Yes! There is still time to apply to Peace Corps and other questions!

Peace Corps Question and Answer Time!

Q: Is there still time for seniors to apply to Peace Corps?

A: Yes! Yes! Yes! For graduating seniors, NOW all the way until Jan. 1st at midnight is the best time to apply, with departures ranging from July to September 2020. This is our biggest recruiting quarter and thus can give students the greatest chance of getting in.

Those seniors who apply during the spring semester will be looking at departures ranging from Oct to Dec 2020, however in the spring is our smallest quarter and can be difficult for even the most qualified candidate to get in due to limited number of spots. The safest bet is applying before Jan. 1st!

Q: Is there anyone available to help students prepare their application / answer general questions?

A: Yes! The Peace Corps Campus Recruiter is holding regular advising all the way until Dec 18th! If those advising times don’t work for students, they are encourage to reach out and set up an appointment outside of those times.

After Dec 18th, we have a wonderful senior virtual recruiter named Emily Brandt who will be available by email and phone all of winter break! She is only taking off Dec 25th and Jan 1st as those are federal holidays. Emily is a wonderful resource and is looking forward to working with any UT students who need help on their application!

Q: How much do students pay to participate in Peace Corps?

A: Nothing, we pay them to be a part of the program! All cost are covered including plane ticket, housing, living and travel allowance, full medical and a readjustment allowance of over $10,000 on completion of the program! We also have over 200 fellowships to cover grad school after Peace Corps!

Q: Is Peace Corps only open to certain majors?

A: Peace Corps is open to everyone who is over 18 years old and a US Citizen! Certain majors can make you more competitive for certain sectors but the most important thing is being passionate about service abroad! All majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply!

Q: What about my student loans?

A: If you have federal student loans, such as Stafford, Perkins, direct, and consolidated loans, you may be eligible for deferment, partial cancellation, income-driven repayment, or eligibility for the Public Loan Service Forgiveness Program during Peace Corps service. Volunteers with Perkins loans may be eligible for a 15–70 percent cancellation benefit!

Those have been the top questions I have gotten so far but please feel free to reach out with any other questions you might have about this opportunity! Additional answers to frequent questions such as housing, training, safety, etc can also be found on our Real Answers page.

Good luck to everyone wrapping up their fall semester!
Jacqui Stewart Hobbs, MSW, MPH, Peace Corps Campus Recruiter, RPCV Guinea ’06-’09; Rwanda ’13-’14
Special Projects
Texas Global | The University of Texas at Austin
(512) 232-9436 | peacecorps@austin.utexas.edu | global.utexas.edu
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Yes! There is still time to apply to Peace Corps and other questions!

Peace Corps Question and Answer Time!

Q: Is there still time for seniors to apply to Peace Corps?

A: Yes! Yes! Yes! For graduating seniors, NOW all the way until Jan. 1st at midnight is the best time to apply, with departures ranging from July to September 2020. This is our biggest recruiting quarter and thus can give students the greatest chance of getting in.

Those seniors who apply during the spring semester will be looking at departures ranging from Oct to Dec 2020, however in the spring is our smallest quarter and can be difficult for even the most qualified candidate to get in due to limited number of spots. The safest bet is applying before Jan. 1st!

Q: Is there anyone available to help students prepare their application / answer general questions?

A: Yes! The Peace Corps Campus Recruiter is holding regular advising all the way until Dec 18th! If those advising times don’t work for students, they are encourage to reach out and set up an appointment outside of those times.

After Dec 18th, we have a wonderful senior virtual recruiter named Emily Brandt who will be available by email and phone all of winter break! She is only taking off Dec 25th and Jan 1st as those are federal holidays. Emily is a wonderful resource and is looking forward to working with any UT students who need help on their application!

Q: How much do students pay to participate in Peace Corps?

A: Nothing, we pay them to be a part of the program! All cost are covered including plane ticket, housing, living and travel allowance, full medical and a readjustment allowance of over $10,000 on completion of the program! We also have over 200 fellowships to cover grad school after Peace Corps!

Q: Is Peace Corps only open to certain majors?

A: Peace Corps is open to everyone who is over 18 years old and a US Citizen! Certain majors can make you more competitive for certain sectors but the most important thing is being passionate about service abroad! All majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply!

Q: What about my student loans?

