Scholarship Alert!

CIEE’s Language Intensive Focus Track Scholarship (LIFT) will provide $100,000 annually to encourage students to study one of five languages—Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, or Russian—for a year in another country.

LIFT scholarships will be initially offered to current CIEE students pursuing intensive language development in Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Russian, and will expand to all CIEE language programs beginning in fall 2013. Scholarship awards will be a minimum of $5,000 and will be awarded to exemplary students based on undergraduate GPA and the strength of a personal essay.

Click here to learn more!

2013-2014 Boren Scholarship & Fellowship Now Open!

Hello Future Boren Scholars!

Interested in applying to the Boren Scholarship or Fellowship? Don’t know what the Boren is? Are you interested in studying in an area traditionally underrepresented in study abroad? Find out more information here!

Make sure you are eligibleHave you read the post award service requirement? Are you currently an undergraduate or graduate student?  Read over the requirements to make sure you can apply.

Education Abroad is happy to assist any student who is applying to the Boren this fall with feedback on their essays and application. We also strongly encourage applicants to make an appointment at the National Scholarship Office at VCU to start the application process early on.

Good Luck!

Gilman Scholarships 101

The Spring 2013 Gilman Scholarship application is now open!

What does this mean for you?   How do you apply?  What makes for a competitive application?  What do you need to know?

This fall, the Education Abroad office is offering Gilman Scholarships 101, a comprehensive guide to applying for a Gilman Scholarship!  Check in on the blog every week for updates and tips for your Gilman application.

Read on for the first five steps to a Gilman Scholarship…

1) Read through the Gilman Selection Criteria to see if you are eligible. Do you receive a Pell Grant?  Are you a US Citizen or US National?  Do you plan to study abroad during Spring 2013?

2) If you answered yes to all of these questions and would like to apply, contact to set up an appointment with an advisor.

3) Begin your application online.  Draft your Statement of Purpose essay and submit it to the Education Abroad Office.

4) An Education Abroad advisor will give you feedback about your essay and help you to make a competitive application.

5) Submit your revised materials by September 17th to the Education Abroad office.  We will work together to polish your application before the Gilman deadline of October 2nd, 2012.

Best of luck future VCU Gilman scholars – we look forward to working with you!

Studio Art Centers International Florence Info Session!

Have you ever thought about studying the arts in Italy?
Studio Art centers International Florence (SACI) representative Todd Siddons will be visiting VCU this Wednesday, September 21!
Todd will be hosting an information session in the Arts building to inform students about SACI study abroad programs! Pizza will be served.

SACI Info Session
Wednesday, September 21
Arts Building
1000 W. Broad St.
1st floor conference room (room 107)

We hope to see you there!

2012-2013 Boren Awards Applications Now Available!

The applications for the 2012-2013 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available!
Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.
Boren Scholarships provide undergraduate students up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research.
The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is January 31 and the deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 9.
The Boren Awards are an initiative of the National Security Education Progr
am (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education. Please contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with any questions.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20005-2403
Tel: 1-800-618-NSEP
Fax: 202-326-7672

Scholarship Opportunity: Fund for Education Abroad

Are you planning on studying abroad next year? If so, please consider applying for a Fund For Education Abroad Scholarship for the academic year 2012-2013!
Funding Amount: up to $10,000
Number of Scholarships Awarded: up to 10
Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between September 2012 and August 2013. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the 2012-2013 academic year or summer 2013. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.
The application can be found on the Fund for Education Abroad website. The deadline for applications for the 2012-2013 academic year is November 14, 2011.

Study Abroad Fall Fair 2011

The Global Education Office hosts a fair each September to spread the word about the numerous study abroad opportunities available through VCU. Students who visit the fair will have the chance to meet with faculty who lead study abroad programs, students who have studied abroad, Education Abroad staff, as well as representatives from academic institutions, study abroad program providers and travel agencies.
Students will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from various offices at VCU that assist with the study abroad process, including the national scholarship office, financial aid, student health services, the School of World Studies, and more. Students from all disciplines are invited to come learn about study abroad options, funding and resources!

Study Abroad Fall Fair 2011
Wednesday, Sept. 14
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine)
University Student Commons Plaza
VCU’s Monroe Park Campus

For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please email

Study Abroad Programs for Engineering!

Why study Engineering abroad?

  • Study abroad can enhance your career opportunities by giving you international experience and making you more marketable to future employers.
  • Studying engineering in a country that is known for developments in a specific field can open you up to new ideas and give you a competitive edge.
  • Knowledge of a foreign language can open new doors in your career.
  • Studying abroad can provide you with an opportunity to network within your field, creating new relationships that will help you after graduation.

VCU has partnered with several universities around the world in order to facilitate exchanges between the schools. Several of our partnership institutions offer engineering courses or modules.
Details of the partnership exchanges vary from school to school. In general, tuition and fees are paid at standard VCU tuition rates. Other expenses — such as room, board, airfare, health insurance and spending money — are the responsibility of the student.
While many of the universities offer courses in English, some may require a high level of proficiency in the local language. Please visit the websites for further information and language requirements.
University of Sao Paulo
University of the West of England
University of Cordoba
Curtin University of Technology
University of Guadalajara
University of Messina
ISEP is a network of 275 universities in 39 countries. Students may study at the member university for a semester or a year, while some universities offer summer programs.
As an ISEP student, you pay a program fee based on VCU’s tuition, fees, room and board, which creates a space for an international student to study at VCU for a semester or a year. For example, you could study in France, while a French student studies in Argentina, while the Argentine student studies in Korea, etc.
Many ISEP universities offer courses in engineering. Students may choose to study in English or another language. See the chart in the link below for engineering offerings in locations as diverse as Austria, Finland, Chile, South Africa, and the United Kingdom:
Program Providers:
Study abroad at a foreign university! Many students choose to use an independent program provider. Many of them include on-site staff, multiple excursions, medical and life insurance, cell phones, student services, transcripts and much more. See the list below for a few options that are especially for engineering students:

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

Skema Business School, Sophia Antipolis

Leuphana University, Luneburg

Christ University, Bangalore

University of Limerick, Limerick

Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman

Korea University, Seoul

James Cook University, Singapore City

Linnaeus University, Växjö/Kalmar
United Kingdom (Scotland)

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Semester at Sea

University of Virginia, United States
Financial aid such as federal loans, grants, scholarships and veteran’s benefits can be used to study abroad. Here are some links to engineering scholarships to get you started:
Association for Women in Science Scholarship
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Edward D. Hendrickson SAE Engineering Scholarship
KSEA Scholarship
Myrtle and Earle Walker Scholarship
SMART Scholarship
For more information on studying abroad, contact VCU Education Abroad at 804-827-7882 or