COVID-19 Updates for International Travel & Study Abroad

Spring and Summer 2020 (credit-bearing study abroad and co-curricular programs)

Covid-19 Update

Important Announcements

University officials are monitoring reports of COVID-19. This is an ongoing issue. See the University COVID-19 page for the latest information.

Message from the Director

Dear Global Education community,

The last few weeks have brought unprecedented global developments causing anxiety and concern for many of our students, families, faculty, staff, and partners. We want to take a moment to thank all of you for your understanding. We share in your disappointment over canceled programs, early returns home, and experiences that did not occur. While our focus is still on the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we understand that you may have questions about the future of study abroad programming.

We cannot know with certainty what the timeline will be moving forward. The situation evolves daily, at times hourly. We are responding first to the immediate needs of our students — both domestic and international exchange — and appreciate your patience as all concerns are addressed. We are making every effort to be transparent in our communications while providing the most up-to date and accurate information. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Global Education website. Please also refer to the university’s COVID-19 page for the latest information and announcements.

How will you take Virginia Tech global?

Getting abroad starts here.

Virtual Advising

In- person advising is suspended for the remainder of Spring 2020.

The GEO peer advisors are holding virtual advising sessions via Zoom during the following hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 2:30 p.m. -5 p.m.

Steger Center

Steger Center

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.

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

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Courtesy of Outreach and International Affairs

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  • For Area, select "University"
  • For Fund, select "Other"
  • For Designation, type Study Abroad Scholarship Fund 

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