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.
  •  From San Francisco Bay to Hyderabad

    Reprinted with permission.  Students participated on this program through the Leavey School of Business Global Fellows Program.

    For close to eight weeks this summer, Matthew Fergerson, Kelly McGonigle, Matthew Pierson and Raymond Whelan worked as interns at the FT Hyderabad campus. The group ditched their college sneakers and sweatshirts for business attire, working and learning in the vibrant international asset management office. 

    The group of applicants from California’s Santa Clara University successfully navigated a stringent selection process. Each applied to FT via the school’s internship program. Meanwhile, business leads in FT India had created detailed project proposals, searching for interns with specific skill sets to add value to their business line.

    The school evaluated the applications and identified skills and culture fit.  Next, the San Mateo HR team and business representatives interviewed the candidates. Three Santa Clara students made the cut. A fourth joined the group too: the University of Michigan’s Matthew Fergerson. Matthew was selected through a reference process. 

    The group underwent another round of interview with the India management team. Finally the internship program was rolled out. 

    The entire trip, including travel, accommodation, meals and expenses, was borne by the interns and their college.

     Student Profiles:

    Kelly McGonigle

    School: A major in Finance and minor in entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University


    • Worked with Client Insights team to research methods of market penetration into the UK. The group focused on cultural barriers.
    • “I got a chance to unlock my background in innovation and think of solutions in a creative way.”

    Lesson learned:

    • Complications can arise during global calls. Something may always go wrong, from technical issues to scheduling around the dinner hour in different time zones.

    Cultural observations:


    • Asian cultures are averse to saying “No.”
    • Franklin Templeton, unlike many western-based companies with a large presence in India, has many long-tenured employees which speaks volumes about FT's inclusive culture.

    Matthew Pierson 

    School: A major in Finance from Santa Clara University looking for a career in social entrepreneurship. 


    • At ISC, Matthew helped the North America Advisory Services team build an asset allocation model for their goal-based investing initiatives. The model will help FT create more innovative and forward thinking products by integrating behavioral finance into investment products.

    Best moments:

    • Meeting ISC leaders; conversations with people who have many years of international experience.
    • Chance to see how global business operates, how San Mateo and Hyderabad connect.
    • Learned to play cricket.



    • “At Franklin Templeton, the emphasis is on people. The culture cares about its people. It is not efficiency at the cost of relationships.”

    Raymond Whelan

    School: A major in Finance at Santa Clara University, specializing in data analytics and statistical software. 


    • At ISC, worked with the International Business Development Group implementing the statistical computing tool ‘R’ into portfolio tools. The tool can help process and infer data sets more efficiently and support different sales offices.

    Cultural takeaway:

    • Visited Hampi, a historic site some 400 kilometers from Hyderabad.
    • “The younger employees in India are very similar to us in the U.S. We talked about Game of Thrones and favorite music bands.”



    • “FT is a responsible manager for other people’s asset hence the culture is conservative and stable. The long term vision is apparent.”
  •  Completion of Major and Abroad Programs (MAPs) Advising Guides

     The MAPs project began in 2011 to enhance curricular engagement of study abroad programs at the University.   Academic departments have prioritized study abroad programs which align with their major to help students connect their courses abroad to their course of study on-campus, before and after study abroad.   In addition, the MAPs guide students to their options for various terms abroad and include department-specific guidance on how study abroad aligns with each major.

  •  Interview with Geminiano Yabut IV, Distinguished First Year Student

     Have you declared a major?

    Yes, I have.  I’m a computer engineer.  My dad took a major similar to computer engineering, but then he switched out.  He recommended it to me and I like computers.  I was good at Math and Science when I was young and I was bad at English and Social Sciences, so I figured I like computers and I’m good at Math and Science so, I’m doing computer engineering.

    How does it feel to be one of thirty Distinguished First Year students?

    I’d have to say I feel distinguished!

    Honestly, it’s been cool, just getting recognition for studies – it feels nice.  Sometimes I feel like maybe I don’t deserve it, because I have a bunch of friends around me that are really smart.

    Distinguished First Year students are invited to join the Honors Program at SCU.  Are you planning to join?

