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.

Semester at Sea Discount for Summer 2014 Program



The Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea is pleased to offer Virginia Community College System students the opportunity to study abroad this summer in Europe and Scandinavia. The University of Virginia serves as the academic sponsor for the Semester at Sea program.  Students will earn 9-12 UVA credits,while visiting 11 cities in 10 countries during this 66 day voyage, June 16th-August 21st.

As the Institute works to enroll more community college students and further the reach of education abroad, we have created a special offer for those closest to home.  All currently enrolled VCCS students will receive a $3000.00 grant from the Institute for the Summer 2014 voyage.  Students should submit their application and be admitted prior to May 1, 2014 to ensure ample time to secure the one required visa for this voyage (Russian visa) and avoid paying rush fees.  In addition, students may utilize the application fee waiver code VCCS to submit their applications, saving the $50.00 application fee.  This code will also serve as our notification to issue the $3000 VCCS grant, upon admission to the program.  This code will be valid from 3.26.14 – 4.30.14.

Please visit the Summer 2014 voyage page to view the itinerary, courses offered on the voyage, voyage faculty and more.

 For more information:

James Fealey, Admissions Counselor



Chinese Honor’s Students Win Prize at Spring ExxonMobile Honors Symposium

Four Chinese 202 Honors students from Dr. Dali Tan’s class from the Alexandria campus participated in the Spring ExxonMobile Honors  Symposium. Instead of giving a regular speech and a presentation, they decided to create a skit based on Qingmingshanghetu (Along the River at the Qingming Festival), one of the most famous paintings in China . The skit showed the ancient life in China during Song Dynasty, and made all the dialogues in Chinese language to make it more real. One of the students made a point which had subtitles in English for the audience, so everyone could understand. Their presentation with acting was a success and they won the two hundred and fifty dollars prize award.

china honors

(L-R, Tinghong Zheng, Li Xing Xun, Raushana Akshulakova, Dali Tan and Karl Mittmann)