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Study Abroad

CLAHS Study Abroad Expo

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to connect with a different culture, experience new ways of thinking, and explore new places, all while gaining unique understanding and perspectives. Over 1,300 students study abroad each year, going on faculty-led trips, enrolling in international programs, or studying at partner universities.

The university remains committed to providing global learning opportunities. Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, all fall semester and winter session study abroad programs have been canceled. Updates for spring will be provided on the Global Education Office website.

Check out programs specific to your interests by reviewing the list below, visiting your department's study abroad page, or by searching the Global Education Office's programs.

Study Abroad

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Academic Credit

  • If you are on academic suspension, you may not take courses for transfer.
  • Credit hours transfer; grades do not
  • A limited number of credit hours may be transferred; see your course catalogue for more transfer credit policies
  • Major upper-level courses are more difficult to transfer than lower-level elective courses because there are not exact equivalents; you should plan to take most major courses at Virginia Tech (of the last 45 hours before graduation, only 18 can be transferred).

If you decide to take courses elsewhere and want to transfer them to Virginia Tech, you should follow these steps:

  • Complete the study abroad form, meet with your advisor, and obtain the required signatures.
  • Investigate the courses that you want to take; gather information about academic level, hours, and content. You can usually find this information on the institution’s website.
  • Submit the completed form to Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building, 200 Stanger Street, for Dean's Office approval. Please submit this form prior to studying aborad to ensure that the courses you take will have a Virginia Tech equivalency.
  • Request that your official transcript be sent to the Global Education Office (or ISEP if applicable). Transcripts MUST arrive in a sealed envelope:
    Global Education Office (room 131)
    526 Prices Fork Road
    Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA