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.
  •  What It's Like to Be a Student in South Africa Now

     The benefits of International Students enrolling in a local domestic University are innumerous.  When Santa Clara undergraduates are able to study abroad under these circumstances, they teach their peers and learn much.  Our students can be exposed to non-American teaching styles, meet local students, explore their Major in another country (allowing them to develop new views towards their major), can become more competitive in a Global Workforce having learned about another country’s professional habitat, and in non-English speaking countries, can serve as peer mentors while developing mastery over their target languages. 

    As part of this deep engagement in the community, occasionally, students are thrust into the middle of societal challenges that are engrained in the educational system of their host country which will have lasting effects on the country, long after our students’ program end date. For example, currently, students and faculty at Universities that Santa Clara partners with, at which current Santa Clara undergraduates are studying, continue to have a series of demonstrations which have greatly affected the academic environment in South Africa for Fall 2015.  These demonstrations have been about issues regarding tuition increases (gaining global support through use of the #FeesMustFall) and faculty jobs being outsourced (supported through use of #EndOutsourcing).  Tuition hikes, as high as 10%, have been particularly problematic at private institutions as they are seen as systemically furthering racial divides.  Protests were largely successful in halting the tuition increases, however, the focus has shifted to faculty jobs being outsourced.

    For our students currently studying abroad in South Africa, although their experience is simply a snapshot, the effect on their academic careers can be immense.  Protests went on during regularly scheduled final exams, causing the some Universities to postpone finals as far out as mid-January.  As our students on Fall Quarter abroad, will be back by then and in the midst of Week 2 or Week 3 of Winter Quarter, this can present some challenges, particularly, with the importance of maintaining academic integrity for these exams.  Our partners abroad wish for exams to be offered (when in other locations) at the same time as they would be proceeding in South Africa, which for some students might mean an exam at 3:00 AM.  To address these time constraints, online proctor services have been considered, but to maintain integrity, some professors are opting their classes out of online services.  This presents immense stress for our students, and similarly for Santa Clara University to provide accommodations.  It also begs the question, how would we as a University respond, if we had these sorts of challenges, in a way that would not be too problematic for our partners.

    All in all, the benefits of exchange and of students enrolling in courses at local institutions certainly outweigh the challenges.


  •  SCU Scholars and Hosts

    The Global Engagement Office hosted a kick-off lunch for departments interested in hosting international faculty at SCU to provide updates on this new program.  The US Department of State, which sponsors the J-1 Scholars program, has introduced recent changes to the program.   X departments attended the lunch (ask Sarah for the number).   Currently, SCU hosts 17 international scholars.   For historic information on the J-1 international faculty program see here:  

    Number of Scholars Hosted by School / Program

    (Historical, 2003 – Present)

    Hosting School / Program

    Number of Scholars
















    Top Country of Citizenship for SCU Scholars

    (Historical, 2003 – Present)

    Home Country

    Number of Scholars

    South Korea















  •  Reminders for planning a successful program

           Proposals are due to the Travel Policy Advisory Committee no later than eight weeks prior to the proposed start date of the program.  Why?  For some countries/locations it can take eight weeks to be fully immunized with necessary medications and if non-US citizens are participating on your program, the visa process can take at least eight weeks.  Program Coordinators are encouraged to submit proposals as early as possible and follow-up with specific participant details to insure there is ample time to help participants obtain necessary immunizations, pre-departure preparation and documents.


       How will you engage local students or peers abroad?  In developing your program, consider how you might draw on existing SCU partnerships abroad to connect with local university students or others.  How might you integrate connections to the local community and with local residence into your program?


       University policy prohibits travel in countries with a US Department of State Travel Warning.  You can see the current list of DOS TW countries here:     Program Coordinators should expect to demonstrate that they have made efforts to identify alternative countries and locations that are not subject to Travel Warnings or restrictions.    Program Coordinators should not advertise programs in countries with DOS Travel Warnings to students until program an exception has been granted.   Note that not all requests for exceptions to the University policy are approved.


  •  Travel Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) member updates

    Liz Barron Silva, Senior Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Business School Dean’s Office and Bevely Dale, Managing Director, Center for Global Law and Policy  have both joined the Committee.   Full membership: 

       Susan Popko, Associate Provost for International Programs, chair

       Spencer Arnold, Director of Operations, Miller

       Liz Barron Silva, Senior Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Business School Dean’s Office

       Beverly Dale, Managing Director, Center for Global Law and Policy

       Rochelle Fernandes, Director of Operations, Global Engagement Office

       Sam Florio, Director of Risk Management

       Michael Nuttall, Director of Communications, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

       Jake Schneider, Director of Immersions, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

       Tedd Vanadilok, Director of Campus Programs, Center for Student Leadership

    The Travel Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) reviews proposals for University-sponsored travel.  In 2014-15, Santa Clara University sponsored 175 international programs in 55 different countries involving 899 students, faculty, staff, alumni and designees of the University.