Summer Exchange Opportunity – University of British Columbia

The UBC Arts VSP is ideal for students interested in opportunities to meet internationally-minded people, travel, practice English, and explore Vancouver while receiving world-class academic instruction.

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We are offering the following packages:

June 2017 (Application Deadline Extended – March 15)

Package D – International Finance, Trade and Politics

July-August 2017 (Application Deadline – March 31st)

Package A – The World of Manga and Anime: From Writing to Theory

Package B – Global Journalism, Culture and Communications: Practice and Principles

Package C – The English Language in a Globalized World

Package D – International Finance, Trade and Politics

Package E – Environmental Economics and Geographies of the Global Economy

Package G – Computational Linguistics: From Search Engines to Social Media

Package H – From Stage to Screen: how Vancouver ‘plays’ to a Global Audience


We are also offering a course led by the UBC Faculty of Land Food Systems:

Package D – Eat. Write. Here: Food Literature and Food Literacy in Vancouver

Should you have any questions about applying to the UBC Arts VSP, please email to:

Thank you.

VU Amsterdam Summer School 2017

The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers interactive small-scale courses (max. 25 participants) in a wide range of fields. One of these fields is Law. We offer several courses that might be interesting for you as a student.

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Interested? Take a look at the flyer for more information or check website:

Any questions or suggestions, please contact the coordinators at

Thank you.

VU Amsterdam Summer School

The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers interactive small-scale courses (max. 25 participants) in a wide range of fields. One of these fields is Law. We offer several courses that might be interesting for you as a student.

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Interested? Take a look at the flyer for more information or check website:

Any questions or suggestions, please contact the coordinators at

Thank you.

[Kwansei Gakuin University] Student Recommendation for Graduate Program and Scholarship

Greetings from Kwansei Gakuin University!

KGU is currently seeking applicants for our graduate programs starting from 2017 Fall semester.

For 2017 Fall semester, the three graduate schools below will be accepting several outstanding Master’s and Ph.D. level students on the basis of recommendation from our partner institutions;

– Graduate School of Science and Technology

– Graduate School of Language, Communication, and Culture

– Institute of Business and Accounting

We will also be offering a full tuition scholarship for the standard length of the program (2 years for Master’s programs, 3 years for PhD programs) for up to 4 students who enter KGU in 2017 Fall semester.

For more information and application process, please check our website.



If you have any further questions, please contact us at .

France and Singapore Comparative Cultural Rhetoric Academy

Call for Applications: France and Singapore Comparative Cultural Rhetoric Academy

Programme Dates: 29 May – 10 June 2017


In many places in the world, we see more and more people attempting to resolve differences (national, cultural, ethnic, or political) through physical violence. The ancient Greek art of rhetoric taught citizens ways to forestall such violent clashes through making impassioned, reasoned, and ethical appeals to their communities. Although it is unrealistic to believe that every conflict can be resolved through dialogue, rhetoric can help us understand how an image of a community is created and addressed in speech situations and what conditions make a cross-cultural encounter possible.

The Comparative Cultural Rhetorics Academy, a two-week undergraduate intensive non-credit seminar, brings the ancient art of rhetoric into contemporary Asian and European settings to help students understand how to communicate across national, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic differences. Bridging two continents, students study for one week in Singapore and one week in Reims, a French city famous for its historic and culinary heritage. This French-Singaporean collaboration pushes students to engage in intercultural dialogues across ideological, religious, and cultural differences with peers rooted in diverse historical, national, and cultural contexts and traditions.

During the Academy, students analyze and produce texts that speak across different kinds of Asian and European communicative practices. Students will examine the extent to which European rhetorical approaches and some of their key concepts (ethos, parrhesia, tropes, commonplaces) can engage both Asian and European contexts and traditions. Further, students will develop skills used in traditional academic rhetorical analyses as well as skills used in rhetorical analyses of foodscapes. Some examples may include creating a cookbook, closely reading menus, and observing foodscapes.

