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Join us for the Global Citizen Program Info Session!

Global Citizen Program

Do you want to learn more about the Global Citizen Program (GCP)? Join us for the Global Citizen Program Info Session on Friday, January 26th, 2018, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

Sign up now!

The Global Citizen Program (GCP) at SPC is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a competent global citizen who is ready to live and work in a diverse world. The GCP entails curricular, extracurricular, and capstone components that students complete alongside their degree program.

Practically speaking, the Global Citizen Program helps prepare students to confront global problems and 21st-century challenges. Holistically, it is the blueprint to ensure St. Petersburg graduates are skilled women and men, prepared to take responsibility and apply what they know in any situation anywhere.

Global Citizen Program Info Session

Today’s college students are likely to have more than a dozen jobs by the time they turn 40. Every year, more than 30 million Americans work in jobs that did not exist three months previously. That pattern holds throughout the developed world.

Saint Petersburg College is preparing students to meet the demands of this interconnected and global century. Our graduates will confront unanticipated challenges, doing jobs that don’t yet exist, as they contribute to solving local, regional, and global problems.

By helping them develop knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, intellectual and practical skills, understanding of personal and global responsibility, and the abilities to integrate and apply what is learned, the Global Citizen Program is designed to help SPC students excel in this new world.

Upon successful completion of the Global Citizen Program, students are recognized as a Global Citizen and will be awarded:

  • A Certificate of Completion from the SPC Center for International Programs (CIP)
  • Global Citizen Commencement Medallion and SPC portfolio bag
  • Global Citizen stamp on diploma
  • A digital presence and resume that is ready for the competitive global economy

Sign up now!

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us. 

blog.spcollege.edu/international | 727-341-4731 | studyabroad@spcollege.edu

Paid Teaching Opportunities in Spain for Native Speakers of English!

Native Speakers of English

The North American Language and Culture Assistants Program is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain to provide North American students who are native speakers of English or French with the opportunity to assist teachers in the English or French programs in elementary, secondary or language schools in Spain (12 to 16 class periods a week).
The program is addressed to US and Canadian university students –majoring in any subject- and graduates, with some proficiency in Spanish.

Students will spend a full academic year in Spain, typically from the beginning of October through May 31 (specific dates are given in the appointment letter the selected candidate is sent). Preferred placement in different Spanish regions can be requested. Participants in the program will receive a €700 monthly stipend and medical coverage.

Native Speakers of English

Who can participate?

  • Hold a USA or Canadian Passport
  • Hold a minimum of a BA or BS by the end of the academic year preceding the start of the program, be a junior or a senior, or have become a university graduate. Alternatively, you can also hold an Associate Degree or be a community college student in their last semester of studies by the end of the academic year preceding the start of the program.
  • Be a native speakers of English or French. Please bear in mind that, if it deems it necessary, our Office reserves the right to assess the applicant’s proficiency in the language whose teaching he/she is going to assist with at any moment in the application process.
  • Be in good physical and psychological condition. It will be necessary to submit a complete medical evaluation signed by your doctor when it is time to apply for your visa.
  • Have a clean background check, which will have to be submitted when it is time to apply for your visa.
  • Be born not earlier than October 1, 1958. For your information, the ages of most participants range from 21 to 35.
  • Participants are requested to have an open-minded and flexible attitude since they will be working as language assistants in the classroom, regardless of their previous educational experience. It is also advisable to have basic communicative skills in Spanish.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

This is a process that students or interested individuals can apply for on their own, for free, through the Ministry’s website.  However, if you want to have extra assistance throughout the application process and the whole teaching period, the School for Intercultural Education offers additional assistance to interested participants for a fee of $1800, including:

  • Pre-departure assistance (choosing a destination, visa application, sending documents on time, translation if needed…) throughout the whole application process.
  • Airport reception in Madrid (in a pre-established date)
  • 4 nights in Madrid
  • Tasks and cultural orientation in Madrid (Specific to your destination region/city)
  • 24/7 phone assistance over the teaching period
  • Personal staff assistance in Sevilla
  • TIE (valid visa while in Spain) application assistance
  • Housing search advising

Deadlines

Application deadline with SIE:  March 5

Attend Ambassador Thomas Pickering Conference to Deliver Keynote Address!

Ambassador Thomas Pickering

The public, including students of St. Petersburg College, USF St. Petersburg and other area universities, are cordially invited to attend the Ambassador Thomas Pickering conference free of charge on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at USF St. Petersburg Student Center.

The event has been organized by the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, which is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Multiple panels of distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts will discuss critical international issues of the day.

Ambassador Thomas Pickering is Chairman of the Board of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. From 1989 to 1992 he was Ambassador and U.S. Representative to the United Nations in New York. His last assignment with the Department of State was as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1997 to 2000.