    Yes, the first thought I had was like “it would be an honor!”  I already sent Carole Wentz an email and I’m going to be taking an Honors C&I in the fall.  It’s history.  I was honestly hoping for Philosophy, because I’m interested in that kind of thing, but nothing would fit my schedule, so I decided to take history in the Fall.  I heard the teacher is good, so I decided to go for it.

    Are you thinking about a minor at all?

    I considered minoring in Entrepreneurship, but my advisor advised against it, because it’s a lot of units to take.  I didn’t come in with any extra units.  She said they would make a specialization in entrepreneurship in Engineering for engineers, but they don’t have that yet.

    Are you planning to participate in any Global experiences abroad while at SCU?

    Honestly, I haven’t thought about it much.  I thought I’d talk about it with my family for my junior year.  I’m not sure, because I’m already studying abroad.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it, because if it costs more I’m not sure.

    Do you have any plans after SCU?

    I’m planning to work here, hopefully for one of the tech companies in Silicon Valley.  It’s cool that Santa Clara is in the middle of the whole Silicon Valley tech scene, so I think I’ll stay here for a while.  When I have a lot of my, I’m going to go back to the Philippines.  I’d like to invest in my Dad’s company, and I also want to make a social start-up so I can help.  Because in the Philippines, there are a lot of poor people, and I’m hoping to make some kind of business or something to help. 

    I’d like to be in a big company for a while, if I could work for Google that would be so cool, because they’ve got the free food and everything!  I visited their campus once and it’s very nice.  That would be chill for a couple of years, but then, I think eventually, I’d want to go and work hard on some start-up – because high risk, high reward.

    What have you tried as a First Year college student that you liked or didn’t like?

    I got involved with the Filipino club, I’m their Freshman Representative.  It was a great experience, a great leadership experience – made a lot of friends.

    What I didn’t like…hmm.  I’m not sure, SCU is really cool!  I haven’t spent that much time with people in my dorm, I only have a small group of friends there.  Maybe for next year, I’d like to get to know everyone there.  I know dorm life is a really big part of the experience and I haven’t been taking as much advantage of it as I should.

    Which Residence Life Community are you in?

    San Filippo and I’m going to stay there next year as well.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to try before graduating?

    There’s a lot!  Like, I haven’t gotten to do the whole American experience yet.  There’s a lot of things you can do here, that I haven’t done yet.  Like…Sky diving!  I want to do sky diving.  There’s a lot, I don’t think I can pinpoint.

    Is there anything else you’d like to share?

    Can I say, “Hi Mom”?

    Definitely!  We’re going to send a letter home to your family.  Have you told them about the Honor's Program?  Are they excited?

    Yeah!  I was talking to them, and they helped me make my decision.

    Have they been to Santa Clara to see the University?

    Yes.  My Dad went here!  Bronco for life!

  •  Interview with Francis Tan, Distinguished First Year Student

     Have you declared a major?

    As of right now, I haven’t declared, but I’m pretty certain that I’m going to major in Finance and minor in MIS (Information Systems).  Because, I believe that nowadays, everything revolves around technology, so it’ll be useful to know about the coding in Business.

    Have you taken any classes that you think are particularly interesting?  Or is there a reason that you’re leaning towards Finance?

    Finance mainly because I want to help out my father when I grow up, in his managing company under the Finance department.  So, when I grow up, I want to give him a helping hand, make sure he retires early and happy, and aside from that, I’m also passionate about Finance because I like the idea of thinking about where the money goes and how to allocate the money and I believe Finance is actually a core function in business.  Marketing changes over time, but Finance will always be there, so I think Finance is a really important function to learn.

    What kind of business would you be working in, if you work with your father?

    He has a business in the Philippines that is a Pharmaceutical company.  Trying to not disappoint, continue the legacy of the family.

    How does it feel to be one of thirty Distinguished First Year students?

    I was actually a bit surprised to be honest, but it’s very thrilling!  Not because I got recognition, but because I’m really happy for myself in the sense that I can see that I’m developing as a person.  I have a habit of always trying to push myself to the limits, and the fact that I was recognized to be one of the few first year students to get this recognition means that I’m doing something right.  And from there, I just plan on pushing myself more.

    Distinguished First Year Students are invited to join the Honors Program at SCU.  Are you planning to join?

