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U.S. Government Immigration Updates

Updates and information on the federal immigration executive order.

University Welcoming Displaced College Students from Puerto Rico

The University is inviting displaced college students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to continue their undergraduate coursework in Rochester during the 2018 spring semester.

International Education Week 2017

November 13-17 marks the 18th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW), an annual celebration of international education and exchange worldwide! The University will host events throughout the week to recognize international students, education abroad, and internationalization.

Students Helping Honduras 5th Annual Benefit Dinner

Students Helping Honduras will host its fifth annual Benefit Dinner on Saturday, November 4th, to raise money for supplies to build schools as well as to send students to Honduras over Spring Break.

Global Fair

The annual education abroad Global Fair is designed to help students learn more about education abroad opportunities available to them. Join the fun on Friday, October 27th!

Seeking Thanksgiving Hosts for International Students

Rochester Global Connections (RGC) invites you to share in this experience and host an international student for Thanksgiving Dinner this year.

UR Students Receive Grant From Davis Projects for Peace

Ian Manzi '18 and Derrick Murekezi ’19 used the $10,000 grant to support and run a peace camp in Rwanda, uniting 32 local student leaders.

Why study abroad?

Read about Sabrina Westgate's '19 experiences and learn more about the study abroad opportunities offered at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Robert Holmes, Kit Miller Address United Nations

Kit Miller, director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, and Robert Holmes, emeritus professor of philosophy, spoke at the United Nations on Monday on the topic “Significance of Non-Violence in Today’s World.”

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar Sub award Opportunity

Seminars should provide opportunities to explore a proposed seminar topic in depth over the course of four days through a range of speakers, discussions, site visits, and other activities. Applications are due August 18.

Summer in Malawi brings student researchers closer to community

For the past 15 years, the University has offered students the Malawi Immersion Seminar—a three-week research experience in the remote village of Gowa, in which students carry out individual projects, living and working among the community members.

WUN Research Development Fund Open

Apply Today! The 2017 WUN Research Development Fund is open. The fund offers grants to foster innovative, international collaborative research programs. Deadline: Friday, October 27

Fulbright Arctic Initiative

Join the Fulbright Initiative to create a network and stimulate international research collaboration on Arctic issues. Deadline for U.S. applicants is October 30, 2017, and international applicants October 16, 2017.

How the University has worked with international students affected by the travel ban

Yahoo News profiled Rochester first-year student Mustafa Ibrahim, who is from Somalia, in a story about how the University has worked with international students affected by the travel ban.

Fulbright Opportunities in the Western Hemisphere

Opportunities abound for academics and professionals to engage in original research and teaching activities in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean through the Fulbright Scholar Program. The application deadline is Tuesday, August 1!

Rajesh Wadhawan Professorship supports research in development economics

Wadhawan Global Capital, a Mumbai-based financial services company, has established the Rajesh Wadhawan Professorship. Named in memory of the company’s founder, the professorship will focus on supporting economic research on developing countries.

Parents group from China gathers to celebrate University spirit

The 2nd annual University of Rochester China Parent Association was held on April 21st. Parents of incoming UR students joined together in support!

Website to help social scientists with international field research

Helmke, professor and chair of political science; her former PhD student Rabia Malik, now a postdoc at New York University Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and current Rochester PhD student YeonKyung Jeong are creating a website that will track social scientists conducting international field work.

International Student Reception

On Saturday, May 20, family and friends joined together for the class of 2017 International Student and Family Commencement Reception in Rettner Hall.

Picturing Land and Water

As a Fulbright Scholar in India, Goodine '80 will use photography and other media to explore the tension between modern land and water use and ancient traditions.

The Future of the Past

Textual scientist Gregory Heyworth lights up the first drafts of history. Heyworth and his collaborators on the aptly named Lazarus Project created a transportable multispectral imaging lab—the only one in the world—that uses different wavelengths of light to photograph cultural artifacts.

Class of 2017 Making Their Mark: Anis Kallel

Anis Kallel, a computer science and business dual major, wants to use what he’s learned to make a difference in his native Tunisia and around the world. “I was given something most people wouldn’t dream of receiving.”

