PRESIDENTIAL GLOBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
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.
Global PERSPECTIVE THROUGH PERSONAL COMMITMENT
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
JOIN US AND...
Learn how to be a global citizen
Experience different cultures
live the european experience!
Modules are hands-on learning experiences taught by some of Virginia Tech’s best award-winning, distinguished professors. Students conduct independent research on global issues throughout Europe. Topics covered during the semester include Italian Language and Cultures; Global Affairs; Science and the Global World; and Discourse and Global Society.
Presidential Global Scholars is not your everyday campus course. It is an immersive cultural experience.
Live in the elegant Villa Maderni and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps, all while discovering the influence of volcanoes in southern Italy, enjoying a boat tour in Lugano, exploring the arts in Florence, or savoring French, Italian, or German foods in the local regions.
Earn course credit
PGS students earn 21 credits toward their Pathways to General Education requirements and 19 - 25 credits toward their Honors College Diplomas.
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If you have any specific questions regarding PGS, please contact Paul Heilker, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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:
If you have any specific questions regarding PGS, please contact Dr. Paul Heilker, email@example.com.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Dr. Paul Heilker
Faculty Fellow for Curriculum Development