Choose a Program
Familiarize yourself with VCUs travel restrictions.
Check out this Navigating COVID-19 Abroad page for tips on how to navigate the current uncertainties of international travel.
VCU Education Abroad offers flexible program options to allow students to find the best fit for their individual goals. Whether you want to travel for a week, a month, or a semester, there's a program for you! VCU Education Abroad is here to help you choose the program that's the best fit for your needs.
You can also research your options using Major Advising Sheets, the pre-approved courses database, and our program search tool. Note that our program search tool is not comprehensive--so if you don't see what you're looking for, try GoAbroad.com or email your Education Abroad Advisor for assistance.
Budget: Create a budget, and talk with advisors to accurately estimate how much a program will cost and determine what is feasible for you financially. Meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss what aid will be available to you. Be aware that semester-length programs are almost always more cost-effective than summer or break programs, because you aren't adding the cost of an additional term to what you're already paying at VCU - you're just replacing the cost of a semester at VCU with a semester abroad!
Location: What country or region are you interested in, and is there a program there that fits your needs?: Do you prefer a small town, or are you interested in experiencing a large city? Remember that just like in the U.S., the cost of living can vary greatly from city to city. A program in London may have a comparable rate for tuition to VCU, but the cost of living will be much higher than in Richmond. More off-the-beaten-track locations in the U.K., such as Bristol or Plymouth, are more affordable.
Program Length: How long would you like to go abroad? Program lengths can vary from a spring break, summer, semester, or year. It can be intimidating to go abroad for a semester or year - but students' #1 regret from studying abroad is that they didn't go for longer!
Housing: Would you like to participate in a homestay, live independently, or in a student residence hall? Be aware that in some locations, like many countries in Latin America, most students will live at home during university so options for apartments or residence halls may be limited.
Level of Support: Some programs, such as faculty-led programs, will offer a highly supportive environment with pre-planned excursions and a lot of structure. Others, like semester exchanges, will be much more hands-off and give you the opportunity to experience life just like a college student in your host university. And of course, there are plenty of options in the middle, as with third-party organizations like API or ISA.