EdCC - ISS Newsletter Fall 13


On behalf of the International Education faculty and staff, Happy New Year and welcome to the first Edmonds Community College International Education Quarterly Update!

This update is intended to share news and opportunities with all Edmonds faculty and staff. You will find information such as current programs, new partnerships, on-campus activities, global professional development opportunities, and more.

Fall Quarter was another success with, yet, another record-breaking number of new international students (read on in "Quick Facts") and Winter Quarter is off to a great start. I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring.  

David Cordell

Vice President of International Education
Edmonds Community College

Faculty and Staff Global Engagement and Exchange

Music faculty member John Saunders was awarded a Global Engagement grant that will partially cover his living expenses in Puerto Rico during winter and spring quarters where he will study music, culture, and language. This past summer, EdCC faculty members Robin Data and Lela Hilton spent two weeks in Herning, Denmark as part of an annual faculty exchange program.

Emily Fissel, Spanish instructor, was awarded a grant to develop a program to take a group of students this summer to Guatemala for a service learning and language class for two weeks. Hanifa Yahiaoui, French and Francophone cultures instructor, will also be leading a group for two weeks to France to study Francophone culture and language.

For more information, please go to http://employees.edcc.edu/resources/global-opportunities.aspx

Programs and Partnerships

University of the Free State

The college designed a 12-day program at EdCC for seven students and a chaperone from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The goals of the program were to address issues of diversity, inclusion, and transformation.

Herning Gymnasium

For the fourth straight year, the college designed a program to host Herning Gymnasium students from Denmark at EdCC. The eight-week program provided 28 Danish students with classes that focus on science, math, and humanities.

New partnership with the University of Nagasaki

This past December, members of the University of Nagasaki visited EdCC to sign a Memorandum of Understanding focused on student and faculty exchange, short term programs, and other collaborative projects between our two institutions.


Last August, the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) welcomed 48 students to Edmonds, Pierce, and Whatcom Community Colleges. Like groups in past years, students on all three campuses have been very active in campus and community events, such as volunteering at Annie's Community Kitchen, helping to provide hot meals to over 300 people.


Quick Facts

Did you know that in 2013, Washington State ranked #11 in the U.S. for total number of international students? These international students spent an estimated $643 million* in our state!

*Economic analysis produced by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, based on enrollment data from Open Doors 2013

1,266: Total number of EdCC international students in 2012-13
398: New EdCC international students enrolled Fall Quarter 2013
14: EdCC's rank in U.S. community colleges with highest number of international students (2012)
3: EdCC's rank in Washington State Community Colleges with highest number of international students (2013)
7: Number of EdCC students that studied abroad last year in Costa Rica, Italy, Japan, and South Africa

Leading places of origin for all EdCC international students:

  1. China
  2. Vietnam
  3. Indonesia
  4. Korea
  5. Hong Kong

Success Stories

Ryoko Janlie

Ryoko Janlie from Indonesia was the first EdCC international student to be accepted into the prestigious computer science program at UC Berkeley. He said ISS staff helped make sure the transfer process went smoothly: “During my transfer application I also received a lot of help from the ISS staff in terms of reviewing my personal statement as well as clearing up any confusion that I had.”

EdCC international students have transferred to more than 20 of the top 50 U.S. institutions as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. For Fall 2013, two EdCC international students were accepted to the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (which only accepts 40 students per year), 18 were accepted to UC Davis, and four were accepted to the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

International Education Week

Last November, to celebrate International Education on campus, the college coordinated various festivities including a study abroad and country fair, cultural identity workshop, and a film showing and panel discussion of "2 Million Minutes".

Study Abroad

ISS facilitates study abroad programs for EdCC students to spend a quarter in places such as England, Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Italy. English faculty member Kenneth Rich was selected to lead a group of students to Prague, Czech Republic this spring through the Washington State Consortium of Community Colleges for Study Abroad (WCCCSA). For more information, please go to http://wcccsa.com/faculty
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