Category: Undergraduate

OPPORTUNITIES: MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship

February 21st, 2014

MEXT: JAPAN’S MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
2014 JAPANESE STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP
The Japanese Government’s MONBUKAGAKUSHO (MEXT) offers scholarships to students who wish to pursue Japanese language and culture studies in Japan.  This program provides students with an intensive course in the Japanese language and an introduction to various aspects of Japanese studies.

MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship applicants must be US citizens who were born between April 2, 1984 and April 1, 1996 and must be undergraduate students majoring in fields related to Japanese language or culture at a university outside of Japan. Applicants should have good Japanese language ability and be in good health.

The award includes round trip airfare, exemption from all school fees, and a monthly stipend.  The 2014 amount is not yet definite, but for 2013 the stipend was 117,000 yen/month.  The term of stay is approximately one academic year effective from fall 2014.
Boston Consulate Deadline:   Completed applications with all supporting documents must be received in our office by the close of business on Friday, March 7, 2014.   Interviews and Japanese language testing are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 17.
For further details and application materials, visit the Consulate’s MEXT webpage at: http://www.boston.us.emb-japan.go.jp/ENGLISH/CULTURE%20EDUCATION/MEXTguidelines.htm

Potential candidates currently residing in New England may contact the Consulate General of Japan in Boston with any questions:

infocul2@bz.mofa.go.jp or  617 972 9772

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INTERNSHIP for Fall with the JICC/Embassy of Japan

June 14th, 2013

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan is seeking unpaid, part to full-time interns (12-35hrs/week) for Fall 2013. Internship start/end dates and hours are customized with the academic schedule of the chosen candidate. (Download informational pdf for JICC Internship)

The JICC is a part of the Public Affairs sectionof the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Our primary role is to promote a better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of information and events to the American public, particularly in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. We strive to build bridges between the two cultures through various activities, such as film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures, an online newsletter, and school programs. The JICC is the gateway to connect the American public to Japan and the interns are an integral part of our efforts.

Requirements

Studies:

  • Enrolled in a four-year degree program and have at least two years of undergraduate study completed. Graduate students may also apply.
  • Enrolled in a U.S. accredited university throughout duration of internship.
  • Major in International Studies, Japanese Studies, Asian American Studies, Public Diplomacy, Political Science, or a related field.

Languages/Skills:

  • English: Proficient to fluent in speaking/reading/writing
  • Japanese: Proficient to fluent in speaking/reading/writing
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and organizational skills
  • Superior interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work successfully both independently and in teams

Availability:

  • Interns are required to work at least 12 hours per week. Generally these hours are between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. On occasion, interns are asked to work evening/weekend events.
  • Interns must be available to begin and end the internship within a week or two of the specified Internship Term. See below for specific Internship Term information.

Other:

  • Candidates must either (a) be eligible to receive credit for the internship, or (b) have the internship noted on their academic transcript.
  • Candidates selected for an interview must have an in-person interview at the JICC in Washington, DC during business hours.
  • This position is open to Japanese and American citizens. The JICC, Embassy of Japan cannot sponsor visas for Japanese citizens.

Intern Job Description

  • Interns at the JICC contribute to and participate in valuable cultural and international relations programs and events by assisting diplomats and Embassy staff. Specific duties include:
  • Participating in JICC’s School Program, a cultural presentation about Japan for local schoolchildren and students
  • Conducting research and drafting letters to respond to inquiries from the public
  • Creating resource materials to educate the public on Japanese culture
  • Preparing for and assisting with events
  • Assisting Japanese diplomats and JICC staff

Application Process(Application language is English.)