Upon leaving government, Ambassador Thomas Pickering served as Senior Vice President for International Relations and a member of the Executive Council of the Boeing Company for five and one half years. He is currently Vice Chairman at Hills and Company, which provides advice and counsel to a number of major US enterprises.

Pickering received his bachelor’s degree with high honors in history from Bowdoin College and his Master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He received a second master’s degree while a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He speaks French, Spanish and Swahili and has some fluency in Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.

Don’t miss this great opportunity and sign up here!

Please click here to learn more about St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs.

Questions?  Please contact Ramona R. Kirsch at 727-341-4732 or  kirsch.ramona@spcollege.edu.

Remembering International Education Week 2017!

International Education Week 2017

SPC has just celebrated International Education Week 2017 from November 13th to November 17th, an opportunity to learn the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This initiative promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. As Anna Faiola said, “The International Education Week initiative is an opportunity for all students to be exposed to a flavor of another culture, this is something the Center for International is proud to participate in every year.”

St. Petersburg College cares about having an international environment, that is why it currently hosts 217 international students from 52 different countries around the world, and it offers students nine different study abroad programs. For International Education Week 2017, all SPC campuses held events students could attend to explore new cultures.

On Tuesday, November 14th, Midtown Campus offered students a variety of International Snacks from around the world. Students discovered international activities they can participate in, and they learned about the study abroad programs that SPC offers. A free passport photo opportunity from AAA was also offered to students interested in travelling outside the United States!

Downtown Campus celebrated International Education Week 2017 on Wednesday, November 15th, with an International Coffee Bar. Students were informed about international activities and SPC study abroad programs. Free Passport Photo Coupons from AAA were given to students who are ready to explore!

On Thursday, November 16th, SPC Gibbs Campus celebrated IEW 2017 with the “A Taste of Vietnam” event. The U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative Scholar, Dr. Quyet Nguyen, from Vinh University in Vietnam Dr. Nguyen, talked about Vietnamese culture and history,  and participants will also hear from SPC International Students, as Phuong Nguyen, and learn about local Vietnamese community groups. Delicious Vietnamese food was served and interactive cultural corners were set up to learn about Vietnamese language, music, film and seasonal celebrations!

On Thursday, November 16th, Tarpon Springs Campus had the International Dining Etiquette event, where students enjoyed international desserts while discovering all the study abroad options. Information about the costs, itinerary, and courses for each trip were shared and people were able to ask question directly. “The partnership with the Career team’s Dining Etiquette workshop was a perfect fit” said Anna Faiola, “students were able to stop by and learn not only about the available study abroad programs, but also about the proper dining etiquette for the various countries where SPC will be holding a study abroad program in during the 2017-2018 academic year.”

Students have been reminded to enter the International Photo Contest. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite photo! Click here to learn more!

 

My New Life As An Italian International Student at St. Petersburg College!

Italian International Student

“You are too shy!” I’ve always been told since I was a little kid. “You need to change if you want to do something in your life”, this is what family and friends kept telling me over and over. I was a good student, but my score in oral tests has always been low because I was too shy and anxious. I was 17, I was tired, and I decided that I wanted to make a change, for myself. Leaving Italy and studying abroad has been the hardest, but the best decision I ever made. I was still in High School, and I decided to spend my junior year as an Italian International Student in a small town in New Hampshire, USA. I remember that year as the best year of my life. I left my family, friends, school and I started a completely new life. Learning English, living with a new family, making new friends, and being the “new girl” in a different school challenged me. It was hard sometimes, but I made it. My shyness suddenly disappeared, my confidence increased, and I became a completely different person.

My parents came to visit me during my winter break, and they were happy to see me changed for the better. Of course, they fell in love with the States as well, and my father started daydreaming about a new life.

I finished my junior year, got back to Italy and graduated a year later. My final oral exam went amazing! I had to talk in front of ten professors (this is how it works in Italy. It’s crazy, isn’t it?!), and I did great!

In all this, my father’s dream became true.  He stared working for a

Italian International Student

company here, in Florida! In August 2015, my family and I finally moved to Dunedin, Florida. This is where my journey with St. Petersburg College began. I enjoy going to class every day. All the professors I had made everything interesting, and I could feel their passion about what they taught. As an Italian International Student, I now work in the Center for International Programs, and I could not be happier. I love to promote studying abroad and letting students know about this great opportunity that completely changed my life.

I have to be honest; it has not been easy at all. My family and I had a lot of difficulties, we had to get to know the area, to make new friends, to find new jobs, but it has been worth it.

We love it here now. I go to St. Petersburg College, I am about to get my Associate in Arts Degree, and I will transfer to a new school soon for my Bachelor Degree in Interior Design. Since I moved here, my life has improved. I am now more independent and open minded, I can follow my dreams, I met amazing people, and St. Petersburg College has definitely contributed in this. I cannot wait to see what great things this life has in store for me.

