May 2, 2018

Below you will find a series of news, event and resource items that may be of interest.  To submit information for posting please send an email with your announcement to


The University of West Alabama 

Connie Marine, International Coordinator, was selected by the US Fulbright Program for participation  in the 2018 US Fulbright IEA Japan  program.

UWA International Club President Pragabh Sharma and Vice President Zach Collier, a UWA study abroad returnee Seth Mars, two UWA Saudi Arabian students Anoud Alsaqer and Mohammed Alanazi, and a UWA Chinese student Christina Huang were all invited to attend the International Student Leadership Conference in Georgia, April 13th-April 15th.

The international student conference helps study abroad returnees and international students to become stronger leaders on their home campus through interactive sessions and workshops. International Club President Pragabh Sharma and Vice President Zach Collier presented a session about integrating international and American students on UWA’s campus. Their session was attend by students and staff from various universities.

For more information contact: Ingrid Garcia-Galinat, Assistant Director, International Programs –


The University of Alabama at Birmingham

New partnership with Calhoun Community College extends successful UAB Joint Admissions Program

The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced a partnership with Calhoun Community College through the UAB Joint Admissions Program, launched in 2013.


MAY 5th, 2018: 6th Annual Birmingham International Street Fair, Saturday, 10am-4pm Avondale Brewing Company & 2nd Ave.  Everyone is welcome

May 16, 2018Join SEVP and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on 5/16/2018 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT for the Government Voices Webinar: What to Expect at a U.S. Port of Entry. During this webinar, CBP officers and SEVP subject matter experts will have an in-depth discussion about port of entry processes non-immigrant students encounter throughout the student life cycle, including: Primary vs. secondary inspection. Documentation. How entry  Processes may differ at land, air and sea ports of entry. Other topics related to student entry to the United States

May 25th, 2018:  GSM USA Roadshow 2018 – Host: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.  An all day international student agency speed-networking fair. Tables still available. See link for early bird registration discounts. Latest participant registrations are Registrations

May 30 – June 1, 2018 Auburn University International Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning Symposium  Internationalizing teaching in higher education. Registration. Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida, USA.

JUNE 3-5, 2018 – (From Alabama Dept of Commerce, Int. Trade Div.) The state of Alabama will host the SEUS-CP Alliance, for the first time since it inception, in Mobile on June 3-5, 2018. The theme “Shared Values For A Prosperous Future” will build on past conferences in developing common strategic goals and opening doors for businesses from the member provinces and states.  The Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) is a strategic partnership between six southeastern U.S. states and seven member provinces from Canada, established in 2007 to enhance economic ties and encourage technological and scientific exchanges between the two regions.

June 28-29, 2018 – Study Abroad Administrators Security Overseas Seminar June 28-29, 2018  (PDF FACT SHEET) Arlington, VA . The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council And Foreign Service Institute Present this two-day course designed to assist participants in identifying security risks inherent in study abroad programs and develop their own training to help students prepare for traveling overseas. Contact Damon Brown at or 703-302-7280 (note: if you need access to the OSAC information email


OCTOBER 13 – 21  Recruit in Canada’s Fall 2018 Study and Go Abroad Fair Circuit

The 2019-2020 Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Program application is open!

Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars<> help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Participants have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two week grant duration.  IEA seminars include campus visits with a cross-section of universities and colleges; briefings with faculty and administrators, government officials, and leading educational experts; and tours of historical and cultural sites.

Seminars are offered for the following locations:
*   India<> – Deadline: August 1, 2018
*   Taiwan<> – Deadline: August 1, 2018
*   CCAS – Russia<> – Deadline: October 15, 2018
*   Japan<>- Deadline: November 1, 2018
*   Korea<>- Deadline: November 1, 2018
*   France<>- Deadline: February 1, 2019
*   Germany<>- Deadline: February 1, 2019

A full listing of upcoming webinars can be found online <>, including previously recorded IEA Application Walk-Through<>. If you or your colleagues are interested in this opportunity, please email<>

Source:  Peter Vanderwater, via SECUSS-L

The Fulbright US Student Program application deadlines soon.

Dont forget the Fulbright US Student Program – deadlines begin as early as August 1, 2018.  Who should apply:

Recent graduates   Graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project.

Master’s and doctoral candidates   Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.

Young professionals, including writers, creative and performing artists, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields   Competitive candidates who have up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience in the field in which they are applying will be considered. Those with more than 5 years of experience should apply to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

The EducationUSA network’s YouTube channel

Submit Your Videos  The EducationUSA network’s YouTube channel has a playlist for U.S. college and university recruiting videos. To reach more international students, you may request that EducationUSA add your institutional video (targeted to an international student audience). Send the webpage URL to the EducationUSA Team in Washington, DC (, subject line: Submit a Video URL. It is a best practice to keep videos to about one minute in length. Your submitted videos must also have manually added subtitles or closed captions for compliance with Section 508 of the Disability Act of 1973. EducationUSA will not post any videos not meeting Section 508 requirements. Adding subtitles also allows for language translation programs to translate the content you provide. More information can be found on the logged in portion of our website. Once logged in, click on “My Resources” and “Submit a Video.”

