Undergraduate Mary Cearley reflects on the benefits of study abroad and stepping outside one’s “comfort zone.”
Marjorie L. Crowell
Special Assistant for Planning and Outreach for International Programs
Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400308
Charlottesville, VA 22904
“As an international student, I have learned so much about different cultures—not just American but also my own. U.Va. reached out to make me feel welcome.”
–Revat Anandsongkit, mathematics and economics double major, Bangkok, Thailand
“I feel honored to attend a university with such a strong tradition and with people who are proud of that tradition. U.Va. is such a rich community. It’s the right place for me.”
–Yasminca Wilson, anthropology major, Somerset, United Kingdom
“I was looking to immerse myself in a college culture with self-development at its core. After coming here, I realized that U.Va.’s system of student self-governance was the exact thing I was looking for.”
–Batkhuu Dashnyam, foreign affairs and economics double major, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Global Programs at U.Va.
Short Takes from the Grounds
McIntire student Lydia Wang shares an international student’s view of being on Grounds.
Globalization has a profound impact on the ways in which the University builds knowledge and conducts research.
U.Va.ʼs aim is for global education to become increasingly integrated into the student experience and curriculum.
Students will learn to move from one society to another thoughtfully; communicate in multiple languages; work in
places that are international, diverse, and multicultural; and address the complexities of a global society.
Along with promoting study abroad, U.Va. will bring more international students and faculty to the Grounds to share their varied perspectives with the University community and participate in interdisciplinary scholarship and research. Private philanthropy will help the University achieve these goals—ensuring a faculty with global perspective and students prepared for work, life, and leadership on a global scale.
The University’s most pressing funding needs for its global education programs include the following areas
Center for International Studies
Make U.Va. a focal point and source for global scholarship, research, and other initiatives.
The Center for International Studies serves as a collaborative, interdisciplinary research center for faculty,
staff, and students from U.Va. and institutions worldwide who are seeking to understand and address the critical
problems of a global society, such as human rights, migration, conflict resolution, and race. The University seeks
gifts to bring international scholars to the Grounds to engage with students and faculty and advance strategic
academic and research partnerships. Private support will also advance on-Grounds collaborations spearheaded by the
centerʼs interdisciplinary Faculty Working Groups. These groups bring multiple perspectives to issues of global
importance and use these perspectives to inform their teaching, research, and public service. One such group—comprising faculty from art, archaeology, architecture, engineering, environmental science, medicine, and nursing—is examining water in the context of global change.
International Student Scholarships
Attract international students to U.Va. by increasing scholarship funding.
The ability to recruit academically promising students from around the world is vital to enriching intellectual
life on Grounds; increasing intercultural awareness among all students, faculty, and staff; and strengthening
U.Va.ʼs profile as an outstanding global institution. Yet, financial aid to attract international students to the
University is very limited. Private funding is essential for U.Va. to make progress in this important area.
Study Abroad Scholarships
Expand access to study abroad.
U.Va.ʼs study abroad programs enable students to gain an international perspective on their chosen academic
field or career path and to learn and practice important life skills—critical thinking, creativity, independence,
flexibility, resilience, and the ability to function effectively in different cultures. Private gifts—including
funds covering travel, living, and education expenses for study during the summer, a semester, or an entire year—will help provide these opportunities and remove financial obstacles for those students who wish to study abroad.
Selected Gift Opportunities
$1 million and above—Endow an international studentʼs four-year undergraduate education (a $200,000 one-time
gift funds four years)
$100,000 and above—Sponsor an annual flagship global conference and publication through the Center for
$50,000 and above—Attract a distinguished international fellow/scholar
$25,000 and above—Support interdisciplinary Faculty Working Groups on critical global issues
$10,000 to $20,000 and above—Fund new international teaching initiatives
$5,000 to $20,000 and above—Provide a study abroad scholarship /or Fund housing for an international student
($5,000 without board, $10,000 with board)
$2,500 and above—Provide support for emerging global opportunities
Marcus Simpson has created a new endowed scholarship for undergraduate international students studying at U.Va.’s School of Architecture. The scholarship is the first of its kind at U.Va.
Born and raised in Ireland and currently residing in Brisbane, Australia, Mr. Simpson said his life-changing undergraduate experience at U.Va. inspired him to create the Galsworthy Scholarship for international students, who tend to face unique barriers to financing their education in the United States. “I was fortunate to have received a general scholarship while attending U.Va. as an undergraduate, and it made a tremendous difference,” said Mr. Simpson. “U.Va. helped to shape the person I am today. I’m so glad now to be in a position to give back.”