VCU Globe at VCUQ
1 credit in GLED 391
3 March -11 March 2017
$2,300 (includes airfare) + 1 credit VCU tuition (program cost is approximate)
15 December 2016
Directed by Rachel Gable
, VCU Globe’s Assistant Director of Academic Programming, this program offers a unique opportunity for global engagement through participation in campus activities at VCU’s campus in Doha, Qatar. Students will participate in an Arabic language workshop, a special meeting with representatives from the US Embassy in Doha, and other social and academic activities coordinated with VCUQ students.
Course and credit options
Students will earn 1 credit in GLED 391.
The Education Abroad office will enroll students in the course upon receipt of the registration and approval of course of study by the program directors.
This course is an introduction to the central concepts of global engagement within the VCU Globe program. Students will examine the concept of culture broadly and will have an opportunity to focus specifically on American culture, Qatari culture, or one’s home culture. They will learn about communication styles across cultures and characteristics of the cultural communities in the Richmond Metropolitan area and in Doha, Qatar. Students will apply knowledge and skills from this course by completing 20 hours in the Richmond metropolitan area and interacting with students and visitors at VCUQ and in Doha, Qatar. Students will encounter a wide range of individuals and groups of people and have direct and substantive contact with worldviews and experiences different from their own.
As a result of this course:
- Students will be able to state and critically compare various definitions and components of culture and community in the contemporary world.
- Students will identify and be able to communicate factors that impact communication within and between cultures
- Students will identify and define cultural groups extant within the community groups with whom they are working.
- Students will exercise leadership and teamwork skills, such as adaptability and resourcefulness, effective means of communication, independent initiative, and organization within the context of global communities.
- Students will increase intercultural communication skills required to function as a global citizen/culture broker by developing abilities to navigate cultural and professional borders.
The program fee is $2,300 and includes the following:
- Round-trip airfare from Dulles International Airport to Doha, Qatar
- Shared accommodations in a hotel in Doha
- Some meals
- Admission to all excursions (including an excursion to desert)
- In-country transportation to/from airport and to all excursions
- Study visits and tours
- On-site Program Director support
- Pre-departure orientation
- International Student Identity Card
- VCU administrative fees
- Application deposit
The following are not included in the program fee. Students are responsible for:
- VCU tuition and fees
- Some meals
- Passport application fee
- Visa application fee
- Personal expenses during the program estimated at $300-400
- Anything not specifically mentioned above
Please budget for these additional expenses:
Airfare is included. VCU will book round-trip airfare for all participants from Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Doha, Qatar (DOH).
Students must be current VCU Globe students (who have successfully completed GLED 101 prior to departure date) and must have, at minimum, a 2.0 GPA in order to participate in this VCU Globe study abroad program.
Accommodations and Excursions in Qatar
Students will stay in a nearby hotel, and be transported to campus each day. They will have use of a VCUQ classroom. Students will be sharing their rooms with another VCU Globe student.
The program is directed by Rachel Gable, Assistant Director of Academic Programming, VCU Globe.
VCU tuition is charged separately and additionally at standard spring semester rates.
VCU students may apply for need-based financial aid to participate in this program. Contact VCU Financial Aid, Harris Hall; phone 828-6669; or visit their website
for more information.
Education Abroad Scholarships
Please visit the Funding Options
section of the Education Abroad website for detailed scholarship information.
A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, please consult the State Department's website
Payment of fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. The $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.
Students will receive two separate charges to their student accounts for this program. One charge will reflect the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and application fee); the other charge is for VCU tuition costs (based on the number and type of credits being taken by the student). These bills will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear in spring 2016.
While these charges may post to the student’s account simultaneously or separately, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.
Withdrawal procedures and financial commitment policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad. Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of or the entire program fee based on the following schedule:
- Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged,
- Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged,
- Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged.
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, please visit the CDC's website
VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Please visit their website
for full details.
Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.