NOVA to Administer Pre-departure Orientation for Fulbright Grantees

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Sponsored by U.S. Department of State

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will host a pre-departure orientation for Fulbright Program grantees from June 9-12 in the Ernst Cultural Center of the Annandale Campus.

The Division of Languages and Literature at NOVA-Annandale will lead the U.S. Department of State-sponsored orientation for 60 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants from all over the United States. The grantees will be traveling to Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Central Asia to teach English.

The pre-departure orientation will provide information on available resources, teaching methodologies for overseas classrooms, and classroom management skills. Grantees will also be given the opportunity to hear from Fulbright alumni, who will speak about their experiences, and participate in conferences via Skype with officials from U.S. embassies in their host countries.

Ambassador Richard A. Roth, senior advisor for the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will deliver the keynote address on Monday, June 10, at 9 a.m. Roth served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republics of Senegal and Guinea-Bissau from 2002-2005.

Sunday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 12

Ernst Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

The orientation is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Fulbright operates in more than 155 countries worldwide and has provided approximately 318,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in each other’s countries and exchange ideas. Approximately 8,000 grants are awarded annually.

The Institute of International Education administers the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, contact Josue Barrera at ECA-Press(at)state(dot)gov.

For Media:
Members of the media are invited to attend and will need to RSVP their attendance in advance to Jessica Baxter at 703-323-3288 or jbaxter(at)nvcc(dot)edu.


Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s website,

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