Registry connects international travelers back to University

The institution-wide international travel registry creates a connection between the University and travelers while they are abroad, as well as provides students, faculty, and staff with pre-departure and region-specific resources for international travel.

Engineering students travel to Dominican school to build clean water system

During their winter break, six undergraduate members of the University’s Engineers Without Borders USA chapter, along with their professional mentor, traveled to the Dominican Republic, where they implemented a water-disinfection system in preparation for supplying the school with potable water.

Next stop for Falling Walls winner: Berlin

Kilean Lucas, a PhD student in the lab of James McGrath, professor of biomedical engineering, took first place in the University’s third annual Falling Walls competition on Thursday, earning him a $500 prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Berlin, Germany this fall to represent Rochester in the international Falling Walls competition.

Fulbright Awards Focus on Health Challenges in Africa

Amina Alio, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Public Health Sciences and Michael Potchen, M.D., a professor in the URMC Department of Imaging Sciences, have received Fulbright Scholar awards for projects to improve the delivery of care in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tibet Sediments Reveal Climate Patterns from Millions of Years Ago

Carmala Garzione, a professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Junsheng Nie, a visiting research associate at the University, surveyed sediment samples from the northern Tibetan Plateau’s Qaidam Basin and were able to construct paleoclimate cycle records from the late Miocene epoch of Earth’s history, which lasted from approximately 11 to 5.3 million years ago.

Critical Language Scholarship Winners

Two University undergraduates have received U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships and will be heading overseas this summer to take part in language and cultural immersion programs.

CNN Bureau Chief: ‘This Is a Golden Era’ for TV News

Thomas (Tommy) Evans ’99, vice president and the London bureau chief at CNN International, met with students, faculty, and administrators, and lectured at the Humanities Center on the global view of the 2016 American presidential election.

UR Among Top Producers of Fulbright Students, 2016-17

Rochester has been named to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2016–17 Fulbright U.S. students. Eleven Rochester students won Fulbright awards for 2016–17.

Passport Fair: Education Abroad

Friday, February 17, 2017, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wilson Commons, Hirst Lounge. Students, faculty, staff, and other visitors can apply for a U.S. passport or gather passport renewal application materials on campus! Passport photos can be taken and printed at the fair. Don't miss this opportunity to apply with the convenience of staying on campus.

Bergen Summer Research School

The annual Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS) is an interdisciplinary venue for exploring some of the greatest challenges of our time. PhD candidates, researchers and policy makers from around the world will gather in Bergen from 12-22 June 2017. Application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Message from Jane Gatewood

Message from Jane Gatewood, Vice Provost for Global Engagement, on recent immigration news. "We want to emphasize our continued support to our international students, scholars, employees, and patients, as well as for our international collaboration and engagement."

The Underground Girls of Kabul

Jenny Nordberg is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and television producer. Her book, The Underground Girls of Kabul, explores the “bacha posh” phenomenon – girls who are raised disguised as boys in gender-segregated Afghanistan. Nordberg will be discussing her book as part of the Neilly Series Lectures at UR on February 28, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Summer at CUHK

CUHK is now inviting applications to the Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) 2017 till 28 February 2017. Selected students will conduct research under the supervision of CUHK faculty members for eight weeks and earn three credits upon successful completion of the Programme.

Hoque receives World Technology Award

Ehsan Hoque, a computer scientist at the University of Rochester, has been recognized as a leading innovator in human-computer interaction with a World Technology Award from the World Technology Network.

Report points to University’s growth in global connections

The University is continuing to grow as a global university according to Open Doors 2016, an annual report on international education trends released by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Author Mia Alvar receives 2016 Kafka Prize

Mia Alvar was named the 2016 recipient of the Kafka Prize for Fiction presented by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Department of English. The award is being given for her book "In the Country", which "provides insights into the rarely written lives of first-generation Filipinos living in the Middle East and the United States."

University funds undergraduate research globally

This past year, the Discover Grant program, received requests from more than 125 students asking for $450,000 worth of research funding. With a budget of $165,000 the Office of Undergraduate Research was able to approve 90 percent of the proposals, though some requests were only partially funded.

