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Application Process

Applying for a study abroad program can feel intimidating, but we do our best to make it as straightforward as possible! Remember that your Education Abroad Advisor is a resource to help you throughout the study abroad application process. If you’re ever not clear on the process or what your next step is, feel free to reach out to us.
 
Typically, study abroad applications will feel like a less-intensive, less-competitive version of college applications. Application requirements vary from program to program, but generally speaking you will need to give your program information about yourself; write a personal statement explaining your interest in your program; sign off on any necessary policy information; and submit an application fee. Deadlines will vary from program to program.
 
Your application process will be a bit different, depending on the type of program that you select. Generally speaking, there are two application tracks for study abroad programs at VCU.
 

Applying to VCU Exchanges or VCU Short-Term Programs

Applications are processed through the VCU Education Abroad office for two types of programs:
  • VCU exchange programs (for example, Curtin University, NID, or the University of the West of England)
  • VCU short-term programs (summer, spring, or winter break; for example, Italian Language and Culture in Perugia, Avian Field Ecology in Panama, or VCU Summer at the American College of Greece)
For these programs, you will submit one application through VCU’s study abroad application system.
 

Applying to all other programs

All other programs—whether a VCU direct-enroll semester program (American College of Greece semester, Macquarie…); ISEP; a featured external program; or any other programs through a third-party organization or university outside of VCU—will have a two-step application process.
 
You will submit an application directly to the university or program that is administering your study abroad program. Simultaneously, you will also need to formally register your program with VCU. Registering your program with VCU is required to maintain your enrollment, allow you to use financial aid, and transfer your credits when you get back. Your Education Abroad advisor will provide you with more information about your registration requirements once you’ve finalized your program selection.
 

Still unclear on how to apply?

That's okay! Contact your Education Abroad Advisor: we're here for you.
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