  1. Applications are only accepted during the specified dates below:
  2. Internship Term Application Period
    Fall 2013 (early September ~ early December) June 10, 2013 ~ July 12, 2013
    Spring 2014 (mid January ~ early May) TBD
    Summer 2014 (early June ~ late August) TBD
  3. Email your resume and cover letter as a PDF file to Mr. Brian Kato at brian.kato@ws.mofa.go.jp. Due to the high volume of applications received, consideration of your application cannot be guaranteed if the submission instructions are not properly followed.
  4. Candidates chosen to be interviewed must submit all of the following documents at their interview:
    • Document(s) certifying that the intern candidate will either (a) receive credit, or (b) have the internship noted on their academic transcript
    • Copy of Student ID (2 copies)
    • Copy of Passport(s) (2 copies)
    • Copy of U.S. Student Visa (Japanese students only; 2 copies)
    • Copy of Driver’s License (2 copies)
    • College Transcript – unofficial transcripts are acceptable
    • Recommendation Letter from the Dean, Department Head, or Student Advisor

If you have any questions, please contact the Intern Coordinator, Mr. Brian Kato, at brian.kato@ws.mofa.go.jp.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: BU Global Programs announces the first India Essay Prize contest! WIN $500!

April 9th, 2013

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India Essay Prize
Prize: $500 Award
Who: All BU Students
Deadline: April 28, 2013

As part of Boston University’s India Initiatives, and to celebrate the BU-India Symposium on May 10, 2013, BU Global Programs announces the India Essay Prize contest for the best student essay submitted by a BU student on an Indian topic.  We want to celebrate India through good writing, thus all topics relevant to India – cultural history, scientific achievement, philosophical ideas or other areas – may be submitted.  The Essay Prize is for nonfiction prose and we welcome entries that inform, delight, teach and highlight an aspect of India in the form of personal or academic essays, research papers, commentary or biography.  Any student enrolled at BU is eligible to enter – undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time.

Essays should be less than 1,500 words (3 to 5 pages) and be submitted online per the submission guidelines below.  Entries will be judged by a panel of faculty, staff and/or professional writers.

  • One winner will receive a $500 award;
  • The winner will be publicly announced on May 10, 2013 at the BU-India Symposium; and
  • The winning submission will be featured on the BU Global Programs website.

Guidelines for Eligibility and Submission

  1. The deadline for submission is midnight, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
  2. All BU students (undergraduate or graduate; part-time or full time) are eligible;
  3. Entries may be nonfiction prose only, and be less than 1,500 words, typed double-spaced in Arial font;
  4. Add your BU student ID# on the top left corner of the essay (the student’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the essay page itself).  Names should appear on the submission form only;
  5. Students may submit multiple entries, each with a new submission form;
  6. Entries written for classes or as part of undergraduate theses are eligible (however, works that have been previously published are not eligible);
  7. The winning essay will be featured on the BU Global Programs website and used for promotion in other media for BU Global Programs. The student will retain copyright.

For further questions and information, please contact Deepti Nijhawan, Director, India initiatives, BU Global Programs at deeptin@bu.edu

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology 2013 Meeting

February 11th, 2013

The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology invites ethnomusicology students and faculty as well as scholars in related disciplines to submit abstracts for the NECSEM annual meeting to be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Proposals for individual papers, panel discussions and lecture/performance demonstrations are welcome. We also invite proposals for short presentations by musical ensembles (please include an audio attachment or CD of one or two pieces). The President of NECSEM invites proposals as well for a roundtable discussion on the following topic: The Role of Sacred Music, Sound, Text, and Syllables to Instill a Sacred Experience. Students and scholars in all branches of music scholarship and related disciplines are encouraged to participate. Papers will be limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. An abstract (250 words maximum), together with anticipated audio/visual and other technological requirements, should be emailed by Friday, March 8, 2013 to the Local Arrangements Chair Michael Birenbaum Quintero at the following address: mbq@bowdoin.edu. Please put NECSEM 2013 Proposal in the Subject Header. Proposals for the Roundtable discussion should be sent to both Brita Heimarck (britaheimarck@gmail.com) and Michael Birenbaum Quintero (mbq@bowdoin.edu).

Please include the following in your proposal in this order:

  • your name
  • contact information (email and phone number)
  • institutional affiliation (students, please indicate if you are at the graduate or undergraduate level)
  • a title for your proposed project
  • a 250 word (maximum) abstract
  • anticipated audio/visual or other technological/special requirements

Participants with accepted proposals will be notified by March 25, 2013.

