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Application and Registration

HOW TO APPLY:

VT Faculty-led Search for your program and click on the 'Apply Now' button. Applications are only accepted during open application cycles. You can start the application, save your work, and return to it later by logging into your My Study Abroad account
VT Exchange Search for your program and click on the 'Apply Now' button. Applications are only accepted during open application cycles. You can start the application, save your work, and return to it later by logging into your My Study Abroad account
ISEP Exchange / ISEP Direct ISEP website
Third Party Third Party website
Autonomous Study Host university website
Other (internship, research) Program provider website
VT Faculty-led NOT REQUIRED (applying through the Global Education website completes your registration)
VT Exchange NOT REQUIRED (applying through the Global Education website completes your registration)
ISEP Exchange / ISEP Direct REQUIRED (after you’ve applied on the ISEP website, you will be contacted by the Global Education Office with registration instructions)
Third Party REQUIRED (register after you’ve been accepted to your program to access the mandatory VT forms on your My Study Abroad account)
Autonomous Study REQUIRED (register after you've been accepted into the host institution to access the mandatory VT forms on your My Study Abroad account)
Other (Global Research, Internship & Independent Study) REQUIRED for research, practica, internships/externships, field work, or conferences that contribute to your Virginia Tech degree or professional activities (register after being accepted to your program. You can then access the mandatory VT forms on your My Study Abroad account)”

*If you’re not registered, you may jeopardize your transfer credit, the release of your financial aid, and you are not in compliance with Virginia Tech's policy regarding health, safety and risk management

VT Faculty-led
Application deadlines vary and are unique to the program you selected
VT Exchange
  • For fall: February 15
  • For spring: September 15
ISEP Exchange
  • For fall: January 25
  • For spring: August 25
*Your application is due by the dates above, not the dates on the ISEP website, as we need to process and approve your application prior to the ISEP deadline
ISEP Direct
  • For fall: January 25
  • For spring: August 25
*Your application is due by the dates above, not the dates on the ISEP website, as we need to process and approve your application prior to the ISEP deadline
Third Party
Application deadlines vary: check with the Third Party providers
Autonomous Study Application deadlines vary: you can often enroll until close to the start of the academic year

FAQ

Usually a semester before the term you’re planning on going abroad

If you're not completely sure you'll be going abroad, then you can register for VT classes (as a backup in case your study abroad falls through). If you end up going abroad the Global Education Office will notify the Registrar's office to drop your classes. We will then place you in a so-called 'placeholder course' so that you maintain your VT student status. This also goes for students who are sure they're going abroad and therefore chose not to register for VT classes at all.

Yes, you can for example apply to a VT exchange and Third pary program simultaneously, HOWEVER be aware of (non-refundable) application fees that may apply

Even if you do not meet the GPA eligibility criteria, you are encouraged to consult with the contact for the specific program to see if you can still apply to the program. Often there will be a case by case evaluation to see if there are good reasons for a low GPA. You might be required to submit a personal statement or a letter of recommendation.

We always encourage you to check with the program’s point of contact as sometimes there is some deadline flexibility

Whom should I ask to write my letter of recommendation?

  • You can ask a Virginia Tech professor / advisor, or someone outside Virginia Tech (i.e. supervisor, employer, core academic high school teacher, coach, mentor, contact from an extracurricular organization, church or community members). We do not recommend asking family or friends. 
  • It should be someone who knows you well, who has worked with you closely and who can speak to your skills. The programs and universities are particularly interested in an assessment of your intellectual ability, academic motivation, maturity, interest in off-campus study, and adaptability to a different academic and social environment. 
  • Check if your recommender has the time to write a detailed and positive recommendation. 

How do I request a letter of recommendation?

If a letter of recommendation is a part of your study abroad/scholarship application, then you can email a recommender through your Study Abroad account (guidelines for the recommender will automatically be included). 

What should my recommender include in a letter of recommendation?

Recommenders will be provided the following:

“You are requested to provide an evaluation of the student’s qualifications. We strive to allow students to study abroad and to support students who pursue an experience that contributes to fulfilling their academic goals and needs, who demonstrate cultural curiosity and who can serve as citizen diplomats for the U.S. and for Virginia Tech.

We would appreciate your evaluation of the candidate. Please comment on the applicant in terms of the following:

(a)  Academic suitability for study at an institution abroad, where the classroom culture will no doubt require some degree of adaptation (for instance, there may be less structure and guidance in the learning process; the professor-student relationship may be quite different; feedback may be much less frequent; etc.)

(b)  Personal suitability for living in an unfamiliar atmosphere, without the accustomed network of support (if you have examples of the student’s ability to consider and treat with respect differing points of view, to navigate ambiguity, to be personally resourceful in handling unforeseen difficulties, to empathize, and so forth, these would be very helpful)

(c)  This candidate’s promise for deriving benefit from the study abroad experience, both academically and personally

(d)  Particular strengths and potential areas of vulnerability in this candidate, with regard to his/her ability to thrive in the study abroad environment

(e)  Any other factors that you would like to highlight about this candidate

Please do not refer to a specific type of exchange program or a specific university. Your letter may be sent to an institution that is not the applicant’s first choice." 

Where should my recommender submit the letter of recommendation?

Recommenders will be prompted to upload their letters to your My Study Abroad account. If they prefer, they can also send their letter to the Global Education Office by email: vtabroad@vt.edu and we will then attach it to your account.