Student Katie Hines is interviewed.



GEO News 2021-22


July 20, 2021

Ivania Del Cid

Italy gives interior design major fresh perspective on her work

Ivania Del Cid participated in the month-long program “A Practice of Looking and Slowing Down in Design” in Florence, Italy, and discussed how the study abroad made her step out of her comfort zone and gave her new confidence in herself.


June 24, 2021

International student services

International students receive Business Services Scholarships

Three Virginia Commonwealth University international students were recently awarded VCU International Student Scholarships by VCU Department of Business Services in recognition of their involvement in organizations or activities that provide contributions to VCU through scholarship, service and leadership. Polina Beloborodova, Silas Contaifer and Svea Sturm were each awarded scholarships of $5,000 for use in the fall 2022 semester.



June 24, 2021

Universidad de Guadalajara

Universidad de Guadalajara delegation visit to VCU fuels collaborations

A delegation of faculty and administrators from the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico visited VCU to discuss collaborations between the two institutions. Hosted by the VCU Global Education Office, the delegation met with university leadership, faculty and staff to learn more about the innovative programs offered to students, staff and faculty.


June 14, 2021

Studying abroad empowers finance student to go outside of her comfort zone

Taking courses in Korea as a Gilman scholar has taught Emma Johnson to trust herself more and been a confidence booster.

June 8, 2021

100K Strong in the Americas

100K Strong in the Americas grant funds study abroad collaboration

VCU’s Global Education Office and the School of Education, in collaboration with Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico and Universidad el Bosque in Colombia, were awarded two 100K Strong in Americas Innovation Fund grants to conduct a multi-faceted virtual and in-person study abroad program this summer. The program focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in education along with English language support, and offers 24 students a unique opportunity for a combination of study abroad and online learning.

June 7, 2021

Jill Blondin-Guyana workshop

GEO executive director conducts workshop in Guyana

Global Education Office executive director, Jill Blondin, Ph.D., recently conducted a workshop on the U.S. higher education landscape, the framework for establishing an international office and grant writing at the University of Guyana in Georgetown, Guyana. 

May 4, 2022


Global Learning & International Student Achievement Ceremony

Students were recognized at the Global Learning and International Student Achievement Ceremony on Friday, April 29. The inaugural event celebrated students for their achievements in various programs during the 2021-22 academic year.

May 3, 2022

Black and Abroad

Virginia universities collaborate to present Black + Abroad virtual series

Prospective study abroad students around the country attended the Black + Abroad virtual series held April 19-21. The series was a collaboration among Virginia higher education institutions to promote candid conversation and equity among Black students to encourage travel and study abroad.

April 18, 2022

VCU Globe Graduation 22

VCU Globe celebrates final graduates and high achievements

VCU Globe celebrated its seventh and final graduation ceremony on Friday, March 25. The graduating class of 97 students received certificates for completing the program's requirements, and multiple program achievements over nine years were touted and celebrated.

April 14, 2022


Class of 2022: Michael Portillo is on the fast track to a career in the U.S. foreign service

Scholarships, internships and service-learning trips provided a competitive edge for even more opportunities in international affairs and helped prepare Portillo for work overseas.

January 26, 2022

VCU campus

Supporting our Ukrainian community

In light of the recent unsettling events in Ukraine, the VCU’s Global Education Office and Division of Student Affairs are reaching out to our students and scholars with personal, geographic or cultural ties to the region. 

December 13, 2021

VCU campus

VCU joins colleges and universities across America to support Afghan refugees

VCU joined with 26 colleges and universities across the country in launching the Welcome Campus Network, a coalition dedicated to increasing access to higher education for newly arriving Afghan students.

November 17, 2021

Global Cafe

Beyond borders: How VCU is expanding opportunities so all students have access to a global education

From Global Café to Cultural Conversations, nearly a dozen new programs at the university aim to provide students with international experiences.

October 22, 2021

Indian delegation

Visit from Indian delegation spurs possibilities for collaboration, exchange

In light of the recent security emergency in Afghanistan and the earthquake in Haiti, the VCU A visit to VCU by delegates from the Indian embassy in Washington sets the stage for officials to explore opportunities for teamwork and educational trips.

October 8, 2021

Study abroad — from home

In light of the recent security emergency in Afghanistan and the earthquake in Haiti, the VCU Global Education Office and When the pandemic suspended international travel — and student Erin McCoy’s study abroad trip to Italy — VCU’s Global Education Office helped her identify a virtual opportunity instead.

September 30, 2021

VCU ranked No. 1 among more than 150 Peace Corps Prep partner universities

The university issued 114 Peace Corps Prep certificates to 2021 graduates. The program teaches students foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence and professional experience and leadership.

September 7, 2021

Global Cafe

We're off to a great start

After months of preparation and anticipation, VCU was pleased to welcome nearly 900 new and returning international students to campus this fall.

September 1, 2021

International scholarships

International students earn Business Services Scholarships

Two Virginia Commonwealth University international students were awarded International Student Scholarships from VCU Business Services in recognition of their contributions to the university. 

August 23, 2021

VCU campus

Supporting our international students and scholars

In light of the recent security emergency in Afghanistan and the earthquake in Haiti, the VCU Global Education Office and Division of Student Affairs are reaching out to our students and scholars with personal, geographic or cultural ties to these regions.