December 2019
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Fully-Funded Graduate Study Opportunity at Khalifa University


Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) offers fully-funded graduate study opportunities to international students around the world in the STEM fields through the Khalifa University International Graduate Student Program (KUIGSP). Eligible students may apply for admission to the university for fall 2020. KUIGSP is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

KU offers talented students an unparalleled opportunity to pursue their discipline at a globally-ranked, research-intensive institution, while residing in a cosmopolitan city on the gleaming shores of the Arabian Gulf. Selected students will join KU’s vibrant community of students from more than 50 countries.

To support their studies, KUIGSP participants will receive comprehensive scholarships that cover all necessary educational expenses, including health insurance, annual airline tickets, and a generous monthly stipend, all funded by KU. The program is open to qualifying students proficient in English from across the world. Additional information on admissions requirements can be found here.

Today, the university offers 13 master’s degree and 12 PhD programs. KU features world-class research laboratories with 16 dedicated research centers, serving approximately 3,500 students, with nearly 370 international faculty, resulting in an excellent faculty to student ratio of 10 to 1. 

The deadline for early decision is February 15, with May 3 reserved for regular decision. For inquiries, please write to 

Open Doors Report 2019

Highlights: Academic Year 2017-2018*

* The data on international students is from 2018/19 and the information on study abroad is from 2017/18.  The data on study abroad lags one year behind the information on the international students due to the time it takes them to receive academic credit at their US institutions.

Open Doors®, supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. Consult Open Doors here: 

Here are some highlights for Latin America and the Caribbean: 
  • 1 out of 3 international students studies in California, New York, or Texas.
  • 15,229 Mexican students studied in the United States in 2018/19, a decrease of 1.5 percent.
  • Brazil experienced an 9.8 percent increase in students studying abroad in the United States. 
  • Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic were the top 3 hosts of US non-credit education abroad (e.g., internships, volunteering, and research) in Latin America & the Caribbean in 2017/18, with a combined number of 5,037 students. 
  • Mexico is the top host destination for US non-credit education abroad (e.g., internships, volunteering, and research) in 2017/18.
  • Latin America & the Caribbean has seen a 26 percent growth of study abroad students in the past decade.
Cohort 8 Scholars at the Engineering Tower in UNAM's Main Campus

UNAM Scholarship Recipients - 9th Cohort

The ExxonMobil Scholarship for Research (ESR) supports last-year students from STEM fields doing a research project at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) with a financial disbursement and activities to improve students’ leadership, professional outlook, and increased confidence in communicating in English.

Six participants from the main Campus at UNAM and FES Cuautitlán will be recognized as the newly selected 9th Cohort at an Awards Ceremony at UNAM in February 2020. Scholars will travel to Houston, Texas to visit the ExxonMobil Campus during May as part of this experience.

To learn more about the ExxonMobil Scholarship for Research and its various components, visit our website.  

TOEFL Young Student Series Annual Awards Ceremony

"Learning other languages brings us closer to other people. We forget the limits and we can work together to build a new and better world": Sebastián Ruiz Sandoval, a 6th grade, gold medal award winning student, spoke for many of us with these words during IIE's Young Student Series Annual Awards Ceremony.

On December 6th, 120 students, parents and teachers from around Mexico attended the  Ceremony to celebrate students participating in the “Go English Campaign” and the TOEFL Primary and TOEFL Junior National Olympics - 1,391 students from all over Mexico took part in the Go English Project and 2,500 Mexican students were part of our traditional TOEFL Primary and TOEFL Junior Olympics. Go English Campaign participants were commended on their creative projects presented in English, and students  were recognized for their outstanding scores in the TOEFL Primary and TOEFL Junior tests.

Medals were given to 70 enthusiastic students; 27 institutions received Community certificates as new members of the TOEFL YSS Family of Assessments and 27 schools received an Ambassador plaque for their long-standing loyalty to the program. Awards were presented by our panel: Benjamin Franklin Library Director, Benjamín Medina; IIE LAC Assessment Director, Jesús Rojas; representatives from the National English Program from the National Board of Education, Paul Oyer and Gabriela Cervantes; Daniel Parra from IIE NYU AbuDabi; and Ivan Guerra, IIE TOEFL YSS Officer.

Scholars from Cohort 7 in São Paulo, Brazil representing the following universities: UNESP, USP SC, UFSCar, USP-ESALQ, UESC, UFG, and USP RP.

Cargill Global Scholars Cohort 8 Selection Currently Open

The Cargill Global Scholars Program began in 2013 and is currently on its 8th consecutive year. It is now accepting applications from students at partner universities in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and the United States. The deadline varies according to the country. For Brazil, candidates can submit applications until May 26, 2019.  

Visit our website to learn more! For any questions from Brazilian candidates, write to 

NYU Abu Dhabi LAC Team Collaborates with Embassy of Costa Rica

This 2019 Fall Semester, our NYU Abu Dhabi LAC Team worked again directly with the Embassy of Costa Rica in the United Arab Emirates to promote a local Information Session in San José, Costa Rica. After a successful outreach campaign led by the Local Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture, there was an unprecedented turnout of over 150 Costa Ricans attending the session. During the event, a current NYU Abu Dhabi student, who attended last year’s session as a candidate, shared his enriching experience in Abu Dhabi after being admitted.

For any inquiries regarding the NYU Abu Dhabi Program in Latin America and the Caribbean, please contact 

Season's Greetings

Happy Holidays

IIE Latin America and the Caribbean wishes you a happy holiday and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. Thank you for supporting our mission to advance international education and access to education worldwide. 

¡Muchas gracias! Muito obrigado!

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