The academy will focus on a theme, “Rhetorics of Food.” For both France and Singapore, food is a primary marker of national identity, and it illustrates some ways in which migration and cultural contact affect language use. Therefore, the academy investigates questions such as: How do the relations between language and food negotiate identities (national, ethnic, familial, individual, cultural) in urban environments where migration, cultural contact, and linguistic contact are constant? How do we use food to communicate across linguistic differences? How do we talk about food (cookbooks, menus, food reviews)? And how do food-related rituals work as triggers for “cultural intimacy”?

The academy will hold morning meetings (e.g. discussion, lecture, instruction), afternoon workshops (e.g. researching, interviewing, writing cookbooks), and evening events and excursions (e.g. films, shared dinners), Monday-Friday, each week.

For a ‘student’s perspective’ on the programme, please refer to the following article.


For questions, please do not hesitate to contact the co-facilitators of the Academy, Mark Brantner (National University of Singapore) and Myriam Faten Sfar (Sciences Po):


  • Expenses, including travel and hostels, will be greatly subsidized by the Academy.
  • Students will need to make a co-payment up to 1000 SGD/675 EUR.


Between 12 and 16 students, divided equally between France and Singapore, will be selected. The Academy will be open to undergraduates from Sciences Po and NUS. Sciences Po and NUS faculty will select students based on a letter of interest, C.V., and a short essay. The admissions procedure may include an interview.

Closing date: Monday 27 March 2017

Interested students should apply HERE along with submission of the following:

  • A Curriculum Vitae no longer than 2 pages in length (attach this via the online application page under ‘Curriculum Vitae’).
  • A written statement of intent (attached this via the online application page as ‘FILE 1’) including:
a.     A short statement of your main motivation for attending this Academy;

b.    One or two family or community recipes you find relevant for the theme of this Academy. We will use them both as case studies and as core materials for the cookbook we want to publish.

c.     A two-page, double-spaced  analysis of the recipe you chose. This short essay might deal with one of the following topics:

·         Recipes and the act of transmission (e.g.:  From whom and how did you receive these recipes? Who else has these recipes? What are the histories of these recipes? Who is involved in these histories? How do these recipes act as a “collective memory” for the people who have shared the recipes?)

·         Recipes and Social rituals: (e.g.: Do these recipes participate in any familial or cultural rituals? [1])

·         Recipes, history, globalization: (e.g.: Are the ingredients or the methods of cooking your recipes tied to patterns of migration or globalization?)

·         Food in the 22nd century: (e.g.: With new ecological and demographical concerns, the way we eat will probably change quickly. How will we feed the world population by the 22nd century? Ranging from chemistry, technology, and ethics, this question can be addressed through a line of argument or by analyzing a case study (a recipe or a practice (e.g. street food) which is bound to change and adapt, or  has already changed). A comparative perspective can also be taken.



[1] See M. Herzfeld, Cultural Intimacy-Social Poetics in the Nation-States. New York-London, Routledge, 1997

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies – TUFS Short Stay Summer Program 2017

Application for TUFS Short Stay Summer Program 2017 (from July 18 to August 4, 2017) is now open and its application deadline is March 15, 2017.

TUFS Short Stay Summer Program 2017 – Japanese Language & Cultural Studies will be held from July 18th to August 4th, 2017 in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. This three-week intensive program is aimed at learners of the Japanese language who are currently enrolled in universities. The admission priority is given to the students who are currently enrolled in our partner universities. TUFS offer two courses – Business Japanese and General Japanese. Both courses are designed to be practical ones providing the learners hands-on exposure to everyday Japanese language commonly used in Japanese education, culture, and society.

Please visit the web site below for further details regarding the course description, admission procedure, scholarship, and etc. The program schedule and program leaflet can also be downloaded from the same web site.



(Frequently Asked Questions)


Should you have any inquiries regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact TUFS at

Thank you.


Go Away Fair 2017 – Find out which SEP destination is best for you!

<A Message from International Relations Office>


Hello NUS students,


The NUS International Relations Office (IRO) is organising a ‘Go Away: Study Abroad Fair’:

Date: 6 March 2017 (Monday)

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Venue: Yusof Ishak House Student Lounge (Level 4)


The ‘Go Away: Study Abroad Fair’ is an informative event allowing NUS students who are keen to go on the Student Exchange Programme to find out more about destinations and partner universities.


