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Intern & Research Abroad

There are many incredible opportunities to intern and research abroad! Some programs allow you to add an internship or research component to other coursework. Some programs offer standalone internship and research opportunities. Connect with an Education Abroad Adviser to learn more! 

Funding opportunities for credit-bearing internship and research programs:
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards the cost of internships and research programs so long as the credits will be applied towards their VCU degree. Work closely with your VCU Academic Adviser and Education Abroad Adviser to approve internship or research credits for transfer back to VCU. The Baldacci, Buerlein, Gilman, and Presidential International Education Award scholarships are all applicable to internship and research programs. Individual program providers may also have scholarship offerings. Please visit our Funding page here for more information about these scholarships and how to apply.
Non-credit bearing international internship and research programs are not eligible for financial aid.  

When you begin your registration with VCU, you will be prompted to pay the $250 Education Abroad non-refundable fee that is required for applicants to all education abroad programs. Please do not pay this fee until you have been accepted into your program and are sure you will participate.

Credit-Bearing International Internships

Internship Opportunities Areas of Study Terms Available
ABSParis (Paris, France) Marketing & eCommerce, Finance, Tourism, Hospitality, Sports, Fashion & Luxury Retail Summer (must also participate in the Spring semester)
Sant'Anna Institute (Sorrento, Italy) Business, Psychology, Communications, Biology & Arts
Customizable options for many majors
Semester, Summer
SRISA (Florence, Italy) Fine Arts, Mass Communications Semester
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy) Business, Mass Communications Semester
University of Westminster (London, England) Fashion, Business, Mass Communications, Psychology Semester
API (many locations) Options for many majors Semester, Summer
CEA Study Abroad (many locations)  Options for many majors Semester, Summer
CIS Abroad (Thailand or Ireland) Options for many majors Semester, Summer
SAI Programs (Italy or Spain) Options for many majors Semester, Summer
ISA Programs (many locations) Options for many majors, including STEM and Engineering Semester, Summer
USAC (many locations) Options for many majors Semester, Summer
Puentes Abroad (Argentina & Uruguay) Options for many majors (Spanish not required but will allow for more internship options). Summer
Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (Brazil) Options for STEM and Education
Email for more information.

Credit-Bearing International Research

Some of VCU's exchange partners provide opportunities for VCU students to conduct research at their international universities.  If you are interested in pursuing a specific area of research abroad, please reach out to Sarah Carrier ( for assistance in determining which partner universities may be able to provide research opportunities for you.
Research Opportunities Areas of Study Terms Available
University of Nicosia (Nicosia, Cyprus) Health Sciences, Engineering, Business, Mass Communications, Humanities
Opportunities for many majors 
Semester, Summer
CEA Study Abroad (Spain, Argentina, or Italy) Personalized research opportunities and independent study projects
Opportunities for many majors
TEAN (Auckland, Australia) Humanities Summer
EuroScholars (Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland) Options for many majors Semester
Arcadia Abroad (Spain, or the UK) STEM research projects Summer
SIT Study Abroad (many locations) Opportunities for students focused on critical global issues Semester, Summer
School for Field Studies - SFS (many locations) Opportunities for students focused on environmental research Semester, Summer
Please note that this page contains links to organizations outside of VCU.  Not all are affiliated with or endorsed by VCU.