Faculty-Led and Summer Programs

VT Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Open to all majors, this trip is a great opportunity to enhance your Spanish language ability by staying with a host family for two weeks. Join this faculty led trip and learn more about Costa Rica's history, culture, and language. Contact Dr. Annie Hesp for details.

VT Paris France
Paris, France

Earn six credit hours while honing your French and exploring the City of Lights. Appropriate for any level, this trip will give you a rich experience of French culture. Click here to learn more.

VT Berlin Germany
Berlin, Germany

Earn six credits while living with host families in Berlin, practicing German and experiencing the city. The program features a variety of cultural events as well as frequent travel including a final week in Munich and the Alps. Click here to learn more.

VT Bologna Italy
Bologna, Italy

This five-week program in the historic city of Bologna is for students at the 2000 or 3000 level in Italian. Students take intensive language courses in the mornings and go on cultural excursions led in Italian in the afternoons. Click here to learn more.

VT Kyoto Japan
VT in Japan

This five-week program provides instruction in Japanese language and culture and includes guided tours of historical sites, traditional performances, weekend trips, and intensive language and culture immersion in Japan. Click here to learn more.

VT Daugavpils Latvia
VT in Latvia

Enrich your study of Russian by taking classes at Daugavpils University in Latvia. You will stay with a host family and participate in cultural programs including excursions to Dinaburg Fortress and Mark Rothko Art Center, Svente Mansion and Armor Museum, and Rundale Palace and Bauska Castle. Click here to learn more.

VT Oman
VT Arabic: Oman

Earn up to 12 Arabic credits by studying in small, intensive classes, conversing with Omani language partners, and learning about local customs, current issues, values, and business life through lectures and cultural excursions. Click here to learn more.

VT Senegal
VT in Senegal

Classes are offered at all levels, giving you a broad understanding of Senegal's arts, history, religion, politics, literature, cinema, and fashion through interdisciplinary lectures in English. Click here to learn more.

El Camino
Spain: El Camino

Join us as we hike for more than 300 km across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. This program features the medieval pilgrimage followed by two weeks of classes and home stay with families in Santiago de Compostela. Click here to learn more.

VT in Spain
VT in Spain

The program is held at Estudio Sampere in Madrid, which is centrally located in the capital. You will also participate in cultural visits around Spain on the weekends. Click here to learn more.

Exchanges and Other Programs

Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador

Spend one or more semesters studying at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Click here to learn more.

Caen, France
Caen, France

Université de Caen is located in Normandy, France, not far from the D-Day invasion beaches and less than two hours from Paris by train. Click here to learn more.

Oviedo, Spain
Oviedo, Spain

Study for the semester, year, or summer as an exchange student at the Universidad de Oviedo. Oviedo is a small university town in the northern Spanish autonomous community of Asturias. Click here to learn more.

Chinese Language Institute
Guilin, China

Join the Chinese Language Institute and learn Chinese through one-on-one language training and complete immersion. Affiliated with Guangxi Normal University, the institute delivers intensive mandarin, college study abroad, china seminar, and teach in china program options. Click here to learn more.

Global Education Office Study Abroad
Global Education Office

There are many other opportunities for you to study abroad. Programs range from a few weeks to an entire academic year. Click here to learn more.

Education Abroad Opportunities

Types of Education Abroad Programs

Consortium of Universities for International Studies

Virginia Tech participates in this program for business and 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.

Academic Credit

Transferring Courses from Other 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:

  1. Complete the study abroad form, meet with your advisor, and obtain the required signatures.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Upon completion of the courses, request an official transcript to be sent to the Virginia Tech Registrar’s Office.