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Study Abroad 101 Presentation, September 2019
Study Abroad 101 presentation during Study Abroad Week 2019.

Getting abroad starts here.

There are many considerations that factor into the decision to study abroad. Luckily, there are several campus resources supporting your dreams of making study abroad a reality. We invite you to review the information and resources below to start your study abroad journey on the right foot. 

Images depicted were taken prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Studying Abroad - 'That Moment of Awe' 

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Donald Hempson, associate vice president for international affairs, explains why Virginia Tech values study abroad as a key component of the student experience. 

The Global Education Office is part of Outreach and International Affairs.

10 Study Abroad Considerations

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There's a lot that goes into the decision to study abroad and not one size fits all.

Join Global Education Advisor Shelby Dodd and learn how to use the Reflect, Research, Connect, and Apply process to find the right study abroad program for you.

Study Abroad 101 Webinar

Recorded on September 21, 2020

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Think study abroad isn’t possible for you? Hear from the Global Education Office on the who, what, why, when, where, and how of study abroad.

Join Global Education Advisor Shelby Dodd and Peer Advisor Gillian Rowland to learn more about options for incorporating global learning into your Virginia Tech experience.

Stories of Hokies Going Global

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COVID-19 Reflections

Earlier in the spring, we asked a few of our students (now alumni) to share their thoughts about the impact of COVID-19 on study abroad.

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Study Abroad and Your Professional Development

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Studying abroad has a positive impact on career and skill development. The statistics support it. 

Join Jonathan Byers, assistant director in Career and Professional Development, and Caitlin Cook, European programs coordinator, as they discuss study abroad and your future professional life.

Global Safety & Risk Management in Study Abroad

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What role does safety play in study abroad ? What are steps you can take prior to departure to mitigate risk abroad? What about COVID-19? What happens if there's an emergencgy abroad?

Join Allie Oberoi, assistant director for global safety and risk management, and let's talk about it.

What is an Exchange Program?

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Virginia Tech has over 50 student exchange partnerships with institutions around the world.

How do exchanges work and is it the right study abroad program type for you?  Hear from Kaitlin Common, graduate assistant, and Tyler Pugh, peer advisor, to find out.

Learn more about exchange opportunities on the virtual fair pages.

What is the Fulbright Program?

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The Fulbright program gives both students and faculty the opportunity to study or conduct research in over 100 different countries.

Hear from two Fulbright grantees  - Casey Molina and Brittany Nichols about their Fulbright Experiences. Both presentations were recorded in 2019. 

For more information, contact Marielle Wijnands.

Why Study at the Steger Center

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Join Caitlin Cook, European Programs Coordinator, and past study abroad participants as they discuss reasons why you should study abroad at Virginia Tech's Steger Center for International Scholarship.

The Steger Center is the university’s European center and base for operations and support of its programs in the region. Located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, the center is home to several study abroad programs for students.

Student Life at the Steger Center

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Join the Steger Center Student Life Coordinator as she discusses how students can spend their time outside the classroom while studying abroad at the Steger Center for International Scholarship.

The Steger Center is the university’s European center and base for operations and support of its programs in the region. Located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, the center is home to several study abroad programs for students.

Meet the Global Education Student Team

Recorded September 25

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Hear from the Global Education Student Team and learn more about their study abroad experiences in this conversational panel session. 

Featured panelists:

  • Gillian Rowland
  • Cameron Cabral 
  • Casey Lynch
  • Tyler Pugh 
  • Kayla East 

Moderated by Rommelyn Coffren, assistant director for communications and marketing.

Funding Your Study Abroad

Recorded September 25, 2020

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Don't let costs be the barrier to your international experience. Join Marielle Wijnands, assistant director for students services, Caitlin Cook, European programs coordinator, and Tyler Pugh, Global Education peer advisor and multiple scholarship recipient, to learn helpful tips on how to find funding opportunities to support your study abroad.

Global@Home Resources

As much as we would like for every student to study abroad, for some, an international experience is not feasible. 

The Global@Home resources connect students to opportunities that allow for global learning while at home.

Peace Corps

Virginia Tech is among the top 20 large universities providing Peace Corps volunteers for two years of international development service. 

For more information, contact Anne Patterson, Peace Corps Recruiter.