US Dept of State OSAC Resources:

The following recent reports from OSAC may of interest.  If your institution is not a member of OSAC and you are unable to access these reports feel free to email as Study Alabama is an organizational member of OSAC and we will be glad to share reports of interest.

4/30/2018 – OSAC  Early May Security Issues across Europe  May Day, a traditional spring holiday that has become synonymous with International Workers Day (or International Labor Day or other similar derivations), is a day for workers and activists to celebrate the accomplishments of organized labor, as well as to express grievances, usually in the form of street protests. The complete report can be viewed at

Apr 27, 2018 Cybersecurity Basic As technical and physical cyber defenses become more robust and effective, individuals have become the increasingly weak link in the security chain. This weakness is exploited by malicious actors through threats like phishing. No matter the technology that a company installs, a data breach or ransomware attack is only one click away. The following tips describe and offer advice regarding common cyber security issues that are non-technical in nature, and are particularly relevant to individuals traveling abroad.  The complete report can be viewed at

SOUTH AFRICA 2018 CRIME & SAFETY REPORT Africa > South Africa This is an annual report produced in conjunction with the Regional Security Offices at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and Consulates Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. more..

Apr 25, 2018 Ordered Departure and Protests in Nicaragua  On April 23, U.S. Embassy Managua ordered the departure of U.S. government family members and authorized the departure of U.S. government personnel in Nicaragua. The change in posture follows a week of violent protests opposing changes to Nicaragua’s social security system, which has since been redacted. Ordered departure status is mandatory for the specified individuals and requires them to evacuate the location immediately. Authorized departure is elective for non-emergency personnel. Ongoing civil unrest has impacted operations at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, which reopened the Consular Section on April 25 with limited staff. Full Embassy operations are anticipated to resume April 26, with emergency services for U.S. citizens from 0900 to 1200. Ordered departure is not permanent and is reviewed regularly for indicators that it is safe for affected individuals to return, including signs that potential threats have been mitigated or security conditions have improved. At this time, it is unclear how long the ordered departure will remain in effect for Managua. The complete report can be viewed at

TRAVEL ADVISORY: NICARAGUA – LEVEL 3 (RECONSIDER TRAVEL) Western Hemisphere > Nicaragua   Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime and civil unrest. more…

Export Destinations: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa

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In the NEWS:

Workforce Development isn’t about old jobs anymore. (PDF) Al Press Register This is Alabama. April 29, 2018. Workforce Training Solutions Wallace State Community College.

Why Alabama’s Research Universities are Important  Business Alabama: Where R&D Goes to School.  Research universities are on the leading edge of a new paradigm for economic development. Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Spanish auto supplier opens first U.S. plant in Vance.  Tuscaloosa News. Truck & Wheel USA, the latest automotive supplier to open in Tuscaloosa County. Formed in 1998 in Navarre, Spain, the $35.2 million, 127,000-square-foot plant is the company’s first manufacturing plant in the U.S. March 9, 2018

Port of Mobile has(international) partner planned auto facility  to information released Wednesday by the Port Authority, its representatives signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with AutoMobile International Terminal. The company is described as a joint venture between Terminal Zarate S.A. and SAAM Puertos S.A.  Buenos Aires-based Terminal Zarate provides a variety of port services. It describes its auto-handling facility on the Parana River northwest of the Argentinian capital as being among the largest such terminals in the Americas, handling more than 600,000 vehicles in 2017.  Bloomberg describes SAAM Puertos as a Chile-based company whose operations include construction, development and operation of ports and various port services. The company says its shipping network includes 11 ports in six countries including Mexico and the United States.  April 4, 2018

A Look at the Biosciences Industry in Alabama.  Business Alabama. The bioscience sector is gaining critical mass and attracting top researchers and new industry to the state.  April 26, 2018

Technology: Google starts construction on $600M Alabama facility. Birmingham Business Journal.  Google breaks ground on $600 million data center in Alabama, creating 75 to 100 new jobs.  April 10.2018

In ‘The New Face Of America,’ Journalist Alex Wagner Saw Herself  NPR All Things Considered. Wagner was filled with questions about where she belonged, which family stories were myths and which stories were left untold. Her new book, Futureface, is her attempt to find answers about her ancestry. April 24, 2018 4:56 PM ET

University of Chicago Press Free Ebook:

In free e-book for MayCuriosity: How Science Became Interested in EverythingPhilip Ball deploys curiosity to recover the humanity, foibles, and passions of early science.

Do you have a Fulbright Scholar on campus?  Do you have a Diplomat in Residence?  Stories from and about your education abroad & international students and or news on your institution, organization, and Alabama’s global engagement?  Please send us your news and suggestions to

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