A: If you have federal student loans, such as Stafford, Perkins, direct, and consolidated loans, you may be eligible for deferment, partial cancellation, income-driven repayment, or eligibility for the Public Loan Service Forgiveness Program during Peace Corps service. Volunteers with Perkins loans may be eligible for a 15–70 percent cancellation benefit!

Those have been the top questions I have gotten so far but please feel free to reach out with any other questions you might have about this opportunity! Additional answers to frequent questions such as housing, training, safety, etc can also be found on our Real Answers page.

Good luck to everyone wrapping up their fall semester!
Jacqui Stewart Hobbs, MSW, MPH, Peace Corps Campus Recruiter, RPCV Guinea ’06-’09; Rwanda ’13-’14
Special Projects
Texas Global | The University of Texas at Austin
(512) 232-9436 | peacecorps@austin.utexas.edu | global.utexas.edu
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TEACH FOR AMERICA: APPLICATION DEADLINE – DECEMBER 6th

Today in America, kids growing up in low-income communities have a 14% chance of graduating from college by the time they’re 25. Be among the most diverse, remarkable leaders of your generation working to change that statistic by putting your talents to work to disrupt educational inequity.

By joining Teach For America, you will become part of a 60,000 strong network of leaders shaping the political, economic, and social future of our country. Learn about inspiring ways alumni are leading across education, business, policy, law, medicine, and more. Also, check out stories from UT students who have decided to join Teach For America after graduation.

The class of 2020 is welcomed to apply for the 2020 Teach for America corps by Friday, December 6th, 2019. All majors accepted. Full salary and benefits. 60,000+ alumni network.

Questions? Reach out to one of UT’s TFA representatives, Annie Matheis at annie.matheis@teachforamerica.org

Not class of 2020? Sign up to learn more about underclassmen opportunities

New York City: “The Global City”

UT Summer Course in NYC

Want to spend this summer in New York City exploring its history, cultures and communities? Through UT’s New York City Summer Course “The Global City”, you can earn up to 6 credits while living in the nation’s largest city. Students will visit historic neighborhoods, landmarks, museums and attend a range of cultural and political events. The city itself is the classroom. Head over to our Study Abroad Page to apply!

APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE: December 21st.

The class “The Global City” which will be taught in New York City this summer. Students can earn 3 or 6 credits for taking this course.

The program fee is $3,300 which covers 4-weeks of lodging at New York University, a meal-plan (8 meals/week), group meals, entry fees to museums and exhibits, and an unlimited subway and bus pass. (The fee does not include airfare to and from New York City).

Course Description:
UT’s New York City summer course, “The Global City,” will give students the opportunity to explore New York City’s historic neighborhoods, landmarks, museums and attend a range of cultural and political events. The city itself is the classroom. This course reveals how America’s largest metropolis has been transnational since its very inception: from the conquest of indigenous land, to the city’s involvement in the US slave trade and plantation economy, to its central role in the industrial revolution, to its status as a destination point for migrants from around the world and, finally, to its emergence as the preeminent center of world finance. This course literally traces New York City’s history through first-hand visits to major landmarks and historic neighborhoods including African burial grounds, ports, factories, tenements, Harlem, el Barrio, Chinatown, Bed-Stuy (Brooklyn) and Jackson Heights (Queens)—to name but a few. Students will also have an opportunity to visit several of the city’s major museums and collections, to meet with community-based organizations and to attend a range of cultural events (music, film and theater). Through it all, the course will meet for class lectures on the history and politics of New York City. Course readings will draw from history, sociology, anthropology, geography, literature and film.

For more information on how to register, email:
Dr. Eric Tang erictang@utexas.edu
African and African Diaspora Studies Department afr@austin.utexas.edu

Internships Abroad for AY 2019-2020

Education Abroad has over 100 programs that allow a student to do an internship abroad, either through a full-time internship or a part-time internship/part-time study program. Options are available for students of all majors to incorporate experiential learning into their time abroad and most programs have no language requirements! Check out the Education Abroad website for all internship options. Numerous scholarships available, including a generous stipend through Freeman Scholars for up to $6,000.

