Category Archives: Study Abroad

Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Panama Avian Field Ecology 2018

This 4-credit course will provide students with an immersive study of Tropical Ecology with a focus on bird ecology and conservation of coastal and mangrove ecosystems. While in Panama, students will visit and learn about four major ecosystems important to migratory birds including Panama Bay, coastal mangrove wetlands, tropical rainforest, and tropical cloud forest.

A unique blend of rigorous science and community engagement in both Panama and Richmond, participants will have opportunities work with local biologists, conservationists, and collaborators from other Universities as part of an international team of researchers.

Program dates: January 2 – January 15, 2018


Application form:

Study Abroad Spring Fair

Study Abroad Funding Tips and Tricks Workshop

The VCU Education Abroad Office will be holding a Study Abroad Funding Tips & Tricks Workshop focused on funding options for study abroad, how to strategize applying for multiple scholarships, and tips for creating competitive applications. This is great for students who are thinking about or planning for to study abroad at some point in their academic career at VCU. The VCU Financial Aid office will be presenting as well and can offer answers to students’ questions about how aid is applied.
2 February
Forum Room, Commons

Panama Avian Field Ecology


Study Abroad Fall Fair


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Spring Study Abroad Fair

Study Abroad Fair

Friday, February 19, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

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Want to study abroad this summer? The Global Education Office is hosting a fair to highlight the VCU Faculty-Led and Direct-Enroll summer programs! Students will have the opportunity to meet with students who have studied abroad, Education Abroad staff, and faculty leaders for summer programs. There will also be information about specific scholarships and funding, including the $500 incentive awards offered to the first 10 students who apply to any VCU short term or faculty-led program. Students from all disciplines are invited to come and enjoy warm drinks and snacks while learning about their study abroad options!
Please visit for more information.

ART+BIO Collaborative

The ART+BIO Collaborative, a Cambridge, MA non-profit organization, leads “Field Studies of Art+Nature,” immersive travel programs that integrate art and science. Our January 2016 program was a great success and had a record number of applicants. We are excited to offer a Spring Break section, which will take place this March. I’m emailing to promote this unique opportunity.  ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico will bring together a unique group of Biologists and Artists to creatively explore the tropical wildlife of the Caribbean.


ISLAND LIFE is a hands-on, immersive, project-based program that integrates biology and art in the field, at various environments in Puerto Rico. The focus of the program is to learn about Puerto Rico’s diverse wildlife through artmaking and field biology.  We travel to rainforests, dry forests, beach, coastal, coral reef, mangrove, and mountain environments.  The program involves multiple site-specific projects that integrate creativity, art and biology.

Dates: March 7-12, 2016
Info and Application:

This program is designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and all people interested in nature, art, and biology. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Writing Workshop

Dear colleagues and campus partners,
The Education Abroad Office, in collaboration the National Scholarship Office, is hosting a writing workshop for students interested in applying for the Gilman Scholarship. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program awards over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 (plus an additional $3,000 for critical language study) to undergraduates who study or intern abroad for a summer, semester, or academic year.
The Gilman Scholarship Writing Workshop will be this Friday, February 5, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in Classroom 2121 at the Grace Street Center (912 W Grace St). Advisors will help students craft an application that maximizes their chances of receiving Gilman funding and continues VCU students’ track record of success in writing nationally-competitive Gilman applications.
​Education Abroad would appreciate your help in promoting the workshop to your students. I’ve attached a digital flyer (as a pdf and jpeg) that can be distributed to students. If you’re interested, you could also post the following blurb and flyer into your social media accounts:
​Calling all Pell Grant recipients! Are you interested in studying abroad for a summer, semester, or academic year? The Gilman Scholarship offers awards up to $5,000 to fund international study for Pell Grant recipients. Come to the Gilman Scholarship Writing Workshop this Friday, February 5 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 912 W Grace Street, Room 2121 to gain tips and advice on how to craft a competitive application. Please contact with questions.

Thank you very much for your support and assistance!

Hannah Moon
Education Abroad Advisor
(804) 827-7882 (office)

Virginia Commonwealth University
Global Education Office
Grace Street Center, 4th Floor
912 West Grace St.
PO Box 843043
Richmond, VA 23284