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NOVA-Led Study Abroad is Back! Deadlines are in February 2022. Apply now!

New Opportunities

  • Frederick Douglass Fellowship
  • Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship
  • Virtual Student Federal Services (VSFS) Internship
  • Virtual Internship Program Integrated Language Programs

NOVA Opportunities Abroad

  • Film in the Czech Republic
  • International Business, Accounting, and Blockchain in Cyprus
  • Study Abroad with George Mason
  • Study Abroad in Scotland
  • VCU Education Abroad

Independent Study Abroad Opportunities

Excited to study abroad? You should schedule an appointment with the Office of International Education & Sponsored Program (OIESP) to discuss your plans to study abroad. If you choose to utilize a third-party provider or work directly with an institution abroad, there may be a requirement for OIESP to approve your application. To receive this approval, you must meet with OIESP to assess your current academic standing and readiness to study abroad. This will be in collaboration with your academic advisor. Please contact Leeza Fernand, Associate Director OIESP.

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COVID-19 Update

We value the opportunity to provide students with a positive and safe study abroad experience. As NOVA prepares to return to campus for Fall 2021, the decision has been reached to resume all NOVA-Led study abroad programming for Summer 2022. You may chose to undertake independent study abroad opportunities as soon as Fall 2021. We look forward to working with you to reach your study abroad goals. Reach out to our office for guidance!

Remember: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." – Saint Augustine

New Opportunity Alerts

2022 Frederick Douglass Fellowship

The application for the 2022 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is now open! We’d love to see a NOVA student selected as a Fellow. Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will explore conflict and injustice from various perspectives and the leaders who sought to affect positive change for their communities and their countries. Fellows will return to America with new perspectives on how effective leaders influence positive social change and inspired to be the catalyst for positive change in their communities and in our world.

What is the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship?The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship honors the legacy of the abolitionist and statesman with a fully funded summer study abroad program focused on leadership, activism, and cross-cultural understanding. Fellows for this prestigious award will be selected based on their academic achievement, communication skills, commitment to social justice, and demonstrated service to others.

Where will the Fellows go?This year’s cohort is co-sponsored by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to commemorate Douglass’s four-month journey around Ireland in 1845. The Fellows will be based in Dublin and travel to other cities where Douglass campaigned. Check out this video for highlights from the 2021 program.

How do students apply?We invite applications from first-, second- or third-year students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from ethnic backgrounds typically underrepresented on study abroad programs.

If a student chooses to apply to a CIEE administered independent Study Abroad, all eligible students who submit a qualified CIEE application automatically earn a $1,500 scholarship toward any CIEE summer 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023 program.

Eligibility Requirements: Be a current undergraduate freshman, sophomore or junior Have a minimum GPA of 3.00 Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident Identify as an ethnicity typically underrepresented on study abroad programs (e.g. American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander). Submit a complete application no later than February 14.

The application is online and due on February 14, Frederick Douglass’s birthday.

If you have questions, please contact Leeza Fernand – Associate Director, International Education and Sponsored Programs.

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship – Now Accepting Applications for 2022 Study Abroad! Apply by October 5, 2021!

NOVA Students, Jose Alvarez and Judith Obregon and Leonardo Villavicencio Received the 2021 Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship! You could be next!

Interested in Studying Abroad in 2022? The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students to study or intern abroad, providing you with critical skills necessary to be successful in the future. Gilman is now accepting applications for in-person and virtual study abroad programs and provides funding up to $5,000. You will find more information about the Gilman Scholarship here and the application here. The application deadline is Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 11:59pm Pacific Time for applicants whose in-person programs or internships start between December 1, 2021, to October 31, 2022. Apply as soon as you can!

Additionally, NOVA students who are child dependents of active duty service members have access to $5,000 through the U.S. Department of State’s Gilman-McCain Scholarship to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

To be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • An undergraduate student in good academic standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions)
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country and eligible for credit from the student's home institution
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations. Moreover, students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country or area with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory.
  • Be a child dependent of an active duty service member (Gilman McCain Scholarship Only)

NOVA has several study abroad summer programs and there are many external and virtual opportunities available! For questions, about the Gilman Scholarship and Study Abroad please contact Leeza Fernand, Associate Director – Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs at lfernand@nvcc.edu

2021 - 2022 Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) Internship – U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State is seeking the talent, fresh ideas, and digital excellence of U.S. college students. Virtual Student Federal Services (VSFS) Interns will increase the digital capacity of federal agencies participating, whether technically, artistically, or via increased communication. Interns have the opportunity to connect with each other and work collaboratively. VSFS is a nine-month, unpaid Internship. Internships are virtual, so students have a flexible schedule. The government needs the

VSFS Intern duties and responsibilities will vary according to the location and needs of each office and VSFS project.  VSFS projects may be research-based, contributing to reports on issues such as human rights, economics, or the environment.  They may also be more technology-oriented, such as working on web pages or helping produce electronic journals.  Students are expected to work virtually on an average of 10 hours per week on VSFS Internship projects.  Most work and projects are internet-based.

Requirements and additional considerations:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A high school graduate
  • In student status at an institute of higher education (part or full time)
  • VSFS Interns will not need to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance
  • No travel will be required

Applications are being accepted from July 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021. Apply here!