Credit-bearing Internships Abroad

Over 100 hybrid programs with part-time internships/part-time study are available during spring, summer or fall terms across seven continents. New this year, students can browse flyers organized by broad professional fields to find programs that best fit their interests. See all flyers here.
o Internships in Business, Economics, and Entrepreneurship
o Experiential Learning for Health Fields
o Internships for Communications Students
o Internships for Government, Policy, and Human Rights
o Internships in Arts, Music, Performance, and Design
o Experiential Learning for Geosciences, Climate, Environment, and Sustainability
o Internships for Computer Science, Internet, and Information Technology

International Internship Program 2020

The International Internship Program offers students the opportunity to explore their field in another country, gain professional experience, and build their professional networks. Interns work full-time (35-40 hours per week) under the guidance of an English-speaking supervisor in placements customized to students’ fields and professional goals. This credit-eligible program runs eight weeks, from May 28, 2020 – July 25, 2020 across 7 cities:
· Bangkok, Thailand – Internship: Bangkok

· Barcelona, Spain – Internship: Barcelona

· Berlin, Germany – Internship: Berlin

· Hong Kong – Internship: Hong Kong

· Shanghai, China – Internship: Shanghai

· Singapore – Internship: Singapore

· Tokyo, Japan – Internship: Tokyo

Deadline
Application Opens: Open now, not rolling
Priority Application Deadline: January 15, 2020 (during winter break)
Final Application Deadline, select locations: February 2, 2020

Notes for Academic Advisors
· Eligibility: Current Freshman – graduating Seniors and graduate students; no language requirements; all locations are open to all majors. International students welcome.
· Students should attend an Explore: The International Internship Program session, offered semiweekly. See the dates on the Education Abroad events calendar.
· Internships are credit-eligible. Students interested in credit need to discuss options for credit with their academic advisor.

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Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

All the best,
Kate

Katherine Uhlrich, International Internship Coordinator
Education Abroad
Texas Global | The University of Texas at Austin
(512) 471-6492 | kuhlrich@austin.utexas.edu | global.utexas.edu
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FLAS Fellowship Applications Now Open!

Get Paid to Learn a Language!

FLAS Fellowship applications are now open!
Summer and Academic Year fellowships, which include tuition and living expenses, are available for study at UT and abroad!
Summer funding for up to $7500 towards an intensive language program ($5,000 towards program costs, $2,500 stipend)!

Academic year funding for tuition at UT or abroad (Undergraduates: up to $10k for tuition, $5k stipend;
Graduates: up to 15 credit hours tuition cost,
$15k stipend).

CREEES LANGUAGES:

RUSSIAN • POLISH • CZECH • UKRAINIAN • BOSNIAN • CROATIAN • MONTENEGRIN • SERBIAN • ROMANIAN • YAKUT AND MORE!

For more information on eligibility, funding requirements,
and how to apply, visit our website.

Applications now open! Deadline: February 1, 2020.

Seats available in BDP 101 courses

We still have seats available in the following BDP 101 spring courses. BDP 101 Forum Seminars are open to all Freshmen and Sophomores. They introduce students to the key concepts, methodologies, and questions related to BDP certificate topics. They feature weekly discussions with faculty from a variety of departments across UT, so Forum Seminars are a great way for students to explore their interests. Please spread the word if you have students who might be interested in these courses!

BDP 101: Environmental Change & Sustainability (59395)
TH 3:30-5:30pm • JGB 3.222 • Professor Chris Bell
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 23-March 12.
In this forum seminar, students will explore the range of environmental challenges that our society faces, including those involving water resources, global change issues, and global and local prospects in Energy technologies and solid waste management. The roles of science, policy-making, economic interests, and sustainability will be examined in the context of these issues.

BDP 101: Exploring Digital Arts & Media (59400)
W 3:30-5:30pm • MRH 2.634 • Professor Neal Daugherty
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 22-March 11.
Exploring Digital Arts & Media is a Bridging Disciplines Forum Seminar and one-credit course that aims to present a broad survey of digital art and media. For most of the eight seminars there will be a guest speaker in the first hour then in the second hour there will be a lecture/discussion period based on the presenter’s work and on the general topic. Students in this course will learn about the many areas of specialization that the phrase “digital art & media” covers ranging from the Internet to game design.

BDP 101: Human Rights and Social Justice (59405)
T 2:00-4:00pm • FAC 4 • Professor Jason Cons
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 21-March 10.
In this eight-week course, students will explore key concepts in rights and justice; examine how governments, movements, and individuals try to advance these principles through law and political organizing; and evaluate the possibilities and problems in securing human rights and social justice in the contemporary world. Scholars from various disciplines will visit the classroom to share their research and experiences. In class discussion and written assignments, students will identify and analyze human rights and social-justice controversies, drawing on the varied intellectual and ideological perspectives from readings and guest lectures.

