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Preparation Steps

As Hokies prepare for spring abroad experiences, the required Pre-Flight Orientation will look different this year. These steps are required for all students going on non-VT/non-faculty-led programs.

COVID-19 Updates

Virginia Tech has made the decision to cancel participation in all Winter 2020 study abroad programs. At this time, planning and recruitment for Spring 2021 programs can proceed. 

Spring study abroad programs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis

Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke has approved a recommendation by the Global Travel Oversight Committee to allow for the possibility of spring 2021 study abroad activities to proceed contingent upon program-specific reviews, public health and safety guidelines, and alignment with the university’s academic planning strategies for the spring semester.

The committee, chaired by Don Hempson, associate vice president for international affairs, will evaluate each program on its own merits, the risks inherent to the destination, and any mitigation policies and protocols in place.

Read the full campus notice.

As a global land grant university, Virginia Tech is committed to improving the human condition worldwide and educating students who will understand their connection to fellow humans everywhere and excel at working collaboratively on solutions to global problems. For this reason, we believe deeply in the value of international education experiences for our students, opportunities for them to connect with and learn from cultures beyond our own boundaries.

The pandemic has brought home to us the vital importance of this work. In these difficult, uncertain times, one question facing us has been the feasibility of study abroad programming in the immediate future.

After careful deliberation, the Global Travel Oversight Committee made its recommendations to university leadership and the following decisions were rendered by the provost:

  1. All 2020-21 Winter Session study abroad opportunities are canceled.
  2. Students, faculty, and departments should proceed with planning for all Spring 2021 study abroad opportunities.

While current CDC, Department of State, and host country restrictions make almost all study abroad impossible, we are hopeful that these restrictions will ease in the coming months. The university’s decision to encourage continued planning for spring programs is a clear statement of our commitment to returning to full study abroad engagement as soon as the world’s public health circumstances allow.

In our current circumstances, we urge you to consider carefully the financial implications of committing funds to a study abroad program. Further communication related to your specific program will be sent in the days to come.

We know that you will certainly have many questions about spring study abroad opportunities. Please refer to the Global Education Office  FAQ page for more information, and reach out to with questions.

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Ways to Connect

We’re committed to doing our part in keeping the community healthy and thriving.

The Pack Building at 526 Prices Fork Road, which houses the Global Education Office and the Center for International Research, Education, and Development, will remain closed to the public until further notice. 

During the pause to usual operations, we remain committed to supporting students and faculty.

Here are ways to connect to the Global Education Office:

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

By email:

By Zoom

Spring 2021 Zoom-in Advising Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

By social media: Direct messages can also be sent through Global Education social channels:

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

Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner

Virginia Tech is recognized with the IIE Seal of Excellence for achieving its Generation Study Abroad goals.

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

Study Abroad Week Recap

Continue Exploring

Study Abroad Week has come to a close, but you can still continue your study abroad exploration. Access session recordings and show your interest for various programs. 

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. 

Support Study Abroad Students

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


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.

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