Speakers: Eric Catalfamo, Cultural Affairs Officer Ahsan Khasimuddin, Academic Exchange Coordinator Elizabeta Delalic, Cultural Specialist Sonja Pržulj, EducationUSA Student Advisor
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Benefits of International Education: Two - Way Exchange “The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.” Senator J. William Fulbright, Arkansas (1905-1995)
Programs that Bring Bosnians and Herzegovinians to the United States
TYPES OF U.S. GOVERNMENT FUNDED PROGRAMS • Fulbright Foreign Student Program (August 1 deadline) • Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (Fall 2014 deadline) • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (July 14 deadline) • E-Teacher Fellowship Program (Rolling Deadlines)
Fulbright Foreign Student Program Fulbright Foreign Student Program: 9 month, non-degree program that brings student researchers to the U.S. for an academic semester or year. Intended for independent library and/or field research toward a Master's or PhD degree. Students establish professional contacts in their field, enhance their scholarly work, and gain international experience and personal enrichment. All academic fields encouraged to apply DEADLINE: June 1, 2014. http://sarajevo.usembassy.gov/fulbright-student.html
Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2015-2016 Bringsscholars to the U.S. for up to one academic year of professional research with the goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of BiH. Fulbright scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their country, culture, and research to academic and community groups. More info: http://sarajevo.usembassy.gov/fulbright-visiting-scholar.html Application Deadline: TBD, Fall 2014.
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, 2015-2016: Brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for 10-months of combined academic and professional work at selected U.S. universities. Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Important: undergraduate or graduate degree and minimum 5 years of substantial professional experience; More info: http://sarajevo.usembassy.gov/humphrey-fellowships.html DEADLINE: July 14, 2014
E-TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP This program offers English teaching professionals living outside of the United States the opportunity to take nine innovative, online, graduate level classes through the University of Maryland and the University of Oregon. The courses explore major areas of the academic specialty of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). No need to travel outside BiH, but possible award travel to the US. Rolling Deadline: Check Embassy website for updates
Most Common Questions How much does it cost? NOTHING! What are my chances? GOOD! Needed For Application: Grade Transcripts Letters of Recommendation Statement of Intent *Stand out! Why do you want to go to U.S.? *How will you benefit all involved?
More info at: Academic Exchange Coordinator Telephone: 033 704 066 Email: KhasimuddinSA@state.gov and/or email@example.com; Web: http://sarajevo.usembassy.gov/educational-exchanges.html
U.S. Exchange Programs • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program intended for U.S. scholars to lecture and/or conduct research at institutions worldwide in a variety of academic disciplines, including TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). • U.S. Fulbright Student Program isnon-degree programfor U.S. Masters or PhD students to conduct research in BiH for an academic semester or year; intended for independent library and/or field research. • U.S.Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) great forrecent U.S. College graduates who are placed in English classrooms overseas generally underserved high schools, as resource persons, assisting teachers and conducting enhancement activities that support students' facility with English and increase their understanding of U.S. society and culture. ETAs also generally pursue a research project or take courses during the exchange.
Continued: • The Fulbright U.S. Specialists Program awards short-term grants of two to six weeks to U.S. scholars and professionals to collaborate with professional counterparts at non-U.S. institutions of higher education worldwide. • English Language Specialist Program designed forAmerican experts in English teaching go overseas to work on specific, well-defined projects for periods ranging from two to 16 weeks. Projects can include teacher training, needs, assessments, curriculum upgrades, and related topics. • English Language Fellow Program bringsAmerican expert educators in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to local institutions overseas for 10 months. • The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) brings established or potential foreign leaders and opinion makers to the U.S. for two to three week programs to gain firsthand knowledge of U.S. policies, politics, society and culture, and offers a number of projects for officials and educators in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages every year.
Contact: • Elizabeta Delalić, Cultural and Educational Specialist, U.S. Embassy Sarajevo firstname.lastname@example.org 033-704-000
Non-Immigrant Visas for Study and Summer Employment Full-Time University Programs or One Year High School Exchange (F1 visa). Fulbright Scholarship, Summer Work and Travel Program (J1 visa). Vocational Education (M1 visa)
The Process I-20 DS-2019 Pay SEVIS Fee Research and Apply Study/Work in USA Apply for Visa
Student Visas Bona fide students, accepted to a study or exchange program in the United States, with the resources to cover the cost of education and related expenses should encounter no problems obtaining a visa for that purpose. The applicant must demonstrate intention to return to their home country after completing their studies.
INA 214(b) Applies to all (Student) Applicants: “Every applicant shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for a visa, and the immigration officers, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status…”
EducationUSA Advising CentersSonja Przulj, Director, American Corner Banja Luka.BanjaLuka@EducationUSA.info; Phone: 051-466-993
EducationUSA Advising Centers • Information on study in the U.S. • 450 EducationUSA advising center in 170 countries • Supported by the U.S. Department of State • Goal: providing objective information on the range of study opportunities available in the U.S. • www.educationusa.info
EducationUSA Advisers Professional advisers in hundreds of EducationUSA Advising Centers guide students in their search for institutions or programs of study in the United States that meet their individual needs. Advisers can help you understand the application process, establish timelines, prepare to take required tests, learn about the U.S. student visa process, and make a smooth transition to a U.S. campus.
Why study in the United States? • QUALITY • CHOICE • DIVERSITY: 819,644 International Students in 2012/13 • FLEXIBILITY
Five Steps to US study • Research your options • Complete your application • Finance your studies • Apply for your student visa • Prepare for your departure
. Research and Narrow Your Choices
“Look at pictures, download videos, and try to become familiar with the school. Picture yourself on the campus. If you don’t like the picture, then try another one!” - Management student from Brazil
“ Don’t try to match yourself to a university, rather try to pick a university that matches you.” - Undergraduate student from the United Kingdom
Preparing Successful Application • Application process: 12 to 18 months before • Limit the applications between 4 to 7 programs • Application Form • Application Fee • Transcripts • Personal Statement • Recommendations • Financial Statement
CONTACT: SONJA PRZULJ, StudentAdvisorand Director ofthe American Corner Banja Luka email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU! GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR APPLICATION!