Thursday, November 17, 2011

VT offers many study abroad opportunities

By Lauren, Admissions Advisor, class of 2011



No matter where I am on the eastern coast - New Jersey, New York, or even Richmond, Va., - there is one question I hear at almost every college fair:

“Does Virginia Tech offer education abroad?”

The answer is an enthusiastic YES!

If fact, education abroad at Virginia Tech has its home in the "Outreach and

International Affairs Offices" building on Prices Fork Road., right across the street from campus.

With about 80 different countries to visit, and programs ranging from one week to one year, there is a program out there for everyone.

If you are studying biology, why not consider spending some time in Valdivia, Chile, to study coastal environments? Or if you are a geography major, why not check out the land and scenery in Galway, Ireland?

Maybe even take a trip to Alexandria or Cairo, Egypt, to enhance your knowledge on architecture.

There are even programs all over the world for engineering students, such as one in the Dominican Republic!

The list goes on and on.


Most students do their study abroad junior year, but it is never too early to get started with the process. Just contact the education abroad office to schedule an appointment, at least a year before you plan on studying abroad so you can have plenty of time to prepare for your exciting and educational adventure!


When it comes to costs, make sure you know what type of program will best suit your economic needs.


For most in-state students, Bilateral Exchange is the most cost effective path, since you are paying the Virginia Tech tuition wherever you go. However, out-of-state students might want to consider VT Direct, in which students directly enroll into the host universities.


No matter which path you choose, don't forget to check out scholarships and financial aid available for your particular program.


Happy travels.

Or should I say…

Bon voyage!


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Unlock the Transfer Process

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting two events for students interested in transferring to Virginia Tech during the month of November: Transfer Open House on November 12 and Transfer Visit Day on November 18.

If neither of those dates fit your schedule, we hope you will visit us during one of our regularly scheduled admissions information sessions and campus tours.

We hope you will decide to apply to Virginia Tech. Please note that the transfer application deadline is February 15. For more key dates and deadlines and to see more info regarding the application process, please visit www.admiss.vt.edu/apply/transfer.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Insights

Laptop orchestra, Tibet, Kenya, art, music, creativity, helping others, the people college -- these are on a few words and phrases that come to mind when describing the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Whitley, Hokie Ambassador and Communication major.

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For those who wish to transfer to Virginia Tech's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences know that there is a team ready and waiting to help you transition from your current college to Virginia Tech!

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech is one of seven colleges for transfer and freshman students.

You can choose from several majors including
  • Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • English
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Humanities, Science, and Environment
  • International Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre and Cinema
If you have a desire to join our alumni who are making their mark in the worlds of business, industry, entertainment, education, government, and research, consider the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

College of Engineering Insights

Michael, Hokie Ambassador and Civil Engineering major.
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Virginia Tech is a university that consists of seven colleges for transfer and freshman students. New students can choose from 70 programs of study within these seven colleges.

The College of Engineering is one of the seven colleges that offers majors for freshman and transfer students at VT.

One of the great things about Virginia Tech's College of Engineering is its philosophy: "Hands-on, Minds-on." This philosophy is demonstrated in the classroom and the Ware Lab, which is a building where students can work on their various ground-breaking design projects. From autonomous robotics to energy-saving devices, hundreds of engineering students frequent the Ware Lab for hands-on learning.

Learn more about the Ware Lab here: www.eng.vt.edu/warelab

Check out the College of Engineering majors and see if anything sparks your interest!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sam's story: "At Virginia Tech you are not a transfer student, you are a Hokie"

By Samantha, a student in the Pamplin College of Business
Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management

I became a Hokie in the fall of 2009 after spending two years at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Va.

The whole idea of starting at community college and then transferring to a four-year school was not what I had in mind as a high school senior. But as I know now and am constantly reminded, things do not always go as planned.

Staying home for the first two years of my college education turned out to be a blessing in disguise. During that time I grew up, and I came to realize that I was not as ready to leave home as I thought I was. In fact, after I had finished with my associates at TCC, I started to second-guess my decision to go away for my remaining two years. I was comfortable at home, I had friends and family and a continuous support system whenever I needed. I felt like I was leaving everything I had worked so hard to build over the past two years just to have to start again.

