Wesleyan Named Fulbright Program Top Producing Institution for Fifth Year in a Row

The U.S. Department of State has released its list of Fulbright Program Top Producing Institutions for the 2023-2024 academic year and Wesleyan University has earned a spot for the fifth consecutive year. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international academic exchange program. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided over 400,000 talented and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists,…

Fulbright US Student Program Semifinalist News: 19 Semifinalists in 17 Countries

by Diana Zhumalieva and Baron Fisher The Office of Fellowships at the Fries Center for Global Studies is excited to announce that 19 Wesleyan applicants have been named Fulbright semifinalists. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program partners with more than 140 countries to provide college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals opportunities to pursue graduate study,…

Power of Language Week 2024 is Here!

The Power of Language Week Committee is excited to announce that this year’s Power of Language Week has arrived! Held between Friday, February 16th to Friday, February 23rd, Power of Language Week is the perfect opportunity to highlight the growing community of multilingualism on campus. We strive to make Power of Language Week an opportunity…

Fulbright Webinar and In-Person Watch Party

Fulbright Webinar and in-person watch party, 2pm ET online or at Fisk 201 on March 7, 2024Join us online or in person in Fisk 201 to learn about the Fulbright US Student Program, a nationwide fellowship program that sends US citizens and nationals abroad to one of more than 140 countries after graduation. This annual…

Power of Language Week Call for Events: Focusing on Multilingual Identities and Belonging

The Power of Language Week Committee is excited to announce that the event submission form for the upcoming Power of Language Week is now open! The Fries Center for Global Studies is proud to host the second annual Power of Language Week, celebrating the Bengali Language Movement and International Mother Language Day. The Bengali Language Movement began in East Pakistan, or East…

Kazakh Songs and Instrumental Tunes: Performances by Wesleyan’s Central Asian Music Ensemble

by Oleksandra Volakova Last December started with a unique concert by Wesleyan’s new Central Asian Music Ensemble featuring the Kazakh qyl-qobyz (bowed lute), dombyra (plucked lute), jetygen (plucked zither), saz-syrnai (clay ocarina), asatayaq (wand with bells), danghyra (frame drum), and the Kyrgyz temir ooz komuz (jaw harp). The ensemble was initiated by Professor Saida Daukeyeva…

FCGS Takes on Tiktok

by Nataly Huyhua The FRIES Center of Global Studies (FCGS) has recently joined TikTok, adding a dynamic and engaging touch to its outreach efforts. Inspired by the entertaining TikTok content of Pi Café, theFCGS TikTok account radiates a similar atmosphere of fun and inclusivity. Thais García Bagué,who joined the team in August as the Global…

In Conversation With Dr. Gebremedhin Gebremeskel Haile

by Tasmiah Akter Dr. Gebremedhin Gebremeskel Haile walks into the room around ten minutes earlier than our agreed-upon meeting time. I extend out a hand to shake his, but I quickly realize that Cheeto dust covers my fingers from the bag I was indulging in seconds earlier. I excuse myself to wash my hands and…

Welcome to Copenhagen!

by Meera Pawale There is only one thing that Danes love more than beer— it’s bicycling. The first few days after arriving in Copenhagen, before crossing the street, I would whip my head right and left in fear to check if there would be any bikes zooming in the bike lanes. A tinge of fear…

Computational Neuroscience Research in India

by Tasmiah Akter For two months this summer, Maryam Badr ‘25 traveled to the Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida, India to do computational neuroscience research on hippocampal place cells with Dr. Sachin Deshmukh in the Department of Life Sciences. Maryam chose to take on this endeavor due to her passion for science, medicine, and…

Iracambí: Summer Research in Brazil Information Session

by Anita Deeg-Carlin This past Monday, the Office for Intercultural Learning hosted an info session about Iracambi Research Center in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil.  Returned students Tamira Le ’26, Cecilia Foldessy-Stiegemeier ’26, and Josie Dickman ’26, shared their inspiring and entertaining experiences from last summer.  Volunteer and Research Coordinator Patanjaly Barbosa de Andrade…

Let’s Talk About Culture (before Studying Abroad): The Intercultural Pre-Departure Workshop!

The Offices of Intercultural Learning and Study Abroad are excited to host an Intercultural Pre-Departure Workshop over lunch for this spring semester’s outgoing study abroad students.  On Sunday, December 3rd at 11:30 a.m. in the Daniel Family Commons, Director for Intercultural Learning, Anita Deeg-Carlin, along with her colleagues in the Office of Study Abroad, will…

The Language Buddies Program Returns for Winter Break

Registration for the Language Buddies program is open for the winter break! Coordinated through the Fries Center for Global Studies, Language Buddies is a program that matches Wesleyan students, faculty, or staff members with one another to practice their language skills over academic breaks through a series of self-paced, online conversational activities. This initiative was…

Wesleyan Debuts Japanese Classes at the Center for Prison Education

by Julia Gardner Starting in the fall semester of 2009, Wesleyan University has extended its classes beyond the lawns of our Middletown campus and into classrooms in Connecticut state prisons through the Center for Prison Education initiative. Each semester since, faculty from Wesleyan, in conjunction with faculty from Middlesex Community College, bring courses from their…