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Education USA weekly updates – No 221* 7 March 2011



No. 221 ∙ March 7 2011
I. Scholarships and Fellowships 

– UG: International Student Excellence Award at Eastern Illinois University

UG: Felician College Offers United Nations Internship Program

– UG: St. Catherine University Priority Scholarship Up to $18,000 – Deadline is March 15

Grad: Fellowships and Assistantships at University of South Florida American Studies Program

Grad: Scholarships Available at University of Baltimore School of Law

II. News you can use

– Chapman University Offers Summer Film Institute to High School Students

– DePaul Goes Test-Optional on Admissions

– Florida State College Offers Conditional Admissions for English Language Proficiency

EducationUSA Calls International Students to a Photo Challenge!


I. Scholarships and Fellowships

clip_image003 International Student Excellence Award at Eastern Illinois University

Starting Fall 2010, EIU began recognizing academically outstanding new undergraduates with a special tuition rate! The International Student Excellence Award allows new, first-time undergraduates earning a minimum 3.5 (out of 4.0) cumulative grade point average to receive a rate of tuition which is equal to the current in-state tuition rate.

Admitted students meeting the criteria will see the reduced rate reflected on their student account. There is no additional documentation required.

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Felician College Offers United Nations Internship Program

Felician College is one of only 18 colleges in the world to be granted Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status at the United Nations. This special status gives Felician College students the unique opportunity to become interns at the U.N. with unprecedented access to attend all U.N. conferences and meet politicians, diplomats and ambassadors from around the world.

Interns attend briefings every Thursday at the U.N. and are privy to discussions and debates on important world issues. Interns are invited to be members of U.N. committees where they will not only gain insight into the inner workings of the U.N. but also be involved in shaping and influencing policy as members of these committees.

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St. Catherine University Priority Scholarship Up to $18,000 – Deadline is March 15

Reminder of St. Catherine University Priority Scholarship Deadline is March 15, 2011. St. Catherine University provides partial scholarships to female, bachelor’s level international students in any major offered at the university. Scholarships range between $4,000 – $18,000 and are based on an applicant’s academic record and financial need. The total cost of attendance at St. Catherine University ranges between $35,000 – $43,034.

With the largest scholarship, the total cost can be reduced to approximately $20,000. No full scholarships are available. The priority scholarship deadline for the 2011-2012 academic year is March 15, 2011. Students can complete the online application for admission at: or by using the Common Application.

For more information, contact Aimee Thostenson, Associate Director of International Admission, at [email protected] or [email protected]. Visit the St. Catherine University website at


Fellowships and Assistantships at University of South Florida American Studies Program


Graduate Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships are available to support graduate international students at the University of South Florida American Studies Program. All students accepted will receive positions as teaching assistants, if they wish, provided that they have minimum TOEFL scores of: Reading: 20; Writing: 24; Listening: 20; Speaking: 24.

Teaching assistantships include a tuition waiver and a stipend. This stipend is $3300 per semester in the first year and $5800 per semester in the second year, and there are three teaching semesters per year. In addition, the applicant entering in the fall of 2012 who scores highest on the GRE will receive a one-year, $10,000 fellowship. However, please note that the tuition waiver does not include the waiver of student fees, which amount to approximately $3000 per year; and the cost of living in Tampa is estimated at $14,000 per year.

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clip_image015Scholarships Available at University of Baltimore School of Law

The University of Baltimore School of Law offers a Master of Laws program in the Law of the United States (LL.M. LOTUS). This nine-month degree program is designed for law graduates who earned their first degree in law outside the U.S. and seek to become familiar with American law and the legal system. Students educated in Brazil, Cameroon , China, Kenya, India, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Venezuela are currently enrolled. The School of Law provides a robust week-long orientation, excellent education with academic support services, and connection with its large alumni network in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.

Each year, the School of Law offers partial scholarships to a small number of LL.M. students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. In 2010-2011, five of our 19 new students have been awarded partial scholarships. The School of Law is now accepting applications for admission to the 2011-12 LL.M. LOTUS program. Applicants who seek a merit scholarship indicate that fact on their application and feature their academic and professional achievements in their statement of purpose and resume. The School of Law welcomes Fulbright and Muskie Fellows.

A unique institution at the School of Law, the Center on Applied Feminism connects with the Center for International and Comparative Law at which the LL.M. program is based. International law students in our LL.M. program engage in dialogues about international and human rights issues relating to gender around the world. We have held a series of videoconferences on family law with a sister school in India.

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II. News You Can Use

Chapman University Offers Summer Film Institute to High School Students


Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Summer Film Institute July 24- August 6, 2011 For two weeks, students will be immersed in the world of film through class discussions, film screenings, special guest speakers, fieldtrips, and, of course, making films in small groups. They will live, breathe and eat filmmaking around the clock while being taught be Chapman faculty who are industry professionals as well as being mentored by current students in the Graduate Conservatory of Film.

For information on application procedures, deadlines and program details visit



DePaul Goes Test-Optional on Admissions

DePaul University has dropped a requirement that all undergraduate applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores – and the university says that it is the largest private institution to have made such a shift. The university cited the positive experiences of many colleges and universities that have dropped testing requirements, the correlation between test scores and family income and other factors. Applicants who opt not to submit test scores will be asked to complete some short response essays.

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Florida State College Offers Conditional Admissions for English Language Proficiency


The Admissions Office at Florida State College has given approval for the English Language Institute to grant conditional admission to international students. Conditional admission is a combination program that accommodates international students who need English language proficiency in order to be admitted to the College. Conditionally admitted students are required to successfully complete the English Language Institute program prior to taking college-level courses.

Students who are conditionally admitted must meet all of the regular College admission requirements except English proficiency. The English Language Institute provides intensive, high-quality instruction to non-native English speakers.

For more information: E-mail: [email protected] or visit:


EducationUSA Calls International Students to a Photo Challenge!


We are pleased to announce the EducationUSA Photography Challenge to international students from around the globe – now open to international students currently studying in the United States!  Every student has a different story – their journey to the U.S., adjusting to campus life, interacting in the classroom, and so on.  EducationUSA would like to share these stories with your peers and let the world know how far you have come! 

If selected by our panel, your photos could become a key part of our EducationUSA publications and official website.   Photos will be selected at different times throughout the year, and you can add photos whenever you like.  Share your college experience through pictures while encouraging other students like you to study in the United States!

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