Global Fair: Education Abroad

The Center for Education Abroad is pleased to invite you to the annual Global Fair on Friday, October 28 between 1-4pm. The fair will be held in the brand new Meliora Grand Ballroom in Douglass Commons. At the fair, you will be able to talk with partner universities from around the world, education abroad advisers, students that have returned from abroad, and representatives from UR offices and departments.

Engineers can study abroad

Kenneth Imade '16 of electrical and computer engineering climbed the Great Wall of China while studying abroad in Hong Kong.
Read his story and learn more about study abroad opportunities at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The future is calling in the South Pacific

Anthropologist Robert Foster began visiting Papua New Guinea as a doctoral student in the 1980s, when long lines at payphones were the norm. When he returned in 2010, he found a familiar place transformed.

Catching some gamma rays in central Mexico

Physicist Segev BenZvi and scientists at an ambitious observatory are using simple but groundbreaking tools understand the workings of cosmic and gamma rays in the Earth's atmosphere while also contributing to the search for dark matter.

India Baja team gets ride of their lives in Rettner Hall ‘fab lab’

Rochester's Baja team served as host ambassadors to Team Helios Racing, in town for the Society of Automotive Engineers race. “They love Baja, we love Baja," says UR Baja president Alycia Abbott ’16. "To be able to sit with them and discuss how they approach this crazy thing we dedicate our lives to is a great opportunity.”

Eastman Saxophone Project tours China this summer

From concert halls to music camps, the popular student ensemble will bring its innovative performance style to four cities across China this July.

Simon grad’s team wins Tibetan Innovation Challenge

Four judges awarded Tashi Organics first place—and a $5,000 cash prize—after watching 15-minute presentations from each of the five finalists, praising the “realistic” plan and stating they believe it can make a positive impact on Tibetan refugees.

Rochester Italianist receives honorary professorship

This spring, the University of the Pacific in Lima, Peru, conferred an honorary professorship on Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio, associate professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, in recognition of her scholarly contributions to the field of Dante studies.

Documenting a hometown’s history of slavery

History professor Pablo Sierra is working to document the forgotten history of the Africans who passed through the slave market in his hometown and contributed to the diverse culture of modern Mexico.

Ain Center for Entrepreneurship to host Romanian professors

Eighteen professors from technical universities in Romania will visit River Campus over the next three years in a program sponsored by the Romanian-American Foundation and the Fulbright Commission.

Neurologist confronts seizure disorders in sub-Saharan Africa

Neurology professor Gretchen Birbeck has provided care for more than 3,000 patients with seizure disorders in Africa during two decades of work there.

Despite flaws, Rwanda’s courts play valued role in life after genocide

How can neighbors who knew each other before a genocide go back to living side by side? In Remediation in Rwanda, anthropology professor Kristin Doughty argues that the new court systems “created a space for people to work through this messy process of rebuilding relationships.”

Rochester graduate chosen for inaugural class of China-based Schwarzman Scholars program

Jintian “Jay” Li '12 is part of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, established “to prepare the next generation of global leaders.” The international fellowship was created by philanthropist Stephen A. Schwarzman, who donated $100 million to create the one-year master’s program in Beijing, China beginning this August.

Update on the University’s response to terrorist attacks abroad

Since the devastating terrorist assaults in Paris in November, the University’s Global Engagement Office has confirmed the safety of the faculty, staff and students who are known to have been staying or traveling in the region.


A delegation from the University visited colleagues at the University of Ghana last spring to explore educational and research exchange programs.

Simon School team places third in Tibetan Innovation Challenge

The team's plan is to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of Tibetans living in India by bringing them basic financial training and access to capital.

Student reports on life in DAAD RISE program

Mechanical engineering major Florence Yip ’17 spent her summer in Jena, Germany as a DAAD-RISE scholar studying the mechanical properties of carbon fiber reinforced composites.

URMC supporting global health with technology, big data

Researchers have commenced two projects to improve maternal and mental health in low- and middle-income countries by harnessing information technology and social media.

