Washington DC: The camaraderie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Obama during the former’s visit to the United States of America has yielded good results for the Indian higher education system.

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The Cambridge Trust  and the Science and Engineering Research Board of India have signed an agreement and created the ‘ Cambridge India Ramanujan Scholarship ’ for meritorious research students from India to pursue doctoral studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the University of Cambridge.

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Indian students can apply online for the Government of Sri Lanka Presidential Scholarships applicable from December 2014 for post graduate studies in Sri Lankan universities.

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Elon University’s newest residential complex is a place for students to grow into global citizens as faculty and staff who reside on campus create programs that complement what students learn in class. Students in this campus neighborhood will enjoy a variety of opportunities, including dinners with faculty, film festivals and more.

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Life as an international student in the United States can be different from life in your home country. Read this article to learn some things you should know about the U.S. college experience before applying.

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University of Louisiana Monroe International Student Center is due to open in January 2015! Along with donor Eric Liew, and his wife Linda Pruett, University of Louisiana at Monroe officials broke ground on the newest privately-funded project for the university—the international student center.

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Macey in Costa Rica Prior to studying abroad, I had never considered international education as a potential career field. I never even knew it was an option. Prior to interning abroad, I had never thought working in international education would be something I would be good at or would enjoy so much. Now, after my time spent in San José, Costa Rica, with CEA and its month-long students, I can say that working professionally in the study abroad field is a major contender for my future career. This July, I arrived back in San José as a CEA intern with much pre-existing knowledge about Costa Rican geography and culture, a desire to improve my repertoire in all things that fit under the Communications umbrella, and a contagious passion for study abroad and the growth that travel forces. I was excited to be there and happy to help, but largely ignorant about exactly what would be expected of me and how I was to go about things. Here are three of my internship takeaways: Creativity: My internship with CEA was amazing because it allowed me to make use of my ability to identify with the students and simultaneously maximize my creativity. My primary mission was to help make it easier for students to engage and interact with our host culture. This involved doing reconnaissance work to find activities they might be interested in, broadcasting these opportunities to students, and potentially organizing reservations or transportation for such excursions. While this function is such a small portion of all the duties site directors have, I learned a lot in the process of things that appeal to students and how to best communicate with them. I also got a small taste of some of the satisfaction site directors can feel when their international students take their travels into their own hands and make the plunge by themselves. It made me very proud to know that the students who asked me for travel recommendations actually went and reported not only having the time of their lives, but also that they learned a lot about themselves and the culture. Study Abroad From the Other Side: Thanks to this eye-opening internship, I was able to see the study abroad experience from the opposite perspective. These new observations have really helped my own study abroad experience to come full-circle. I have also made some helpful connections, both with University faculty, staff, and program directors in San José and developed powerful friendships with fellow international students and my host family. After a month there, I left Costa Rica this time with an enhanced ‘pura vida’ mentality and invaluable knowledge of cross-cultural business communication and customs. Cultural Awareness: While this internship was perfectly suited to my Communications and Spanish double-major and passion for international travel, I would re commend such an internship abroad to any positive and outgoing student willing to increase his or her language and culture competence. This internship was rewarding for me because it allowed me increased appreciation and exposure to a culture I thought I already knew and understood and I also got to help other students make the most of it too. In short, the experience was fabulously enlightening. I learned a lot, got the opportunity to visit old places, experience new ones, meet new people, and give back to a study abroad organization that changed my life. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I hope other students pounce upon the chance to do the same. Macey Hallstedt is a Winter 2013  CEA San José alumna, CEA Senior Alumni Ambassador at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and currently a summer 2014 CEA Alumni Ambassador intern in San José.

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Saturday, September 6th: Wake up early, meet at Denfert Rochereau metro stop at 7:30am, wear comfy shoes, bring your bathing suit if you’re brave… CEA Paris’ Escapade Mystère destination was kept a secret until the very last minute, when students boarded the buses… While the Parisians enjoyed their first weekend back in the city after the famous  rentrée (back to school), Fall 14 students headed to the la côte (the coast)! Just two and a half hours north of Paris lies the town of Honfleur, a lovely little fishing village in Normandy, land of camembert, les pommes, du cidre, des tartes et la crème normande  and  of course,  fruits de mer a-go-go! Greniers à sel (salt barns), le Vieux Port (the old port), le marché Sainte-Catherine (the farmer’s market), le Mont Joli viewpoint, Notre Dame de Grace chapel, le pont de Normandie (the Normandy bridge)…it was a day of discovery and Normand gastronomy, and their first excursion of Fall 2014. The famous slate-covered houses that line the Vieux Port,  and Fall 14 students ready to discover Honfleur Pit stop at Marché Sainte-Catherine for FROMAGE! The charming little streets of Honfleur We made it! Students at the top of Mont Joli ! Le pont de Normandie – the Normandy bridge, linking Honfleur to Le Havre Next up on the calendar – Strasbourg et la Forêt Noire!

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We’d like to hear your questions for current international students who are studying in the United States and possibly feature you on an upcoming EducationUSA program! Make a video with your cellphone or computer and send it to us on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #StudyintheUSA. Watch our video to learn more!

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Our Advantage Application is now available on our website. If you apply before November 15th & submit all of your official paperwork, you are guaranteed an admission decision by December 5th with the possibility of being invited to JEO Scholarship Weekend on January 23rd and 24th. We will also waive the $50 application fee, recommendation letter and essay (however, the short answer is still required). Official paperwork includes official translated transcripts, official SAT or TOEFL scores and declaration of finance.

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