Every year, more than 100 cadets pursue an international learning experience.
By combining intellectual quest with firsthand exposure to different cultural traditions, cadets gain a global perspective and acquire important life skills—critical thinking, independence, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to interact and communicate across differences. Cadets often describe their education abroad experiences as extremely rewarding and life-changing. Cadets may study abroad after their first year at VMI, there are several scholarships available to help finance study abroad.
Eligible current cadets should go to MyVMI for more information about scholarships, required health insurance, and applying for study abroad.
Cadets planning to study abroad on one of the programs below, go to http://my.vmi.edu. The link to the application is located under the Academics/Study Abroad tab.
Summer Abroad Programs
Dates: Depart US: May 27th, Return June 30th, 2018
Cost: Approx. $6895 plus airfare (Fees subject to BOV approval)
A $ 250 non-refundable deposit is due on 17 January 2018. Final payment is due by no later than 16 February.
Fees include tuition, insurance, internet, in-city transportation pass, and accommodation in apartments. International airfare costs are not included.
Students will be immersed in French culture and language during a five-week intensive course of study that includes level-appropriate language instruction and a French culture and history course taught in English. The program will also offer students the opportunity to travel to important historical sites in Paris and Normandy. Students will earn a total of nine hours of credit, three hours for the French culture and language course and six hours of transfer credit at the 100, 200, or 300 level, which can be counted toward fulfilling their VMI language requirement. It is aimed at those fulfilling a language requirement (either 2 or 3-year requirement) and French majors and minors.
Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply.
Room and Board
Students will be housed together in authentic Parisian apartments. Meals are not included.
Major Jeff Kendrick has co-directed the VMI’s summer program in Paris since it began in 2014. He enjoys accompanying cadets as they experience France first-hand and put into “real life practice” the skills they develop in the classroom. Every year, he learns something new about and from cadets that come on the program. His favorite part of the trip is always that moment – in class, at a museum, on a battlefield, in a medieval or Renaissance castle, or just walking down the sidewalk to their local market – when participants see themselves from a new perspective and gain insight into who they are in relationship to a world that is a bit bigger than they may have imagined.
Major Abbey Carrico earned her Ph. D. from Emory University. Her research interests include 19th-century French literature, literary criticism, and ecocriticism.
Dates: June 25 - August 4, 2018
Cost: Approximately $7,900 plus airfare. This sum includes full tuition, room, board, and group excursions to Shakespeare productions in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Not included is the cost of airfare, personal weekend travel, passports, and incidental expenses.
Academic and Cultural Program
The Virginia Program at Oxford is an interdisciplinary summer school program based in St. Anne's College, Oxford University. The six-week program, which is open to students of any major after their first year, examines the history and literature of Renaissance Britain. Instruction follows the Oxford system of higher education, combining daily lectures by renowned scholars with small, weekly tutorials. Students, drawn from a six-school consortium of small Virginia colleges and universities, earn three credits in History and three credits in English.
All participants will reside at St. Anne's College (single rooms) and will take their meals in the college commons.
The program is open to rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores from any major or discipline.
Completed applications are due by February 15, 2018. An application fee of $250 must accompany each application. In the case of successful candidates, this fee will be applied to the cost of the program. The fee is returned if the student is not accepted. The announcement of acceptances will be made in early March 2018. *Subject to the exchange rate. Exact fee will be set in February.
Dates: June 24 – July 24, 2018
Costs: $5500, not including airfare (subject to BOV approval)
Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. A $ 250 non-refundable deposit is due by NLT 17 January 2018. Full payment is required by 16 February 2018.
Room and Board
Housing in Paris will be in a hotel with breakfast included daily. In Berlin, students will live with host families who will provide breakfast and dinner.
Academic and Cultural Program
Students will spend approximately one week in Paris and three weeks in Berlin studying the French and German schools of mathematics and the great mathematicians from those regions. They will take courses that fit naturally into STEM programs at VMI, one on the history of mathematics (MA331X which focuses on mathematics in Europe) and either MA311: Differential Equations or a 300 level math elective (to be determined based on cadets in the program who may have already taken MA311). In addition, they will visit sites related to their studies, interact with professionals and citizens of France and Germany and will explore areas in and around Paris and Berlin.
