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Understanding the Dynamics of Art and Culture in the Middle East

James Souza (IAFS ’10) always had an interest in the Middle East, but it was his close friends in the Smith Hall International Program (SHIP) that encouraged him to switch from Chinese to Arabic studies. SHIP is the precursor of what is now known as the Global Studies Residential Academic...

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Congratulations to IAFS Alumni Honored as Fulbright Scholars for 2018-19

Maya Friedli-Schroeder Jordan Thomas Congratulations to Maya Friedli-Schroeder and Jordan Thomas for being recipients of the Fulbright Scholarship for AY 2018-2019 . Ten CU Boulder students and alumni have been honored with prestigious awards to study and conduct research in locations around the globe. Eight CU students have been offered...

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IAFS Alum Builds a Career from the Ground Up

When it comes to job searching, the process takes persistence as well as skill. Upon graduating in spring 2017, Erin Neale (IAFS) relocated to Washington, D.C., determined to make a career in one of the most competitive cities in the United States. Currently, Neale is a research assistant at the...

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Learning Traditions of Senegal: IAFS Student Visits the Matam Region

Learning and Living in Senegal With more than 50 countries available, Global Grant recipient Rachael Mattson (IAFS ’18) had a daunting task of choosing where to study abroad. With her academic interests in politics and environmental issues in West Africa, she chose the Dakar Development Studies program in Senegal during...

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Remembering the Vietnam War with Former IAFS Director Robert Schulzinger

This year marks the 50 th anniversary of one of the most significant events of the Vietnam War. In late January 1968, during the Vietnamese New Year holiday (Tết), communist Viet Cong and North Vietnamese army forces launched a surprise attack on multiple targets in South Vietnam. The attack ultimately...

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IAFS Alum Finds his Passion in the International Game

Michael Carlson (IAFS ’00) discovered his passion for international affairs in his IAFS classes at CU. However, he had another interest that had been with him for many years. As a teenager, Carlson’s family hosted a German exchange student, José Neumann, who shared his love of soccer. After Neumann returned...

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Time Abroad Inspires Alum’s Involvement in Local Maine Community

Andrea Marr Casanueva’s passion for investing in her local community all started with her experiences abroad. While finishing high school in Maine, she participated in a 10-week Outward Bound program to Central America, volunteering in rural cities. She continued to develop her interest in global issues by choosing to study...

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Alum’s Career in D.C. Takes Off, Thanks to Internship

When Colorado native Kate Henjum (IAFS ’17) visited Washington, D.C. on a middle school trip, she made a promise to herself: one day she’d work in one of the historical buildings on Capitol Hill. Having seen D.C.’s fast-paced, competitive edge at an early age, she realized that once she got...

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Alum Creates Immigration Awareness in Boulder

Manuela Stewart Sifuentes (IAFS ‘01) didn’t know what to expect when she signed up to live in the Smith Hall International Program (SHIP) her first year at CU Boulder. She had a general understanding of university residence halls, but she didn’t anticipate the impact it would continue to have sixteen...

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IAFS Alum Heads to UNHCR to Tackle Refugee Issues

Giulia Barnhisel (IAFS ’16) credits a summer internship in Belgium and her senior honors thesis for starting her professional path in international migration and refugee policy. As her understanding of worldwide refugee issues increased, so did her passion to become involved with humanitarian assistance programs. After graduation, she worked for...

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