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VCU Education Abroad offers flexible program options to allow students to find the best fit for their individual goals. Whether you want to travel for a week, a month, or a semester, there's a program for you! VCU Education Abroad is here to help you choose the program that's the best fit for your needs.

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You can also research your options using Major Advising Sheets, the pre-approved courses database, and our program search tool. Note that our program search tool is not comprehensive--so if you don't see what you're looking for, try GoAbroad.com or email your Education Abroad Advisor for assistance.

Identifying your goals can help you choose a program that fits your needs. Reflect on what you hope to get out of your program, and consider the following factors.

  • Budget: Create a budget, and talk with advisors to accurately estimate how much a program will cost and determine what is feasible for you financially. Meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss what aid will be available to you. Be aware that semester-length programs are almost always more cost-effective than summer or break programs, because you aren't adding the cost of an additional term to what you're already paying at VCU - you're just replacing the cost of a semester at VCU with a semester abroad!
  • Location: What country or region are you interested in, and is there a program there that fits your needs?: Do you prefer a small town, or are you interested in experiencing a large city? Remember that just like in the U.S., the cost of living can vary greatly from city to city. A program in London may have a comparable rate for tuition to VCU, but the cost of living will be much higher than in Richmond. More off-the-beaten-track locations in the U.K., such as Bristol or Plymouth, are more affordable.
  • Program Length: How long would you like to go abroad? Program lengths can vary from a spring break, summer, semester, or year. It can be intimidating to go abroad for a semester or year - but students' #1 regret from studying abroad is that they didn't go for longer!
  • Housing: Would you like to participate in a homestay, live independently, or in a student residence hall? Be aware that in some locations, like many countries in Latin America, most students will live at home during university so options for apartments or residence halls may be limited.
  • Level of Support: Some programs, such as faculty-led programs, will offer a highly supportive environment with pre-planned excursions and a lot of structure. Others, like semester exchanges, will be much more hands-off and give you the opportunity to experience life just like a college student in your host university. And of course, there are plenty of options in the middle, as with third-party organizations like API or ISA.
Sours: https://vcu.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewLink&Parent_ID=0&Link_ID=F8A8A577-5056-BA1F-7123BD1F2DBD35E0
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Overview

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public university that believes in enhancing its students’ creative abilities. It has an inclusive community of students and staff from various parts of the world.

With an average student to faculty ratio of just 18:1, the university offers more than 200 programs for its students. Some of the programs are ranked in the top 50 as per the U.S. News and World Report.

It is a research-intensive institution that is ranked in the top 100 US schools for its research. Its research initiatives are recognised worldwide and supported with funds from major organisations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Interdisciplinary research in areas as diverse as neuroscience, cancer and nanomedicine provides excellent learning opportunities for students at the university.

The university shares ties with leading partners to foster its growing interest in solving real-world problems. It also houses the number one graduate arts school in the country.

Richmond has also been recognised as a fantastic place for international students to build their career and work with some of the leading Fortune 500 companies.

Spread over an area of 173 acres, the university is based out in downtown Richmond. However, it has several satellite campuses too.

6,585 students can choose to live in residence halls at VCU. There are various ways to get involved with different communities and the student life on campus. Richmond is considered to be one of the top US cities to visit (Forbes 2018).

The university has produced a total of 193,724 alumni and is home to over 1,260 international students from 101 countries.

