New Staff, Intern, & Program Assistant

We have some amazing people who have joined our family here at FIUTS. Whether they have known FIUTS for a few years, are brand new to America, or began their job in the middle of the busiest weeks of our year, we’re so lucky that they stuck with us! Learn more about the new individuals that make our ship run smoothly! Thank you for joining FIUTS Misaki, Chuan, and Michelle!

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Thank you, Pauline

It's the last day in the office for FIUTS Student Programs Coordinator Pauline Tolentino! Pauline joined FIUTS in summer 2016. Since then, she has coordinated hundreds of student events and activities; trained and mentored dozens of FIUTS Facilitators; kept the FIUTS front desk running smoothly; and advised student leaders in planning events such as Global Gala. We are sad to see her go but excited to see how she continues to help students grow in her new role at UW Bothell. We're sending her off with lots of messages from students and others in the FIUTS community to wish her well. Thank you, Pauline!

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A Glimpse of the FIUTS Office

Imagine this. You walk into the FIUTS office for work. Your coworkers warmly greet you and tell you something interesting that happened since the last time you saw them. Maybe the printer you were trying to fix magically started working when someone touched it (this actually happened).

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70 years of FIUTS

Since 1948, FIUTS has helped build a global community, tied to the Pacific Northwest, in which people are connected through friendship, mutual respect, and a commitment to international understanding. As we celebrate our 70 years, students and alumni reflect on what community, growth, dialogue, leadership, celebration, and connection have meant in their FIUTS experience.

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Our Top 10 SLCI Photos

This year's Seattle Language and Culture Institute (SLCI) brought together 24 students ages 13-17 from all over the world together for an incredible two weeks with FIUTS!

We had some amazing experiences with this fun, motivated, and energetic group. From classes in the mornings to exciting activities every afternoon and evening, every day offered countless opportunities to share cultures, learn languages, and make friends. Here are our top 10 favorite photos!

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Ambassadors of Friendship

Over the last four years, FIUTS has hosted Study of the U.S. Institutes for student leaders from around the world. This program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has so far brought 100 university-level student leaders to Seattle for intensive programs focusing on media, journalism, and civic engagement.

During their time in Seattle, SUSI participants are matched 1-1 with a University of Washington student "Ambassador" who served as a peer mentor, cultural liaison, and friend. Many SUSI participants and Ambassadors have stayed in touch and made friends for life. This month, as we are celebrating our program alumni, here is a blog post about the incredible connections between SUSI alumni and their Ambassadors!

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The best ambassadors in the whole wide world

In honor of the International Day of Friendship on July 30, we are publishing a series of blog posts on cross-cultural friendships in the FIUTS community.

Here is a post by Anuja Khadka from Nepal, writing about her experience in 2014 as a participant in the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Journalism and New Media. Anuja and the other 19 participants from South Asia were all matched with a University of Washington student "Ambassador" who provided guidance, cultural insight, and friendship during their time in Seattle.

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Meet the Youth Entrepreneurs from Latvia and Lithuania

For the last week, FIUTS has been fortunate to be able to host the second year of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program with Latvia and Lithuania!

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia, and coordinated by FIUTS in Seattle, this program inspires and empowers high school students to engage in a cultural exchange experience and learn ways in which entrepreneurship can strengthen communities and improve people's lives.

The students have recently completed an entrepreneurship program in their home countries during which they developed their own small businesses. Read on to learn more about them and the businesses they created!

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