We are encouraging NECSEM members and presenters to arrive Friday April 19 and we will arrange a reception or group dinner to take place Friday evening.

Chapter prizes: NECSEM now awards two memorial prizes for outstanding papers presented by students at the chapter meeting: The Lise Waxer Prize (undergraduate) and the James T. Koetting Prize (graduate). Students whose proposals have been accepted may apply for the appropriate prize by submitting their completed paper via email to Brita Heimarck at britaheimarck@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 10, 2013 (please indicate the prize for which you are applying in the subject header).

Any questions regarding the meeting can be directed to Michael Birenbaum Quintero. We look forward to seeing you on April 19-20 at Bowdoin College!

There is a special group rate of $129 for rooms at the Inn at Brunswick Station for Friday or Saturday night (tel. 207 837-6565). Please book ahead and indicate that you are attending the NECSEM Meeting.

NECSEM Officers: Brita Heimarck, President; David Pruett, Vice President; Fran Wildeboor, Secretary; Peter Kvetko, Treasurer; Karl Haas, Graduate Student Representative; Antanas Meilus, Website Editor; and Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Member-At-Large and 2013 Local Arrangements Chair. We have also added two Undergraduate Student Representatives to the NECSEM Committee this year: Robin Buyer, and Hannah Dietrich. Additional information can be found on our website www.necsem.org

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INTERNSHIP at Japanese Embassy

February 5th, 2013

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan is seeking unpaid, part to full-time interns (12-35hrs/week) for Summer 2013. Internship start/end dates and hours are customized with the academic schedule of the chosen candidate.

The JICC is a part of the Public Affairs section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Our primary role is to promote a better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of information and events to the American public, particularly in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. We strive to build bridges between the two cultures through various activities, such as film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures, an online newsletter, and school programs. The JICC is the gateway to connect the American public to Japan and the interns are an integral part of our efforts.

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International School for Jain Studies Fellowships

January 28th, 2013

The Center for Jain Studies at Claremont Lincoln University invites you to study Jain Dharma at the International School for Jain Studies (ISJS) in India this summer.  Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students with an academic background, or strong interest, in the Indic traditions are encouraged to apply for this heavily subsidized immersion experience.

Prospects have the choice of applying to one of two fellowship programs:

The 6-week program (June 1-July 15): This fellowship program is designed to meet the needs of scholars and students with some background in South Asian or Religious Studies.  Students can earn 6 graduate semester credits for completing this program.  Up to 20 fellows will be admitted into the six-week program.

  • Eligibility: You must be a graduate student or a faculty member at the start of the six-week program to be considered for admission.
  • Cost: $700 tuition [includes round-trip airfare, room and board (with three Jain-friendly meals per day), travel costs in India, and course materials]; approximately $100 in Visa fees; and personal expenses.  All participants will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of the program.  Full-time faculty will receive a $1,000 stipend to help defray costs in India.
  • Statement of Purpose: The best graduate student statement of purpose for the six-week program will be  awarded $300 to help defray costs in India. The 2nd best statement will be awarded a stipend of $200.

The 4-week program (June 1-June 30): This fellowship program offers an ideal introduction to India, the Dharma traditions, and Jainism.  In four weeks, students will acquire proficiency in Jain Studies, and be prepared to undertake more advanced research in the future.  Students can earn 3 graduate or undergraduate semester credits for completing this program.  Up to 20 fellows will be admitted into the four-week program.

  • Eligibility: You must be a senior undergraduate student, or a graduate student, at the start of the four-week program to be considered for admission.
  • Cost: $600 tuition [includes room and board (with three Jain-friendly meals per day), and travel costs in India]; approximately $1600 for roundtrip airfare; approximately $100 for visa fees; and personal expenses.  All students will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of the program.
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To apply, please submit an application form, 2 letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word personal statement (explaining why you are interested in studying Jain dharma, and your past academic training relevant to the Indic traditions), to: Lidiya Potapenko, lpotapenko@claremontlincoln.org
Consideration of applications will begin January 15, 2013.  The final application deadline is February 10, 2013 (at midnight PST).  All candidates will be notified of their admission status via email by end of February 2013.

