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45 Individuals, 45 Cultures, 45 Dreams and 45 Expectations: ONE BFTF SUMMER INSTITUTE!

On the 29th of June planes and cars, from all over Europe and the United States, were heading in the same direction: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. 45 individuals, 45 cultures, 45 dreams and 45 expectations were represented at the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2013. Soon the 45 [...]

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Get your kicks on Route 66, but stop first for a burger in Zemst

Get your kicks on Route 66, but stop first for a burger in Zemst

U.S. Highway 66 – the Mother Road – stands out in the American cultural landscape as the vintage icon of a newly mobile nation on the road. Stretching from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California and hitting six other states on the way, Route 66 was the principal East-West artery [...]

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Hired. The Summer Job Experience

In our cover story this month, we find out what kind of work several visitors to the United States did last summer. Their experiences include work in lifeguarding, television, technology, professional music and more. Working during summer isn’t just for students. You’ll also read about why Americans don’t take more [...]

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I Love Work

Meet student visitors to America who spend their summers working with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Mickey Mouse. Note: This article is an excerpt from the Electronic Journal “Hired”. You can download the publication here (.pdf | 16 MB) Not Bored NAME: Alex Mihaila HOME: Moldova EXPERIENCE: Lifeguard LOCATION: [...]

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Cross-cultural Communication through the Meet Us Program

Before starting my internship at the U.S. Mission to Belgium, I had never heard of the Meet US Program, nor did I have any idea of what it was. Now, nearing the end of my internship, I realize that the Meet US Program is a great aspect of our youth [...]

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Remembering Frank Boas

Remembering Frank Boas

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the loss of not only a great friend, but also a great benefactor of Fulbright and a confirmed believer in the importance of international educational exchange. As we bid a sad farewell to Frank Boas, his kindness will always [...]

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Essay Contest for Belgians (Ages 16-18) – Deadline March 1, 2013

Essay Contest for Belgians (Ages 16-18) – Deadline March 1, 2013

The U.S. Embassy to Belgium is pleased to announce the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute Essay Contest. Belgian students between 16 and 18 years are invited to enter this essay competition to win a 3-4 week fellowship at the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute in the United States during [...]

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A month in the US

The 30th of June 2012 marked the beginning of an adventure. And not just any adventure, an adventure that was guaranteed to change my life.   Three months earlier I had submitted an essay to the Belgian US embassy entitled “Freedom of speech: a universal value” to enter a competition [...]

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How Educational Exchange Turns Nations Into People: A VUB Student’s Perspective

How Educational Exchange Turns Nations Into People: A VUB Student’s Perspective

I set sail for Washington DC in the summer of 2009, determined to complement my European perspective on International Relations with an American one and hoping to discover an unbiased truth in the process. As an MA student at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), I [...]

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BFTF Essay Winner Wouter-Jan on his 4-Week Stay in the U.S.

The recipe is pretty simple: select sixty eight driven youngsters, coming from every thinkable country between San Francisco and Moscow, all clearly bright, some even brilliant and none of them afraid of certain ambition; put them for a month together in the perfect, paradise-like setting that the Wake Forest University [...]

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