A valued partner in internationalization initiatives, the Asia Society has presented the following opportunities for students for 2021.

Virtual Internship Program –Fall 2021 Semester
Application Deadline Friday, September 3rd.

The Global Learning Collective is welcoming students across the world to participate in a virtual team-based internship contributing to a sustainable future for all. The main objective of the Global Internship Program is to connect talented students to solve real-world organizational challenges related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), giving students a platform to professionally and personally develop their intercultural competencies and prepare to become global leaders with the know-how to successfully navigate in a multicultural environment. The Global Virtual Internship experience promotes leadership development, intercultural competence, and immersive virtual learning. The Global Virtual Internship program is structured as a series of team-based consulting projects. Small groups of 4-6 students from different regions and backgrounds will be assigned to a project with a specific organizational partner from the Global Learning Collective network (Asia, Africa, Europe or South America) to develop a solution that corresponds to the SDGs assigned as a thematic focus.

Integrated Language Programs
Ongoing (on demand)

A summer Chinese language course with virtual *live* tours of historical and cultural sites as well as conversation sessions with Chinese students is also available on demand The instructor has traditionally traveled every summer with her students, and since they cannot travel to China, The Asia Institute is bringing it to them. Programs for Chinese, Japanese or Korean language learning are available. There is also a calligraphic (Shodo) program that explores of The Book of Five Rings for Japanese-learners – this is done in a highly interactive format.

Why Study Abroad?

It’s relevant... No matter what field you’re in, the chance to add a global context to your studies is invaluable to employers in an ever globalizing market.

It’s life-changing... Whether it’s for a week or a month, an opportunity to experience another culture will alter the way you view your own. Going abroad expands your understanding and interest in the world around you.

It makes a difference... Apply your skills in a way that makes a difference for a community that may not have access to reliable healthcare, technology, or other infrastructures and get credit for it at the same time.

NOVA Opportunities Abroad


International Business, Accounting, and Blockchain in Cyprus


Study Abroad with George Mason


Independent Study Abroad Opportunities

You may wish to pursue Independent Study Abroad Opportunities. While NOVA does not make program recommendations or endorsements, you may find the following directories for your search helpful:

This is not an all-inclusive list. Plan to take a significant amount of time researching institutions abroad that can help meet your academic, personal, and professional needs and make sure that you schedule an advising session with the Study Abroad Office before you get started.

Can I Use My Financial Aid?

If you are hoping to use financial aid for study abroad expenses you will need to visit a NOVA financial aid adviser to discuss the specifics of your aid package.

For summer study abroad programs, consider these additional expenses when you are planning your academic year fund distribution or apply for a Summer Pell Grant. Students who have used 100% of their academic year Pell could get another term if enrolled at least half-time in eligible courses.

To apply for federal financial aid to study abroad, the courses must be required as part of the student’s program of study. A financial aid adviser must approve specific eligibility.

529 accounts can typically be used to pay for expenses related to study abroad which include; tuition, fees, books, room, and board but usually not airfare. Check with your 529 plan administrator to confirm specific study abroad program coverage.

Veteran students, just like any other student, can benefit greatly from a study abroad experience. Many veterans use their GI Bill® benefits to help fund their credit-bearing study abroad experience. If you are interested in using your VA benefits to assist in the payment of your Study Abroad program, please review the VA Study Abroad Guidelines and connect with NOVA’s Military and Veteran Services Office.

Scholarship Opportunities

Critical Language Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. They focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to US national security, broadly defined and underrepresented in study abroad.

Freeman Scholarship
Accept applications from US citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate in any international education program that meets their academic objectives. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000

Explore the World Travel Scholarship
Hostelling International USA is offering recipients $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component. Must be a Pell grant recipient in the DC metro area. US citizen or permanent resident.

International Scholarships
A comprehensive financial aid, college scholarship, and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad. Provide a comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.

Scott’s Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship
The Scott’s Cheap Flights Study Abroad $1,000 Scholarship is open to any citizen and/or resident of the United States (and its territories and possessions) who will be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

A fully funded leadership seminar in an overseas location for outstanding students from Minority Serving Institutions. All qualified applicants will receive an additional $1500 scholarship to study abroad this summer, even if they’re not selected as a Global Fellow. To be eligible, you must be a first or second-year student with evidence of financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

US Intern Abroad Armenia Scholarships 

Offers undergraduate exposure to the global workplace through eight-week summer internships in Armenia. Students gain valuable insight and experience into the tourism/ecotourism sector and economic development in Armenia while developing professional and intercultural skills demanded by today's market. Internships are conducted in English, with placements available in nature conservation, preservation of wildlife, agribusiness research, cultural heritage, and environmental education.

US Intern Abroad Russia Scholarships

American Councils is pleased to announce that the Business, Technology, and Innovation (BTI) Scholarship offers travel, lodging, and tuition support for U.S. students participating in an American Councils summer internship program in Moscow. Undergraduates interested in business, innovation, or STEM fields are eligible to apply for scholarships of $3,000-5,000. Awards are made based on financial need, compatibility, and academic merit. No prior study of Russian is required.