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Virtual programs are accessible and can be quite affordable, allowing students to explore globally from the comfort of their homes. While there is no substitute for an in-country experience, virtual internships and classes offer a way to: 
  • explore another culture
  • get unique internship experience
  • take courses not offered at VCU
  • gain invaluable intercultural, professional and academic skills
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.

Funding opportunities for virtual programs:
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards the cost of virtual classes and internships 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 virtual global class or internship credits for transfer back to VCU. Non-credit bearing virtual study/intern abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid.  

The Baldacci, Buerlein, Gilman, and Presidential International Education Award scholarships are all applicable to virtual 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.

Check out this article highlighting a VCU students summer virtual internship experience! 
You can add a virtual internship or course(s) to what you're already planning to take at VCU.
Connect with an Education Abroad Adviser to learn more! 
Virtual Internships Areas of Study Terms Available
VCU Global Tech Experience
3 credits
VCU Global Tech Experience offers an innovative virtual global learning experience that offers real world work experience through projects with global companies.   Summer, Semester
3-6 credits
Computer Science, Information Technology, Website Development, Health, Human Rights, International Development, Sports Marketing, Graphic Design, Photography, Film/Video Editing, Accounting, Business, Advertising, Communications & Journalism, Education Semester, Summer
Campus B
Engineering, Computer & IT, Communication, Business Semester
3-6 credits
Advertising, Business, Communications, Education, Finance, Game Design, Graphic Design, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Interior Design, IT & Computer Systems, Marketing, Sports Management, Video Animation, Web Design Semester, Summer
6 credits
Arts, Business, Communications, Data Analytics, Design, Digital Health, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, IT & Computer Science, Marketing, Media/Film/Photography, NGOs, Social Media, Sustainability & Environment Semester, Summer
CIS Abroad
3 credits
Architecture, Art & Design, Biology & Ecology, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental & Sustainability, Fashion, Finance, Government & Politics, Health, Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning, IT & Computer Systems, Journalism & Media, Marking Advertising & PR, NGOs and Non-Profits, Performing Arts, Sports & Exercise Science, Social Work Semester, Summer
Global Learning Collective Team-based consulting projects developing solutions related to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Semester
3-6 credits
Marketing, Communications, Business, Finance, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Tourism, Fashion, Education, Pre-Law, Engineering Semester, Summer
SIT Study Abroad
4 credits
Women's Rights & Resilience in Conflict Situations, Education & Social Change, Environment/Conservation & Ecosystems, Environment/Development & Sustainability, Public Health in the Tropics, Finance or Social Entrepreneurship, Sexuality Gender & NGOs, Diplomacy/Conflict Resolution & International Relations, Development & Gender Semester, Summer
University of Nicosia (Cyprus)
3 credits
Communications, Computer Science, Institute for the Future, Life & Health Sciences, Science & Engineering, Management & MIS, Politics & Governance Semester, Summer
3 credits
Business, Digital Marketing, Engineering, Translation, NGO/Social Services, English-Language Instruction, Journalism & Communications, Grant-Writing, Research, Health & Wellness, Computer Science, Graphic Design, Human Resources Semester, Summer
Virtual Internships
3 credits
Business, Computer Science & IT, Engineering, Fashion, Creative Design, Finance, Sustainability, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Legal, Marketing, Supply Chain, Media & Communications, Human Resources, Urban Planning & Architecture Year round 1-4 month options
Areas of Study Terms Available
CLS Spark Nationally competitive U.S. Department of State funded program for Arabic, Chinese, or Russian.  In 2022-2023 academic year, will be offered with ~18 hours/month of virtual instruction + cultural activities.  Applications open in April 2022 with a deadline of May 26, 2022. Academic Year 2022-2023
Arcos Learning Abroad
3 credits
Spanish Language, History, Culture, Literature, Spanish for Health Professions Semester,
Winter Break
Curtin University (Australia) Many Options Semester
FU-Best (Germany)
6 credits
German Language, European & German History, Politics, Economics, Art
(note, all classes offered 9-11am Central European Time)
International School for Jain Studies (India)
3 credits
Religious Studies, International Studies, Philosophy Winter Break
Philipps Universität

3 credits
German Language & Climate Change Winter Break
Pusan National University
2 credits
Korean Language & Culture (note, classes will be at 4am) Winter Break, 
SIT Study Abroad
3 credits
Language & Culture Learning: Hindi, Arabic, Swahili, Tibetan, Nepali Semester, Summer
Universidad de Deusto
Spanish, Business Semester
University of Nicosia
5 credits
Global Health, Medical Terminology Summer
Hybrid Programs Terms Available
Future Nobel Laureate Scholarship Program
Online Courses Fall 2022 + Travel to Sweden December 5-11, 2022 (Please note that this program includes travel to Sweden that occurs during the last week of VCU's fall semester.  If you are selected for this experience, it is at the discretion of your VCU instructors to grant an approved absence and you must communicate with them to seek such approval.)