The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ USA Study Abroad branch hosted a series of five regional training workshops for nearly 200 study abroad advisers in 2018. Advisers gathered for day-long trainings at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, Rhode Island; the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky; DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois; and the University of California, Davis in Davis, California.
These workshops focused on leveraging campus resources and sharing best practices to successfully recruit and support applicants and alumni of national, merit-based scholarships, specifically the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (Gilman) Program and the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program.
The workshops also provided an opportunity for study abroad professionals and university administrators and faculty to highlight successes and strategies for supporting students competing for the Gilman and CLS Programs. In post-workshops surveys, 94 percent of respondents reported increased knowledge of available resources for advisers, and 94 percent reported increased knowledge of available resources for applicants. As one attendee wrote, “The event offered more than just advisement for scholarship. It helped strengthen capacity for the entire study abroad project.”
Interested in attending future workshops? We will be hosting a second series of regional workshops in 2019! Stay tuned to this page or sign up to be a Gilman or CLS adviser to receive more information soon.
The Gilman and CLS programs are programs of the U.S. Department of State, supported in their implementation by IIE and American Councils for International Education, respectively.