Global Perspective through Personal Commitment
The Presidential Global Scholars program (PGS) is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Honors College, the Office of the University President, and Outreach and International Affairs. PGS is a collaborative living-learning and research community in which ambitious Honors students work together, with award-winning faculty, and with the resources and opportunities in Europe and beyond to better understand the world and what they might accomplish in it. The purpose of PGS is to help students discover, commit to, and act upon a compelling personal interest in a pressing transcultural issue.
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PGS courses are hands-on learning experiences led by some of Virginia Tech's most distinguished professors. All courses count toward students’ VT general education requirements, honors diploma requirements, or both. The 21 credit-hour 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
PGS provides the immersive cultural experiences made possible by a full semester abroad. Students live in the elegant Villa Maderni at Virginia Tech's Steger Center for International Scholarship amid the beauty of the Swiss Alps. Program travel includes extended trips to Rome and Naples and frequent visits to Milan. PGS builds in significant time for small group and individual research and recreational travel as well. PGS students take advantage of inexpensive airfares from Milan airport to travel to Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, Poland, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Scotland, to name but a few locations.
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PGS is available to Virginia Tech Honors College and honors-eligible students from all majors (3.6 or higher cumulative GPA). Contact Dr. Paul Heilker (firstname.lastname@example.org) for possible exceptions.
The PGS application portal is open through the APPLY NOW link above. There is no deadline for applying. Rather, PGS works with rolling admissions until the program reaches its capacity of 36 students.
Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. Check with the University Bursar for credit hour rates for the appropriate term.
Please note: Students will need additional spending money. Previous students recommend a minimum of $2000.
Many scholarships and forms of financial aid are available to help defer some of the program costs, including some specific to Virginia Tech:
If you have any specific questions regarding PGS, please contact Dr. Paul Heilker, email@example.com.