Global Health Symposium planned for June 15

The first Rochester Global Health Symposium in the Saunders Research Building will allow researchers, students, and practitioners from all sectors of global health to exchange ideas about conducting and translating innovative health promotion in low-resource settings.
Registration and details are available.

Eastman BroadBand bids ‘arrivederci’ and ‘adiós’ to Rochester to head for two new music festivals

The resident ensemble of Eastman students continues to raise its international profile with residencies at music festivals in Italy and Spain this summer.


As the new president at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Koichi Tadenuma ’89 (PhD) is focusing on the global impact of the school, which specializes in the social sciences—the leading university in the country to do so—and has campuses in three areas of the Japanese capital city.

New smartphone app would track spread of Ebola

Node, a new smartphone app developed by Medical Center research associate Solomon Abiola, would track the spread of Ebola and other infectious diseases and allow victims to receive the help they need more quickly. An NSF grant will allow the researchers to conduct a pilot study this summer in Lagos, Nigeria.

International flavor of UR squash team

Overall, the University of Rochester squash team boasts 11 players on its roster from seven different countries around the world.

Scientific American talks to computer science PhD student Amal Farad

Fahad, who is from Iraq, just defended her dissertation in computer science. This interview originally appeared as part of a series for the Association for Women in Mathematics newsletter.

Chinese Government Scholarship: Call for applications open

A Chinese government scholarship exclusive to UR students provides the chance to study in China for one year.

Applications are due January 23, 2015.

Local chapter of Rotary International offers study abroad scholarship

Rotary District 7120, the local chapter of Rotary International, has a Global Grant Scholarship program with the Rotary Foundation to sponsor an educational grant for $30,000 for study abroad at the graduate level.
Applications are due February 1, 2015.


A medical exchange program links European and American neurology training. For 20 years, Ralph Józefowicz (left), professor of neurology, has been traveling to Kraków, Poland, as part of a medical exchange program he founded between Rochester and Jagiellonian University.

Faculty Fulbright Workshop with Peter VanDerwater

Please join us for an informational workshop with the U.S. Director of Outreach for the Fulbright Scholar Program
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A tale of 11 cities: International student panel takes on list of least livable

In response to Business Insider’s article listing the least “livable” cities, international students discussed the opportunities and challenges of life in their hometowns and in Rochester.

Office of Global Engagement launches new website

The revamped site features news, resources, facts, and staff contact information. The office helps the University’s departments, schools, and individuals to engage internationally, as well as spread Rochester’s mission through global programs and partnerships.
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University of Rochester research often has a global reach. And there is no better example of that than the work Timothy Dye, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is conducting in India with colleagues to assess hepatitis B among Tibetan refugees.


Alumnus Robert Sherman ’75 was named ambassador to Portugal last spring, and the University's Department of Modern Languages and Cultures begins offering courses in Portuguese this fall.

2014 Polish Film Festival marks country’s move toward democracy

This year's annual film festival also celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the festival's organizers, the University's Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies.

Haitian filmmaker leads discussion on post-quake reconstruction

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies will host Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck for a screening and discussion of his film, Fatal Assistance. The symposium is part of the institute’s two-day event, “The Idea of Africa: From Haiti to the Liberation of South Africa.”

Ask the Archivist: When did the University first enroll international students?

Simon Tuska of Hungary (Class of 1856) and Theodore Thanbyah of Burma (Class of 1871) were among the University's earliest international students.

GlobeMed members spend summer building partnerships Peru

“This internship has been the most enriching, most difficult, most thought-provoking, and heartbreaking experience,” said Humma Sheikh ’15, rising senior, a neuroscience major.


Two Rochester undergraduates are building connections with the people of Egoli, a squatter community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa.

Jane Gatewood to manage international activities

Jane Gatewood has been named associate provost for global engagement, a role she started June 1.

Experts on Brazil discuss history through World Cup lens

Husband-and-wife historians Pablo Sierra and Molly Ball have developed a course, “History of Latin America through Soccer,” that will be taught for the first time this fall at Rochester.