Santa Clara University

Global Engagement Office

GEO Newsletter

  •  Interview with Fredrik Blomqvist, Distinguished First Year Student

     Have you declared a major?

    Yes, I’ve declared COEN or Computer Science Engineering.  I declared partly because I majored in Computer Science in high school, something you do in Sweden.  We don’t have any APs or anything so I couldn’t get any credits for any of the work I’ve done, but I’m following along and I’m picking up where I left off basically.  I’m planning to stick with it, I really like it.  I’ve been doing it in my spare time for approximately since 5th grade.

    Are there any exciting projects you can tell me about that you’ve done?

    I’ve launched a couple websites and last summer I had a friend start a company so I did their website.  I’ve been just playing around creating small programs and doing whatever is needed for me to learn more, exploring.

    So how does it feel to be one of thirty distinguished first year students?

    I’m really honored, because I didn’t expect it. When I first applied to Santa Clara and once I got in and once I got here, I thought I was the average Santa Clara student judging by my SAT scores.  So, when I first got this email, I was like ‘oh wait they’re addressing me in here?  Oh wow, this is fun.’  I did not expect it at all, but I’m happy.  My parents were very happy too.

    Do you have any advice for other incoming International Students to help them achieve this award or get more involved?

    Well, I would say, obviously, work hard.  But other than that, I would say, don’t compare yourself like I did to the American standards, just do your own thing and see what happens, because as proven, it’s very hard to standardize how well you can perform in school.  I think that would be the best advice, even if you score low on a test or if you feel like your fellow students here at Santa Clara do things a little different from you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doing it in the wrong way.  There’s the American way of how you assign homework and tests and it’s very, very different, compare to at least Europe.

    Distinguished First Year students are invited to join the Honor’s Program at Santa Clara University, are you planning to join?

    Yes.  Once I got that opportunity, it’s basically too good of an opportunity to turn down.  So, I’m already in it – beginning next quarter.  I thought, ‘why not?’  I feel like I will learn more.

    What are your plans for your future while at Santa Clara?

    I’m at least here for the first four years to get my Bachelor’s.  As I said, I’ll probably stick to my major, and I’ve thought about maybe minoring.  I have a little interest in Finance, so I’m thinking about trying to combine that.  Except for that, my main goal would here is basically to have fun and enjoy my time.  Getting an education is something that comes naturally here, so it’s not something that I have to focus on.  Obviously, I will do my homework, take the tests, and so on, but I think it is important to get the full experience – being in a different country and all that.

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

    Since I’m an International Student, at least initially, I didn’t think about it or plan for it.  Why would I want to go study abroad when I’m already abroad, you know?  But, my plans may change, if I find something which I do find interesting, maybe a quarter, maybe over the summer or something like that – go to a country which I’ve never been to.  I have an interest in Asia, so maybe studying abroad in Singapore or Japan or something like that.  I just haven’t looked into it.

    Do you have any plans after SCU?

    Obviously, I’ve been thinking a lot about it.  Some days, I feel like maybe I’ll stay here in Silicon Valley or at least California, maybe go a little bit down south, you know, get a bit more sun and do that for the rest of my life.  But, other days, I think about maybe going back to Sweden, or Europe.  Maybe moving to another country.  Sometimes I think a little more long term, how would it be raising a family in the US?  What are the consequences?  What are the pros and cons?  And I don’t know, it’s a very hard decision.  But, I think at least the first few years, I’ll probably stick around and work.  The first ten years after, will probably be around work and around my career.

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

    I’ve tried a lot.  I’m not going to say I have a strict “Don’t say ‘No’” policy, but I’ve done a lot, I’ve gone on many of the “Into the Wild Trips” I’ve met a lot of people and engaged as much as possible.  I may not have done as much of the official engagement – I’m not really engaged in the clubs, other than “Into the Wild”, I’ve not a member of ASG or working on campus, but I would say I’ve done a lot.  I’ve made sure to enjoy the area around here, I’ve gone up to San Francisco, I’ve gone down to Santa Cruz.

    What do you still want to try while a Santa Clara Student?

    As I mentioned, I haven’t been a part of the club life so much, so maybe I should think about that.  I’m officially in the ACM, the Engineering Club, I’ve just not been a part of any meetings or taken part in the activities.  But, that may be something that I want to engage in next year.  And I’ve been thinking about - maybe not next year, but in the future, starting my own club – take more of a leadership role.  Right now, I’ve been enjoying my life more as a student. 

    Is there anything else that you want to share?

