Global Perspective through Personal Commitment
The Presidential Global Scholars program (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 both toward students’ Pathways general education requirements and their Honors Laureate Diploma requirements. The course of study consists of:
UH 1504: PGS Pre-Departure Seminar
ITAL 1105: Elementary Italian
UH 2504: Discourse and Global Citizenship
UH 2514: Quantitative/Computational Thinking and Global Citizenship
UH 2524: Natural Sciences and Global Citizenship
UH 2544: Social Science and Global Citizenship
UH 2554: Humanities and Global Citizenship
UH 4994: Undergraduate Research
ITAL 1106: Elementary Italian
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.
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.
When open, the PGS application portal is available through the APPLY NOW link above. There is no deadline for applying. Rather, PGS works with rolling admissions -- ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served -- until the program reaches its capacity of 36 students.
Please note: Students will need additional spending money. Previous students recommend a minimum of $2500.
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.