University of Memphis Students Receive Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The Gilman Scholarship Program received more than 3,400 applications and over 1,000 outstanding students were offered awards to study abroad and participate in international internships this summer.

Congratulations to the following University of Memphis recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad:

Summer 2017
Kerry Johnson (Costa Rica)
Anika Josephat (South Korea)
Stephney Pleasant (Costa Rica)
Alexandra Tucker (China)
Darius Wade (China)
Karizma Whitfield (South Korea)
Kelsee Woods (South Korea)

Spring 2017
Peace Adeyemo (South Korea)
Sarah Bellow (United Kingdom)
Korienne Smith (Costa Rica)
Maria Naranjo (Morocco)
Aaliyah Nicholson (Morocco)
Amber Wilkins (Costa Rica)

Fall/Academic Year 2016-2017
Chesney Borden (Japan)
Miaya Johnson (Japan)
Leashandra Wiggins (Japan)
Branch Yarbro (Japan)

The University of Memphis Creates Integrated Center to Serve International Students

The University of Memphis has nearly 670 international students from 55 countries – many from India, China, Canada and Bangladesh. Now the University has created a new centralized office to serve these students.

In an effort to boost the global exposure of its students, the University has launched an integrated one-stop service center to encourage international students to study in the United States. The new Center for International Education Services (CIES) is home to the UofM Study Abroad Office, the Intensive English for Internationals program and International Student Services Office.

The CIES serves the needs of the University's international community and prepares students to become global citizens while enhancing efforts to expand its national and international reach. By consolidating these services, the Center can provide a more welcoming environment for international students and scholars and help them engage with other students, faculty and staff.

The new Center will make the University a more attractive option for international students, said Rebecca Laumann, who is directing the CIES. "It will allow us to recruit more international students to Memphis from abroad or by transfer from other U.S. institutions."

In addition to recruiting, goals include providing expert advising on student visa issues, creating internationalization initiatives, supporting international research and collaboration, and promoting cultural awareness through innovative programming. Offices serving international students previously were housed in five different buildings.