The 2015 International Study Day/ISD Project Begins in Craiova

The Spring 2015 edition of the International Study Day project began in Craiova, on April 22, with a one-day event held at the University of Craiova. The International Study Day project (ISD) consists of a series of outreach presentations jointly organized by the British Council, DAAD, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright-EducationUSA center in Bucharest in various cities throughout the country, targeting the underserved student population.

On Wednesday, April 22, Fulbright-EducationUSA participated in the first outreach session of this ISD season, maintaining an information and advising booth at the University of Craiova and holding the opening presentation in the ISD program of the day. The presentation was followed by a short press conference, during which the representatives of all three organizing institutions and Prof. Cristiana Teodorescu, Vice-Rector of the University of Craiova, delivered key information to the members of the press and the student audience. News of the event was disseminated through the media channels in Craiova, including online references. An estimated number of 100 high school, undergraduate and graduate students visited the ISD booths and attended the scheduled presentations to find out more about study opportunities in the United States, Great Britain and Germany, and several students expressed an interest in using the online advising services provided by the organizing institutions.

“Building Your Way to U.S. Graduate Admissions: Writing Persuasive Essays” @FEAC-EducationUSA

On Tuesday, April 21st, the Fulbright Educational Advising Center-EducationUSA hosted a special workshop titled “Building Your Way to U.S. Graduate Admissions: Writing Persuasive Essays”, coordinated by Jamie Beth Weaver, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and Columbia College graduate.
During the workshop, which lasted over an hour, Jamie helped the 20 participants – mainly prospective Fulbright applicants - get a solid grasp of the differences between the study objectives essay and the personal statement and start developing effective writing strategies for both.
Her engaging presentation expertly guided the attendees through the “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing a strong essay, highlighting the importance of weaving a story and zooming in on whatever can help the applicant stand out among one’s peers.
Prospective applicants acquainted themselves with effective ways to emphasize their strong suits by looking at excerpts from successful Fulbright applications. The last part of the workshop also included valuable advice on matters of structure and style.
Jamie was happy to take questions throughout the workshop, providing participants with insider’s tips on writing, proofreading and the Fulbright application in general.

What You Need to Know about Graduate Study Opportunities in the U.S.

On Monday, April 27, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and FEAC-EducationUSA will host the online seminar “A Fulbrighter’s Experience: What You Need to Know about Graduate Study Opportunities in the US”.

The webinar will be conducted by Diana Livia Ursachi, Fulbright Alumna, who earned an MBA degree (2008-2010) at Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University.

Diana will offer you her perspective on the application process for graduate admissions, along with practical suggestions from her own experience as a Fulbright grantee in the US. She will also talk about her life at Willamette University, as an international master’s student there, as well as about her professional achievements after her return. Diana will be ready to answer your questions in the last part of the webinar.

For attendance please register by email at office@fulbright.ro by Friday, April 24.

Annual Meeting of the Executive Directors of European Fulbright Commissions

Organized by the EDs Executive Committee and hosted by the Portuguese Fulbright Commission, the annual meeting of the Executive Directors of European Fulbright Commissions took place in Lisbon from April 15 to April 17.  A special guest was Richard Mei, Branch Chief, European and Eurasian Programs of Academic Exchanges, U.S. Department of State. The next meeting will be held in Rome, in April 2016.

Fulbright Commission’s Executive Director Receives “Women of Courage Award” Nomination

Dr. Rodica Mihăilă, Executive Director of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, was honored with a special “Women of Courage Award” nomination, granted by the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, in recognition of her pioneering role in Romanian education. An initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the International “Women of Courage” Award is offered annually to women around the world whose leadership and dedication have contributed to the advancement of society, with a particular emphasis on women’s rights. Dr. Rodica Mihăilă was honored as a tireless advocate for quality in education  and as the founder of American Studies in Romania, which she promoted through the program she created at the University of Bucharest, as well as through her work as the initiator and first president of the Romanian Association of American Studies. During the ceremony which took place on Thursday, April 16, 2015, dr. Mihăilă’s role as Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission was also highlighted as playing a significant role in the future of the Romanian – U.S. bilateral relationship.

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