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.
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.
Applications are now being accepted for summer 2022. If interested please email Katie White.
The program runs mid-May through the month of June while students serve as a sustainable development research interns in the Ecuadorean highlands. This fully-funded opportunity is designed for six undergraduates interested in development or international work, economics, statistics, or pursuing graduate education. Student interns design and administer surveys to rural Andean farmers to assess sustainable farm management practices in the region. Students interns then prepare and present a final report about their research findings.
- Program requirements: 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, an academic transcript and two references. Please email all listed documents to Katie White to be considered. Deadline is October 29, 2021.