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Claremont Lincoln University Jain Studies Program in India

December 10th, 2012

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The Center for Jain Studies at Claremont Lincoln University invites you to study Jain Dharma at the International School for Jain Studies (ISJS) in India this summer.  Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students with an academic background, or strong interest, in the Indic traditions are encouraged to apply for this heavily subsidize immersion experience.

Prospects have the choice of applying to one of two fellowship programs:

The 6-week program (June 1-July 15): This fellowship program is designed to meet the needs of scholars and students with some background in South Asian or Religious Studies.  Students can earn 6 graduate semester credits for completing this program.  Up to 20 fellows will be admitted into the six-week program.

  • Eligibility: You must be a graduate student or a faculty member at the start of the six-week program to be considered for admission.
  • Cost: $700 tuition [includes round-trip airfare, room and board (with three Jain-friendly meals per day), travel costs in India, and course materials]; approximately $100 in Visa fees; and personal expenses.  All participants will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of the program.  All full-time faculty will receive a $1,000 stipend to help defray costs in India.
  • Statement of Purpose: The best graduate student statement of purpose for the six-week program will be  awarded $300 to help defray costs inIndia. The 2nd best statement will be awarded a stipend of $200.

The 4-week program (June 1-June 30): This fellowship program offers an ideal introduction to India, the Dharma traditions, and Jainism.  In four weeks, students will acquire proficiency in Jain Studies, and be prepared to undertake more advanced research in the future.  Students can earn 3 graduate or undergraduate semester credits for completing this program.  Up to 20 fellows will be admitted into the four-week program.

  • Eligibility: You must be a senior undergraduate student, or a graduate student, at the start of the four-week program to be considered for admission.
  • Cost: $600 tuition [includes room and board (with three Jain-friendly meals per day), and travel costs in India]; approximately $1600 for roundtrip airfare; approximately $100 for visa fees; and personal expenses.  All students will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of the program.
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To apply, please submit an Application Form, 2 letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word personal statement (explaining why you are interested in studying Jain dharma, and your past academic training relevant to the Indic traditions), to: Lidiya Potapenko, Program Director, lpotapenko@claremontlincoln.org

Consideration of applications will begin January 15, 2013.  The final application deadline is February 10, 2013 (at midnight PST).  All candidates will be notified of their admission status via email by end of February 2013.

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Applications to Volunteer in Asia and Study in Indonesia are Now Open!

November 12th, 2012

With one-year programs in six countries throughout Asia and the Indonesia summer program, VIA has a great number of opportunities for those dedicated to effecting real change in Asia and building cross-cultural understanding.

With 50 years of experience sending American volunteers to Asia, VIA has a wealth of knowledge about how to make an impact in the communities where we operate.

Each year we send 20 to 30 qualified, deeply motivated Americans on our long-term programs.

VIA volunteers create lasting change by teaching English at local institutions and building capacity at grassroots organizations tackling issues from environmental sustainability to anti-trafficking.

In addition, VIA offers the opportunity to study in Indonesia through a 4-5 week research and language program that immerses participants in Indonesian culture and contemporary social issues.

Applications for 2013 are now live! Visit VIA’s website to apply today.

More information

Website: www.viaprograms.org

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Tel: (415) 904-8033

Email: info@viaprograms.org

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2012 Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)

November 6th, 2012

Purpose

To encourage international students (not incl. Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao SAR students) to undertake Mandarin courses in the Republic of China (Taiwan); in order to provide them with opportunities to increase their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society, and to promote mutual understanding and interactions between Taiwan and the international community.

Award Value

A Monthly stipend of 25,000 NTD (about 850.00 USD).