BDP 101: Intro to the Non-Profit World (59420)
T 3:30-5:30pm • SSW 2.106 • Professor Cal Streeter
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 21-March 10.
The non-profit sector is the fastest growing sector in the U.S. economy. This phenomenon presents enormous opportunities for communities, non-profit managers, Boards of Directors, and those who fund non-profit organizations. This course introduces students to the non-profit sector and provides the foundation knowledge they need to understand the role of non-profit organizations in contemporary American society. Students will learn what distinguishes the non-profit sector from business and government, with particular attention to mission, organizational structure, funding, and culture. It will examine the statutory and regulatory requirements of non-profit organizations and explore the ways in which philanthropic giving and volunteers shape the work of the non-profit sector. Readings and class activities provide students with a broad understanding of the non-profit sector and help them weigh the pros and cons of a career in the non-profit world.

BDP 101: Patients, Practitioners, and Cultures of Care (59425)
M 3:30-5:30pm • SSW 1.212 • Professor Stephen Sonnenberg
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 21-March 10.
Introduces the interdisciplinary study of healthcare and the many potential roles of the healthcare provider. Explores an overview of foundational concepts for understanding healthcare and providers in an interdisciplinary way, including culture and health, the built environment and health, narrative medicine, and healer resilience in relation to serious illness and end of life care. Guest lecturers represent the disciplines of Anthropology, Architecture and Planning, Social Work, and Health Communications.

BDP 101: Ethics in Campaign 2020: Law, Business, Health Care (59426)
M 3:30-5:30pm • CMA 6.152 • Professor Joe Cutbirth
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 27-March 23.
Presidential campaigns ultimately are about laws. Laws addressing national health care, trade and tax policies, and the very make-up of the ultimate legal body – the U.S. Supreme Court – are at the center of the 2020 presidential campaign. The idea that the candidates and the media who cover them act ethically as they create narratives for the voters is critical to our democracy. This course will examine the role advertising, public relations and journalism play in creating the story of the 2020 campaign. Together, we will use an ethical lens to examine business, health care, and legal issues in debates, campaign events, paid advertising, and investigative journalism during the critical seven-week period from the Iowa Caucuses in January to the Texas Primary in March, also known as Super Tuesday.

Best,
Larissa


Larissa Noake | Assistant Director
Bridging Disciplines Programs | School of Undergraduate Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 512.232.7586
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Reminder: Vick Center Events for October and November

The Vick Center is excited to continue to offer workshops and programming available to all students in preparing for the internal transfer process. Our remaining October and November workshops include:

Writing Effective Resumes for Internal Transfer
Wednesday, October 30 • 4-5 p.m. • JES A218A

Rapid Resume Review
Wednesday, November 6 & 7 • 1-4 p.m. • JES A115
Drop-in and get your resume reviewed in 15 to 20 minutes for internal transfer, part time jobs, or internships. Bring a hard copy of your resume. First come, first served.

Writing Effective Internal Transfer Essays
Thursday, November 14 • 4-5 p.m. • JES A218
Learn tips on how to write an effective internal transfer application essay.

Students can RSVP at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/ugs/my/events/ to attend.

Asian Studies Majors/Minors Gathering

The purpose of this event is to provide information to prospective students on the majors, minors and the honors program offered by the Department of Asian Studies.
We will have two sessions:

Majors/Minors Gathering
Tuesday, October 29 – Meyerson Conference Room
(WCH 4.118) 1:00 – 2:30 PM (drop-in) – Light refreshments
and
Tuesday, November 12 – Meyerson Conference Room
(WCH 4.118) 2:30 – 4:30 PM (drop-in) – Light refreshments

Come and meet with Asian Studies faculty and other students while enjoying light refreshments. Find out about Spring 2020 course offerings in China, Japan, Korea, and South Asia (languages, history, religion, cultures, literature, anthropology). Information about the major and minor and the Honors Program will be available at this event.

Sincerely,

Nikola Rajić, PhD
Associate Academic Advisor | Department of Asian Studies| College of Liberal Arts
The University of Texas at Austin | WCH 4.116 | 512.475.6027 | nrt@austin.utexas.edu
Schedule appt at: https://asianstudiesadvising.setmore.com
All student correspondence should include EID.