    I’m enjoying Santa Clara, getting this award just proves that what I’m doing has been right, which is good because I’ve been having a really great time.  I’m excited about my priority registration, since I’ve been registering last for the previous quarters.

    Are there any classes you’re looking forward to taking in the fall?

    I’m taking another COEN class.  This quarter I took an ELEN class, so it’s a requirement, but it’s not my major.  So, I’m excited to learn some more about my actual major – COEN 20 it is.  And other than that, I’m just excited to continue my studies.  I’m taking my Honors C&I starting Winter Quarter next year, which is supposed to be Philosophy of Law.  I’ve always wanted to take a Philosophy class, so I feel like that’s going to be very interesting.

  •  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
  •  A Global Perspective on Fall 2015 Undergraduate Applications


    Undergraduate Admissions has continued its strategic efforts to internationalize its applicant pool. Through international outreach, welcoming visitors from all over the world to campus and using arm-chair recruitment efforts, applications from overseas have increased 82% over the past three years. As the national enrollment deadline of May 1 approaches, we eagerly await to see the global diversity of the next Bronco class!

    A Snap Shot of Fall 2015 Undergraduate Applications:

    817 applications from high schools in 77 different countries

    238 applications from international students (non-U.S. citizens) studying at U.S. high schools


    284 U.S. citizens/ U.S. Permanent Residents applied from high schools in 47 different countries


    Top countries for # of applications:

    China                                    142

    India                                      141

    Philippines                             43

    Taiwan                                  41

    Canada                                 39

    Singapore                              38

    Hong Kong                            33

    Brazil                                    21

    Japan                                   21

    United Kingdom                   17

    Top Feeder High Schools for # of applications:

    American Nicaraguan School                       9

    American School in Japan                            11

    Hong Kong International School                    15

    Indus International School, India                   16

    International School of Beijing                        8

    International School of Manila                       11

    International School of Myanmar                     8

    Shanghai American School Puxi                    27

    Singapore American School                          28

    Taipei American School                                24


    Submitted by Becky Konowicz; Director of International Admission                                                                   

    *data as of April 20th, 2015


  •  International Careers: At Home and Abroad Panel and Networking Event

     On the evening of Tuesday, April 14th, nearly 75 students gathered in the Sky Lounge at the top of SWIG residence hall. After enjoying a beautiful view of the sun setting over the Silicon Valley, they took their seats, refreshments in hand, for a program titled, International Careers: At Home and Abroad Panel and Networking Event. SCU Study Abroad in the Global Engagement Office organized and coordinated the event with support from several campus partners including: the Career Center, SWIG Resident Staff, International Admissions, and newly hired Study Abroad student ambassadors. In addition, over a half dozen SCU staff members attended. Students had a unique opportunity to hear how global and multicultural engagement at and beyond Santa Clara equips students with unique knowledge and skills that prepare and position them for internationally-focused career pathways in the U.S. and abroad.

    Each of the 7 panelists (4 are SCU alums) had spent significant time abroad and elaborated on how their global experiences led them to professional success. Their time spent abroad enhanced not only foreign language fluency, but also cross cultural competence, creative problem solving, relationship-building and flexibility. For example, Francesca LeBaron, (Class of 2010), recalled how working on an elephant game reserve in Botswana taught her important life lessons and enhanced her profile during the job search process. (She now works at Accenture). The panelists came from many industries and sectors and are as follows:

    Danny Fant, Deloitte, Senior Consultant

    Santa Clara University / Class of 2010 / Major: Finance, Minors: International Business and Spanish


    Jack Bird, Linkedin, Business Leadership Program Associate

    Santa Clara University / Class of 2014 / Majors: Environmental Science and Political Science.


    Madeline Wu, David and Lucile Packard, Program-Related Investment Specialist

    University of California, Berkeley / B.S. in Business Administration / Pursuing MBA at the University of California, Berkeley. 


    Omari Williams, Stanford Health Care, Network Engineer

    University of Phoenix / B.S Information Technology, Specialization Network and Telecommunications


    Francesca LeBaron, Accenture, Business Strategy Consultant

    Santa Clara University / Class of 2010 / Major: Economics


    Kiana McCormick, Deloitte, Consultant

    Santa Clara University / Class of 2015 / Major: Accounting and Information Systems


    Joyce Osland, Executive Director at Global Leadership Advancement Center

    Case Western Reserve University / Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior


    Long after the event concluded, students and panelists mingled to network and share stories. The panelists had made a powerful case for the value of a global perspective and skills for engaging with difference. Many thanks to all who helped make this successful event possible!

  •  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.