The Virginia School-University Partnership has worked with Education First (EF) to provide opportunities for global travel so that VSUP members can learn about education in other countries and partner with foreign schools.

With the generous support of a number of local businesses, VSUP has sponsored trips for teams of educators from member divisions to India, China, Finland, and Germany in the last six years.

Click here to learn more about the Finnish Phenomenon – 2013 trip to Finland.

Click here to learn more about the itinerary for the trip to Berlin, Prague, and Munich in 2014.

Click here to learn more about the proposed trip to China in 2015.

Read on to learn about two great travel abroad scholarship opportunities for both educators and students THIS YEAR . . . .


2017 EF Professional Development Scholarship for High School Educators (Including Central Office Personnel Working with Grades 9-12)

Our Global Travel Partner, Education First (EF), sponsors a Professional Development Scholarship for Educators who work with students in grades 9-12.

One VSUP member educator is GUARANTEED to be selected for one of the fifty spots available in the national competition for this full travel scholarship.

The EF trip in 2017 tours Finland and Italy.

Winners will be selected on the basis of their interest in and commitment to global education initiatives within their state.

Learn more about the EF Professional Learning Tour to Finland and Milan

Application for Tour to Finland and Milan

Application Directions


2017 EF Global Citizen Scholarship for Students in Grades 9-12

Education First (EF) also sponsors a Global Citizen Tour for students in grades 9-12.

In July 2017, recipients of EF’’s annual Global Citizen Scholarship will travel for free to EF’’s Global Leadership Summit.

To apply, students create a video, digital media project, or essay that addresses the questions outlined on the attached flyer as well as on the Global Citizen Scholarship page on the EF website.

The DEADLINE for applications is Monday, November 7, 2016.

Click here for the 2017 Global Citizen Scholarship Flyer