In April, NAFSA called upon international educators to submit videos that showcase the ways in which their universities, students, and programs promote the ideals and impact of educational exchange. In its second year, NAFSA's video contest for international education received more than 70 outstanding videos. A panel of judges narrowed the submissions, and five finalists were chosen for voting on the NAFSA website. This year, the United States Student Achievers Program (USAP) received the most votes, and representatives from the program were honored at the Annual Business Meeting during NAFSA's annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
Enjoy the finalist videos and honorable mentions from 2013.
Students participating in the American University Washington College of Law’s international law program are encouraged to study abroad to learn about other cultures and establish connections that will help them pursue their careers upon graduation.
The Global Village at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado) is a diverse residential community comprised of international and domestic students. Students discuss how living in the Global Village gives them the unique opportunity to share their cultures and become friends with students from around the world.
The Justice and Human Rights Program provided by DIS – Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Copenhagen, Denmark) takes students to countries and regions involved in modern conflict and examines international law and human rights. A combination of study tours and interactive classes provides students with a deeper understanding of consequences of conflict.
Global Citizens Network (Minneapolis, Minnesota) works with volunteers and indigenous communities around the world to create meaningful, lasting partnerships that focus on community development and social equality. Teams of volunteers live and work alongside villagers to accomplish community goals and learn about the culture firsthand.
Despite a spinal cord injury that left him a paralyzed, Jake Robinson was able to study abroad with Semester at Sea (Charlottesville, Virginia) and gain new perspectives on overcoming challenges. Robinson's visits to a hospital in Ghana and other places led him to think about his problems in a different light.
The New Voices in Science program, hosted by Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch, South Africa), is an opportunity for African students and scholars to share their research with colleagues from across the continent. By helping scientists expand their networks internationally, the impact of their research grows.
USAP (Harare, Zimababwe) offers scholarships to low-income international students who otherwise would not be able to attend college overseas. USAP students are expected to become leaders in their communities following their education, and alumni gather each year to select the next cohort.
Journalism student Justin Hinton was studying abroad in Egypt and had the opportunity to witness and record the events of the Arab Spring. The videos he captured while abroad helped him to find a job as a reporter when he returned to the United States.
Thinking Globally is a campus and community initiative at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina) that sends international students to university classrooms and primary and secondary schools as ambassadors for culture and education. Presenters and classrooms learn more about several cultures and the impact of international education.
Students participating in the study abroad program in Uganda at Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio) work on a microfinance project with local businesswomen and live and study in a unique culture. The experience leads many students to further their involvement in service both locally and globally.