Santa Clara University

Global Engagement Office

GEO Newsletter

  •  SCU Open Doors Ranking Improves

    SCU has increased significantly in the 2014 rankings among comparable* institutions nationally, as follows:

    • #21 for the total number of students who study abroad (560 students) (Rank in 2013: #40)
    • #5 for the total number of students who study abroad on "mid-length academic programs" for a quarter/semester (377 students)  (Rank in 2013: #8)
    • #24 for the total number of international students whom we host (1,119 students) (Rank in 2013: #28)
    The new 2014 Institute for International Education (IIE) Open Doors data were released yesterday.  See the press release and full data set.  The report provides the most comprehensive data on mobility of international students, international scholars and US students studying abroad.  IIE is an independent not-for-profit that releases this report with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.  
  •  SCU Hosts International Summer Academy of Bioengineering

    July 1st - 10th: This summer, SCU's School of Engineering is hosting the International Summer Academy of Bioengineering (ISAB).
  •  SCU Study Abroad Diversifies Program Offerings

    In fall 2014 alone, SCU students will study in 33 different countries including many non-traditional destinations. Read more about this shift to diversify program locations and one student's experience in India.
  •  SCU Participates in 5th Annual EducationUSA Forum

    June 23rd-25th: Becky Konowicz, Director of International Admission, participated in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington D.C. on behalf of Santa Clara University.
  •  Preview of Undergraduate International Students for Fall 2014

    International Undergraduate Admission provides a snapshot of incoming international students for Fall 2014
  •  Sally Osberg, Founder of Skoll World Forum and Prominent Champion of Social Entrepreneurship, to Speak at Inaugural “Magis” Dinner

    Sally Osberg, the internationally respected thought leader in the field of social entrepreneurship, will speak about the future of social innovation and the challenges facing the next generation of innovators.
  •  SCU Increases International Undergraduate Enrollment and Updates

     The incoming Fall Class of 2019 marks the third year of Santa Clara’s strategic goal to increase international undergraduate enrollment. Outreach efforts by the Office of Undergraduate Admission have successfully increased freshman international applications by 82% and U.S. Citizens attending high schools abroad by 128% in the last three years. As Santa Clara’s reputation builds globally, students who attend high school in many of the Pacific Rim countries are most drawn to our location, programs and community. The two largest sending populations to California’s universities are China and India according to IIE Open Doors Report, which also reflects Santa Clara’s undergraduate applicant pool as the two largest populations. Areas of recent growth are Brazil, Canada and various countries throughout Europe.

    With admission decisions being released in mid-March and the enrollment deposit deadline of May 1, we will be sure to share in a later newsletter the geographic diversity of our Class of 2019. We have a lot of work to still do between now and then! The Office of Undergraduate Admission has established an International Admission Student Volunteer program to ensure all newly admitted students overseas receive a message of congratulations (Email, Facebook, Skype, Chinese social media) from a current international student. Since many of our admitted students from overseas cannot make the journey to visit campus, this program hopes to create ties to campus and offer linkages among students. In its second year, the program has already seen its benefits of lasting friendships and mentorships between upperclassmen and newly incoming students from all over the world. Ritika Argawal ’18 (India), Mingfie “Kevin” Xiong ’19 (China) and Jessy Frydenberg ’18 (Belgium) are the student leads for the ISV program. In addition, a Chinese social media campaign has been adopted to ensure our prospective students across China can access admission information and the story of Santa Clara as they consider our campus as a future home.* Through the Chinese social media platforms of Weibo, RenRen, and QQ, the Office of Undergraduate Admission is working to reach as many prospective students and families in China as possible. Feel free to follow us, link your departments Chinese social media pages to ours and spread the stories of Santa Clara!
  •  SCU Student Sean Reilly '16 Wins Student Research Award

    Sean Reilly '16, Environmental Studies and Biology major, was awarded the Distinguished Student Research Award abroad by the School for Field Studies (SFS) for his research project, Keeping it real: Preserving authenticity in Indigenous cultural tourism, which he completed while studying abroad on the Tropical Rainforest Studies Program during Fall 2015 in Queensland, Australia.  Reilly's research found that indigenous tourism has the potential to strengthen Aboriginal communities and help them to overcome welfare dependency, but must be implemented intelligently to prevent cultural modification.  Reilly's SFS advisor Dr. Justus Kithiia says that his presentation "demonstrated a high level ability to synthesize and communicate research findings to different audiences," including aboriginal tourism operators who can use the information to strike a balance between preserving cultural integrity and maintaining economic stability.

    Outcomes of the research provide information and recommendations to community members and other stakeholders on critical, local environmental issues.  


    Students are nominated by SFS faculty based on their research design, field work, reporting and their contribution to the Center's five year plan.  SFS Dean of Academic Programs, Dr. Mark Seifert, and Assistant Dean, Dr. Meghan Graham MacLean, presented the award this spring with a nomination from the students' DR advisors.  Read more...

  •  SCU Fulbright Successes


    SCU ranks among top Fulbright producers nationally.  As published in the recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Santa Clara was once again recognized as one of the top producers of the Fulbright student awards.  Four SCU students received Fulbright awards for 2014-2015.  


    In addition to SCU's success with student awards, the University has taken steps to cultivate scholar awards.  SCU hosted Fulbright Scholar Program Officer, Alisha Scott, on February 11th.  Provost Dennis Jacobs welcomed Ms. Scott to campus during her first presentation and she spent the day meting with faculty interested in opportunities for scholarship and teaching abroad.  The day-long program was co-sponsored by Sponsored Projects, Faculty Development, and the Global Engagement Office.  If you are a faculty member interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar award, please contact the Global Engagement Office.  Applications for most awards for 2015-16 are due August 1, 2015.

  •  SCU Student Chosen as DAAD Young Ambassador

    Congratulations to German Studies Major and two time SCU Study Abroad participant, Taylor Wakefield, for being selected as a DAAD Young Ambassador for the 2014-2015 academic year.