Category Archives: Study Abroad



During Spring break six NOVA faculty, provosts and administrators traveled to Brazil to advance a newly established partnerships with the Federal Institute of Science and Technology in Acre, Brazil (IFAC). An MOU was signed with IFAC as a result of the English teacher training programs NOVA has been hosting for the past two years. In March 2017, a team from Acre visited NOVA and an MOU was signed between Dr. Ralls and Dr. Rosana Cavalcante, Rector of IF-Acre formally establishing the relationship. In order to further develop the relationship, NOVA was invited for a reciprocal visit to meet with the IFAC faculty, staff and students in the hopes of finding common areas of interest to establish partnerships and exchanges.

IF-Acre is part of a federally funded system of 48 Federal Institutes (IFs) of Science and Technology with over 600 campuses located in every state of Brazil. IFs serve students at the high school, undergrad and graduate level primarily in the areas of science and technology. Like community colleges, each IF has specialty areas that meet the needs of their specific community and industries.

The state of Acre is one of the most remote in northwestern Brazil, bordering Peru and Bolivia and largely within the Amazon rainforest. Given its distance from the capital and the richer metropolitan areas on the coast, Acre is often overlooked and lacks exposure to international partnerships. It is home to many indigenous tribes which also make up part of their student populations as well as some of the most pristine rainforest and wildlife in the world.

As a result of the visit, plans are being made for faculty and student collaborations between the institutions that may include opportunities for academic and service learning projects abroad.

The visit was sponsored by NOVA’s Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs with support from the Annandale, Manassas, Woodbridge campuses as well as NOVA’s Workforce Development Division.  The NOVA delegation included; Dr. Pamela Hilbert (Provost AN), Dr. Sam Hill (Provost WO), Dr. Ghada Abdelmoumin (IT Professor AN), Dr. Rebecca Hayes (History Professor and Honors Chair MA), Ms. Keila Louzada (ACLI Coordinator, Workforce) and Stacey Bustillos (Associate Director, OIESP).

Scholarship for Business, Technology, and Innovation Internships in Russia!

American Councils Study Abroad is pleased to announce a new Scholarship for Business, Technology, and Innovation Internships in Russia!

U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in business, innovation, and STEM fields are now eligible to apply for the Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship for internships in Russia across two programs:

Scholarship Awards
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, program compatibility, and academic merit. Awards range from $3,000 to $5,000. Click here to learn about the Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship.

Internship Program

Students are matched with internship hosts from a network of companies in business consulting, finance, advertising, marketing, social media, technology, e-commerce, fashion, education, and more. Participants will prepare internship goals before departure, earn credit, and complete a capstone project of their choice upon program completion.

U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in business or STEM fields are eligible to apply for American Councils Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarships. Applicants must be admitted to either OPIT or BRLI to receive funding. No prior study of Russian is required to participate in OPIT.

Application & Questions
Interested students should submit an online application to OPIT or BRLI by February 15 for summer 2018, or by March 15 for the fall 2018 BRLI program. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at

Gilman Funding supports Community College Study Abroad!

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the online application system is open for students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs and international internships during the spring 2018 and summer 2018 terms.

Spring 2018 applications and Summer 2018 early applications are both due Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by 11:59pm (central). 

NOVA student, Shenley Ross, was awarded a Gilman scholarship this past summer to study for a month in Ireland. See her story here:

For more information, please visit

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships Change Requirements to attract more Community College Students


To encourage more non-traditional students to participate in education abroad, the Gilman Program will accept applications from students enrolled at community colleges/two-year institutions who will participate in credit-bearing education abroad programs that are a minimum of 14 days in length in one country, so long as the students meet all other applicant eligibility requirements. This is a change from the four week minimum currently in place for all applicants. The 14 day minimum only applies to students enrolled at community colleges/two-year institutions.

Eligibility requirements; an applicant 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;

* Applying to or accepted into a credit-bearing study abroad program or international internship;

* Participating in a study abroad program or international internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) – or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students – in one country and no more than an academic year; and

* Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Cuba. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

The application for summer 2015 and fall/academic year 2015-2016 programs will open in mid-January and student applications are due March 3, 2015 by 11:59pm (central).

Advisers have until March 10, 2015 to certify summer and fall 2015 applications.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Since the program’s inception in 2001, the Gilman Program has awarded over 17,000 U.S. undergraduates with high financial need representing more than 1,100 U.S. institutions, to study and intern abroad in more than 140 countries. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

For more information and application resources, please visit the Gilman website at