NOVA Students Study Abroad During Summer 2014

Students from Annandale, Alexandria,  Loudoun,  Manassas and Woodbridge participated in study abroad programs with NOVA faculty during the summer break.  NOVA courses were taught in Brazil, China, England and Canada.

Be on the lookout for new study abroad programs to be announced in November for Summer 2015!

For more information on how faculty can lead a study abroad program contact: Ana Alonso (

For information on student options for study abroad contact: Stacey Bustillos (

NOVA Environmental Concerns class with their Brazilian counterparts led by Profs. Jill Caporale and Kirk Goolsby.
NOVA Environmental Concerns class with their Brazilian counterparts led by Profs. Jill Caporale and Kirk Goolsby.


NOVA Honors students in London with Profs. Stacy Rice and Rebecca Hayes.
NOVA Honors students in London with Profs. Stacy Rice and Rebecca Hayes.
Prof. Callan Bentley with his Geology class in the Canadian Rockies.
Prof. Callan Bentley with his Geology class in the Canadian Rockies.
NOVA Chinese language students on the Great Wall with their professor Dali Tan.

Applications Open for 2015-2016 Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

The applications for the 2015-2016 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at 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 Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

Boren Fellowship Deadline: January 27, 2015

Boren Scholarship Deadline: February 4, 2015*

*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

NOVA Contact for application assistance: Stacey Bustillos (, Coordinator, Office of Global Studies and Programs

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

Student Submission Deadline: October 7, 2014

NOVA Contact for application preparation assistance:

Stacey Bustillos (, Coordinator, Office of Global Studies and Programs

Application and Program Details

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the application is now open for students participating in study abroad programs and internships during the spring 2015 term. The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

Visit to access resources to assist advisors and students through the application process:

  • Webinars—live online sessions available for students and administrators to attend individually or can be streamed for a group setting, such as a campus application information session or workshop
  • Instructional videos
  • Advisor and applicant newsletters

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Since the program’s inception in 2001, the Gilman Program has awarded nearly 17,000 U.S. undergraduates of high financial need to study and intern abroad in over 140 countries from more than 1,100 institutions.

Applicants must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution 
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad
  • Participating in a study abroad program or internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) in one country and no more than an academic year
  • Applying to or accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for academic credit by the student’s home institution
  • Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Cuba

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship for College Students 

Application Deadline September 22, 2014 | Application and Fellowship Details

The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for U.S. college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.

Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel
  • Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States

VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program to Netherlands 2014-15

Any faculty interested in submitting an application for this year’s VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program to the Netherlands must submit their application via email by

Friday, April 11th


Stacey Bustillos


Office of Global Studies and Programs

3926 Pender Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030-0974

(703) 764-5093 

Keep in mind, if selected your campus must be willing to cover your international airfare ($1200). This will be indicated in the required “Will Support form”.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program with the ROC colleges in The Netherlands.

The dates for next year’s program are: October 11-25, 2014 for the Dutch faculty to be at Virginia Community Colleges and May 16-May 30, 2015 for the VCCS Faculty to go to The Netherlands.

Three items are needed to apply for the International Exchange Program

  1. A completed application (Link to the 2014-15 Application. )
  2. A current CV
  3. A signed “Will Support Form” from your college

Please use the following File Naming Conventions:

  • LASTNAME_Netherlands_Application_2014-15.docx/pdf
  • LASTNAME_CV_Netherlands_2014-15.pdf
  • LASTNAME_Will_Support_Netherlands_2014-15.jpg/pdf

Any full- or part-time faculty or staff member is eligible to participate in the program, although some colleges have additional restrictions about whom they will sponsor (i.e. faculty only or full-time only). Check with your supervisor to determine if you are eligible. Each college determines who it will nominate for the program and the number of candidates it will support. The cost to sponsor a participant in the 2014-15 Netherlands Exchange is $1,200. Remaining costs are paid by the VCCS.

The Exchange Program with Sunyani Polytechnic in Ghana is under review. More information about that program, including possible applications, will be available in late April.

Please be as detailed as possible on your application, since this information is essential to find you a suitable counterpart. The professional objectives are the main criteria for finding you a match partner. However, factors such as age, gender and personal interests will also be taken into account.

Incomplete applications or applications without the accompanying materials will not be considered.

If you have further questions, you can consult the program FAQ online or contact Program Coordinator Maury Brown at or 540-423-9839.