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Summer Programs

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Short term bannerSummer study abroad programs provide students with flexible opportunities to study abroad on their own schedule through intensive instruction in an international context. There are many opportunities for summer study abroad through VCU including VCU faculty-led programs, VCU International Summer Institutes, featured partnership and external programs, and more! There are many different routes that you can take to go abroad for a semester and recommend that you begin with the recommendations below. You can also check out our program search tool and major advising sheets for additional semester options and connect with an Education Abroad Advisor.

When you begin your registration with VCU, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $250 Education Abroad Fee that is required for all 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.

VCU Faculty-Led Programs

Each year VCU faculty members lead study abroad programs with intensive instruction in an international context.
Program Location Area of Study
Barbados: Atlantic History and Culture Bridgetown, Barbados African American Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, English, History.
Germany Transatlantic Development Seminar Kaiserslautern, Germany Urban Planning (graduate students only)
Exploring Ghana Through the Lens of Art, Identity, and Social Justice Ghana Social Work.
Excavating Jerusalem: City of Three Faiths Jerusalem, Israel History, Religious Studies, International Studies, and Anthropology.
Fashion in Florence Florence, Italy Fashion.
Florence Revealed Florence, Italy Communication Arts.
Florence, Italy: Slowing Down and Getting Lost Florence, Italy Graphic Design.
Jamaica: Community Health Promotion (Service Learning) Negril, Jamaica Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science (HPEX)
Study General Physics Abroad in UDLAP Puebla, Mexico Physics
Eastern Africa: Development and Democracy
(Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda)
Multi-Country Political Science.
Global Perspectives: Design Thinking in a Cross Cultural Setting Dundee, Scotland Marketing.

VCU International Summer Institutes & Partnerships

VCU offers innovative, cost-effective programs with partner institutions abroad. These programs offer a wide array of courses in a variety of disciplines, in popular locations abroad.
Program Location Areas of Study
The American College of Greece (ACG) Athens, Greece Psychology, Theatre, Communications, Business, Political Science, English, and flexible options for students in many majors.
Sant'Anna Institute Sorrento, Italy UNIV, Italian Language and Culture, Biology, Environmental Studies, Communications, Business, and Arts

*Internships Available*
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milan, Italy Political Science, Marketing, Communications, Business, Italian Culture, International Relations, Health Sciences, Agriculture & Food
University of Nicosia (UNIC) Nicosia, Cyprus Animal Science, Art & Photography, Communications, Engineering, Religion, Digital Currency & Blockchain Tech, Geology, Greek Heritage, Health Management, International Accounting & Marking, International Relations, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Pre-Med
American Business School Paris (ABSParis) Paris, France Business, Political Science, Marketing, French Language & Culture, Management, Marketing, Intercultural Studies
Freie Universitat: FU BiS Berlin, Germany International Relations, History, Political Science, German language
Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA)     Florence, Italy Art History, Studio Arts, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Italian Language & Culture, Marketing
Chung Ang University Seoul, South Korea Koran culture, language, history
Kyung Hee University Seoul, South Korea Climate Emergency & Global Action. Peace & Civil Society. Globalism & Cultural Diversity
University of Westminster London, UK Many Majors
Theatre Academy London (TAL) London, UK Theatre

Featured External Programs (click to expand) >

In addition to VCU Faculty-Led and International Summer Institutes, students can explore other programs through our third party affiliates and other alternatives. Our affiliate providers offer programs, including internships, in a number of destinations, their sites are another great place to browse options, see links below: We recommend that you start by browsing the featured programs below, although keep in mind that you are not limited to these options. External resources like or will have more comprehensive listings of programs.  
Program Location Area of Study
CIS Abroad: Universidad Veritas San José, Costa Rica Biology, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, Pre-Health, Political Science, Spanish.
USAC: Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic European Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, History, Political Science.
International School for Jain Studies Delhi, India & Pune, India Religious Studies, International Studies, Philosophy
See flyers for more details: 
API: Universidad Nebrija Madrid, Spain Art History, Business, European Studies, Spanish language and culture.
Internship in Barcelona  Barcelona, Spain Internships available in Architecture, Art & Design, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Film and Television, Finance, Government and Politics, Health, Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Planning, IT and Computer Systems, Journalism and Media, Marketing, Advertising, and PR, NGOs and Non-Profit, Performing Arts, Social Work, Sports and Exercise Science (Contact Education Abroad Advisor prior to applying.)
Internship in Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica Internships available in Business and Economics, Education, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Health, Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Planning, Marketing, Advertising and PR, NGOs and Non-Profit, Performing Arts, and Social Work (Contact Education Abroad Advisor prior to applying.)
If you decide to participate in an external program, you are required to register your program with VCU Education Abroad in order to earn transferable credit and in order to be eligible to utilize funding resources through VCU such as financial aid and scholarships.  You may register your program by searching for the program in our program search tool or, if it is not a program in our database, by completing an Alternative program registration. Complete this form to register for a Virtual Study/Intern program