Post-Soviet Leaders Examine Democracy in Richmond

Open World Young Leadership Program

This week, Virginia Commonwealth University is hosting a delegation of deputy ministers from post-Soviet countries visiting the United States to deepen their exposure to rule of law, free markets and democracy.

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YouAreWelcomeHere campaign

Virginia Commonwealth University is a home away from home for nearly 1,500 international students who study here each year. The VCU Global Education Office is proud to partner with VCU students Rizdwan Said and Crystal Kim on the production of this video originally created for their Focused Inquiry class. To students, scholars and visitors from across the globe: #YouAreWelcomeHere.

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An aspiring foreign service officer heads to India on a Critical Language Scholarship

Nicholas Thomason

For Nicholas Thomason, a career as a foreign service officer focusing on Indian affairs is the ultimate dream. Thomason, who studies English and political science in the College of Humanities and Sciences, will take an important step toward fulfilling that dream this summer when he travels to Jaipur, India, to study Hindi with support from a Critical Language Scholarship, an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program supported by the U.S. Department of State.

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Open your mind, or you will never know

ELP student Yusuke Ueshima

Reflecting on my life before I came to the U.S., I had been passive, introverted, and afraid to challenge myself. I had lived with my family for 20 years in Japan and it was easy for me to keep staying in the same environment. I made the decision to come to VCU because I wanted to put myself in a completely new situation where I would have to be independent and learn how to figure out problems by myself. I also wanted to improve my English skills. The 9 months I spent in the U.S. taught and changed me a lot.

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Celebrating our newest English Language Program graduates

Students graduate from the English Language Program

Whether they're moving on to undergraduate programs, graduate study or returning home, these students have a stronger command of the English language, thanks to the English Language Program.

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VCU recognized as a top producer of Gilman scholars

Gilman Scholar Marwa Eltaib

Virginia Commonwealth University has been recognized among education institutions that sent the most students overseas through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2016-17. VCU ranked No. 41 among nearly 150 universities nationwide that enroll more than 15,000 undergraduates, according to a report issued last month.

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New challenges | New adventures

Illustration of Lea Lahoud's essay about overcoming this and other challenges while studying in the U.S.

Lea Lahoud, a graduate student in the Department of Patient Counseling in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Allied Health Professions has been named a finalist in the spring 2018 International Student Voice Magazine scholarship competition.

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VCU international students volunteer with Rise Against Hunger

International students and staff volunteer for Rise Again Hunger

VCU international students volunteered with Rise Against Hunger. In two hours, the group of 36 students and staff packaged 41,000 meals which will be sent to a developing country to help those who lack sufficient food resources. The majority of meals will go to schools that provide food to children who would otherwise not have it.

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Leaders from Tajikistan examine open governance in Virginia

Open World Leadership Center

Six Tajik leaders participating in the Open World Program will spend April 13-18, 2018, in Richmond examining the American system of government, with an emphasis on accountable governance. The program, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University and managed by the Open World Leadership Center, enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.

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Student receives GoOverseas scholarship to study in Ireland

Andrew Connelly receives a GoOverseas award to study abroad.

VCU first-year student, Andrew Connelly is the sole recipient of the GoOverseas scholarship to study abroad in Ireland next fall

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Culture within a culture

Lucas Frantz

Volunteering with refugees while studying abroad in Austria gave recent graduate and Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship winner Lucas Frantz, a fresh perspective on the migrant experience and his own Hispanic-American identity.

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Celebrating VCU Globe's newest graduates

VCU Globe Graduation 2018

VCU Globe celebrated its newest cohort of graduates at a ceremony on January 26. The third graduating cohort was made up of seventy-two students, with nearly fifty of them receiving Peace Corps Prep certificates.

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VCU Globe wins national award for innovation in international education

VCU Globe

Virginia Commonwealth University’s global education living-learning program, VCU Globe, will receive the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education. The national award is granted by the Institute for International Education and will be presented at its Best Practices in Internationalization Conference in New York City in March.

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A fish learning to swim

Youssif Alrashdan

Have you ever felt like a fish out of water? Well, I felt like this once I left my country and came to the U.S. It was one of the most challenging decisions I’ve made in my life since I decided to leave my supportive family in Kuwait and go to live alone in a foreign country.

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VCU exchanges with Tsinghua University to study painting and printmaking

Tsinghua University

VCU's School of the Arts and the Global Education Office welcomed eight undergraduate and graduate students from Tsinghua University, Academy of Art and Design in Beijing, China for a two-week study of painting and printmaking this fall. The visiting group was accompanied by Li Mu, professor, and chair of the Tsinghua University Painting+Printmaking Department, as well as professors Zhongyan Wen and Qu Xin.

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New TEFL course prepares students to teach here and abroad

TEFL Course

Katie Hines, a recent graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University who completed the VCU Globe program, and Gabrielle Norvell, a health sciences and psychology major in the College of Humanities and Sciences and also a VCU Globe student, were participating in a new Teaching English as a Foreign Language class offered by the Global Education Office this summer.

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