By Lauren, Admissions Advisor, class of 2011
No matter where I am on the eastern coast - New Jersey, New York, or even Richmond, Va., - there is one question I hear at almost every college fair:
"Does Virginia Tech offer education abroad?"
The answer is an enthusiastic YES!
If fact, education abroad at Virginia Tech has its home in the "Outreach and International Affairs Offices" building on Prices Fork Road., right across the street from campus.
With about 80 different countries to visit, and programs ranging from one week to one year, there is a program out there for everyone.
If you are studying biology, why not consider spending some time in Valdivia, Chile, to study coastal environments?Or if you are a geography major, why not check out the land and scenery in Galway, Ireland?
Maybe even take a trip to Alexandria or Cairo, Egypt, to enhance your knowledge on architecture.
There are even programs all over the world for engineering students, such as one in the Dominican Republic!
Most students do their study abroad junior year, but it is never too early to get started with the process.Just contact the education abroad office to schedule an appointment, at least a year before you plan on studying abroad so you can have plenty of time to prepare for your exciting and educational adventure!
When it comes to costs, make sure you know what type of program will best suit your economic needs.
For most in-state students, Bilateral Exchange is the most cost effective path, since you are paying the Virginia Tech tuition wherever you go.However, out-of-state students might want to consider VT Direct, in which students directly enroll into the host universities.
No matter which path you choose, don't forget to check out scholarships and financial aid available for your particular program.
Or should I say…Bon voyage!
The optional essay question for Virginia Tech was confirmed earlier this season directly through the school's admissions office and live application; however, Virginia Tech recently made an update to its online application. Please log into your College Essay Organizer account for the updated question, or see below:
You may respond to up to three of the personal statements below (choose one, two, or three) as you feel they support your individual application. Please limit your statement(s) to no more than 250 words in length (each).
A) What are the top five reasons you want to be a Hokie?
B) If there is something you think would be beneficial for the Admissions Committee to know as we review your academic history, please take this opportunity to explain.
C) Our motto is Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). How is service to others important in your life?
D) If you could have any superhero power what would it be and why?
E) If you could spend one day with any person (living or deceased) who would it be and why? What would you want them to know about you?
F) We believe strongly in the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and the value of human diversity affirmed therein. Share a perspective or experience related to your culture, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status that might explain how you will enrich the climate of mutual respect and understanding here.
G) Virginia Tech is one of the six senior military institutions in the country, how will this setting contribute to your college experience.