Colonel Troy Siemers is the Head of the Applied Mathematics program at VMI. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and previously led summer programs abroad in France, Germany, and Lithuania.
Mrs. Patricia Hardin will co-coordinate this program in her role as assistant director in the office of International Programs. Mrs. Hardin was born in communist Romania, immigrated to Germany when she was 10 years old and spent many years living and attending school in Germany until coming to the US to attend college at Wake Forest University in 1984. She received her Master’s degree in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has led VMI summer programs in Germany since 2010.
Colonel Dimplekumar “Dimple” Chalishajar is a professor in the Applied Mathematics program at VMI. He earned his Ph.D. from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India. He will be teaching the courses on this trip and will use the experience to prepare a future math study abroad program to India.
Dates: May 19 - June 22, 2018
Cost: $4900, excluding airfare (Subject to BOV approval)
Fees include tuition, books, accommodation with host families, two meals/day, public transportation (pass for the subway, trams, and buses), sightseeing tours in Berlin and Potsdam, excursion to Weimar and Buchenwald, museum entrance fees, as well as airport pick-up and drop-off service. International airfare is not included.
Room and Board
Students will be living with German families. Students will share two meals a day with their German family.
No foreign language requirement
Col Michael Hardin will be teaching two Mechanical Engineering Courses:
- ME 302 - Dynamics
- ME 360X - Global Engineering
List of excursion in conjunction with the Global Engineering class:
Science Park Adlershof, BMW Motorcycle Plant, Siemens, Transparent VW Factory in Dresden, Germany, Technical University Berlin, Frauenhofer Institute of Production Systems and Design Technology, Museum of German Technology, Mercedes Benz Berlin Manufacturing Facility.
Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only to submit an application. Cadets must have completed the application process and provided a $250 non-refundable deposit by 17 January 2018. Committed cadets must have paid program in full or signed promissory note by 16 February 2018.
Dates: June 2 - June 29, 2018
Cost: $4700, excluding airfare (subject to BOV approval)
Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Applications and $ 250 non-refundable deposit must be received no later than 17 January 2018. Full payment for the program is expected by 16 February 2018.
Room and Board
Housing is provided by Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University in Budapest. Participants are normally housed in single rooms in the officers' quarters. Many rooms come equipped with a small refrigerator and television. The university provides meals at discount pricing for breakfast and lunch (~$2 per meal), with many nearby affordable eating options available for the remaining meal. The university is on a central metro line, with easy access to the city center. Many grocery stores, restaurants, and markets are within walking distance.
Academic and Cultural Program
Participants will be enrolled in 6 credit hours of international studies or history seminars related to Central European politics and security. At application, students will be asked to rank order their course preferences between Central European History, War and Memory in Central Europe, and Transatlantic Security. Those courses with sufficient student interest will run. Courses will examine the dynamic political and security situation in modern Central Europe and the historical context. Coursework and lectures will be supplemented by visits to historical sites and museums.
- HI 370: Central European History
- HI 491: War and Memory in Modern Central Europe
- IS 427: Transatlantic Security
Colonel Timothy Dowling is a professor of history in VMI’s Department of History and Associate Editor for the Journal of Military History. A graduate of TCU, he received his Ph.D. from Tulane University. He has lived and worked in Vienna, Moscow, Munich, and Berlin. He recently concluded a semester as a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest, Hungary.
Colonel Geoff Jensen holds the John Biggs ’30 Cincinnati Chair in Military History at VMI. He is the author of several books on European military history, and the editor of Warfare in Europe, 1919-1938. Dr. Jensen earned his doctorate from Yale and has lived and worked extensively in Europe.
The four-week summer program, first summer session. Two weeks here at VMI & two weeks overseas in France.
Dates: 21 May – 19 June 2018; overseas dates approximately 1 – 18 June 2018
Cost: $5500, (subject to BOV approval) includes:
- Tuition for 3 hours of History credit
- 1 Civilization & Culture credit
- Overseas billeting/ground transportation, 2 meals a day & museum entrance fees
- 17 January 2018: $ 250 non-refundable deposit due.
- 16 February 2018: full payment due.
