#StudyAbroadBecause you'll enjoy tackling the uncertainty, unknown, and surprises of being in a foreign country. - Shaheed Sabrin, English Language Fellow Program in Malaysia
Wow! As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York City.
#MotherLanguageDay #LanguageLearning

Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where...

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Get ready: the 2017 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund begins on March 2! Current and past exchange program participants are invited to compete to win up to $25,000 in support of their public service projects! Does your project have what it takes to win?

Learn more: alumni.state.gov/aeif. #AEIF2017
It's #PresidentsDay !

Presidents' Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. It was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. It is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and president. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Pictured below is Mount Rushmore National Memorial a sculpture carved into the face of...
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We <3 to see what #exchangealumni associations are up to!

The Romanian US Alumni Association recently had a reception celebrating their 3 year anniversary. This alumni association features members from U.S. Department of State, The United States Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored exchange programs. U.S. Embassy Bucharest Ambassador Hans Klemm also spoke at the event.

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Meet one of America's best-known scientists, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson!

Tyson serves as Director of the Hayden Planetarium. Coincidentally, it was an elementary school field trip to this same planetarium, which sparked Tyson's interest in space.

In addition to his planetarium work, Tyson is an author, a regular contributor on television and radio, and he has even served as a...
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Thinking about applying for #AEIF2017? Check out these #exchangealumni winners from previous years via Community College Initiative Program.

CCI Success in Previous Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Competition Years

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Looking for a good book? Check out these 21 books for #BlackHistoryMonth: [ Bit.ly Link ]

We recommend Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. The incredible story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African-American women working at NASA who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Young African Leaders Initiative Network alumni in Kenya are working hard to register youth to vote in this year's election. They are engaging young people, educating them about leadership, peaceful elections, and their rights as Kenyans. Kudos to these amazing #exchangealumni! #YALI #YALIKenyaVotes #BHM

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Think you’re the next great foreign policy wonk? Wonk Tank is a policy pitching competition for university students across the United States to demonstrate their potential. Like the hit television show Shark Tank, future “wonks” are invited to pitch proposals addressing a specific international problem or challenge requiring attention, a nuanced solution, and next steps to consider. Three...
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Did you know Simone Biles is America's most decorated gymnast? She competed in her first Olympics in Rio winning four golds and a bronze.

Learn more about this amazing athlete: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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#TBT to the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting when we got to meet all of these amazing international #exchangealumni! #UNITYinCOMMUNITY
Are you an outgoing person who enjoys interacting with diverse groups of people? Do you want to learn more about Central Asia and enhance your language skills in a native environment? Then embrace this opportunity of a lifetime—join the team of Student Ambassadors for the USA Pavilion at the Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan!

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Later this week the U.S. Department of State will host the eighth annual Historical Black College and University (HBCU) Foreign Policy Conference in Washington, DC.

Check out this article to hear from State Department employees who are also #HBCU alumni. They share the importance of their higher education experience as well as diversity in international affairs.

Why We Love #HBCUsatState

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Are you excited for the 2017 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund? You can start building your team and crafting your project ideas now! Find the proposal and budget forms to start working on your project early! Learn more here: alumni.state.gov/aeif.

Just keep swimming with #AEIF2017!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thank you Adam Amchaouar for sharing this #exchangealumni ❤ story!

Adam first saw Stephanie on his flight to Washington DC. He was seated next to her, but was too shy to talk to her. At the airport he discovered that she was part of the same World Learning Global UGRAD Program.

They spent orientation together and had lots of fun, but Adam was sure they would be...
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"Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong." - Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz and song vocalist

Happy Valentine's Day! <3 <3 <3

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One of our favorite <3 stories from 2016!

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program participant, Abdul Haseeb from Pakistan asked a fellow Italian exchange student to their school's homecoming dance with a box of donuts! He figured all exchange students love donuts

Despite his self-proclaimed bad dance moves, she said yes! She even promised to teach him some Italian dance moves.

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It's #WorldRadioDay!

Go behind the scenes on our very special podcast project. We're in Armenia recording amazing #exchangealumni stories.

Meet #IVLP alumna, Arev Petrosyan and Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program alumnus, Artak Aleksanyan.

Our Outreach Specialist helped record their stories at the Arev Art Gallery and got to share in delicious coffee, homemade cookies, dried...
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Yesterday evening was the 59th Grammy Awards! The Grammys are an award ceremony recognizing outstanding achievement in the music industry. The Grammys also feature performances by prominent artists.

Musical artist Beyoncé who recently announced her pregnancy with twins, performed from her popular album "Lemonade", which also won awards for Best Music Video and Best Urban Contemporary Album....
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