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Hello!! Welcome to Fall 2014!!

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The semester is underway, and I hope everyone has had a great start.

We not only say hello to a new semester, but also to our newly remodeled home in Hester Hall where we have recently relocated.  Please come by and see us soon!!

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Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

Scholarships Help Send Students to Italy

Because of generous donations from the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and the Stuart Family Foundation, a number of OU students have the opportunity to participate in a life-changing experience at OU’s signature study abroad program in Arezzo, Italy. Students who receive these scholarships will be known as the Lobeck Taylor Scholars and the Stuart Scholars. This fall, we are once again accepting scholarship applications from students across campus who want to study in Arezzo for the Spring 2015 semester.  The application deadline is October 1.  Click here to apply!

Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

New Faculty Join Department of International and Area Studies

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This fall three new faculty members joined the Department of International and Area Studies at the College of International Studies. Jessica Pearson-Patel, a European historian, Mark Raymond, a security specialist and Nizar Hermes, a cultural linguist, join a diverse and talented faculty in IAS.  To meet the growing interests of our student population, these three will be teaching dynamic courses dealing with issues such as cyber-security, women in European society, immigration, and Arabic language and culture, among many other important topics. We are excited to welcome Dr. Pearson-Patel, Dr. Raymond and Dr. Hermes to the University of Oklahoma and the College of International Studies!

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Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

New Program, New Staff

We are pleased to announce that the MA program in International Relations (MAIR) offered through the OU College of Continuing Education’s Advanced Programs has moved from the College of Arts and Sciences and is now being administered by the College of International Studies. We are all delighted about the addition. The MAIR program exists due to a contract with the United States Department of Defense and was created to allow US Military personnel to earn a graduate degree without disrupting their service. OU faculty travel to teach intensive one-week classes at military bases throughout the United States and Europe. These offerings are also supplemented with on-line courses. After 15 years of operation, the MAIR program boasts 1,504 graduates and 870 current students. We hope to continue this trend of growth and plan to develop the program for years to come.

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Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

Record Number of Students Visit Arezzo in Summer 2014

Summer at OU in Arezzo was a success as more than 300 Sooners studied abroad and benefitted from an unforgettable time learning, exploring and experiencing Italian culture. Diverse programs and departments, such as Business, Musical Theatre, Organic Chemistry, Education Technology and Engineering as well as the President’s Leadership Class (PLC) and President’s Community Scholars (PCS), offered courses at OUA during the summer term. While in Italy, students attended classes, studied and prepared meals together in the OUA study center, hiked through the Tuscan hills, and had the chance to meet local Arentini in cafes, shops, and restaurants around the city. They also had the opportunity to visit a number of other spellbinding Italian cities like Rome, Venice and Siena.

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Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

Pan American Health Organization Internship – Summer 2014

This summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC. The Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO, is the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. Working at PAHO deepened my interest in international public health and showed me the range of opportunities in this expanding field. While there, I worked as a member of the Emergency Operations Center team to stay apprised of all public health emergencies in the region receiving and coordinating daily correspondence from news outlets, PAHO country offices and health ministries.

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Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

A Warm Greeting to New International Students

This fall, the College of International Studies (CIS) led a successful initiative to welcome new international students to Oklahoma and to OU upon their arrival. CIS collaborated with other campus departments to meet the incoming international students at Will Rogers World Airport and offer free transportation to Norman. With generous donations from local businesses, we were also able to provide new international students with welcome gifts (OU t-shirts, toothbrushes, water and snacks) after their long flights from destinations around the world.

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Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

World Views on the Road

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Every Friday at 4:00 and 6:30 pm (and Saturday mornings at 6:00 am), you can listen to World Views on KGOU.  The weekly show discusses relevant international issues and highlights important international guests – but not just from the studio in Norman, Oklahoma.  Over the past several months, World Views has reported from around the world.  The show’s host, Suzette Grillot, has traveled with her studio recorder when leading student groups, visiting international partners, developing new global programs and exploring new overseas relationships, reporting from nine cities in seven different countries. Despite the oftentimes challenging nature of transmitting radio quality audio using weak Internet connections, the show’s panelists are committed to producing the show no matter where they may be, adding even more international flare to the global show.  If you have missed any of these programs from abroad, you can listen any time by browsing through the program’s online archive available at http://kgou.org/programs/world-views

Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

OU Welcomes the First Class of Global Engagement Fellows

This fall, the University of Oklahoma welcomed the first 57 members of its new Global Engagement Fellowship Program. This program, which is open to incoming freshmen from any major, supports students who are committed to becoming more aware of and involved in the global community. During their undergraduate years, each Global Engagement Fellow will study abroad at least twice, become actively involved in international events and student groups on OU’s campus and gain proficiency in at least one modern foreign language.  They will also keep e-portfolios to share their experiences. More than half the members of this elite group are National Merit scholars. Their majors include pre-medicine, engineering, journalism, aviation, music and international studies.

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Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

Diplomacy Lab

This semester four groups of CIS student researchers will participate in the Department of State’s on-going Diplomacy Lab pilot project. This is a project first developed last spring where the Department of State (DoS) asks that university students and faculty answer various questions of interest to individual Departments and Bureaus within the DoS.

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Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

The Virtues of Study Abroad

The Virtues of Study Abroad highlights student narratives on their experiences while studying abroad. Through the eyes of the students, you will see how their lives were changed forever. As you read the works, we hope you enjoy their personal adventures and are inspired by their life-changing journeys.

Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

Transitioning from Student Mode to Career Mode

The scariest part about graduating from any program of study is the moment you realize that you have to get a job.  As a graduate student in the MAIS program, I thought I’d make my way into government service after graduation, or perhaps find myself working abroad for a non-profit agency.  Then, somehow, life snuck up on me and altered my plans; my wife and I decided to have children, and a career in the international arena became less feasible.

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Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014