The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Global Programs Office connects students and faculty to the world. Meaningful international engagement opportunities allow faculty and students to serve globally, enrich communities at home and abroad, and develop partnerships to address the most-challenging issues faced by society.






CALS in the World

Fulbright recipient Casey Molina during a recent visit to Chichen Itza, Mexico

Casey Molina
Fulbright recipient Casey Molina during a recent visit to Chichen Itza, Mexico.

Virginia Tech has its largest cohort of Fulbright U.S. Student grant recipients in university history, with five students and two alumnae participating in projects during the 2019-20 academic year. Recipients will conduct research, study, or teach abroad.

"The Fulbright program has an impressive record of providing opportunities to high-caliber individuals, enabling them to make significant impact on communities around the world," said Guru Ghosh, vice president for Outreach and International Affairs. "It’s exciting for Virginia Tech and for the Commonwealth of Virginia to witness a growing number of our students being recognized with this prestigious award."

Students learn about agriculture, food security, conservation—and themselves—during South Africa study abroad trip

Students get down in the dirt
Students learn about agriculture, food security, conservation—and themselves—during South Africa study abroad trip

“Agriculture and food security are the perfect lenses for the study of South Africa,” said Mark Reiter, who was one of two leaders on the trip. “Whether it is talking about race and the challenges of re-appropriating farms in the wake of apartheid, or it is examining conservation agricultural practices in an arid country with issues of food inequality, many of the challenges that make South Africa so interesting and dynamic are connected to agriculture. Agriculture is a common thread that unites us all.”

Thompson (right) recently led a group of faculty on a trip to Kenya, where CALS Global is building partnerships to improve food security.

Tom Thompson in Kenya
Thompson (right) recently led a group of faculty on a trip to Kenya, where CALS Global is building partnerships to improve food security.

The Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — which has long been a leader in empowering people around the world to produce sustainable food while increasing productivity — will become an even larger knowledge platform when it presents the Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Report® in 2019.

CALS in Service

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands explains how the university works inside the commonwealth and across the globe to help increase crop yields while reducing the use of toxic chemicals.

About CALS Global

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  • The vision of CALS Global is to ensure that CALS is recognized worldwide as a premier destination for agriculture and life sciences.
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