VCU Education Abroad scholarships

The complete application is due by Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. in the Education Abroad Office.


You must meet all of the following criteria:
– Study abroad during spring break 2012, summer of 2012 or during the academic year 2012-13
– Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
– Must be returning to VCU for at least one semester after your study abroad
– Must demonstrate financial need
– Students participating in VCU faculty-led programs will be given preference for the scholarship
Scholarship commitment
If you receive a scholarship you are obligated to fulfill the following commitments:
1) Register at VCU for a minimum of one semester following your study abroad.
2) Submit a written report or photo essay within 30 days of returning to the U.S., evaluating your experience from a personal, academic and professional development perspective. Your material may be used by Education Abroad for future publicity purposes.
Follow-up project
During the semester upon your return, you must contribute one hour of service for every $100 you receive (up to a maximum of 10 hours). You must participate in activities that will serve the Education Abroad Office.

Education Abroad 2012/2013 Scholarship application

Study with George Mason in South Africa!

GMU is pleased to announce an innovative study abroad program in South Africa entitled A Passage into Democratic South Africa: Experiencing Culture and Development in Historic Zululand. This program is to be led by Dr. Benedict Carton, professor of History, Art History & African and African American Studies at GMU, and he will be assisted by Professor Dingani Mthethwa, Zulu Language Instructor within the School of World Studies at VCU.
VCU students will be eligible to receive 3 undergraduate or graduate credits toward their degree!
Program Dates: 14 – 28 July 2012
Program Fee: $4,500 (approx.) + airfare
Program description (from GMU):
This course explores the new democracy of South Africa in the winter season of the Southern Hemisphere. We invite students to go on an academic and experiential journey through the tropical province of KwaZulu-Natal. On the Indian Ocean coast, we will live with Zulu families in urban townships and rural villages, where we will observe infrastructure projects, cultural performances, and traditional rituals. Local historians and district chiefs will introduce students to the challenges of national development after “Mandela’s Miracle” and to legendary stories of Shaka Zulu and his kingdom in sacred Emakhosini, or “Valley of the Kings,” the burial place of Zulu founders. Our group will stay in the “birthplace of peace,” KwaLuthuli, the lineage home of the first African recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 (Zulu chief Albert Luthuli); and we will visit nearby Mfolozi and Tembe game parks, walking in the landscape of the “Big Five” animals. Our immersion in the natural, social, and political worlds of KwaZulu-Natal will enable us to study the impact of European colonialism and constitutional change on conservation policy, land restitution, and eco-tourism. Finally, we will participate in local education and public health initiatives with the goal of understanding how the lives of ordinary people have changed since the first all-race national elections in 1994.
Application Deadline: 2 March 2012
For more information about this program, please contact Erin Mateu.

7 Summer 2012 VCU Programs Now Active!

The VCU Education Abroad office staff is pleased to announce the publication of seven of our Summer 2012 faculty-led programs to our website:

By clicking on any of these programs, you will be directed to a program description that details various aspects of the program, including: meals, accommodations, course options, eligibility requirements and program fees.
The applications for these programs are now open, which means you can apply for the program simply by clicking the “Apply Now” button and following the directions on the online application!
If you have any questions, or would like to speak with an education abroad advisor, we invite you to email us at to set up a meeting. Additionally, if you have a question you would like to ask the program director personally, you will find their email at the top of the program page.
Our offices are currently in the process of sending other programs to the web and we encourage you to keep checking back for newly added programs!

VCU in India Interest Meeting Tonight!

A general interest meeting for Global Scholar/Activist Spaces: Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies in India will be held tonight at 7h00 in the Crenshaw House conference room (919 W. Franklin St.). If you are interested in learning about the month-long faculty-led program, come and hear program directors Archana Pathak, PhD, and Prof. Liz Canfield discuss program details. Stephanie Davenport, Director of VCU Education Abroad, will also be present to answer any questions you may have about the application process. We hope you will attend to learn about an exciting VCU study abroad opportunity!

African Americans in Paris deadline has been extended!

The Global Education Office and the Department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for students to engage in an exploration of the experiences and a literal retracing of the footsteps of African Americans who moved to Paris to live and work throughout the last 200 years. This program is designed to be an active learning component of a semester-long course.
VCU Education Abroad has extended the deadline of the AFAM in Paris program through the weekend. In order for your application to be complete, you must fill out the online application and turn in the following items to our office:
1. Signed Program Sheet
2. Signed Financial Commitment Policy and Conditions of Participation
3. $250 Deposit (Please note that if you are not accepted or the program is cancelled you will receive a full refund) – you can pay online!
You can complete the online application by visiting the following link:
For more information about the program, please click here!

Information Session: Study Arts and Education In Guatemala

Join VCU Education Abroad for an information session on the 2012 Guatemala Arts and Education summer study abroad program!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Franklin Street Gym Room 122
817 W. Franklin Street
Session topics will include information on the country, program, itinerary, courses offered, how to apply, and how to use financial aid. Program Directors Jan Johnston and Sharon Zumbrunn will be present to provide you with information and answer any questions you may have. We hope you can attend a session!
For information on this and other study abroad programs please contact VCU Education Abroad at

African-Americans in Paris Program Closes TOMORROW!

Attention all of you that were interested in signing up for the African-Americans in Paris program that will be led next Spring Break by Dr. Vivian Dzokoto: the deadline to sign up for the program is tomorrow 2 December 2011!
For more information about the program or to apply, please visit the African-Americans in Paris program webpage on our website.

Remember: Online applications are accepted until midnight on 2 December but students must bring in paper copies of their passport, the financial commitment policy, the program sheet, and a 1″x1″ headshot.