Costs per year

Average private rent

7,38,253

What’s new

What’s new

The start of the academic year has welcomed various new faces, facilities and programs, such as:

  1. A brand-new facility for health professionals has opened, measuring 154,000 square feet located across eight floors. The huge College of Health Professionals Building accommodates all of the college’s eleven units in one space. It boasts high-tech laboratories offering patient simulation and diagnostic equipment. Providing the ideal environment for student learning, cooperation and interaction, as well as the chance for those studying long-distance to get involved.
  2. Students can save money and pick up useful stuff from the new Free Store which offers a range of essential items for the home, such as basic furniture, electrical goods, and kitchen equipment all available completely free. The store is run by the Office of Sustainability with the mission to cut down on landfill waste, improve recycling and provide the student community with a convenient way to access economic supplies.
  3. There are a range of exciting new academic programs open to students this year, including:
    • B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Teaching
    • B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education and Teaching
    • B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education and Teaching with a concentration in Engineering Education
    • B.S.Ed. in Health and Physical Education
    • B.S.Ed. in Special Education and Teaching
    • Certificate in Applied Statistics
    • Ph.D. in Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Students at VCU are spoilt for choice with a range of over 200 academic programs for undergraduates and postgraduates. The variety of courses equip students with the necessary skills and experience to excel in an array of careers and industries such as engineering, healthcare, business, education and the arts.

Collaboration across disciplines is encouraged at VCU in order to provide students with a diverse and well-rounded education and outlook. The highly qualified teaching staff work towards inspiring their students to continue their love of learning beyond college days and into their working lives.

A huge benefit of study at VCU is the opportunity to study abroad, this is facilitated by the college’s relationships with over 300 international universities. There is the chance for students to embark on year-long study abroad programmes or simply just for a few weeks. Real-life work experience is highly valued by today’s employers, that’s why VCU assist their students in getting practical placements in the workplace.

Community, lifestyle and preparation for life after graduation are important at VCU. The college has integrated residential campus living with academic experience to create living-learning communities which focus on offering students real-life experiences, and a mixture of on and off curriculum activities.

VCU is a world leading centre for postgraduate study with 20 of its programs ranked among the best in the US in the U.S. News & World Report. VCU supports over 5000 graduate students in in-depth learning experiences developed by pupil-led research and enabled by state-of-the-art facilities.

Department structure

Department structure

With eleven schools and three colleges VCU offers a range of study paths for aspiring students. The colleges are made up of the College of Humanities and Sciences, the College of Health Professions and the College of Engineering. Three of the College of Health Professions’ graduate programs are ranked in the best in the US by U.S News & World Report.

The schools are comprised of Education, Business, the Arts, World Studies, Social Work, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, Media and Culture, Dentistry, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Richard T. Robertson and Honours College. The School of the Arts’ graduate program is the leading program for arts and design in the US.

The high regard for research, development and progress runs throughout the college, its curriculum and facilities. The departments provide specialist research centres, libraries and laboratories for world-class teaching, self-study and professional advancement. Students are encouraged to take on challenges with confidence and problem solve real-life issues for the benefit of society.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduates

At undergraduate level, applicants must have completed secondary school or a comparable institute which normally constitutes a minimum of 12 years after nursey or kindergarten (including senior middle school, university preparatory school, GCSEs, Standard 12 graduation or lyceum). It is required that students have graduated in English or English as a foreign language, maths, science, the history of social science. Particular departments might need test scores.

Postgraduates

Candidates for postgraduate study are required to have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, or the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree. Some departments may have specific requirements such as certain grade levels.

English proficiency

Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants from overseas who have a native language other than English, are required to provide their TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson results on application. Certain departments will require a specific level of test score. To find out more visit the detailed course pages. More information on the application process, admission requirements, forms, essential documents and timelines can be found on the university website.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

VCU believe college should be affordable for all. International students with outstanding grades are able to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are based on merit and offered to fall-semester applicants.

VCU values GMAT and SAT testing, therefore students with excellent GMAT and SAT scores are at an advantage. Grades from each of these assessments are essential in the scholarship application process. Other considerations for eligibility include awards, special achievements, positions of leadership as well as extracurricular, voluntary and work activities and experience. Students should include supporting information and documents in their applications. Applications and supporting evidence are to be sent to the Office of Admissions within the mandatory deadline.

