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First-Year Passport Project

The Virginia Tech Global Education Office with support from the Institute for International Education is providing free passports to 50 Hokies. If you’re a first-year student who is receiving or eligible to receive a Pell grant, the First-Year Passport Project is designed for you.

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.

Mandatory Pre-Flight Orientation

Students participating on non faculty-led study abroad programs (this includes exchange, third-party, autonomous study, etc.) during Winter and Spring 2022 are required to attend Pre-Flight Orientation on November 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Goodwin Hall.

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

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.


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.

Study Abroad Week Recap

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Continue Exploring

Study Abroad Week has come to a close, but you can still continue your study abroad exploration. Access session recordings and more.

Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner

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

Support Study Abroad Students

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

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. 

First-Year Passport Project

Aryn Lovell with a passport.

Ever thought about seeing the world, but don’t have a U.S. Passport? Want one for free? 

Here’s your chance. Free passports for 50 Hokies!

If you’re a first-year student who is receiving or eligible to receive a Pell Grant, the First-Year Passport Project is designed for you. Click below to read full details and eligibility requirements.

Apply by December 1, 2021 to be considered for the program.

This program is supported by funding from the Institute forInternational Education and the Virginia Tech Global Education Office, a unit of Outreach and International Affairs.

IIE American Passport Project

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.

Student Experiences

Caitlin Huynh

“As an immigrant a first-generation student from Vietnam, I never thought studying at a university was something feasible, let alone participating in two study abroad programs. Thanks to the various scholarship opportunities, the financial strain was lifted off of me and my family.”

Caitlin Huynh