Studying Abroad with a Disability

Check out this great video from Mobility International USA about study abroad for students who may have a disability!
At VCU Education Abroad, we want every student to have the best possible experience abroad. If you want to study abroad but are concerned that a disability may affect your experience, we will work with you to make sure that your needs are met and that you have the opportunity to study abroad and add a life-changing component to your college experience!

Making It Happen from Outsider E on Vimeo.

For more information, please contact us at abroad@vcu.edu

Scholarship Opportunities with Amerispan!

Amerispan College Study Abroad has offered (2) $500.00 scholarships to be used by VCU students who plan to register for Amerispan College Study Abroad programs.
The programs that qualify for the $500.00 scholarship amount can be found at the following link, http://www.amerispan.com/study_abroad/.
Also being offered are (2) $250.00 scholarships that can be used on any AmeriSpan program 4 weeks or longer. This includes standard immersion programs, SALUD medical travel, volunteer, professional, fun and others.
These scholarships will be given to the first students who sign up- first come, first served! If you are interested in signing up and are using an Amerispan program, please email VCU Education Abroad at ABROAD@vcu.edu and tell us which program you are signed up for.
As with all non-VCU programs, remember to register with VCU Education Abroad. Registration information and materials can be found on our website: http://www.global.vcu.edu/abroad/programs/other/index.html
If you are interested in this or other study abroad programs, contact VCU Education Abroad at ABROAD@vcu.edu

Last Chance to Vote!

The Study Abroad Photo and Video Contest voting period has been extended through Monday, October 18, 2010!
Last year, over 400 VCU students studied abroad through the VCU Education Abroad office! Because we love hearing our students’ stories, we encourage them to share in as many ways as possible. This summer, we asked students who studied abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year to share their stories with us visually through photography and video!
We received many great submissions. Now we are asking VCU students to give us your opinion- log on to our Facebook and YouTube pages, and vote on your favorite photo and video! Be sure to tell your friends to become a “fan” of VCU Education Abroad in order to vote- faculty and staff can vote too!
We will be counting the number of “Likes” each photo and video receives, and will determine which will win prizes in each category.
The extended deadline for voting is October 18th, 2010.
Good luck to all of our returned students who entered the contest!

The Study Abroad Photo Contest Needs Your Vote!

Last year, over 400 VCU students studied abroad through the VCU Education Abroad office! Because we love hearing our students’ stories, we encourage them to share in as many ways as possible. This summer, we asked students who studied abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year to share their stories with us visually through photography and video!
We received many great submissions. Now we are asking VCU students to give us your opinion- log on to our Facebook and YouTube pages, and vote on your favorite photo and video!
We will be counting the number of “Likes” each photo and video receives, and will determine which will win prizes in each category!
The deadline for voting is October 15th, 2010.
Good luck to all of our returned students who entered the contest!

Study Abroad Highlighted by Google and Others!

Study abroad has been making waves in the advertising world lately!
http://ihec-djc.blogspot.com/2010/09/study-abroad-highlighted-by-google-bank.html
We find ad #4 particularly hilarious. And if ad #1 doesn’t make you want to go abroad, we don’t know what will!
For information on studying abroad, please contact VCU Education Abroad at ABROAD@vcu.edu!

Study Abroad Fall Fair September 15th!

Have you ever thought about traveling to another country?

Many college students have, and are able to achieve that goal through study abroad programs!

Come to the VCU Education Abroad Fall Fair and learn about studying abroad!
The Fall Fair will be held Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 under the tent at the VCU Student Commons Plaza from 9:30am-2:00pm!
At the Fair, you can meet with representatives from:
Academic Programs International
Academic Studies Abroad
CAPA
CEA
CIS Abroad
European Heritage Institute
George Mason University
GlobalLinks
Global Student Experiences
IFSA Butler
Interstudy
Santa Reparata School of Art- Italy
Semester at Sea
STA Travel
Studio Art Centers International
Study Abroad Italy
The Education Abroad Network
and…
VCU Education Abroad staff
VCU Financial Aid
VCU National Scholarship Office- Honors College
VCU School of World Studies
VCU Student Health Services
VCU Faculty-Led program directors and student returnees

and more!!!
Feel free to stop on by, and bring a friend! We hope to see you there!

Can I Take My Instrument Abroad?

Leaving your instrument at home? Quelle horror!
Dedicated musicians should not be nervous about taking their instruments abroad- not only will it save them from the wrath of their music professors upon their return, but having an instrument during a study abroad can be an excellent way to meet people and develop friendships.
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Here is a blog entry from program provider Academic Programs International that takes you through the easiest and safest way to pack your instrument:
API Blog: Taking Your Instrument Abroad?
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Of course, you may want to purchase insurance on your instrument, and always keep it near you or locked up safely. By following these easy guidelines, your musical instrument can be just as much a part of your life abroad as it is at home!
Try the following links to search for a study abroad program for music majors!
ISEP
GoAbroad.com
For more information, contact VCU Education Abroad at abroad@vcu.edu or (804) 827-7882.