By Sherri Fujita – Intensive English Program Coordinator
International Students on Campus
According to the 2009 Open Doors report, international students at Hawaii Community College contributed almost $2 million to the local economy. Whenever international students come to Hawaii Community College, they spend money, not only for tuition, but they also rent apartments, buy cars, appliances, and other household items, travel, and encourage visits from the friends and family abroad. At the same time, international students help to enrich our campus community, allowing local students the chance to interact with people from all over the world without ever leaving the Big Island.
Hawaii Community College continues to increase enrollment for international students, despite the economic downturn and the H1N1 scare. In fall 2009, there were 72 international students on campus, and in fall 2010, we have just over 80 in credit and non-credit classes.
This month the Intensive English Program sent representatives to Hanoi, Vietnam and Tokyo, Japan to recruit students and build relationships with educational institutions abroad. We are expecting more students from both of these countries in the future and hope to foster the contacts we have made in the years to come.
International Campus Events—International Education Week!
November 15 to 19 is International Education Week the world round. Hawaii Community College will celebrate this week with events throughout the week.
Some highlights of this event include:
- International Pizza Party –hosted by international students to encourage conversation and fellowship between cultures
- Special international lunch menus at the Manono Cafeteria and Ohana Café
- International Craft-making workshops
- Korean dance demonstration by our 2 visiting scholars from Korea
Events are co-sponsored by SLiC and the IEP. Please encourage your students to attend these events and consider offering them some extra credit for attendance. If you and your students would like to get involved, please contact Sherri Fujita at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep an eye out for the announcements and posters on campus.
Gabe James (History) is our designated faculty member to promote study abroad at Hawaii Community College. He can help instructors identify for-credit opportunities for study abroad.
This academic year, he will be receiving ongoing information about programs which will allow students to study in an international location of their choice, and more importantly, he is seeking grant opportunities and is working with the financial aid office to help finance these opportunities.
Over the past two years, four HawCC students were selected to participate in the Freeman Scholarship Program, which allowed them to study in Korea and China. Although this scholarship program will soon end, other opportunities for funded study abroad opportunities will undoubtedly arise in the future.
Later in the semester, please encourage your students to complete a survey Gabe will be sending out on study abroad preferences.
If you would like information on study abroad for your students, or if you would like assistance planning a faculty-lead study-abroad trip, feel free to contact Gabe James, History Instructor, email@example.com.
Faculty Grants and Scholarships—Internationalizing the Curriculum
The HawCC International Education Task Force, generously funded by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce is offering a $2,000 grant to faculty who would like to pursue a project to internationalize the curriculum. The details of the grant, how to apply, and deadlines will be shared in the next couple of weeks. If you have any questions before that, please feel free to contact Sherri Fujita.
Once again CCID (Community Colleges for International Development) is able to offer scholarships to U.S. community college faculty to attend the CCID 35th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, February 26-March 1, 2011, as a result of the generous support of three CIBER’s (Center’s for International Business Education and Research) at Penn, Columbia, and Temple Universities.
Applicants should be full-time faculty from Business Programs (International Business), or other professional studies or technical disciplines (IT, Design, Automotive, Heath Science, STEM Science, Other).
All details about the conference may be found at www.ccid.cc.
Scholarship applications are online and can be completed by clicking on the following link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BCA23U48Y