Villanova University Student Receives Prestigious Place at Fulbright Summer Institute in the UK

Villanova University student Ryan Weicht has received a place at a Fulbright Summer Institute

VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University student Ryan Weicht has received a place at a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.

Weicht—a rising sophomore in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences—has been selected by the US-UK Fulbright Commission to experience the UK on a three-week summer program. Students will be led by faculty from both institutions and senior figures from the private and public sectors. From the perspective of Scotland's status as an innovative country, participants will explore Scotland's culture, history, technology, and creative industries. The Summer Institutes form part of the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s work to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

“I was enthralled upon learning I received a place on the program,” said Weicht. “The opportunity to study at internationally leading schools is invaluable and will provide me with tools to be a leader and cultural ambassador in the future. As a Fulbright summer program participant, I hope to better understand the ways creativity, innovation, and technology impact the world on a global scale.”

Continued Weicht, “Engaging with a culture so comprehensively unique to me will greater enhance my ability to approach my surroundings with novel ideas and an open mind. I hope this work will enable me to resolve international issues in the future as well as build bridges between the United States and other cultures of the world.”

Fulbright Summer Institutes cover participants’ major costs and provide them with a distinctive support and cultural education program, including comprehensive pre-departure guidance, enrichment opportunities in country and an opportunity to be part of the Fulbright alumni network.

The Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards, the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “Study abroad is a truly transformative experience for so many of those who are able to participate in it. I know this year’s cohort will make the most of this opportunity to immerse themselves in British culture and I’m sure this experience will leave a lasting impression, on both the Summer Institute participants and on those they meet and mingle with during their time here.”

Fulbright initiatives at Villanova, which include the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the Fulbright Scholar Program, are administered by the University’s Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF). Fulbright applicants develop their proposals with the assistance of the CRF team—which provides both one-on-one consultations and group support throughout the application process, including conceptualization of projects, writing and revising proposals, and interview preparation and practice.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission:The US-UK Fulbright Commission was founded by diplomatic treaty in 1948, to foster intercultural understanding between the USA and the UK through educational exchange. It continues to support Senator Fulbright’s vision through scholarship and summer programmes, enabling British and American citizens to study, research or teach at universities on either side of the Atlantic. As part of the EducationUSA network, the Commission offers UK students free, accurate, and comprehensive information about opportunities to study at accredited universities in the USA. The Commission also delivers the Sutton Trust US Programme, designed to help high-achieving, low-income UK students explore US higher education.

About the UK Summer Institutes: Each year, the Commission supports up to 60 US undergraduate students to undertake demanding academic and cultural summer programs at leading institutions in the UK. This year the Commission is hosting the following nine Summer Institute programs at host institutions across the UK: AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare's Globe, University of Bristol Summer Institute, University of Exeter Summer Institute, Queen's University Belfast Summer Institute, the University of Westminster Summer Institute, the University of Sussex Summer Institute, the Scotland Summer Institute (at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde), and the Aberystwyth University Summer Institute in Wales. For more information, visit: http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to-the-uk/uk-summer-institutes

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.