January 31, 2012

Student Conference in Maribor 2012

Are you looking for something different?
Do you want to be active this summer?
Do you want this summer to be meaningful for you?
Do you want to spend 10 days with awesome people from all over the world?
Do you want to explore a small country in the middle of Europe called Slovenia?
SCiM 2012 is a chance to do it all!!

Like every year, SCiM is being organized for you. You will already be the 14th generation of students to in SCiM. In 10 days you will have the opportunity to be active in different workshops. This year’s topic is connected with the European year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between generations.

January 29, 2012

India Youth Forum 2012, New Delhi

The India Youth Forum is the brainchild of the Youth Time Movement, a group of young activists from across 11 countries who have taken it as their mission to craft a new future through active campaigning and dialogue. Our fundamental goal is to motivate and empower the youth of the world.

In the past, Youth Time has organized two youth forums, in 2010 and 2011, on the island of Rhodes in Greece. In total, over 300 young people from 70 different countries participated in these forums. The movement has also successfully conducted an international summer school in the Altai region. Furthermore, in 2011, they also set up a series of remote projects including an international competition on ‘Space and the future of mankind’, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first human flight into outer space. Some 600 works by young and talented architects, designers, web designers and journalists were entered.  Sixty winners got the opportunity to see with their own eyes, and feel, a rocket being sent on a space mission at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Another remote project was called, ‘My dream education’, which enabled us to assemble an ideal representation of youth education in different countries.

Our mission is to continuously challenge ourselves and thus we present to you the India Youth Forum 2012, which will be held from 29 March to 1 April, 2012 in New Delhi.

January 27, 2012

3 Ways to Get a Study Abroad Job Without a Graduate Degree

For many students, there is little more exciting than a chance to study abroad. In fact, study abroad trips are often so influential that students are inspired after their stay to find a way back into the study abroad system. This typically means that they go back to school for a master’s degree and then land a job working with a study abroad agency.

This route doesn’t appeal to all students, however, and some are discouraged by the thought of more school just for a shot at working abroad. 

If you want to work in the study abroad industry but aren’t ready to or interested in getting another degree, there are ways to do it, but it’s going to take work, and probably a few trips overseas on your own dime. Here are a few ways to work in study abroad that don’t involve a master’s degree:

Kirkland Scholarship Program 2012-2013

The Polish-American Freedom Foundation - Founder of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program, and the Polish – U.S. Fulbright Commission - Program Administrator, announce an open competition for candidates from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, as well as Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan for the Lane Kirkland Scholarships in the 2012-13 academic year.

The Program is addressed to young leaders, holding MA university degrees, who are determined to be actively involved in the development of democracy, economy and civil society in their countries and the region. The program includes two semesters of study at Polish universities and 2-4 week professional internships in public and private institutions.

January 24, 2012

Go Green and Study in Queensland, Australia

For those students out there looking to better the Earth and learn more about going green, consider studying abroad in Queensland, Australia. Queensland, also known as the Sunshine State is one of the larger states in Australia and is located in the north east portion of the country.

Queensland is home to diverse cities like Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. Because Queensland has different climates and environments, it has become known as a great place for those who want to learn more about the eco-friendly practicing state.

Most study aboard courses that you take in Queensland are very hands on and outdoorsy. With many days of hiking, scuba diving, climbing and touching- this is an experience of a life time. There are several parts to Queensland that you most likely will study:

January 21, 2012

International Novruz Festival 2012

The next edition of the International Novruz Festival in Azerbaijan - INFA 2012 - will take place on 15-22 March 2012 in Baku. This project will give you a unique chance to experience different parts of NOVRUZ holiday, such as jumping over bonfires and running through the streets, banging on pots and pans with spoons and knocking on doors with your hats and bags to ask for little presents (sweets and candies) and tasting national cookeries, such as shekerbura, pakhlava, goghal that you have never had before! Another essential part of this festival is a chance to visit the capital of Azerbaijan Baku – the city of centuries – old history, ancient traditions and modern reality became known as “Paris of the East”. And this is not all; lots of surprises are waiting for you…

January 19, 2012

4 Tips to Surviving Your Study Abroad Homestay

Your application has finally been accepted, and your bags are packed. As relieved as you probably feel to be on your way to your study abroad destination, it is also important to prepare yourself for the culture shock that may come next. Navigating a new city and a foreign language is as exhausting as it is exciting, especially if you have selected to stay with a native host family. But if you find yourself getting nervous about how it will be to live in someone else’s home, remember that your host family is probably feeling the same way about your arrival! If you will be staying with a host family, here are some of the most important things to remember to make your experience a great one.

1. Pretend That It’s Your House, but Remember That It’s Not
The best way to ease the transition from your dorm room to the available space in the home of an unknown, foreign family is to pretend that you already live there. They will (hopefully) be trying their best to help you feel included and comfortable in their home. Rather than acting shy or making things awkward, go ahead and move about the house as if you lived there, too. Don’t be afraid to sit and watch TV in the living room or make your favorite breakfast in the kitchen. Never disregard house rules or fail to be polite, but go ahead and get comfortable. The sooner you do so, the sooner everyone else will feel comfortable, as well.

January 12, 2012

Viadrina Summer University 2012 - The Culture of Football: Passion, Power, Politics

Football is not only the most popular sport in many regions of the world but also a social, political and cultural mass phenomenon. In light of the European Football Championship 2012 (in Poland and the Ukraine), the long-standing Viadrina Summer University dedicates an intensive program to the cultural and social scientific exploration of this phenomenon. To what extent does football mirror social and cultural developments of modern societies? Which interdependencies exist between football and politics? Which identities – competing or converging ones – are represented by football? And which roles do language, media, rituals play in all this? These questions shall be pursued in a German-Polish project at Viadrina University and its Polish partner institution, Adam Mickiewicz University in PoznaƄ. The main coursework of Viadrina Summer University will be carried by Viadrina faculty representing sociological and political science as well as historical, economic and linguistic approaches. In addition, lectures and seminars will be offered by academics of other German and European as well as American universities.

Core Course I: „Football and the Politics of Identity“ / Prof. Dr. Michael Minkenberg
Core Course II: „The Political Economy of Football“ / Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt

January 11, 2012

EVS Volunteering in Belgium 2012-2013

The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) is looking for a volunteer to support us with our communication work towards people living with HIV/AIDS and other stakeholders. The volunteers would be involved in projects to raise awareness about HIV in Europe, mainly among young communities.

EATG is a large network of activists; we regularly receive suggestions from our members for new projects and initiatives. Our members are activists that advocate for best access to HIV prevention, treatment and care across Europe. We develop projects for universal access to HIV medicines and prevention.

Volunteers would help us in our daily tasks; and collaborate and learn with our network of members and partners.

January 10, 2012

Oslo International Summer School 2012

The International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo, Norway, yearly offers intensive Master's and Bachelor's courses over six weeks in summer. We will welcome more than 550 students from nearly 100 countries from 23 June to 3 August 2012. The deadline for this year scholarship applications is 1 February, 2012. Self-paying applicants can apply after this date.

The ISS is a learning community of diverse students who come together to study, interact and increase understanding and good will between nations. It aims at developing and conveying knowledge and at promoting understanding between people from different cultures. This dual purpose is reflected in the ISS motto: “Six Weeks of Academic Achievement and International Good Will”.