American University in Cairo, Egypt Study Abroad Award for 2021

Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English language, American-accredited institution of higher education and a center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its University community represents over 60 countries. The University offers 37 undergraduate, 44 master’s and 2 PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourage students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing the region and the world. It also offers a globally-recognized, professional, community-based education in English and arguably the best Arabic language/culture program available.

Open to all majors but must be pursuing at least a minor in an LCWA program.

Award Amounts

A select number of competitive awards will be available for the exchange program with the American University in Cairo.
Semester (either fall or spring) up to $7,000
Full Year (both fall and spring) up to $14,000
Awards may be used for expenses incurred because of participation in the program, such as: airfare, room and board, food, insurance/fees, books, travel and transportation while in Egypt.
Awards are contingent upon acceptance to study at AUC
Awards are subject to taxes.

Required

3.0 GPA
In Good Disciplinary Standing
Some Arabic language experience or plans to start/continue Arabic language courses while at AUC

Go to the website lcwa.cofc.edu/student-resources/student-scholarships/ to fill out your application!

All materials must be submitted by the deadline of April 9, 2021.

Casa Hispana Students have been featured in the College TODAY!

Check out the College TODAY’s article: “Casa Hispana Residents Study Abroad Without Leaving Campus”

Excerpt from the article, “Native speakers or heritage speakers should also consider living in the Casa Hispana,” says native Spanish speaker Anna Paneda, a junior foreign language education major who has lived in the house since her sophomore year. She adds that it’s also the perfect community for students who “want to submerge themselves in the Spanish language but may not be able to take the opportunity to travel abroad.”

And, with travel and study abroad at a virtual standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, those opportunities are especially scarce these days.

That’s why tools like TalkAbroad – which facilitates conversations between students and speakers around the world – are so crucial. The service has been used in many CofC Spanish classes over the years – but, last semester, it occurred to Gómez and senior Hispanic studies instructor Devon Hanahan that TalkAbroad could be applied in Casa Hispana, too.

“We had just installed this brand-new 50-inch TV with a camera and a dedicated PC, so it just made perfect sense for the Casa residents to use it as a portal for communicating and interacting with other cultures,” says Hanahan, who serves as the director of Casa Hispana. “We figured that, if our students can’t go to them, we’ll bring them to us.”

When Hanahan reached out to TalkAbroad about the idea, the company loved it – and even provided a grant to cover the service.

“Adding TalkAbroad conversations into the schedule for the Casa Hispana was a really unique and exciting idea,” says Todd Nichols, CEO of TalkAbroad. “We’re thrilled to support the experiment, and I can really see the conversations adding a dynamic and unique element to the language immersion experience and the growth of students as global citizens.”

German-American Business Summit is going Virtual

Excerpt from the College TODAY, “Since the last German-American Business Summit (GABS) in February of 2020 a lot has happened at the College of Charleston, and we’re not just talking about the pandemic. Last fall, the College began offering its first-ever major in engineering – systems engineering – with some of the 200-plus German companies in the Palmetto state helping to design the curriculum.

Not surprisingly, those two topics will be front and center at the fifth annual conference on Feb. 4, 2021, held virtually from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. CofC’s German programthe School of Languages Cultures, and World Affairsthe Career Center; and the School of Business will put on the summit in partnership with The Citadel and Trident Technical College.

“This year we are pivoting to a virtual event and are looking forward to the chance to cast a wider net in terms of audience participants, as well as panelists, who will join us from locations throughout the U.S. and in Germany,” says Morgan Koerner, the chair of the Department of German and Russian Studies who founded the event.”

Read the full article CofC to Host Virtual German-American Business Summit.

Ponticuli Podcast – Episode 16 with Michael Overholt and Dr. Margaret Keneman

LCWA is happy to promote Michael Overholt, Instructional Technologist and The Teaching and Learning Team (TLT) for LCWA, latest podcast Ponticuli.

A conversation with Dr. Margaret Keneman, from French, Francophone, and Italian Studies.  Their conversations emerge from Dr. Keneman’s thoughts on the relationship between globally connected courses and the College of Charleston’s prestigious study abroad program. Click the link below to listen!

Ponticuli – Episode 16 – Dr. Margaret Keneman and Globally Connected Courses

The International Lab

Don’t forget about LCWA’s new International Lab!

The International Lab (JC Long 401B) has been a long time coming but you will find that it was worth the wait. It is a great teaching space with high-end functionality. The investment and ingenuity in the Lab is evident – cutting edge acoustics with easy remote capability.

The International Lab is READY

The International Lab (JC Long 401B) has been a long time coming but you will find that it was worth the wait. It is a great teaching space with high-end functionality. The investment and ingenuity in the Lab is evident – cutting edge acoustics with easy remote capability.

We are starting a process now and moving as quickly as we can to introduce the Lab to faculty use.

