Through March 3.

As students think about their options for study abroad this summer, the Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education Office and VCU Libraries present the Views from Abroad Photo Exhibit on the Cabell Big Screen.

Views from Abroad showcases a selection of images from the annual photo competition hosted by the Education Abroad office. The show debuts Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Views from Abroad will be on display through March 3. The display will be running continuously on Tuesday, Feb. 7 when students will be attending the study abroad spring fair 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Shafer Court Dining Center or to contact the Education Abroad office at

The annual photography competition challenges students to capture the lessons they learn abroad through imagery. Photos submitted reflect the many ways in which VCU students are engaged globally and provide a glimpse into study abroad through the eyes of the university’s students. To see the complete collection of entries Photos are submitted in seven categories:

  • Academic and Community Engagement: academic or service-learning experiences
  • New Horizons:  a new or unfamiliar experience that deserves to be shared
  • Open category:  photos that capture the spirit of study abroad
  • People Abroad: locals within a culturally unique context
  • Rams Abroad: individuals sporting VCU gear
  • Shared from Abroad: Any Instagram photo tagged with #vcustudyabroad is eligible for a staff pick section that will then be voted on by the public
  • Students Abroad: students interacting with the local population
  • Worldview: a landmark or landscape that is clearly identifiable as an international location

The photo competition has received more than 1,100 entries since its inception in 2003. Entries are uploaded to the Education Abroad Facebook page, and judging takes place by the greater VCU community by “liking” the photos. The photo with the most “likes” in each category wins.

Entries over the years

The 2016 winners

This posting was written by Renee Russell, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Global Education Office

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