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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 beginning a registration for a VCU Education Abroad Program, participants will be prompted to pay the following non-refundable fee. Please do not pay this fee unless committing to this program and participation.
  • $250 Education Abroad Administration Fee: required for applicants to all education abroad programs

VCU Faculty-Led Programs & International Summer Institutes

Each year VCU faculty members lead study abroad programs with intensive instruction in an international context. VCU also offers innovative, cost-effective programs where a VCU faculty member teaches a course at our international partner institutions.
Program Location Area of Study
Industry and Cultural Immersion Experiences in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina Engineering/STEM
Understanding Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems in Brazil Brazil STEM Education, Environmental Studies, Biology
Cannes Lions Festival Study Abroad Program: The Power of Creativity Cannes, France Brandcenter
VCU Summer: International Chamber Music: Colombia Cartagena, Colombia VCU Department of Music please note this program is by invitation only and a non-credit bearing program.
France Nuclear Reprocessing and Technology France Engineering
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
International Consulting Program Athens, Greece Business
Fashion in Florence Florence, Italy Fashion.
Florence Revealed Florence, Italy Communication Arts
Florence, Italy: Slowing Down and Getting Lost Florence, Italy Graphic Design
Sicily: Design + Resiliency Sicily, Italy Interior Design
Oaxaca: Slower and Fairer, Fashioning the World We Want Oaxaca, Mexico Fashion
Eastern Africa: Development and Democracy
(Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda)
Multi-Country Political Science
A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Drug Policy The Netherlands Criminal Justice
Design as Resilience: Eastern Shore + Sewanee Field Studio Eastern Shore and Tennessee, USA Interior Design
Global Exploration and Community Engagement Sorrento, Italy Pre-Freshman experience for accepted members of the VCU Honors College at the Sant'Anna Institute. *Please note this is a non-credit bearing program* 
The American College of Greece (ACG) Athens, Greece VCU Faculty: Psychology & Theatre; Communications, Business, Political Science, English, and flexible options for students in many majors.
Sant'Anna Institute Sorrento, Italy VCU Faculty: UNIV/Focused Inquiry & Psychology; Gender Studies, Italian Language and Culture, Biology, Environmental Studies, Communications, Business, and Arts

*Internships Available*

VCU Summer Partnerships

These programs offer a wide array of courses in a variety of disciplines, in popular locations abroad.
Program Location Areas of Study
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
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 Korean culture, language, history
Kyung Hee University Seoul, South Korea Climate Emergency & Global Action. Peace & Civil Society. Globalism & Cultural Diversity
Fudan University Shanghai, China Chinese language/culture/history, International Studies, Business
University of Westminster London, UK Many Majors
Theatre Academy London (TAL) London, UK Theatre
Accademia Italiana Florence, Italy Fashion, Arts, Product Design
American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) Thessaloniki, Greece International Relations, Business, General Studies
American Business School in Paris Paris, France Business, Management, Marketing, French, 
CEPA: European Study Center  Strasbourg, France Leadership, Cross Cultural Communication



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.
University of Limerick Limerick, Ireland Irish Studies, Business, Law, Healthcare
International School for Jain Studies Delhi, India & Pune, India Religious Studies, International Studies, Philosophy
See flyers for more details: 
SAI: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milan, Italy Political Science, Marketing, Communications, Business, Italian Culture, International Relations, Health Sciences,
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