Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Devin Bayly

Devin Bayly came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, Devin is a 26-year-old junior at the University of Arizona ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Dorai Raz

Dorai Raz came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Dorai is a senior at University of California at Berkeley, where she transferred after ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Lindsey Depledge

Lindsey Depledge came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Lindsey is a junior at the University of California ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Nangha Cuadros

Nangha came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Nangha is a senior at the University of California, Davis, studying History and Political Science. ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Javier Chen

Javier came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Javier is a U.S. Navy veteran and a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Dalal Orfali

Dalal came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Dalal is a communications student from the University of Illinois at Chicago studying international studies ...
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GLOBE Students Visit Embassy Wildlife Habitat

U.S. Embassy Bern invited a class of 12-14 year olds from Primarschule Neufeld in Thun that participates in NASA’s Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program.  They came to visit the certified wildlife habitat and learn about its ecosystem.  At the end of their tour, students made drawings of their observations.  GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students and ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Erath Hosts the Global Tampa Bay Investment Delegation

On May 15, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Erath welcomed the Global Tampa Bay investment delegation and Swiss business leaders at the official residence to highlight the Greater Tampa area as an investment destination. In her opening remarks, Chargé Erath emphasized the Florida region’s opportunity to build upon existing links with Switzerland and the formidable economic dynamism ...
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Embassy Officers Welcome Bezirkschule Oftringen

On May 5th, the Embassy received 17 students from the Bezirksschule Oftringen. The students met with representatives of the Public Affairs, Regional Security and Management Sections, as well as one of the marines; the students asked a wide array of questions ranging from the life of diplomats, the work done at the Embassy, to what ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Erath Welcomes Basel Stadt – Massachusetts Exchange Students

On April 24th, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath addressed the Swiss and American high school participants in the 13th annual student exchange between Basel Stadt and its sister state, Massachusetts.  Swiss students from Gymnasium Leonhard and Wirtschaftsgymnasium are hosting students from Reading Memorial High School and Natick High School, following their own visit to Massachusetts. ...
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Cultural and Education Attaché Meets with ConnectUS Students

What is the secret to business success? How do companies in Switzerland and the U.S. innovate and adapt to change? And how closely do Switzerland and the U.S. work together on economic issues? These are some of the questions that students of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland explore during the ConnectUS ...
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Embassy Officers Welcome High School Students

U.S. Embassy Bern is an active participant in the Schulen Nach Bern program that enables students throughout Switzerland to travel to Bern for a week of debate, government meetings and embassy visits. On February 16, Embassy officers welcomed a French-speaking high school class from CO Goubing in Sierre, Canton Valais. The officers described day-to-day work ...
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YTILI Fellowship

Apply Now! The 2017 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program application period opens on January 9, 2017 and closes on February 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST. Please review the YTILI Fellowship Program Overview & Selection Process document for a detailed description of the program, requirements and expectations, selection process and timeline. The 2017 YTILI Fellowship year will commence in ...
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Call for Applications for the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Bern is pleased to announce the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute for students from the age of 16 to 18. Applications are now being accepted for program participation. The four-week institute will address important issues such as youth engagement, democracy and civil society development, ...
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Celebrating Diversity

Announcing Diversity Scholarship for a High School Exchange Year in the U.S. To celebrate the value of a diverse society, the U.S. Embassy is teaming with international exchange organization YFU, to offer the “Celebrating Diversity” scholarship, an award covering a portion of the costs of a study abroad year in the U.S. for Swiss students. ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern in the Classroom, at the Residence and on the Road!

On December 5, Ambassador Suzi LeVine and Eric LeVine visited Uzwil Oberstufe to learn about the students’ participation in the GLOBE program . Second-year students presented their research on leaf growth which they had gathered over the course of the school year. Their attention to data integrity and keen observation skills demonstrated how much young people can accomplish when ...
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VET Panel at the AmSwiss Foundation – Suzi LeVine

Since the dawn of our democracy, the American Dream has been about opportunity and the fact that anyone from anywhere in society can pursue and achieve a life where they are safe to live, love, and be happy. What I love about this is that we’ve also exported this as a global dream! But in ...
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Achieving the American Dream One Apprenticeship at a Time

On Tuesday, November 15th, Ambassador Suzan LeVine delivered a speech at Akademie der Generationen, a forum for learning based in Solothurn.  More than 150 participants from businesses, government, education and even students from a local high school came to hear her address: “Switzerland and the U.S: Learning Together.”  Ambassador LeVine highlighted the strong and enduring ...
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Ambassador LeVine Greets Microsoft Delegation

On October 20 and 21, Ambassador Suzan LeVine and her husband, Mr. Eric LeVine, hosted a high-level delegation from Microsoft headed by President Brad Smith as well as a JP Morgan Chase executive. Microsoft had expressed particular interest in how the Swiss Vocational Education and Training system works, meeting with apprentices, and comparing programs to ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Zurich