All it took was one last visit to Virginia Tech's campus before I was scheduled to start in the fall to reassure me that Tech was the right fit. I learned very quickly that at Virginia Tech you are not a transfer student, you are a Hokie. Everyone is a Hokie and we are all a part of the Hokie Nation. Orange and Maroon constantly flood the campus and the sense of community that takes place in Blacksburg is unlike anywhere else.

Virginia Tech has taught me more than the lessons learned inside the classroom. I have learned how important it is to be opened minded to all opportunities you are presented with.

To all you potential and new Hokies out there, I'd like to share a few things that I have learned since becoming a Hokie. Whether you chose to become a Hokie as well by transferring to Virginia Tech, I hope you will take these small pieces of advice with you:

  • Be proactive; take the time to introduce yourself and meet with your professors and advisors. It will help so much in the long run.
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions. Ask as many as you'd like and ask them more than once if you have to.
  • And finally, don't blink. Wherever you decide to transfer, know your time as a student is going to fly by. Make sure you take the time to make the experiences all your own. Fill your time with memories, whether good or bad, and get involved.

Remember, you are the only person responsible for your transfer experience.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pamplin College of Business Insights

Michelle, 2010 Admissions Advisor, discusses the Pamplin College of Business.
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Virginia Tech is a university that consists of seven colleges for transfer and freshman students. New students can choose from 70 programs of study within these seven colleges.

Pamplin College of Business is one of the seven colleges that offers majors for freshman and transfer students at VT. The Pamplin College of Business offers 5 of the 7 most recruited majors at VT. And, the college has its own
career services director to assist students with
career development.

There are study abroad and internship opportunities for students in the Pamplin College of Business. Also, there are more than 20 student organizations specific to the Pamplin College of Business.

U.S. News and World Report's annual survey of undergraduate programs, "America's Best Colleges" ranked the Pamplin College of Business No. 42 among the top 50 business schools.

This college has 8 majors:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

College of Architecture & Urban Studies Insights

Transfer students can choose their major from seven colleges - more than 70 programs of study at Virginia Tech.

With that said, some of the seven colleges have schools. The College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) contains four schools:
  1. The School of Architecture + Design

  2. The Myers-Lawson School of Construction

  3. The School of Public and International Affairs

  4. The School of Visual Arts

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is highly competitive. The most competitive majors within this college include those within the School of Architecture + Design (architecture, interior design, industrial design, and landscape architecture). Students who have a high A average and have a minimum combined SAT score of 1250 (critical reading + math) will find that they are most competitive for the degree programs within this school.

There are 11 student organizations specific to the CAUS. Check out the education abroad opportunities.

The School of Architecture + Design

The School of Architecture + Design contains four majors:

  • Architecture - This is a five-year, studio-based bachelor degree program that is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. Design Intelligence ranks this program #2 in the nation. Learn more

  • Interior Design - This is a four-year bachelor degree program accredited by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. Interior design is not about learning how to pick the right paint color to go with the furniture in a room. Interior design is about designing the construction and finishing of buildings. Design Intelligence ranks this program #9 in the nation. Learn more

  • Industrial Design - This four-year degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Design Intelligence ranks this program #13 in the nation. Learn more

  • Landscape Architecture - This five-year bachelor's degree program engages students in planning and designing sustainable landscapes across a wide range of projects and scales - from gardens to regional landscapes. Design Intelligence ranks this program #15 in the nation Learn more

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction currently provides undergraduate students with a bachelor's degree in building construction. This degree program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. The program is designed to prepare graduates with both the technical and managerial aspects of the construction industry. Learn more

The School of Public and International Affairs

The School of Public and International Affairs offers two degree programs:

The School of Visual Arts

The School of Visual Arts offers three degree programs: art history, studio arts, and visual communication and graphic design. From ceramics to 3D animation, your creative juices are sure to flow in this school.

Check out this video by Justin, a Hokie Ambassador and junior majoring in Sociology, discussing Fall Open House.

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