- No foreign language requirement
- Colonel Gray - Professor
- Colonel Looney - Program Director
- Classes at VMI, 19 – 31 May
- Will include Gettysburg Staff Ride
- Overseas instruction, 1- 19 June
- 1 - 4 June: Chateau Thierry, Belleau Wood, Aisne-Marne & Oisne-Aisne Cemeteries
- 5 - 8 June: Verdun, Montfaucon Monument, Lost Battalion, Sgt York Trail, Meuse Argonne Cemetery
- 9-15 June: Normandy Coast, Bayeux & Caen; Allied Beaches, American Military Cemetery Colleville-sur-Mer
- 15-19 June: Paris
The Virginia Military Institute, in partnership with Alcalingua-Universidad de Alcalá, is pleased to present a summer five-week language and cultural immersion program (nine credit-hours) in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain.
Dates: May 28 - June 29, 2018
Cost: $5000 plus airfare (This fee is subject to Board of Visitor approval).
Fees include tuition, insurance, airport transfer, Madrid travel pass, excursions and field trips, accommodation with host families, and most meals. International airfare costs are not included.
Dr. John Knowles has a long career in cross-cultural service, beginning in the early 1970’s in Mexico City. Originally, he went to Mexico for a six-month study and field experience. For the next quarter-century, he lived and worked with marginalized indigenous populations in southern Mexico, students and professionals in provincial capitals, conducted leadership training and was a conference speaker throughout the country. An outreach with university students became a non-profit organization that included two schools and an international outreach that has expanded and bifurcated with national leadership. As a result of travels in post-Franco Spain and at the request of colleagues working with Spanish youth caught-up in a plague of drug-addiction, numerous young professionals from Mexico trained and responded, and served several years during the peak of what has been called Spain’s “lost generation.” Since returning to live in the US, Dr. Knowles completed his Masters and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Virginia Tech and taught Spanish language and culture at VT, Radford University, and Roanoke College before coming to VMI. He has designed and led study abroad experiences to Mexico and looks forward to returning to Spain in 2018. His research interests include Hispanic immigration, revolutionary movements in twentieth-century Mexico, literature related to the Spanish Civil War, and is writing a narrative of his tenure in Mexico.
Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only to submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Cadets must have completed the application process and provided a $ 250 non-refundable deposit by 17 January 2018. Committed cadets must have paid program in full or signed promissory note by 16 February 2018.
Room and Board
Students will be housed with families who speak little or no English. The home stay experience greatly enhances language acquisition and cultural understanding and is often a highlight of the program. The host family will provide three meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
This will be a language, culture, art and history program in which all participants will earn six hours of Spanish language credits at the 100, 200 or 300*, and three hours of Spanish culture or History credits. Students will visit the most significant sites and museums in Spain and will be introduced to the history, traditions, and culture. In addition to language studies, courses are combined with cultural activities such as visits to battlefields, Military Museum in Toledo, Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, Sorolla Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Royal Palace and Naval Museum. Students will be observing the cultural diversity of Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, among other cities.
* Each student will take a proficiency test in-situ to determine his or her language proficiency and be enrolled in the appropriate courses.
The Virginia Military Institute is pleased to present "Passage to Morocco", the premier cultural and linguistic immersion program in North Africa. Venture into a world of mystery, extreme contrasts, and beauty. Come to Morocco, and experience an Islamic culture that has thrived at the doorstep of Europe for centuries.
Dates: May 26 - June 22, 2018
Cost: $4900.00, excluding airfare (subject to BOV approval)
Fees include tuition, homestay room and board (two meals per day), insurance, and all costs associated with scheduled excursions except some meals. Roundtrip airfare to Morocco and books are not included.
Room and Board
Students will stay with selected Moroccan families or, in special cases, the student housing arranged by the Arabic Language Institute of Fez (ALIF). The home stay will greatly augment language acquisition and provide an enhanced understanding of Moroccan culture. For the overwhelming number of past participants, the experience of living in the heart of a Moroccan family (whose hospitality is legendary for good reason) is the highlight of their visit. The home stay also allows you to practice your Arabic in a supportive setting and learn about Moroccan culture from the inside. At least one member of the family will be proficient in English. However, students wishing a deeper immersion experience can request a non-English speaking or French-speaking family. Two meals per day will be provided with the homestay.
Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Application and a $ 250 non-refundable deposit must be received no later than 17 January 2018. Payment in full is expected by 16 February 2018.
Dr. Mohamed Taifi, Professor of Arabic and French at VMI, will serve as the Program Director. Dr. Taifi is a native of Azrou, Morocco and a distinguished author, professor, and academic administrator. His vast knowledge and experience will ensure participants enjoy an exceptional academic and cultural experience.
Mrs. Khadija Bentouhami will be teaching the culture course entitled "The History and Culture of Morocco" (AR 481). Mrs. Bentouhami has an MA in Comparative Literature from The University Sidi Mohamed BenAbdellah University in Fes, Morocco. Her field of interest is language teaching and cultural studies. She taught all levels of Arabic at VMI from 2001 to 2015 and developed many of the courses to help establish an Arabic major in the department. She assisted the director of the VMI Arabic summer program in Morocco and also taught the Arabic culture class for the last 15 years.
Classes at ALIF are conducted in a large, Moorish-style villa surrounded by an oasis-like setting of date palms, olive trees, and rosemary shrubs. The tranquil residential neighborhood is situated away from the noise of the downtown area yet is still within easy walking distance of many restaurants and cafes. ALIF has a specialized library with texts on Arab, North African, and Islamic studies, as well as a collection of Arabic language videos and cassettes.
Academic and Cultural Program
This five-week program consists of intensive Modern Standard Arabic study, cultural diversity exploration through homestays, interdisciplinary lectures in English, and field trips to historical and cultural attractions. Although subject to change, excursions traditionally include visits to the capital city of Rabat, the Imperial City of Meknes, Roman Ruins at Volubilis, the Holy City of Moulay Idriss, Museums in Meknes and Fez, Islamic "Medersas," mountain Berber villages of Ifrane, Azrou, and Sefrou, as well as the Sahara desert at Merzouga. Students can earn up to nine-semester credits; six semester credit hours (120 contact hours) in Modern Standard Arabic or French, and three semester credit hours for a course entitled "The History and Culture of Morocco." In addition to formal language instruction, all students will receive 10 hours of instruction in "Survival Moroccan Arabic."
Fez, the Islamic City
Amongst the great centers of Islamic/Eastern civilization (Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, and Jerusalem) Fez is the most well preserved, having never been destroyed by either war or natural disaster. Fez has long been known as the "Intellectual Capital of Morocco," and prides itself on its status as a historic and hospitable city. Founded in the 9th Century AD, the old medina remains much as it was centuries ago when students began flocking there from around the world in search of knowledge. Recently named a "World Heritage City" by UNESCO, Fez is recognized by scholars worldwide as the best preserved and only truly functioning "Islamic City."
Dates: July 1 – August 4, 2018
Cost: $5600 plus airfare (Fess subject to BOV approval) *
* Fees include tuition, insurance, and accommodation in apartments on campus. International airfare costs are not included.
Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only to submit an application. Cadets must have completed the application process and provided a $250 non-refundable deposit by January 17, 2018. Committed cadets must have paid program in full or signed promissory note by February 16, 2018.
Dr. Xie is an Assistant Professor of Chinese at Virginia Military Institute where she teaches Chinese language and culture courses. She obtained her doctorate from Stanford University in 2016. Her primary research interests include traditional Chinese drama, gender representation, and more recently, the interplay of theatre, media and popular culture.
This full immersion study abroad program offers language courses in Chinese at all levels and a cultural course that features field trips to various local historic and cultural sites in Beijing. The program will also offer students the opportunities to travel to Xi’an, one of China’s six ancient cities. Students will earn a total of nine hours of credit, three hours for the Chinese culture course and six hours at 100, 200, 300, or 400 level, which can be counted toward fulfilling students’ language requirement. Upon arrival, students will take a placement test and be placed at the appropriate level/class.
Room and Board
Our program partners with Peking University, China’s top and first national university in its modern history. Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms in an on-campus apartment. Meals are not included. Students will be issued a campus card for the duration of the program and can add money to that card and use it to buy meals on campus at an average cost of $4 per meal.