Affiliate and Alternative Programs
Affiliate and alternative programs cover a diverse range of program types, academic disciplines, locations, and price points—there are literally thousands of options! An affiliate program means that VCU has an established and articulated agreement with that program; you can search VCU’s affiliate programs in our Program Search. VCU does not have an agreement already in place with alternative programs.
Regardless of whether you participate in an affiliate or alternative program, VCU Education Abroad will assist you with registering your plans with VCU; maintaining your VCU student status while you’re off campus; and securing financial aid. Your adviser can also provide you with information about preapproving the courses you take abroad to transfer back to VCU. In order to receive credit for your courses abroad, VCU must receive an official transcript from your host institution or program provider.
Affiliate ProgramsVCU Education Abroad has established affiliation agreements with several trusted program providers. You may be eligible for special scholarships and discounts as a VCU student. Provider programs, like those listed below, typically offer a supportive and structured environment with on-site staff and planned excursions.
- U.S. universities
You may go through another U.S. university’s study abroad program. Universities with large study abroad departments often recruit students from around the country. We recommend that you begin your search by considering programs sponsored by other universities in your home state as the cost may be based on in-state rates.
- Foreign universities
Applying directly to a foreign university is also an option if you have an interest in a specific area of study or a particular region of a country. Directly enrolling in a university overseas can be logistically challenging, but gives you a truly immersive view of life as a student in your host country and in some cases may be more affordable.
- Independent study abroad program provider
There are many study abroad providers with whom VCU does not have an affiliation agreement, but who run high-quality programs. You can review a list of recommended alternative providers below.
The following websites can be used to search for education abroad programs:
Consider the following Alternative Programs in which other VCU students have participated: