Presidential Global Scholars
Gain a global perspective through personal commitment
The Presidential Global Scholars program (PGS) is a collaborative living-learning and research community in which ambitious Honors students work together, with award-winning faculty, and with the resources and opportunities in Europe and beyond to better understand the world and what they might accomplish in it. The purpose of PGS is to help students discover, commit to, and act upon a compelling personal interest in a pressing transcultural issue.
PGS Program Information
PGS courses are hands-on learning experiences led by some of Virginia Tech's most distinguished professors. All courses count both toward students’ Pathways general education requirements and their Honors Laureate Diploma requirements.
PGS provides immersive cultural experiences made possible by a full semester abroad. Students live in the elegant Villa Maderni at Virginia Tech's Steger Center for International Scholarship amid the beauty of the Swiss Alps.
Program travel includes extended trips to Rome and Naples and frequent visits to Milan. PGS builds in significant time for small group and individual research and recreational travel as well. PGS students take advantage of inexpensive airfares from Milan airport to travel to Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, Poland, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Scotland, to name but a few locations.
- VT Spring 2024 Tuition and Fees: Same as the student pays to attend VT in Blacksburg.
- Steger Center Room and Board: To be determined (2023 cost = $7,400).
- Presidential Global Scholars Program Fee: To be determined (2023 cost = $3,500).
- Round-trip Airfare: Approximately $1,000.
Please note: Students will need additional spending money. Previous students recommend a minimum of $4000. Many scholarships and forms of financial aid are available to help defer some of the program costs, including some specific to Virginia Tech like the Global Education Scholarship, Steger Center International Scholarship, and the Steger Center Room Fund.
How to Apply
To apply, contact Dr. Heilker. There is no deadline for applying. Rather, PGS works with rolling admissions — ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served — until the program reaches its capacity of 30 students.
PGS is available to Virginia Tech Honors College and honors-eligible students from all majors (3.6 or higher cumulative GPA). Contact Dr. Heilker for possible exceptions.
If you have any specific questions regarding PGS, please contact Dr. Heilker: