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!
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.
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