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Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Program offers excellent international experiences through courses taught in a wide variety of countries. These courses are offered to students from any major who have completed at least one year of on-campus instruction and have met the GPA standards. Students participating in a Study Abroad program may qualify for undergraduate or graduate credit.

Where can I go? What can I study?

How to Apply

All students must complete and submit all application materials before their application will be considered. Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received, and candidates are accepted on rolling admission basis.

  • Go to the program's page you want to attend and click the Apply Now button


Global Education Office Scholarships
Dean’s International Study Scholarship

Established by J. Michael Kelly, former dean of the College of Natural Resources, and his wife, Candi, in recognition of the value of international experiences for young people. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Scholarship will have two application periods:

Round 1: October 1 - November 1 for winter and spring programs

Round 2: February 1 - March 1 for summer and fall programs

Apply through Scholarship Central
See more CNRE Scholarships

Upcoming CNRE faculty led short term programs

New Zealand

Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment

December 26, 2018 - January 18, 2019

    Students crossing a wooden foot bridge in New Zealand

This three and a half-week experiential program will examine resource conservation and the natural, and related social, history of New Zealand's South Island. In this course you'll use New Zealand as a case study to examine different cultural perspectives on the three pillars of sustainability: environment, social equity, and economics. The program travels to many of the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, and coastlines of New Zealand to learn from knowledgeable local experts and practitioners.

Learn more about the New Zealand program


Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation
Wintermester 2018/2019

Dates TBD


Biodiversity is Africa's richest resource and its conservation is of critical importance for future generations and the world at large. As such, this program provides a unique opportunity for Virginia Tech students to immerse themselves in marine research, exploring the connections between the natural marine environment and human communities. Students will scuba dive along the country's tropical reefs to collect and later analyze data on system health, giving them a unique experience in global education.

Learn more about the Mozambique program


Issues in Sustainability and Natural Resource Management

January 4 - 16, 2019

    Blas Isles

This two-week faculty-led program in Panama explores the Global Issues related to natural resource conservation. Students will earn 3 university credits.

You will learn about natural resource management and conservation issues, indigenous culture in the Autonomous San Blas Region, the impact of climate change on tropical environments and local people, Latin American history and culture, agricultural practices and related issues in developing countries, incredible landscapes, unique ecosystems, biodiversity, and much more!

Learn more about the Panama program

Costa Rica

Global Issues in Sustainability

January 2 - 11, 2019

    Frog on a leaf

With just over 51,000 km2 in territory, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries. With beautiful beaches, volcanos, biodiversity, and a unique culture and political system devoted to the protection of natural resources, the country offers a perfect setting for studying social, economic, and cultural aspects interactions with natural resources. This course will take you to a large variety of rural, and urban settings to learn about water management, ecotourism, agribusiness, biology, forestry, and renewable materials issues. The course balances different teaching methods to increase the learning process to reflect on past, present, and future of natural resources in a developing country and their relationship to other geographies such as United States.

Learn more about the Costa Rica program


Culture, History, and Environment
Spring Break

March 9 - 17, 2019

    View from top of Diamond Hill.

Enjoy your Spring Break studying culture, sustainability, and community in beautiful and historical Ireland. Experience the culture and history of the rugged west coast. Explore the city of Galway and the Claddagh, hike in Connemara National Park, and participate in a hands-on design project. Gain college credit. Experience the world.

Learn more about the Ireland program

Additional partner programs that are biology faculty led are also of interest to many CNRE students

Australia and New Zealand

Sustainability and Conservation-based Service Learning Program
Summer Session I

May 31 - June 28, 2018

    Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

A 24-day field experience in New Zealand (North Island) and northeast Queensland, Australia (the Outback, Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef). By participating in hands-on service learning projects, we will learn about sustainability, ecological restoration and resource conservation in New Zealand's North Island and Australia's tropical northeast region. Students will learn through classroom lectures and field trips, and then use their knowledge to assist community groups with long-term ecological research and conservation projects.

Learn more about the Australia + New Zealand program

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Celebrate with Us

Read the Summer Newsmagazine

    CNRE Newsmagazine Spring 2017

Select a Major

We have 11 majors for you to choose from with over 10 options to specialize in. Select yours now and join us in bringing the future to nature.