1. If a College of Engineering faculty member is coordinating the program you are interested in, contact the faculty member directly.
2. Visit Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office website to research other education abroad options.
3. Contact the Global Education Office to schedule an appointment with the Engineering Peer Ambassador. You can call 540-231-5888 or send email to set up the appointment. The Peer Ambassador will help guide you with program options, course transfers, and scholarship information.
4. Apply for the program you’re interested in. Application instructions can be found on the Global Education website.
5. Complete all required forms: the Hokie Sentinel: Global Travel Assessment, CISI health insurance, Liability etc. These forms must be submitted to the Global Education office prior to your departure.
6. Attend the mandatory pre-departure meeting sponsored by GEO to help prepare you for your experience abroad.
Course credit transfers depend on the program. Faculty-designed programs directly provide Tech credit.
If you wish to transfer credits back to Virginia Tech from a non-VT led program, follow these steps:
- Contact the College of Engineering’s Assistant Director for Educational Services, Ryan Wagoner.
- Complete a Transfer Credit Request Form, on which you list the courses you want to take abroad and the Virginia Tech equivalent courses.
- Submit a detailed syllabus for those courses which have not previously been evaluated by Virginia Tech. Faculty members will evaluate the syllabi, and you will be informed if the courses will transfer as you requested. You should allow 2-3 months for this approval process!
- After completion of your courses, request that an official transcript from the study abroad university be sent to Virginia Tech.
- Note that credit hours for approved courses transfer, grades do not; however, students must earn a minimum C or equivalent grade for the credits to transfer.
Although learning a foreign language is very valuable and can be an important component of an international experience, it is not a requirement for studying abroad. There are many English-language options available, both in English-speaking countries and in locations where English is not the native language. In addition, some programs include language courses along with research or engineering courses. Don't let the fact that you don't know a foreign language stop you from having an amazing cultural and educational experience.
Typically, the financial aid that you receive while you are at VT travels with you when you study abroad on programs for which you pay tuition and fees directly to Virginia Tech. This includes bilateral exchanges and ISEP programs. For non-VT programs, some forms of financial aid may transfer. In all cases, be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with the Global Education Office. You can get assistance with travel and living expenses by applying for the numerous scholarships that are available to students studying abroad. There are additional scholarships available on Global Education Office's Scholarships and Financial Aid page.
There are a number of variables that affect your graduation date, including how well you plan ahead, the length and timing of your study abroad program, and your particular academic situation. Work with the Global Education Office and your academic advisor to find the study abroad program that best fits your goals. Start planning as early as your freshman year!