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.
  •  Claire Muller '15 wins Bucky Award

     Claire Muller was nominated for the "Bronco of the Year" Bucky Award by the Global Engagement Office.  Claire is a graduating double major in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies.  Claire performs faculty driven research for both departments.  She is a student assistant in the Global Engagement Office and Multicultural Center and Co-President of the Violence Prevention Program.  Claire participated in Study Abroad on the IES Rome program in Winter Quarter 2014.

  •  The Global Social Benefit Institute in the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Welcomes Seven Global Organizations


    The Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI ®) is scaling impact with a new program called GSBI Xchange™. GSBI Xchange acts as a tipping point – that magical moment when a small idea or social benefit spreads like wildfire. It is a collaboration with GSBI Network members and other partners, incorporating proven GSBI methods into their service offerings for social entrepreneurs.

    From May 12 - 14th, GSBI and the eBay Foundation hosted seven global GSBI Network members for an in-depth GSBI Xchange -- a free and open exchange of ideas and approaches. Formerly called Train-the-Trainer, the 3-day workshop included sessions on GSBI methodology, curriculum, mentoring programs, and brought together guests from a variety of like-minded organizations located in the Bay Area.

    The workshop was hugely successful with all the participants confident that they can adopt and localize GSBI content for their social entrepreneurs. GSBI will continue to provide remote and in-country support to these organizations so they can run their own workshops using GSBI materials.

    GSBI Xchange Participating Orgs:

    Alterna Impact, Guatemala

    Child and Youth Finance International (Ye! Community), Netherlands (partners in Ghana, Kenya, Philippines)

    Momentum Project: Esade Business Schooll, Spain (Partners in El Salvador

    Marquette University Social Innovation Initiative, USA

    Minga - Social Enterprise Arena, Israel

    POSiBLE, Mexico

    Social Good Brazil,  Brazil

    ® GSBI is a registered trademark of Santa Clara University and GSBI Xchange is a trademark of Santa Clara University.


  •  Bronco Abroad Peer Ambassador Program (Spring 2015)

     New to the Global Engagement Office this Spring Quarter is the Bronco Abroad Peer Ambassador Program! The purpose of this program is to apply returned study abroad students’ newfound learning and to promote intercultural engagement and dialogue on Santa Clara’s campus. It is a pilot program for the Spring 2015 quarter that will be expanded the following Fall quarter as a volunteer program.

    Bronco Abroad Ambassadors were selected from a large applicant pool based on their diverse skills, study abroad location, and the depth with which they engaged with the local community. Each of these students participated in one or more RIISE high impact, global engagement opportunities while studying abroad-- Research, Internship, Intensive language study, Study with locals, and/or Engagement with the community. The students that work as Peer Ambassadors each possess skills that – when combined – create a diverse team of study abroad advocates.  They do everything from assisting with the coordination of study abroad events and providing outreach to SCU’s diverse student body, to working one on one with prospective study abroad students during drop in advising hours.

    The Bronco Abroad Peer Ambassadors have a variety of global engagement and academic experiences along with diverse backgrounds that have proven useful for reaching a wide and diverse student population:

    Lindsay Allen is studying Political Science and is also pursuing a minor in Communication & Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies. She studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco during fall quarter 2014. Through her field research and home-stays in Morocco, Lindsay gained a greater understanding of the type of global impact she wants to have in her future career.

    Olivia Chambliss is studying Environmental Science. In fall 2013 she studied abroad through the IES Direct Enrollment program to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. While volunteering as an English tutor in the Galapagos, Olivia improved her Spanish speaking skills and was able to help her students improve their English skills.

    Monet Gonnerman is a Sociology major with a minor in Mathematics and International Business. She went to El Salvador through the SCU’s Casa de la Solidaridad program fall 2014. In El Salvador, Monet became fluent in Spanish and will be returning to the program this summer as a Community Coordinator. She plans to gain professional experience while supporting students as they experience the CASA program.

    Gus Hardy is a double major in Religious Studies and Political Science. He studied abroad through the Casa Bayanihan program in fall 2014. The Casa Bayanihan program provided Gus with the opportunity to engage with the local community and experienced deep personal growth as a result.

    Marie McNamara is studying Civil Engineering and is also an Environmental Studies minor. She studied abroad at the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Marie was able to study engineering with Irish and international locals from a global perspective, live with locals, and participate in new cultural experiences.

    Yuliana Mendoza is an Accounting major with a minor in International Business. During the fall quarter of 2014 Yuliana studied abroad in Lille, France as an exchange student.  In France, Yuliana was able to gain fluency in the French language, acquire international business skills, and work with people from around the world.

  •  A Taste of Tuscany and Umbria, April 12-26, 2015: a Worthwhile Life Experience!

     Santa Clara University has a Lifelong Learning Program (OLLI) and ten of its members participated in a trip it sponsored through its Lifelong Learning Through Travel committee.  After meeting at a couple of pre-trip gatherings and a lecture we were off to enjoy “Tuscany and Umbria: Rustic Beauty in the Italian Heartland” an Overseas Adventure Travel journey led by our “fabuloso” trip leader Olivia who took us to places that delighted our senses.

    There were the sights:  Carrara marble quarries; Tuscan hill towns; walled cities; cathedrals in Lucca, Siena, Florence, Assisi and Pienza with their frescoes and statues; hotels in historic buildings; a Contrada Museum in Siena; the roofless abbey of San Galgano;  Little Jerusalem in Pitigliano; an Etruscan Necropolis; the artisan shops featuring, crystal, weaving, mosaics, and leather; the dogs herding the sheep; and scenic drives through the Crete Senesi and the Orcia Valley.
    The tastes and smells: pecorino and other cheeses, salami and other cured meats in Norcia, pan forte and ricciarelli in Siena, risotto in a cheese wheel, olive oil tasting at the Pruneti oil mill, wine tasting including Vin Santo at Villa Sant’Anna winery, Chianina beef, malfate, the truffles we hunted prepared outdoors with scrambled eggs, the pasta we helped the nonna make, a buffet with the catch of the day from Lake Trasimeno, prosecco, and, of course, pizza, cappuccino and gelato.
    The sounds: talks by seven different guides in the various towns, Ignazio—a Benedictine monk telling us about his lifestyle, the bells of the cathedrals, the excited dogs on the truffle hunt, the sheep and the cows on our farm visits, Puccini arias at a concert in his hometown of Lucca, Cessare talking to us about copper and his craft.
    And finally all encompasing: the donkeys we rode, the 4-wheel drives at the quarry and in the mountains, biking on the walls of Lucca, the boat ride on lake Trasimeno, hiking, cobblestones, climbing stairs and narrow alleys, a little rain, sunsets in hues of red, yellow and burnt orange.  We could not have asked for more.
    The OLLI Lifelong Learning Through Travel trips for 2016 have been announced:They include a wonderful small luxury ship cruise from Spain to London, an enhanced repeat of our successful Authentic Cuba trip, Discover Enchanting Ireland, a trip to Turkey—In the Footsteps of St. Paul, a Cultural Journey to Sicily, and two domestic trips: to Chicago and to Ashland.
    Check out the Learning Through Travel website for more details