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Pandemic offers lessons in resilience

In a normal year, students on study abroad programs experience tremendous growth as they navigate new cultures and environments. Add a global pandemic to the mix, and the experiences become all the more life-changing

Alyse Johnson

Alyse Johnson on a bridge in Zurich, Switzerland.
Alyse Johnson during a weekend visit to Zurich, Switzerland. Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, the senior public relations major spent four months in Switzerland and Rwanda in spring 2021. Photo courtesy of Alyse Johnson

COVID-19 Updates


Individual Study Abroad During COVID-19

Virginia Tech Policy 1070: Global Travel Policy,  does not authorize any university-supported international travel to locations where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Travel Health Notice Level 3 or higher. Also, Policy 1070 does not authorize student university-supported international travel to locations where the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory Level 3 or higher. Students that wish to study abroad in a high-risk location can petition for an exception to policy.

Passport Delays: Apply Now

Mail delays are impacting processing passport applications. Routine service can take up to 18 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. The 18-week timeframe includes up to 12 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing times on the front and back end.

How will you take Virginia Tech global?

Getting abroad starts here.

Ways to Connect

Weekly advising hours:
If you are sick, please do not come for in-person advising. Connect with us on Zoom.
By phone or email:

(540) 231-5888 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or

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Should personal circumstances require an in-person meeting, please contact us directly. In-person appointments will be offered on a case-by-case basis.

Student Experiences

Casey Molina

“Study abroad was something that always seemed financially out of reach for me, but because of the Global Education Scholarship I was able to study abroad for a whole semester. It changed my life and has opened me up to more opportunities to expand my education experiences to a global scale. It not only paved the way for my study abroad experience, but shaped my experience at Virginia Tech overall.”

– Casey Molina, multimedia journalism, studied abroad in Switzerland, Rwanda, and the Dominican Republic

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    Steger Center for International Scholarship

    Located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, the Steger Center for International Scholarship offers study abroad programs to students, as well as opportunities for Virginia Tech faculty and staff members to develop programs of their own. 


    The Fulbright program gives both students and faculty the opportunity to study or conduct research in over 100 different countries around the world. The campus Fulbright advisor can be reached at the Global Education Office.

    ISEP Partner

    Virginia Tech partners with ISEP, a non-profit organization, to break down financial and academic barriers and make study abroad accessible and affordable for everyone.

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    Help more Hokies access study abroad opportunities. To designate your gift to the Study Abroad Scholarship Fund, click the button below.

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