Submit your vote for the SPC 2017 International Photo Contest!

International photo contest banner

The St. Petersburg College Center for International Programs received amazing entries for the SPC 2017 International Photo Contest! The contest was open to all current SPC students, faculty, and staff. Photos submitted were taken by current students, staff or professors somewhere outside of the US.

Thank you to everyone who participated by entering a photo submission to the 2017 SPC International Photo Contest.

We are now on Phase 2, this means it’s now time to submit your votes by liking your favorite photo on the official SPC International Photo Contest Voting event on the Center for International Programs Facebook Page.

Phase 2: Voting

  • Voting will begin on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 10:00am, and it will close on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 3:00pm.
  • Each photo will be posted by the Center for International Programs on the SPC 2017 International Photo Contest event page on Facebook.
  • The photo that receives most likes on the SPC 2017 International Photo Contest event page in each category will win.
  • There are two categories: one for students and one for faculty/staff.
  • The winners from each category will be announced on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Are you ready to submit your vote for your favorite international photograph? The photos are now uploaded on Facebook and voting has begun!

Here’s what you’ll have to do:

Did you enter the contest? 

Share the link to your photo from the SPC International Photo Contest Voting event with your friends to earn more likes and win the SPC 2017 International Photo Contest!

Remember: voting is open until Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 3:00pm.

The potential winners will be notified on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

For contest details please click here. 

Prizes:

Student Prizes:

  1. First place – iPad
  2. Second place – iPod Nano
  3. Third place – iPod Shuffle
Faculty/staff Prizes:

  1. First place – 1st place certificate
  2. Second place – 2nd place certificate
  3. Third place – 3rd place certificate

 

The 2017 International Photo Contest has been EXTENDED!

Enter the 2017 International Photo Contest!

The St. Petersburg College Center for International Programs has extended the entry period for the 2017 International Photo Contest! This means there’s still time for all current SPC students, faculty, and staff to enter!

What are we looking for? A photograph that YOU took somewhere outside of the US. Please note, you cannot enter a photo of you that someone else took!

You must follow the rules in order to be eligible. Please click here to view the guidelines and full contest rules.

Phase 1: Entering the contest 

  • How to enter: Email up to two photos you took while traveling outside the U.S. (Alaska, Hawaii and US territories do not count) to faiola.anna@spcollege.edu.
  • Email guidelines: The email must include: the photograph, your name, your email address, your phone number, and your student ID.
  • EXTENDED Email submission period: Your photos must be received between Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at 8:00am and Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 11:59pm.
  • There is a limit of two (2) photos per person and a limit of one (1) prize per person.

Phase 2: Voting

  • Voting will begin on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 10:00am, and it will close on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 3:00pm.
  • Each photo will be posted by the Center for International Programs on the SPC 2017 International Photo Contest event page on Facebook.
  • The photo that receives most likes on the SPC 2017 International Photo Contest event page in each category will win.
  • There are two categories: one for students and one for faculty/staff.
  • The winners from each category will be announced on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Prizes:

Student Prizes:

  1. First place – iPad
  2. Second place – iPod Nano
  3. Third place – iPod Shuffle
Faculty/staff Prizes:

  1. First place – 1st place certificate
  2. Second place – 2nd place certificate
  3. Third place – 3rd place certificate

Have a photo you took while traveling outside the US? Make sure you enter the 2017 International Photo Contest before the deadline of November 26, 2017 at 11:59pm.

All current SPC students, faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to enter the contest!

Study Abroad Animal Science Program In Ireland and Scotland!

Study Abroad Animal Science Program In Ireland and Scotland!
Full Details  |  Scholarship Application  |  Contact Us

Join SPC on this once in a lifetime Study Abroad Animal Science Program in Ireland and Scotland! On this program you will not only gain an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the digestion of food animal species and livestock, you will also get to see how the nutritional needs are assessed by actually visiting laboratories, research facilities and farms. You will see farms where both the feed and the livestock are produced. You will learn how rations are formulated and mixed, and see how the feed is processed that will become part of these rations. You will see how livestock is handled and managed and learn about how nutrition affects the health and production levels of the different species of livestock. You will also benefit by comparing how nutritional management varies between farm systems, species and countries.

Apply early – space is limited! Application, all forms, payments, visa (if necessary), etc. must be processed and completed by the deadline of Nov 30, 2017.

3 Things You Should Know:
  •  Scholarship deadline: November 17, 2017 APPLY NOW!
  • Available Course: ANS 3440 – Principles of Animal Nutrition (Animal Science) 
  • Lead faculty: Wendy Rib, DVM
 Scholarship Essay questions:

The scholarship application will require two essay questions. Your answers to these questions are an important consideration of the scholarship selection committee.  Please provide clear responses that directly address the questions below, giving concrete examples.  Each essay must be at least 150 words or more.  We suggest that you draft your responses first in a word document to eliminate any typos, grammatical errors, or misspelled words. Remember, these scholarships are very competitive, so ensure your answers will provide a clear representation of why you would be deserving of the scholarship.

