We encourage students to pursue international experiences to promote personal and professional growth by experiencing different cultural perspectives and economic systems. Opportunities for international study abroad programs as well as international research exist and we are happy to help students discover which program is right for them.

Study Abroad:

Virginia Tech's Global Education Office facilitates educational opportunities at hundreds of universities around the world and The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' Global Programs Office offers CALS-specific study abroad opportunities that emphasize agriculture. 


International Research:

Sustainable Development Research Internship:

Spend six weeks in Ecuador (mid-May through the month of June) as a sustainable development research intern. This fully funded opportunity is designed for six undergraduates interested in development or international work, economics, statistics, or pursuing graduate education. Students will design and administer surveys to rural Andean farmers to assess sustainable farm management practices in the region. Students will then prepare and present a final report about their research findings.  

  • Program requirements: Working knowledge of Spanish, sophomore or junior standing.
  • Program cost: Participating students will receive payment for travel, housing, and meal expenses. 
  • Program structure: Students are required to complete a three-credit research methods course at Virginia Tech in the spring before they travel abroad. 
  • Application process: Students must provide a cover letter, resume, and an academic transcript. Apply for the Ecuador program here