Category: Events

Call for Program Submissions: International Education Week

The Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) is partnering with Cranwell International Center (CIC) to coordinate this year’s International Week @ Virginia Tech (VT), November 14-18, 2016. This coincides with the nationally recognized International Education Week (IEW), which is a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education.

International Week @ VT is an opportunity to showcase the university’s growing global diversity and commitment to internationalization. We are requesting program submissions that do just that. We encourage submissions of a wide range of information sessions, workshops, seminars, tours, presentations, and more from a diverse representation of departments, centers, student groups, and the broader community for inclusion in the 2016 International Week Schedule of Events. Events taking place during the weekends before and after IEW will also be included. Please submit your event by no later than October 11, 2016 at 5pm to be included in the event calendar and other promotional materials.

How do I submit my program?

You pick the topic, a date and time between November 14-18 (or the weekends before and after), and secure the location, and then submit your event on GobblerConnect. As you prepare your program submission(s), Cranwell International Center is available to serve as a resource by offering feedback and/or ideas. Please contact Lia Kelinsky at


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VT International Week March 21-27th!

The Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) has partnered with Virginia
Tech’s international clubs to sponsor events and programs for this years International
Week – all events are open to the public!

International Week Event Line Up

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Student Fellowships for 52nd AIARD Annual Conference

We are fortunate to once again offer the Future Leaders Forum, in conjunction with our 52nd AIARD Annual Conference, thanks to the support of USAID. This year’s application is online at

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS is April 12, at 11:59 p.m., Pacific.  Fellowship recipients will be notified via email [shortly after selection process is completed on April 30].

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development administers this competitive fellowship program to provide partial financial support to students attending both: 1) the AIARD Annual Conference (June 5-7) and 2) the annual Future Leaders Forum in Washington, D.C. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who have a demonstrated interest in international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions.

These fellowships are intended to enhance the students’ understanding and appreciation of issues and opportunities in international agriculture and rural development. The objectives of the program are to:

•    Facilitate student attendance and participation in the AIARD Annual Conference in Washington, DC.;
•    Broaden student vision and help build a broad array of social/cultural, economic and scientific skills required to become an effective 21st century professional in international agriculture and rural development; and
•    Facilitate career visioning and networking by providing a day and a half of visits to DC-based agencies, companies and organizations engaged in international agriculture and rural development;

Applications for scholarships are evaluated by an AIARD committee. As noted above, fellowships are intended to only partially cover expenses related to travel, lodging, registration fees and meals, so students receiving the fellowships will be responsible for obtaining additional funding to cover the total costs of participation.

This program is open to students attending US universities (both US citizens and foreign nationals) who are interested in international agricultural and rural development positions.

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University College Dublin meeting March 17th!

University College Dublin, Ireland

Thursday, March 17th   9:30-11:00am  Wallace 328

Meet with Dr. Tara Magdalinski from University College Dublin.  She would like to talk about the possibility of an exchange as well as summer study abroad programs.  Virginia Tech and UCD have an active student exchange agreement but it is specific to only Biosystems Engineering and Architecture.  We are exploring the possibilities of expanding the agreement.  She will also be meeting with students at 4:00pm in Wallace 328.

Undergraduate education programs:

  • Agriculture, Food & Nutrition
  • Business and Management
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Health and Medicine
  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
  • Architecture, Planning and Urban Studies
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Sports & Performance
  • Social Science

UCD also has short-term summer programs:

  • Architecture, Art & Design
  • Nursing
  • Sport and Exercise
  • Summer Internship Programme
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Ag Sector Council Seminar Feb 17 at 9am

February 17, 2016 9:30-11:00 AM EST

Join InnovATE online or in-person in Washington, D.C. for this month’s Ag Sector Council Seminar on Feb. 17, 9:30-11:00 AM EST. The seminar is “Building Linkages in Agricultural Education and Training through Systems Thinking.” The application of systems thinking to agricultural education and training (AET) is critical to sustainable agricultural development. By understanding complete AET systems and the connections within them, practitioners can account for more variables and better influence agricultural development outcomes. This approach can help any practitioner integrate AET within their work, particularly for gender, youth and workforce development.

AET systems include formal education (primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational/technical institutions) as well as nonformal education (extension and workforce development) and informal education (on-the-job training and day-to-day self-learning). The February Ag Sector Council Seminar will discuss the five AET linkages and demonstrate how they can be built into projects. These connections include those between:

  • Theory and practical instruction
  • Curriculum and workforce/industry demands
  • Educational institutions at different levels
  • Different management systems such as governmental, NGO and parochial
  • AET and extension systems

The discussion will also include examples of AET systems in practice. Presenters will showcase successful cases and how they are developed. Practitioners of all types of program will learn how to think through how their work can be bolstered by AET. AET practitioners will gain insights into other programs and the overarching role of AET in Feed the Future. Please join us for a lively discussion starting at 9:30 AM EST, and if you are in DC, for a coffee networking hour at 9 AM EST.

Register on Agrilinks:

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Call for Applications: Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security


U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2016

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program will hold its fifth annual Summer Institute on Global Food Security Sunday, June 5- Saturday, June 18, 2016 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. This two-week learning program is for graduate students who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of graduate study and be enrolled in a U.S. institution at the time of application. U.S. citizenship is not required.

Applications are available at the program website.

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Study Abroad Show at the XYZ Gallery

Opening Reception on Friday, November 6th from 5-7 pm

Come see a collection of posters, photographs, and renderings from the 2015 Visual Communication Design Study Abroad trip, from the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. (Also, there will be chocolate)

Study Abroad Postcard

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Fall 2015 Study Abroad Faculty Leader Training October 15th and 16th

The Fall 2015 Study Abroad Faculty Leader Training will be offered on two days (October 15 and 16) at the OIRED Conference Room at 526 Prices Fork Road from 9:30 am to 1:45 pm. Faculty Leaders need only to attend one of the days (Oct 15 or 16). Lunch will be provided. These sessions are primarily for those leading trips in Wintermester and Spring 2016.

Currently, the policy for attending this training is once every 3 years. While the upcoming sessions are not required for all, there are new people to meet and new policies and procedures to learn about so it is highly recommended all faculty leaders attend one of the next four sessions offered.

We have capacity for ~30 faculty per session. Even though we’ve designated the Fall sessions for those with Wintermester and Spring programs and the Spring sessions for Summer and Fall programs, anyone can attend any session as long as there is room. Also, those who are involved in a administering our study abroad programs, i.e. support staff, College Liaisons to GEO, etc. are also welcome to attend.

Please contact Randy Penson ( and tell him which session you plan to attend. As we get closer to the sessions, he will inform the participants of who will be catering lunch and the meal choices.

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International Safe Zone and Mental Health First Aid Training

Global Education is collaborating with the Office of International Research, Education, and Development for an International Safe Zone 101 session and with Cook Counseling Center for a Mental Health First Aid session for faculty program leaders, bilateral exchange coordinators, college international liaisons and those involved in international education and/or student advising.

The curriculum for these sessions will be very resource-focused and scenario driven. We’d like your input as to whether you’d be interested in attending, which times are best suited, and what questions or concerns you may have.

If interested, please provide input through the following survey:

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Global Education Office e-Newsletter

read it here!

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