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We encourage you to study abroad for an extraordinary experience away from campus. Programs are available across the world for you to travel for a week, a winter, a summer, a semester, or even for a year - all while working toward graduation.

Earn academic credit while you're away through faculty-led programs, enrollment in a bi-lateral exchange program, or direct enrollment in programs across the world.

See your advisor to learn more about upcoming study abroad programs and check out what is available from the Global Education Office.

Human Development Study Abroad Opportunities

Education Abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy

This program is offered by faculty in the Department of Human Development. Students and faculty travel and study in Italy. This program includes the following components:

  • Participate in an International Study Group in Reggion Emilia
  • Basic conversational Italian offered prior to the trip
  • Explore Italian culture and art
  • Tours of Florence, Parma, and Milan
  • Options to visit other Italian and European cities


International Summer Program in South Korea

This interdisciplinary program is offered by faculty in multiple college departments. Students and faculty travel and study for four weeks at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. You will learn about adult life, families, and housing and communities, and living arrangements across the lifespan through two courses and activities:

  • Housing, Family, and Community (3 credits)
  • Adult Life in Korean Society (3 credits)
  • Field trip sites include traditional Korean village, eco housing tour, intergenerational center, senior housing, and a kitchen and bath design center

International Dementia Care European Tour

This 4-week summer study abroad program offered by the Human Development and Family Science Department examines the global prevalence of dementia, national responses addressing care practices and policies, and multicultural approaches to care practices and policies.

  • The program includes site visits to multiple programs and dementia friendly communities in countries across Europe (Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, England, Italy and Scotland).
  • Complete one-credit pre-departure course in the spring covering logistics, expectations, program information, and Dementia Friend Training. 
  • HD 3954 International Dimentia Practice & Skills (3 credits)
  • HD 3954 International Dementia Policy (3 credits) 

Learn more here

Education Abroad Opportunities and Scholarships

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 Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere 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 abroad 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


The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences awards scholarships each semester for students participating in education abroad. Scholarships vary in value from $250-$1,000. 


Anita Lemon
Undergraduate Administrative Coordinator
366 Wallace Hall