Riva San Vitale, Switzerland

January 12-May 2, 2018

The Presidential Global Scholars program is sponsored by the Honors College, the Office of the University President, and Outreach and International Affairs. It exists to provide Virginia Tech Honors students with the opportunity to discover their niches in an interconnected society and to empower them to contribute positively to our transforming world.


PGS is designed as a collaborative, transdisciplinary living-learning community in which ambitious Honors students and award-winning professors work in tandem with the resources and opportunities in Europe and beyond to create an environment that allows the students to better understand the world and what they might accomplish in it.


PGS students earn 21 credits toward their General Education requirements and 19 - 25 credits toward their Honors College Diplomas.





Courses are hands-on learning experiences taught by some of Virginia Tech's most distinguished professors and effective teachers. Students conduct independent research on critical issues throughout Europe.


The course of study consists of:


UH 2504: Discourse and Global Citizenship

UH 2524: Natural Sciences and Global Citizenship

UH 2534: Design, Arts, and Global Citizenship

UH 2544: Social Science and Global Citizenship

UH 2554: Humanities and Global Citizenship

UH 4994: Undergraduate Research

ITAL 1106 or ITAL 2105: Italian Language and Culture



Learn how to be a global citizen

Experience different cultures

live the european experience!

Earn course credit


Click the button above to apply for PGS 2018.

If you have any specific questions regarding PGS, please contact Paul Heilker,

PROGRAM information

All Majors Welcome

Students from all majors will benefit from the program.  Presidential Global Scholars will better prepare students for their academic, professional, and civic responsibilities by enhancing their ability to engage with and understand other cultures and worldviews.  There are no prerequisites for this program.



Our program is privileged to feature award-winning faculty from across the university. The 2018 faculty have not yet been selected; they will be similar to professors from past semesters.


Program Costs / Funding

  • VT Spring 2018 Tuition and Fees: Same as the student pays to attend VT in Blacksburg.
  • Steger Center Room and Board: To be determined (2017 cost = $7,210).
  • Presidential Global Scholars Program Fee: To be determined (2017 cost = $3,300).
  • Round-trip Airfare: Approximately $1,000.


Please note: Students will need additional spending money. Previous students recommend $2000.


We do not want any student to pass up this exciting study abroad opportunity because of financial reasons. Many scholarships and forms of financial aid are available to help defer some of the program costs, including some specific to Virginia Tech:


  • Global Education Scholarship
  • Steger Center International Scholarship
  • Steger Center Room Fund


Check with the Global Education Office and the University Scholarships and Financial Aid Office for more information.


Contact Information

If you have any specific questions regarding PGS, please contact Dr. Paul Heilker,

application process

Application deadline for PGS 2018 is February 15, 2017.


However, admission to the program will be on a rolling basis and will close once the program reaches its capacity of 38 students.  Once students have completed the application, they will know very quickly whether they have been accepted for Spring 2018.


Dr. Paul Heilker

Faculty Fellow for Curriculum Development

Virginia Tech Honors College, MC 0427

137 Hillcrest Hall

385 West Campus Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061


Fax: (540) 231-4522

Phone: (540) 231-4591