January 31, 2012

Study Abroad in Guatemala: Social Change Through Arts, Education & Literacy

Come study abroad in Guatemala this Summer 2012 during the 1st summer session!
(May 21-June 23; weeks 2 & 3 in Guatemala). This unique Service Learning opportunity not only offers a valuable experience but also includes the option to earn Honors credit!
Participants will prepare and teach workshops and art classes/projects in the highlands of Guatemala. Come work alongside local educators, artists and community members to explore the intersection of arts, literacy and education and understand how social and cultural conditions affect these areas. Further explore this travel and service experience by developing a small body of work or independent research project. Reflect on your involvement and how such an experience might impact you personally, professionally or artistically. Program visits also include visits to artist galleries, studios and cooperatives, Maya ruins and artisan markets, Lake Panajachel and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Antigua. A variety of arts, education and other majors are encouraged to apply.
Honors College students who want to take advantage of this Service Learning opportunity can be registered for the standard undergraduate-level ARTE 491 course or they may request to be registered in the graduate level course, ARTE 591, which may count for Honors credit if not needed for your major.
Info Sessions:

  • Franklin Terrace, Room 303: Friday, February 3 from 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Education Abroad Office, Room 122: Monday, February 6 from 11:00am-12:00pm

Apply by March 1, 2012!!!
For more information, please contact Professor Jan Johnston: johnstonja@vcu.edu

January 30, 2012

VCU Education Abroad Scholarships

VCU Education Abroad encourages students studying abroad in the summer 2012, fall 2012, or spring 2013 to apply for the Education Abroad Scholarship. The scholarship is competition is now open, and the deadline is Tuesday February 14, 2012 by 4:30pm. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information or to apply, please visit: http://global.vcu.edu/abroad/pdfs/programs/2012%20Fudan%20University%20International%20Summer%20Session.pdf.
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.

Summer Internship Oportunity

Global Education Office’s Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program is accepting applications for a summer internship. This unique internship involves VCU students as leaders of a summer program at VCU for Iraqi students focusing on social media, leadership, conflict resolution, and community engagement. Graduate students or recent grad applicants are preferred, but will also consider undergrads who demonstrate maturity and leadership potential.
Please see attached for more information:IYLEP_Intern_Description.pdf

January 27, 2012

Fulbright Fellowship Information Session

Are you interested in gaining experience abroad? The National Scholarship Office invites anyone who is interested in teaching English or doing research internationally to attend a Fulbright Information Session presented by Mr. Lee Rivers of the Institute of International Education and Mr. Jeff Wing, Director, National Scholarship Office, on Monday, January 30, at 1pm in Room 1303 at The Honors College (701 W. Grace Street). Fulbright Student Scholarships provide full funding for one academic year. This information session is open to all graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty and alumni.
More information about Fulbright can be found at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html. Questions should be directed to HonorsNSO@vcu.edu.

January 24, 2012