Last updated on January 28, 2022
By: Trent Lieffring
For the first time since the spring of 2020, Vol State will be sending students to study abroad. Students will have the opportunity to travel to countries such as Ecuador, Ireland, and France for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The program is being offered through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TNCIS). TnCIS is currently accepting applications for Summer 2022 programs until February 11th.
“A lot of opportunity out there” said Ami Price, an English Faculty member at Vol State’s Cookeville Campus, in an information session for study abroad. When asked about what she wants students to take away from the opportunity to study abroad, Price said that she “wants students to have an experience to change the way they see the world.”
“Students connect to the material better.” Said Price when talking about the advantages that students will have in studying abroad. Students will have the opportunity to go to museums, walking tours, and to experience the environment that they travel to.
Study abroad scholarship opportunities are available for students who would like financial support in paying for the program. According to Vol State’s website, to be eligible for a scholarship you must meet the following requirements:
- Currently enrolled at Vol State
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Be in good standing with Vol State
- Be 18 years old at the start of the program
- Complete at least 12 hours of college level credit
- Complete the program application by the deadline
A scholarship application and an online recommendation form filled out by a Vol State professor or work supervisor is required.
With the Covid-19 omicron variant running rampant, Dean of Academic Support Rhonda Gregory said that she is “hopeful and optimistic that that will level off and that it will be safe for everyone to travel by May, June, July when study abroad happens” According to TnCIS, they “will continue to monitor the situation while planning for our Spring and Summer 2022 programs.”
For information about vaccination status requirements for studying abroad, please visit the TnCIS COVID-19 FAQs to learn more about the everchanging implications of Covid-19. For additional information on study abroad, visit tncis.org or reach out to Ami Price through the Vol State Employee Directory