Scholarships like the one I got can make a huge difference in your college experience. Having the trip to look forward to helped me stay on track and finish my last semester. I think that students should take advantage of all the great scholarships SPC has to offer. I got to visit a foreign country that I had never expected to go to.” – Karah (read more)

The Study Abroad scholarship that I received from SPC was the best gift I could ask for. Before my study abroad program I never traveled overseas so this was a first for me.” – Shelby (read more)

So don’t forget there are Study Abroad scholarships still available!

Questions? Contact us today!

Center for International Programs

studyabroad@spcollege.edu

727-341-4735

Participating in the Jamaica Study Abroad Program, 1000 Smiles Project

Jamaica Study Abroad Program

It is hard to put into words such a life changing adventure. I have so many feelings when I think about my Jamaica Study Abroad Program experience. I think about my classmates that I became so close to, my leaders that I have been so inspired by, and the amazing people that we met. Each one has forever changed my life and has shaped the way I will look at my future profession and how I view people as a whole.

First, I would love to talk about my classmates. When we got accepted into this program, we really had no idea of the work ahead of us. Some people may look at the pictures and see an amazing 10 days. In actuality, there was almost a year of planning, preparation, and anticipation. We had constant meetings, fundraisers, and other activities together. Sometimes, the extra work was a bit overwhelming. However, I think that it only made this trip all the more worth it. We put in so much effort to get to where we were, it made us cherish every moment we had together! I made some of the most amazing memories and created a lasting bond with my sisters in dental hygiene!

Secondly, I have to give all of the credit to Mrs. Krueger and Dr. Krueger. Without their hard work and dedication to the Great Shape Foundation, this trip would not even be possible. Each day they would work from sun up to sun down. They would work the full day and then come back to make sure we were prepared for the next day. Many days they even came back to the resort and went straight to the staff clinic to see extra patients instead of relaxing. I saw how they were changing people by restoring their smile. They were both truly inspiring and give me motivation to make the most out of my career and give back when I can.

Lastly, I have to mention how amazing the people were as a whole during this Jamaica Study Abroad Program. They were kind, thoughtful, and appreciative. I have never worked on better patients. They would never complain and you could tell when they said thank you that they really meant it. Not only were the patients amazing though, it was almost everyone we came in contact with. They always had on a smile and wanted to talk and make you laugh. The Jamaican people are truly some of the most amazing people I have ever met!

Overall, this trip has forever shaped my personality. When you see people that are so happy and have absolutely nothing, you start to think about what is really most important. When we came back to the United States, I was humbled, grateful, and inspired! When I first though of the 1000 Smiles Project, I thought of the patients that we would be giving a smile to. I had no idea how I would be gaining a whole new smile as well! Thank you to Mrs. Krueger, Dr. Krueger, and all of SPC that has made this trip possible! These are the learning experiences that could never be taught in a classroom, yet are so important in the process of learning and growing as a person.

Written by Liz Smylie, 2017 Jamaica Study Abroad Program student

Celebrate International Education Week 2017!

International Education Week 2017

International Education Week 2017 is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Join us at the events St. Petersburg College has organized for you!

International Education Week 2017 Celebration

  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Health Education Center
  • 7200 66th St N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

International Education Week 2017 Celebration

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • SPC Midtown
  • 1300 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, Fl 33712

International Education Week 2017 Celebration

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Veterinary Technology Center
  • 12376 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774

International Coffees

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • SPC Downtown, SPC Downtown Library
  • 244 Second Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

International Education Week 2017 Celebration

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Veterinary Technology Center
  • 12376 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774

International Education Week 2017 Celebration

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Clearwater Campus
  • 2465 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33765

Dining Etiquette Around the World

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Tarpon Springs Campus
  • 600 E Klosterman Rd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

A Taste of Vietnam

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
  • 6605 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Don’t forget to enter the International Photo-Contest 2017 for a change to win an iPad!

  • How to enter: Email up to two photos you took while traveling outside the U.S. (Alaska, Hawaii and US territories do not count) to faiola.anna@spcollege.edu.
  • Email guidelines: The email must include: the photograph, your name, your email address, your phone number, and your student ID.
  • Email submission period: Your photos must be received between Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at 8:00am and Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:59pm.
  • There is a limit of two (2) submissions per person and a limit of one (1) prize per person.

FREE Passport Photo Coupon offered!

  • Valid ONLY between November 13-17, 2017

Stop by at one of our tables to learn more on how to take a Free Passport Photo!