Assistantships and scholarships may be available for postgraduates, students are advised to contact their department to find out what may be available to them.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Preparing students for successful and exciting futures is what drives the teaching and facilities at VCU, the inspiring stories from alumni stand testament to this ethos. The top five employment sectors VCU graduates enter into include healthcare, retail, IT, education, and non-profit. Just one year after graduation an impressive 86% of graduates either gained employment or went on to further study, recent research shows. An impressive 83% of graduates sought work relating to their field of studies. The research also showed that 93% of students felt they could happily work alongside people from different cultures and backgrounds and 83% of undergrads had an improved problem-solving abilities.

Career Services

Career Services are a vital part of student experience and outcome at VCU. They offer students everything they need to go into the career path of their choice. Trained personal and career advisors are accessible to all students to aid them in job application, post graduate education admission, CV writing, interview techniques, gaining work experience, internships and promising job opportunities. There are also eleven careers fairs held throughout the year, where students can meet real prospective employers and keep up to date on the job market and significant trends.

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Rankings

QS World University Rankings 2022

701st

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021

201st

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Perth, Australia;
Miri, Malaysia;
Dubai, UAE;
Moka, Mauritius; and Singapore, SingaporeMost majors.VCU Exchange: Fudan UniversityShanghai, ChinaChinese Language and Culture.VCU at University of NicosiaNicosia, CyprusHuman Biology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Business, Engineering, Art History, Architecture, Interior Design, Dance, Music, Psychology, Mass Communications, International Studies, LawVCU at the University of BristolBristol, EnglandScience, Engineering, Arts, Humanities, Social SciencesVCU Exchange: University of the West of EnglandBristol, EnglandArts, Biology, Forensic Science, Mathematics, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics.VCU Exchange: University of SurreyGuildford, EnglandMusic, Political Science, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Theater, English, Economics, Business, and Dance.VCU at University of WestminsterLondon, EnglandMost majors.VCU Exchange: University of WestminsterLondon, EnglandFashion Merchandising only (for exchange only; for other majors, see VCU at Univ. of Westminster)VCU at FU-BESTBerlin, GermanyGerman language, History, European Studies, Political Science, Humanities, International RelationsVCU Exchange: Bauhaus UniversityWeimar, GermanyUrban and Regional Planning, Urban and Regional Studies.VCU at The American College of GreeceAthens, GreeceMost majors. Suggested for Business, Economics, Mathematics, and Psychology.VCU at SRISAFlorence, ItalyArtsVCU at Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilan, ItalyFashion, Business, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Agriculture, Psychology, Linguistics, Italian Language, Philosophy, International Relations, Political Science, Art HistoryVCU Exchange: University of GuadalajaraGuadalajara, MexicoMost majors. (Coursework taught in Spanish. Requires equivalent of six semesters of university-level Spanish.)VCU Exchange: University of LimaLima, PeruBusiness and Engineering courses taught in English, other coursework taught in Spanish available as well.VCU Exchange: VCUarts QatarDoha, QatarArt History, Fashion, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Painting and Printmaking.VCU Exchange: Pusan National UniversityBusan, South KoreaEngineering, Psychology, Mathematics, International Studies, Asian Studies, BusinessVCU Exchange: K ArtsSeoul, South KoreaArts, Music, Theatre.  Some coursework taught in Korean.VCU Exchange: Kyung Hee UniversitySeoul, South KoreaBusiness, International Studies, Political Science, Sciences, Korean languageVCU Exchange: Chung Ang UniversitySeoul, South KoreaBusiness, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Korean/Chinese/Japanese language, Arts, Psychology, Sociology, International Studies/Political Science.VCU Exchange: University of CórdobaCórdoba, Spain(Coursework taught in Spanish. Requires equivalent of six semesters of university-level Spanish.)VCU Exchange: Rabdan AcademyAbu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesCriminal Justice, Homeland Security.
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VCU's Education Abroad Office

Education Abroad

Stephanie Tignor
Director
[email protected]

global.vcu.edu/abroad

Overview

VCU Education Abroad supports graduate students from every academic discipline in their pursuit of global experiential learning. Education abroad benefits students academically, professionally and personally; students become more engaged in their academic field of study and often show stronger performance upon returning to campus from their study abroad experiences. Skills gained through education abroad increase employment marketability upon graduation. Graduate students must obtain approval from their school or college and the VCU Graduate School to receive graduate credit for pursuing an international experience including courses, internship or research.

