A group of NOVA faculty, Assistant Dean of World Languages and College Study Abroad Coordinator Ana Alonso (AN), Coordinator of Office of Global Studies and Programs Stacey Bustillos (CS), Associate Professor of Biology and Physical Sciences Jill Caporale (AN), Assistant Professor of World Languages Laura Franklin (AL) and Assistant Professor Biology Kirk Goolsby (AN) traveled to central Brazil during spring break to work with their counterparts at the Federal Institute of Goiás to develop two study abroad programs being supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
As a result of the grant, the Alexandria Campus will plan to expand its Portuguese language offerings for the fall and spring semesters. Students enrolling in the spring 2014 course will interact via distance with an English classroom in Brazil and end the semester with a two-week study abroad trip to Brazil. This will allow students to put their language skills to use and immerse themselves into Brazilian culture with the help of their Brazilian classmates at IF-Goiás.
Similarly, a course is being designed in Environmental Concerns that will be offered on the Annandale Campus during spring 2014. This course will connect NOVA and Brazilian students virtually so they can learn from each other about issues facing their local ecosystems. At the end of the semester, these NOVA students will also travel to Brazil as a class to experience the Brazilian environment first hand.
The U.S. State Department grant has been awarded to NOVA for the purpose of developing the College’s study abroad capacity and will fund the two study abroad programs during spring 2014 and 2015 semesters.