Office of Global Studies and Engagement


Fort Valley State University’s Office of Global Studies and Engagement is invested in supporting the internationally focused goals of our university’s students, faculty, and staff. Our office prepares domestic and international students to be successful in the global economy and provides them with opportunities for cultural immersion experiences both on campus and abroad. Our office also provides robust support to faculty members and staff engaged with international programs and partnerships.




Mission Statement

In keeping with FVSU’s mission, the Office of Global Studies and Engagement (OGSE) was established to support faculty, students, staff, and other stakeholders on their journey to global citizenship. We are committed to empowering students to expand their horizons through global academic opportunities and supporting the culturally and economically diverse student population excel in today and tomorrow’s global community.  Our goal is to ensure that FVSU students will graduate with global competence, empowered to showcase their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to thrive in our rapidly changing world and international job markets.

Meet the OGSE team

Rayton Sianjina, Ph.D. - Director

Dr. Rayton Sianjina is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in various leadership roles within higher education. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Leadership and Supervision and has served as Dean for College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. His expertise lies in areas like leadership, management, grant funding, and classroom instruction. Dr. Sianjina is also known for his dedication to mentoring students and teachers, and his ability to positively influence outcomes in educational settings.

Meet with me!


Henry A. Hunt Memorial Library - Room 327

1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, GA 31030

Andrea Lara - Program Specialist

Born and raised in Spain, OGSE’s Program Specialist knows all about living and studying abroad. Her journey in Global Education started when she was young, participating in a short-term study abroad program in the United Kingdom. Later, on a full study-abroad scholarship, she moved to the United States for her junior year of high-school where she lived with an American host family. In college, while pursuing her B.A. in International Relations, she completed an Erasmus + internship abroad; and then attended Diplomatic School in Spain. Now, she has landed at Fort Valley dedicated to help students write their own stories in global education, from applying to scholarships and choosing the right program, to navigating international travel and more.

Meet with me!


Henry A. Hunt Memorial Library - Room 323

1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, GA 31030

Bridgette Conner – Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Conner brings over 10 years of experience working with academic department faculty chairs to Fort Valley State University. Although Mrs. Bridgette Conner recently arrived in October of 2023, she has been able to provide superb support to the Office of Global Studies and Engagement activities.  While being led by Dr. Sianjina, Bridgette has assisted Global Studies and Engagement in the International Education Week program which highlighted FVSU’s participation in internationalizing our students, staff, faculty, and community.  Mrs. Conner has reached out to many departments on campus to increase visibility and gain support to expand the OGSE students and faculty’s ability to travel the world representing FVSU.


Henry A. Hunt Memorial Library - Room 325

1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, GA 31030



The Office of Global Studies and Engagement is located on the third floor of the H.A. Hunt Memorial Library.
Contact hours are Monday-Friday 8 AM – 5 PM

You can either meet wit us here, make an appointment, contact us by email at or by phone at (478)-822-1008.

There are multiple ways to fund your trip. Our office has gathered information on different scholarships and grants available for study-abroad. Also, make sure you read "Funding your trip".

The process to get started can seem overwhelming, but we are here to help! Come see us at OGSE, we’re on the third floor of the Library building and our door is always open! You can also start by talking to our Global Ambassadors on campus.

After speaking with one of our Global Ambassadors and/or OGSE faculty members, you will have a good idea of the next steps needed whether that be scholarship applications or Go Global; Study Abroad club meetings.


This initiative is supported by the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program grant (Title III, Part B, of the U.S. Department of Education Act of 1965, as amended)