Getting started

Graduate students interested in education abroad must contact their school or college faculty adviser to discuss the feasibility of incorporating an international experience into their VCU degree. The VCU Education Abroad office provides students with information, advising and support through the process of applying to, preparing for, and returning from education abroad.

Credits

Graduate students must seek approval from their faculty adviser and the Graduate School prior to departure to determine how credit from abroad will transfer. In order to receive transferable graduate credit, students must enroll in graduate-level courses at host institutions that are recognized by their countries’ ministry of education as graduate-degree-granting institutions. Students will need to complete the Request for Special Action Form. 

  • Except for specific VCU short-term programs or independent study, most credit received through study abroad will appear on the students’ transcripts as transfer credit. 

  • Once students are registered with Education Abroad, they will be registered in a STUA (study abroad) placeholder course until their foreign credits transfer back to VCU.  

  • Students must earn the equivalent of an A or B level grade on study abroad transfer credit.  Grade equivalencies are determined by VCU.

  • Approved foreign transfer credits will be posted to students’ VCU records when an official transcript has been received and processed by VCU.

Funding

VCU Education Abroad provides program options ranging in cost, including plentiful options comparable to the cost of studying at VCU.

  • Financial aid is available to students when they study abroad.

  • Many scholarship opportunities are available to students through VCU and external organizations. 

  • The National Scholarship Office supports students applying for nationally-competitive scholarships such as the Fulbright, Boren Awards, and Critical Language Scholarship Program.

Program offerings

VCU short-term programs

Each year VCU offers a variety of short-term program options in which graduate students can obtain credit, which may occur during winter break, spring break and/or summer. Participants can earn VCU and/or transfer credit and study subjects from various academic disciplines. Each year new programs are created around the world.

VCU semester partnership direct-enroll and exchange

VCU offers diverse programming through direct-enroll agreements with foreign partner institutions in a variety of destinations across the globe. VCU also negotiates student exchange agreements arising out of specific interest in the university community. For exchange options, students pay the equivalent of full-time tuition and fees at VCU and enroll at the chosen host university.

External programs

Students seeking alternatives to VCU short-term programs, direct-enroll and exchanges may consider external programs. Students may elect to participate in a program offered by a third-party organization such as a foreign or domestic university or international education organization/provider. VCU Education Abroad can assist students in identifying and applying to external programs, maintaining their VCU status while away and securing financial aid when possible and appropriate. Note: All external programs must offer transferable credit and be pre-approved by VCU Education Abroad in order to be recognized by VCU.

Virtual programs

While there is no substitute for an in-country experience, virtual internships and classes offer a way to explore another culture, get specific experience not offered at VCU and gain invaluable intercultural, professional and academic skills. Virtual programs are accessible and affordable, allowing students to explore and engage globally from the comfort of their homes. Virtual internships and classes can be added to a student’s existing on-campus or online course load at VCU. Most virtual programs are offered for undergraduate credit; please check with an Education Abroad adviser for current offerings for graduate students.

Sours: http://bulletin.vcu.edu/graduate/global-education-office/education-abroad/

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Study abroad updates for fall 2021

Updated July 6, 2021

All VCU study abroad programs remain cancelled through summer 2021. This applies to all education abroad program types including, but not limited to, faculty-led, exchanges, direct-enroll, third-party provider, independent study, internships, service-learning, and non-credit-bearing education abroad; this includes programs facilitated by the Global Education Office (GEO) as well as those administered by other units. The summer petition deadline is now passed.