On May 24, 2016, Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Eric, traveled to Zurich to meet with members of the Zurich Cantonal Government and talk about the growth of Swiss start-ups. While there, they also met with the South Pole Group to learn more about how the private sector can help reduce carbon emissions. Later, the ...
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Webster University Geneva Commencement Address

Inflection Point Thank you so much to Academic Director Dr. Ron Daniel, the Board of Directors, and, of course, Webster Geneva’s director Dr. Clementina Acedo for the invitation and honor to be here with you here today! To the 137 new graduates and your family and friends who are here today – congratulations! Scholars, Graduates, ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Cellars Addresses Exchange Students

On Tuesday, April 19, Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Cellars addressed the  11th Massachusetts – Basel-Stadt Students Exchange Program  participants. The 30 American high school students came to Basel for a two-week homestay sponsored by CityBasel and Wakefield High School via a Sister City Agreement with Boston. In his remarks, Mr. Cellars stressed the significance of face-to-face interactions with people from foreign ...
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Meeting the Next Generation of Swiss Leaders

As part of our youth outreach campaign, Ambassador LeVine and her husband Mr. Eric LeVine visited schools in Sion, Sierre, and Zurich on Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14. The Ambassador spoke about the American presidential election system, explaining how delegate selection, primaries and caucuses, and grassroots organizing contribute to democratically electing a leader ...
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Student Visa Workshop for Swiss Study Abroad Advisors

On Tuesday, March 22, The U.S. Embassy in Bern held a student visa information session for study abroad advisors from Swiss universities and higher education institutes. Public Affairs Officer Stephanie Morimura and Consular Officer Matthew Boullioun described Fulbright scholarship opportunities for Swiss students and scholars , and outlined the student visa application process .  The session also served as a networking opportunity for the ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits the Kantonsschule in Wil and Wattwil

Embassy Bern places a high priority on meeting with Swiss students to discuss U.S. policy, the work of the Embassy and to share information on current developments in the U.S., such as the presidential elections. As a part of this ongoing educational outreach, Ambassador Suzan LeVine, along with her husband Eric LeVine, visited two schools ...
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Ambassador Suzi LeVine Met With Students of the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

On February 10, Ambassador Suzi LeVine met with students of the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz who participate in the ConnectUS  program. The Ambassador gave the students an overview of the U.S. presidential elections, focusing on how the U.S. primary and general election works and the importance of grassroots voter mobilization. She also explained how the U.S. and Switzerland ...
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Ambassador LeVine Attended the Launch of Zurich Insurance Group’s Apprenticeship Program

Ambassador LeVine, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu, and Swiss Ambassador to the U.S. Martin Dahinden join representatives of Zurich North America and Harper College to mark the official launch of an innovative, first-of-its-kind U.S. apprenticeship program for the insurance industry. Zurich North America is a participant in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship ...
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Students of Università della Svizzera Italiana Reach Final of P2P: Challenging Extremism

A class of students from USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) has been invited by the US Department of State in Washington to the finals of  P2P: Challenging Extremism , an initiative managed by EdVenture Partners through which the US Government has called on university students around the world to develop positive social media narratives to ...
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Supernovas and Science Fiction: Professor Alicia Soderberg Talks Astrophysics at Gymnasium Hofwil

On June 4, Dr. Alicia Soderberg, Professor in Astrophysics at Harvard University and one of the first scientists to observe supernovas – the catastrophic death of a star — spoke with students at Gymnasium Hofwil in Münchenbuchsee about her work. She went into detail about how she detected the supernova. She was one of the ...
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Embassy Bern Visits Schools in Langenthal and Kleindietwil: Diversity, STEM Education and Career Choices

Meeting with Swiss students to discuss U.S. policy and share information on education systems in the U.S. and Switzerland is a high priority for Embassy Bern.  As part of the ongoing educational outreach, Ambassador Suzi LeVine and Public Affairs Officer Stephanie Morimura recently visited two schools in the Canton of Bern. On May 20, Morimura ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Cellars Addresses Massachusetts – Basel Student Exchange Program Participants

On April 20, 2015, Deputy Chief in Mission Jeffrey R. Cellars delivered a speech to students participating in an exchange program between Basel-Stadt and Massachusetts at the historic Basel Rathaus (City Hall). For several years, Basel and Massachusetts have been “Sister-States;” the exchange is a result of the ongoing cooperation of both states in the ...
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Ambassador Suzan LeVine Meets with Swiss Game Developers and Game Design Students

On June 30, 2014, Ambassador Suzan LeVine met with members of the Swiss Game Developers Association (SGDA) and Game Design Students for a roundtable discussion. The group shared their thoughts on the current state of the Swiss game developing scene and told the Ambassador about the challenges and possibilities they face in Switzerland. The SGDA ...
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Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute Students, Applicants and Alumni Participate in a Cooking Class at the Chief of Mission Residence in Bern

Friday, June 13, alumni, applicants and selected students for the Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute had the unique opportunity to have a cooking class at the Ambassador’s residence. Ambassador Suzan LeVine joined the students during dinner and engaged in a lively discussion.      
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