    It was a difficult choice, I took weeks to actually reach an answer.  I asked my peers and my family of course, and I decided - unfortunately and fortunately - not to.  Because I decided that if I joined, I would have to give my 100%, because I hate just being partially committed, because I think that when you commit to something, you need to give it all that you can or else you won’t really have fun or perform good under that program.  So, I decided not to, because instead I’ll be part of a couple of other new commitments.  I still need to test the waters.  I recently became part of the Barkada board – the Filipino club.  So that’s something – I need to give my whole to that.  I’m also part of the ACE program in the Business school, we’re a cohort basically, that takes all these workshop skills and experiences.  I just really don’t want to get into something that I won’t be able to give my 100%.  As much as I wanted to, I wouldn’t want to commit to something that I know I won’t be able to give all my efforts to.

    What will you be doing on the Barkada Board?

    My position is cultural head, it’s basically informing the club about the different cultures in the Philippines and current events.  Making them aware – anything related to culture.  My goal next year, is not restraining this to the club, but actually opening it up to the community of SCU.  I really want to, because Filipino culture in my beliefs is really not that you need to do “this” or “that”, but it’s the idea of community and family.  And SCU has a really amazing community, and that is why I wish to extend the Filipino prospects to it.  I think that SCU and the Filipino culture vibe really well together.

    And how about for ACE?

    ACE Program basically gives us the ability to reach more opportunities.  We’re going to meet once a week on Tuesdays and those meetings involve having guest speakers and interview workshop skills, how to make resumes, and then, we’re going to have field trips with other companies and the connections that we’ll be making will surely be important.  Because in business, nowadays, connections are the most important asset you can have. 

    What I like about the ACE program, and why I decided to apply, and fortunately got in, is that I want to be surrounded by people who are equally enthusiastic about developing themselves.  We’ve had two or three meetings just to get to know each other, and everyone in ACE, you can see is passionate about something.  Everyone wants to make a difference – not just learn, but impact the world in one way or another, so that’s something that I believe will make my stay at SCU more meaningful.  Just surrounding myself with people and knowing these kinds of different personalities to push me even more, like a support group.  As they support me, I also wish to support them.  Because ACE program, or any program actually, you shouldn’t be just thinking about your self-development, but as a group grow as a community together.

    Are you planning to participate in any Global experiences abroad while a Santa Clara student?

    As much as I want to, I think I’ll just stay here.  I’ll take advantage of the resources that are already here.  Maybe I’ll try going out of the Santa Clara bubble – reach out to other cities, or explore California a bit more, because technically, I’m already abroad!

    Do you have any plans after SCU?

    I plan on trying to work here.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to do that.  Like internships, then work.  The magnificent thing about being abroad, especially in a more developed country than the Philippines is that you get to be part of the community and pinpoint which works out.  Hopefully, by being part of it, and by gaining experience, I’ll be able to take what works here and bring it back to my home country just to make my community – because Philippines is my home – a better place.

    What did you try as a First Year college student that you liked or didn’t like?

    Barkada Club.  We have Filipino clubs back home, but I didn’t really join the Filipino clubs.  I just wanted to have connections from here to back home, that’s why I joined Barkada.  It actually became one of the best decisions I made this school year, because it surprised me in the sense that a number in the club aren’t even Filipinos or they’ve never even been in the Philippines or anything, but the way they act is that they’re genuinely Filipino.  I feel like they’re more Filipino than I am!  So that really shed light that you don’t need to be a culture by blood to enjoy that culture.  You just need to really be genuine about wanting to be part of that culture and that community and that’s probably a decision I really like, because it gave me a whole new insight about culture.

    So what do you still want to try?

    Like I said, I want to be more involved out of campus.  I want to explore – that’s my personality.  I always want to be on the go.  When I get a car, or if transportation becomes more flexible, I’ll surely explore the area more.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to find something I enjoy.

    Are you planning to get a car next year?


    Is there anything else you want to share?

    It’s not really sharing, but I guess one of the lessons I learned while here at SCU or as I grew as an individual is that and this is what also helped me decide whether or not to join the honors program – whatever you do, an important thing, wherever you go, is to go with all your heart.  It’s really important to just be passionate about what you’re doing, no matter how minimal or small it may appear, if you put your everything into it, it just amplifies.  The effect just amplifies.  It’s more fun to fall in love with what you’re doing, than to just do it because you need to.  So, that’s what I wanted to share – fall in love.