Head on down with your friends to come view our different country-booths, listen to returning NUS students share their experiences, check in with NUS seniors and find out about their schools, home countries, culture, practicalities of daily living, and more!


Once again, here are the event details:

Monday, 6 March 2017

4pm – 6pm

Yusof Ishak House Student Lounge (Level 4)


What are you waiting for? Click HERE to sign up now!


Should you have any further queries on the event, please email the event organisers at

[Scholarship Application] AEI-ASEM Summer School 2017

The EU Centre together with its partners in the Jean Monnet Network on Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism (JMN-CMM) are supporting the 2017 AEI-ASEM Summer School on “Cultural Pluralism in Asia and Europe” (from 24 July to 11 August).

This 3-week Summer School with interactive learning modules and field trips in Malaysia and Belgium (Brussels and Bruges) will explore the broad theme of integration and multiculturalism.

Five Scholarship Grants Available for the Summer School!

The EU Centre is providing 5 grants for matriculated students from three Singaporean universities (NUS, NTU, SMU). Each Grant will cover the USD1000 fees for the Summer School plus a €300  travel subsidy. The USD1000 fees will cover course materials, accommodation, meals and cultural trips and activities in Malaysia and Belgium.

If you are interested in applying for the grant for the Summer School, please send in your CV, copy of transcript and a personal motivation letter (500-600 words) spelling out your interest on the theme of Cultural Pluralism in Asia and Europe.

Your application should reach
(before 21 April 2017)

For more information and updates, visit JMN-CMM Website and follow JMN-CMM Facebook

DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award

The below is a message from the International Relations Office (IRO)

Dear NUS students,

The DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award by Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to promote student exchanges between NUS and European ASEM members. The Award, based on merit, funds up to three pairs of students exchanges (3 incoming and 3 outgoing) between NUS and its respective partner university in Europe in any academic field. Each student will be  awarded 4,000 Euros, which will partially subsidise the cost of airfare, accommodation, living expenses, etc, for SEP. This award carries no obligatory bond period.


Applications for AY 2017/2018 are now open!



NUS students with the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Are Singapore citizens/ permanent residents/ ASEAN citizens
  • Have been nominated for SEP to an NUS partner university in a European ASEM member country (Refer to the IRO website for the list of ASEM member countries which NUS has SEP partnership with)
  • Participating in SEP in Sem 1 and/or Sem 2 of AY2017/2018


Application Process

You need to submit BOTH an online and hardcopy application to IRO by Friday, 31 March 2017. More details are provided on the IRO website.


Please note that this deadline applies to ALL students going on exchange in AY 2017/2018.  Hence, students going on exchange in semester 1 and/or semester 2 are to apply now.


Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.


Further queries
More information on the DUO Award and its application procedures can be found at:

For further enquiries, please contact the International Relations Office for assistance.
We look forward to receiving your applications for the DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award!


NUS International Relations Office

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer School 2017

This message is broadcast on behalf of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University launched its SJTU Summer Session 2017 in July this year.

Application deadline: 30th April 2017

The programme dates of the summer school are: 6th July 2017-3rd August 2017 (4 weeks)

Credit: 4 credits

Application fee: RMB 400 (USD 60)

Tuition fee total: RMB 12000 (USD1804)

S002: China Studies

Whilst China has been undergoing a series of significant changes and challenges since the 1840s, the pioneering role of Shanghai has always been a microcosm of China’s developmental process. Telling China Story, from the perspective of Shanghai, to the globe would largely reflect on sociocultural changes towards Sino-foreign conflicts, urban development, literature and life narratives etc. This programme combines specialists from the School of Humanities in the fields of literature,history, and geography in order to advance students’ understandings of how China marches into the twentieth-first century.

Performance and engagement in class, 60%
Fieldwork Report or Course Dissertation, 40%


Further details of this exciting Summer Programme including programme content, fees and the application process can be found in the pdf: 2017summer programme SJTU-22gqv7m

If you have any questions about the summer session, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Thank you.