Students Accomplishments

Student Accomplishments

  • Jessica Wamala
    Jessica wins Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Jessica graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in May 2013, with majors in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, and Global interdisciplinary studies. She is now pursuing a M.A. in political science at Villanova. Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, on Saturday announced the names of the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States. Jessica Wamala (Milford, N.H.) became the third Villanova University student-athlete in the institution’s history to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.
  • Fiona Grugan
    IGIS and Latin American Studies Double-Major, won the prestigious Alejandro Reyes Scholarship Competition for 2012. The Alejandro Reyes Scholarship Award is given annually to a junior for excellence in Latin American Studies by the Pan American Association of Philadelphia. The winner is chosen by a competition among students from the area colleges and universities. Fiona was presented with the Award and a check for $1,500 on April 12 at the Union League of Philadelphia during the celebration of the Pan American Day Event by the Pan American Association.
  • Casey Richards
    IGIS, Casey Richards has been awarded the Gilman Scholarship for her studies abroad in Japan. In addition to the Gilman Scholarship, Casey Richards has been offered a prestigious State Department Internship.  Casey’s internship will take her to the Marshall Islands. Her blog contains detailed information for other students who plan to travel abroad in Japan.
  • Jerisa Upton
     IGIS and Honors major with a minor in Chinese Studies is a  Presidential Scholar and Critical Language Scholar. She has been selected as a 2012 Boren Scholar (http://borenawards.org/boren_scholarship) to study abroad in China through CIEE's Advanced Chinese Studies Program at Peking University during the 2013 spring semester.  Jerisa began her study of Chinese independently through self study in seventh grade and tested into Advanced Chinese as a freshman at Villanova. Receiving the Critical Language Scholarship as a freshman, Jerisa has demonstrated her commitment to intensive language study and understanding Chinese culture, politics and beliefs through full immersion.
    The summer of 2011  Sophomore Jerisa ,  participated in a Chinese Speech Contest at Beijing Normal University and was awarded third place out of the 42 contestants in the category. This magazine published her speech on their website!!
  • Weddy Worjroh
     IGIS and Sociology major Weddy Worjorh has been awarded the Villanova Fulbright Scholarship for 2012-13.



Critical Language Students

  • Hayley Aron
    A Japanese Studies student,  (JPN Intermediate class) was accepted by Critical Language Scholarship Program. Hayley , who is minoring in Japanese in the Japanese Program, IGIS (Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies), was granted a scholarship from the Overseas Research Centers Council of America through the U.S. Department of Education to study in Japan in the summer of 2012. This is a very competitive scholarship and we congratulate her on her accomplishment.
  • Kali Cook, Rachel Horton, Manhattan Ishimi, Hyo Youn Kim, Patrick Borja-Navarrete and Matthew Virts.were 2012 JNHS-CC inductees from Villanova University. These students were in the Japanese Program, IGIS (Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies), were inducted by AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) for the 2011-2012 academic year.
    The Japanese National Honor Society – College Chapter (JNHS–CC) recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language. The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) is pleased to assist teachers with a way to recognize their outstanding students, to maintain high standards in Japanese language education, and to promote activities that give students ways to use their language skills on their campuses and in their communities.
    Students who are nominated for membership receive Certificates of Excellence and red-and-white cords to wear at graduation, and they are recognized on the AATJ website and in its newsletter. Sponsoring instructors also receive recognition.

News & Events

Applications are still being accepted for the 3 week, three credit summer course, Russian Culture in Context taught for one week at Villanova and for two weeks in Russia.  ...Read more..


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“Asia’s Global Intersections”   42ND ANNUAL MID-ATLANTIC REGION ASSOCIATION FOR ASIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE AT UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE - November 1-3, 2013   

Call for Papers 2013. http://www.maraas.org

Study Abroad - Kansai Gaidai Spring Semester 2012

GIS Senior, Russel Miller, won first prize for his video in Japan.