked in the donation center sorting and organizing clothing, linens and towels. A quote from the IRM brochure is most appropriate in this circumstance: "You don't have to travel the world to make a global difference." OIP plans to make this a part of iWeek every year. If you are interested in joining us the next time around, call 910-962-3685.

Intercultural WeekIntercultural Week

UNCW will host its 19th annual Intercultural Week February 13-18, 2012. A full schedule of events is being planned to celebrate the rich diversity of cultures found within UNCW and the Wilmington community. The week is full of films, live performances, workshops, panel discussions, and lectures, all tied to this year's theme, Voices, Participation, and Change, and will culminate with the Intercultural Festival on Saturday. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For a full list of events, visit.

International StudentsInternational Students

UNCW welcomes 57 new international students to campus this spring semester, bringing the total number of international students on campus to 290 for the 2011/2012 academic year. This figure represents a 7% increase from the previous year and is the highest number of international students UNCW has ever hosted. More than 700,000 international students study in the US each year, making the US the most desired location to study abroad globally. The UK and Australia follow, hosting approximately 300,000 international students each year. International students contribute a great deal to the UNCW community, adding linguistic and cultural diversity. More information on the number of students on UNCW's visa sponsorship can be found here.

Denise DiPuccio

International Education Week

Dr. Denise DiPuccio, Assistant Provost of International Programs, made remarks at the opening reception of International Education Week on Monday, November 14, 2011. Read more.

Dinner with First LadyA Royal Encounter

On a recent trip to South Africa, Watson School of Education students had dinner with First Lady Madame Bongi Ngema-Zuma, wife to President Jacob Zuma, at the State House--Genadendaal. Read more.