Types of Education Abroad Programs
There are four types of programs available:
- Semester exchange programs include VT Exchange and ISEP Exchange
- VT Faculty Led programs are held by VT faculty at both Steger Center for International Scholarship (Steager Center) and Caribbean Center for Education and Research (CCER)
- Non-VT programs include many options with third party and direct enroll programs (non-VT organizations and universities)
- Non-credit bearing programs include opportunities through internships, service learning, and working abroad
Special Programs for Human Development Students
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
Consortium of Universities for International Studies
Virginia Tech participates in this program for business and communication undergraduate and graduate students. Based in Italy, CIU features a residential campus and faculty from 40 U.S. universities. More information is available at www.cimbaitaly.com.
Transferring Courses from International Institutions
- 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).
Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere
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 238 Wallace Hall 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.
- Upon completion of the courses, request an official transcript to be sent to the Virginia Tech Registrar’s Office.