FREN 490: The French Language Today: Exploring French and Francophone Culture Through Linguistics

One of the key goals of the College of Charleston’s academic mission is to provide students with the global and interdisciplinary perspectives needed to address 21st century issues. Additionally, the Institute of International Education (IIE) has ranked CofC as the No. 5 institution in the United States among the Top 40 master’s-level colleges and universities for the total number of study-abroad participants. With study abroad being severely restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, this project will use collaborative online international learning (COIL) / virtual exchanges to fill a void that might be caused in regard to this aspect of the College’s mission.

This particular project is also aligned with an element of the strategic plan that was just recently unveiled by the College’s new president, Andrew Hsu. Specifically, part of the strategic plan towards academic distinction calls to “increase and enhance global experiential learning opportunities and incentivize broad participation.” Even irrespective of what is going on with the pandemic, providing cost-effective options to study abroad can help increase participation, which might be accomplished by conducting this particular project. As has been illustrated by Generation Study Abroad and other similar initiatives, it is important to mobilize increase and diversify the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to study abroad, which this project hopes to do.

Specifically, this project will use a variety of virtual exchanges to provide a kind of “virtual study abroad experience” to undergraduates enrolled in an advanced French content course (French 490) at the College of Charleston (CofC) in Charleston, South Carolina as well as university students studying English at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CLA) in Besançon, France.

The first part of the exchange entails a series of virtual presentations given by scholars at the CLA to enhance the academic component of French 490 at CofC. These virtual presentations are already supported thanks to funds generously provided by the Global Education Initiative/Global Leadership Institute housed within the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs at CofC.

The second part of the virtual exchange is still a work in progress and would greatly benefit from support from the “Transitioning to Virtual Exchange Covid-19 Relief Fund.” In order to foster opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue on a more individualized level, the French 490 students at CofC will also participate regularly in tandems linguistiques with students studying English at the CLA. The development phase of this project will expand on these tandems linguistiques so that students complete “mini-projects” similar to what they would do if they were studying abroad. For example, a mini-project expectation might be that students “visit” a monument or a tourist site in Besançon or Charleston or attend a local event in one of the two cities (respecting COVID-19 social distancing policies at all times, of course).

In some ways, these expanded tandems linguistiques might simulate the “homestay” or “extracurricular” component that would be part of a traditional study abroad program. In other words, students studying French at CofC and those studying English at the CLA will have their regular academic instruction in the “classroom” (whether that’s online or face-to-face) and it will be via the tandems linguistics that they can explore the culture “outside of the classroom” and on their own time. And just as opportunities for individualized exploration outside of the classroom are often supported in some way by traditional study abroad programs, that is precisely what will be done with the funding to support these virtual exchanges.

 

Participating actors:

Margaret Keneman, Project Leader and Coordinator at CofC, 50 hours total (5 hrs. / wk.)

Florian Chapey, Coordinator at the CLA, 20 hours total (approx. 2 hrs. / week)

Sébastien Touchard, Technical Support at the CLA, 30 hours total (approx. 3 hrs. / week)

Assistant to Margaret Keneman (TBD), 30 hours total (approx. 3 hrs. / wk.)

Technical support at CofC (TBD) 20 hours total (approx. 2 hrs. / wk.)

 

Trujillo is a booming study abroad program.

Trujillo was the main feature during the recent Foundation board meeting. Kendra Stewart organized the presentation which featured several faculty members, as well as multiple students and alums.

 They made it clear that the facility is vital to the College’s international presence and is important to Trujillo as well.

American University in Cairo, Egypt Study Abroad Award

Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English language, American-accredited institution of higher education and a center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its University community represents over 60 countries. The University offers 37 undergraduate, 44 master’s and 2 PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourage students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing the region and the world. It also offers a globally-recognized, professional, community-based education in English and arguably the best Arabic language/culture program available.

Open to all majors but must be pursuing at least a minor in an LCWA program.

Award Amounts

  • A select number of competitive awards will be available for the exchange program with the American University in Cairo.
    Semester (either fall or spring) up to $7,000
    Full Year (both fall and spring) up to $14,000
  • Awards may be used for expenses incurred because of participation in the program, such as: airfare, room and board, food, insurance/fees, books, travel and transportation while in Egypt.
  • Awards are contingent upon acceptance to study at AUC
  • Awards are subject to taxes.

Required

  • 3.0 GPA
  • In Good Disciplinary Standing
  • Some Arabic language experience or plans to start/continue Arabic language courses while at AUC

Go to the website lcwa.cofc.edu/student-resources/student-scholarships/ to fill out your application!

All materials must be submitted by the deadline of April 5, 2020.

 

CofC to Host 4th Annual German-American Business Summit

Check out this exciting article in The College TODAY about the 4th Annual German-American Business Summit!

CofC to Host 4th Annual German-American Business Summit