Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fall 2014 Sharjah & Dubai Tour

IXO arranged many outings for the Fall 2014 exchange students.

They got to visit the Arabian Wildlife Centre and the museums in Sharjah as well as the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in Dubai, beaches and so much more!

IXO would like to share some of the event photographs with you:

Sharjah Gold Souq

Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding, Dubai

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

The Spring Semester Programme offers an exceptional opportunity to experience life as an undergraduate in one of the oldest and most distinguished university cities in the world. 

University of Cambridge, England
For the Spring semester programme, Pembroke welcomes academically ambitious students from universities across the world. 


Applicants must have completed atleast 2 years of study at their home university (AUS) before beginning their semester at Cambridge. Students should have a cumulative GPA of atleast 3.75. Applications for Spring 2016 open in January 2015 and given the intense competition for places, early application is advised.

Linden U.S. University Seminar

On behalf of Linden Educational Services, we would like to cordially invite students to the Linden University Seminar.

This is an incredible opportunity for students to interact face to face with university representatives and talk about U.S university admission policies, opportunities for scholarships and on-campus life amongst many other facets of the admission process.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Presentations: 5.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Fair Hours: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Shangri-La Hotel,
Sheikh Zayed Road

For more information email counsell@eim.ae or call at +971 04 397 8846

Tuition Exchange (TE)

The Tuition Exchange (TE) provides a reciprocal scholarship exchange program for family members of full-time faculty and staff among its members of over 600 colleges and universities located in the U.S. and occasionally overseas. 

The primary obligation of a member institution (AUS) is to maintain a balanced exchange pattern, a reasonable match between student “exports” and student “imports”. AUS may import as many students as it wishes but may not export more than it imports. 

All students must apply for admission directly to the institution they wish to attend which determines admission procedures. The admissions process is completely separate from the process for awarding Tuition Exchange scholarships. AUS does not have ultimate control over the award of Tuition Exchange scholarships. The deadline to apply is October 30, 2014.

Final decisions are made by the targeted universities – AUS can only nominate faculty and staff dependents for these scholarships, and then track the status of the applications until a decision is finally made by the target universities. 

Students who are currently enrolled at AUS and who seek to transfer to another institution after receiving a Tuition Exchange scholarship must ensure that they are able to fully complete the last semester at AUS, including completion of all final exams as per the schedule published by the Office of the Registrar. For more information about this program, visit: http://www.tuitionexchange.org/

U.S. University Applications

This article is specifically targeted to AUS faculty and staff who have dependents applying to study at select US university starting in Fall 2015.

Choosing and applying to a U.S. university can be a challenging and intimidating process. These workshops are designed to help students, from filling in an application to crafting the perfect personal statement.

Each workshop lasts 1-2 hours and focuses on a particular aspect of the college application process. All sessions take place at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, and run from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. 

To register and attend, please RSVP by contacting the EducationUSA Advising Center at EducationUSAdubai@state.gov or telephoning their office at 04-309-4142.

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar

As members of the Center for International Educational Exchange’s (CIEE’s) Academic Consortium, AUS receives a $2,000 grant each year, to be awarded to faculty participating in their International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS). This grant has not yet been awarded for the 2014 calendar year, and if/when awarded, can be used for participation in CIEE’s Winter 2015 IFDS program, including:

AUS will be receiving another $2,000 grant starting in January 2015, and these can be applied to IFDS occurring after the Winter 2015 Seminars. The full list of these 2015 seminars is now available on CIEE’s website www.ciee.org/ifds.  

If you are interested in participating in any of the above-listed IFDS during the dates shown, please contact Dr. Linda Angell, Director, International Exchange Office (IXO) asap. Deadline to apply via IXO is Tuesday, October 14. We look forward to receiving your application. 

IXO Spotting Contest!


Starting tomorrow, wear your (awesome) IXO merchandise - T-shirts, backpacks, umbrellas, etc. around campus. The first person we find every week, wins an Al Shaya gift card worth AED 50!

The Al Shaya gift card can be used at over 35 clothing stores, restaurants and cafes across Dubai and Sharjah - even the Starbucks on campus! We'll be running this contest every week so if we don't find you this week, there's always the next!

Selma Al Makzomy

One of the visiting scholars recently hosted by AUS is Selma Al Makzomy who was previously an AUS student! Selma is here at AUS as a research assistant to Dr. Mark Aveyard. She is based in the Psychology Laboratory at the Department of International Studies. 

“I have lived in the UAE before moving to the Netherlands, in fact, AUS is my alma mater. Hence, when I had the opportunity to come back to AUS as a Visiting Scholar to be a research assistant I was happy to come back.”

She is based in the Psychology Laboratory at the Department of International Studies. 

Her independent research is about mindfulness, positive psychology and well-being. She is currently working on publishing her master thesis titled Mindfulness vs. Positive Psychology: The Impact of the Two Interventions on Positive Emotions and Being Mindful, which identifies the benefits of Mindfulness intervention and Positive Psychology intervention in overall well-being, positive emotions and enhancing mental health among UAE residents.