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FAQs

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What can I study?
VCU Education Abroad works with every major and minor at VCU. You can earn credit for your degree requirements, and stay on track with your graduation plan. You can start searching for a program in your major using the resources on our website.
 
Where can I go?
We work with programs all over the world, so there’s no limit on the locations that you can consider! You can use our map search to check out some of our most popular destinations.
 
How much does it cost to study abroad?
Costs vary from program to program, but most Rams who study abroad for a semester aim to pay the same in tuition and housing as they do for a semester on-campus. As long as you’re fairly open on location, there’s no reason that study abroad needs to cost more than VCU! Some programs cost even less than a semester at VCU.
 
Can I take my financial aid and institutional scholarships with me to study abroad?
Yes. VCU financial aid and institutional scholarships, such as the Presidential Scholarship, are fully portable for study abroad. If you have certain types of aid, such as the GI Bill, VA 529 plan, VA pre-paid tuition, or athletics aid, please tell your Education Abroad Advisor.

If you plan to study abroad for the summer, start planning early! Work with your Education Abroad Advisor and VCU Financial Aid to ensure that you have aid available for the summer term.
 
Will I get credit?
You should plan to with your Education Abroad Advisor and your academic advisor to ensure that you’re selecting a program that offers appropriate coursework for your degree plan. We will help you make sure that your credits are pre-approved prior to departure. You can consult the credit transfer page of our website for additional information.
 
When should I go?
VCU offers education abroad programs lasting as long as a full academic year, or as short as a spring or winter break. Most students will opt to do a semester (fall or spring) or a summer (usually four to five weeks) abroad.
 
When planning the best time to go abroad, you should consider your degree plan and your goals for your time abroad. Some majors are flexible on timing, while others will encourage you to study abroad in a specific term or year. You should work with your academic and education abroad advisors to determine the best timing for your individual situation.
 
Do I need to know a foreign language?
Not necessarily! Study abroad can offer an unparalleled opportunity to develop foreign language skills in an immersive environment, but foreign language competency is not required to go abroad. Many programs in non-English-speaking locations will offer academic coursework in English. And of course, there are many study abroad programs in English-speaking countries if that’s your preference.
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