Duration

June to August, 2013

Availabilities

15 students from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Eligibility

American applicants above the age of 18, who possess a high school diploma or above, excellent academic performance, and are of good moral character. Candidates with one of the following qualifications may not apply:

  • Overseas Chinese students or a national of the R.O.C.(had/currently hold a ROC (Taiwan) Passport)
  • Are currently as a registered student at a Mandarin Language Center or has been a degree seeking student at any universities or colleges in Taiwan.
  • Has already received a HES or a Taiwan scholarship, in the past.
  • Is an exchange student to Taiwan, during the scholarship period.
  • Is currently receiving financial benefits from the Taiwan government or other educational institutions.

Application

The deadline for application is December 15, 2012.

Applicants need to submit the following documents to:

Cultural Division, TECO Boston
99 Summer Street, Suite 801
Boston, MA 02110
Attention: Levina Huang

  • An application form (can be download online at www.moebos.org)
  • Photo copies of his/her passport information page(s) or any other documents that can verify the nationality of the applicant.
  • Photo copy of the certificate of the highest credential (diploma) and original transcript (sent by school registrar’s office).
  • Photo copy of the application form sent to the Mandarin Language Center.
  • Two letters of recommendation for character and academic performance reference.

Selection Procedure

A document review and/or personal (online) interview will be processed.

Scholarship Payment Procedure

Mandarin Language Centers should follow the schedule and procedures provided by MOE to request for reimbursement and verification from the MOE.  Students should consult the Mandarin Language Centers regarding method of payment and time when fund is released.

Terms and conditions for recipients

  • The recipient should study at a university-affiliated Mandarin Language Center approved by the MOE.
  • Apply for admission according to the regulations of the center. Once admitted, the recipient should send a photocopy of the admission letter to Cultural Division, TECO Boston for confirmation. Recipients who do not send their documents before the deadline will be disqualified from the scholarship selection process.
  • The recipient should undertake at least 15 hours of language courses each week. This does not include cultural visits, speeches, and other self-learning curriculum or activities..
  • If the recipient concurrently accepts scholarships from other sources, he/ she will lose their placement in the scholarship program. He/she will also have to return the funds granted for those months he/she received multiple scholarships.
  • The termination and cancellation of a scholarship based on regulations specified by each individual Mandarin Language Center. Mandarin Language Centers have the right to terminate or revoke a scholarship if the recipient’s academic performance, moral character, or attendance record are not up to standards.
  • Before joining, recipients should purchase student accident insurance and other relevant insurance. Insurance fees can be deducted by the Mandarin Language Centers from the monthly stipend before granting to recipients.

Suspension and Revocation

Suspension:

  • Attendance Records: With the exception of a serious illness or accident, if a recipient is absent from his/her required language sessions for up to12 hours within a single month, the award will be suspended for one month and the stipend cannot be reclaimed.
  • Academic Performance: Beginning from the second term/quarter of his/her study in Taiwan, if a recipient’s academic average scores for a study term/quarter are less than 80 out of 100, the award will be suspended for one term and the stipend cannot be reclaimed.

Revocation:

A recipient will be permanently disqualified from receiving a HES and any remaining stipends will be cancelled, if one of the following situations arises:

  • Failure to achieve an average academic score of 80 for two consecutive terms of study.
  • Missing a final achievement score for any study term/quarter, with the exception of a serious illness or accident.
  • Violations of ROC (Taiwan) laws.
  • Being expelled from school due to violation of school rules.

Contact Info

If you are interested in applying, please send an e-mail for requesting application form to Levina Huang.

 

 

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Study Abroad in China: The CGS Summer Program in Shanghai

November 5th, 2012

The Division of the Social Sciences at the College of General Studies is offering a course on the Modernization of China in Shanghai this summer from June 22 to August 18, 2013. It is expected that our students will find this attractive, as it will give them an opportunity to study in China and receive credit for the required course they take as sophomores on the same subject here at CGS. Many, it is hoped, will also dovetail this study with an introductory course in Chinese. We are also opening this course up to other students both at Boston University and elsewhere. We would appreciate any publication you could give on this offering.

The eight-credit program includes 2 courses:

  1. Modernization and Revolution in China*
  2. Intro Chinese Language**

*Fulfills World History Requirement

**No prior Chinese language skills are necessary

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More info: cgsinshanghai@gmail.com

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