Starting Aug. 15, 2021, study abroad programs will resume operation for the fall semester with the following restrictions:

  • Per CDC guidelines, individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should refrain from all university-sponsored international travel, including, but not limited to, study abroad and international exchange programs.
  • Study abroad programs in the U.S. Department of State Level 1 and 2 countries are permitted. All students must coordinate international travel plans through GEO and follow all GEO registration requirements and CDC guidance for international travel.
  • Requests from students interested in participating in study abroad programs in U.S. Department of State Level 3 countries for whom education abroad is deemed essential to fulfilling academic degree requirements and/or whose participation is sponsored by nationally-competitive awards will be considered by petition to VCU's International Travel Advisory Committee. A final decision will be made by the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs or the senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of VCU Health System. Students should work with GEO to petition and register their travel if approved.
  • University-sponsored travel to U.S. Department of State Level 4 countries is not permitted.
  • Study abroad travelers must:
  • Students who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 should discuss their study abroad plans with their healthcare provider.

Students may face unpredictable circumstances accessing medical care if they get sick or injured in their host country. Routine healthcare and emergency medical services may be impacted by COVID-19 at the destination.

VCU will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, U.S. Department of State, and Virginia Department of Health, as well as the destinations’ offices of foreign affairs and ministries of health to make recommendations regarding VCU’s programs abroad. In the meantime, students are encouraged to explore virtual global learning program options and visit the Navigating COVID-19 Abroad website for ways they can maintain momentum in planning their study abroad experience and learn important COVID-19 FAQs.

 

Updated: May 14, 2021

All VCU study abroad programs remain cancelled through summer 2021. This applies to all education abroad program types including, but not limited to, faculty-led, exchanges, direct-enroll, third-party provider, independent study, internships, service-learning, and non-credit-bearing education abroad; this includes programs facilitated by the Global Education Office (GEO) as well as those administered by other units.

Starting August 15, 2021, study abroad programs will resume operation for the fall semester with the following restrictions:

Study abroad programs in the U.S. Department of State Level 1 and 2 countries are permitted. All students must coordinate international travel plans through GEO and follow all GEO registration requirements.

Requests from students interested in participating in study abroad programs in U.S. Department of State Level 3 countries and Level 4 countries (if the travel advisory Level 4 is due to COVID-19 only, and not due to other risk indicators*) for whom education abroad is deemed essential to fulfilling academic degree requirements and/or whose participation is sponsored by nationally-competitive awards will be considered by petition to an ad hoc committee coordinated by VCU’s Incident Coordination Team international subcommittee. Final approval will be given by the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs or the senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of VCU Health System. Students should work with GEO to petition and register their travel if approved.

VCU will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, U.S. Department of State, and Virginia Department of Health, as well as the destinations’ offices of foreign affairs and ministries of health to make recommendations regarding VCU’s programs abroad. In the meantime, students are encouraged to explore virtual global learning program options and visit the for ways they can maintain momentum in planning their study abroad experience.

*To determine which countries are Level 4 due to COVID-19 only, review the risk indicators and language within the advisory.

Sours: https://global.vcu.edu/abroad/
Study abroad VCU: Why I did it, how to get started, and tips

RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) - COVID-19 restrictions are easing in the U.S. and some places around the world, but hurdles remain for Virginia students seeking to study abroad.

Many Virginia colleges are following travel recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and State Department when making decisions about the safety and feasibility of study abroad programs.

The organizations currently don’t suggest traveling to most countries, “whether it be due to COVID or other issues,” said Sarah Carrier, academic advising coordinator at the Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education Office.

Study abroad programs are currently canceled at the Richmond-based university, but VCU stated in an update Friday that students are permitted during the 2021 fall semester to study in countries that the State Department designated levels one and two. Students must petition for travel in the countries that are marked levels three and four.

VCU students couldn’t earn virtual study abroad credits prior to the pandemic, but the university now offers this option. Around five students were enrolled in virtual classes hosted abroad during the summer of 2020. The university will likely have around the same number of virtual study abroad participants, or more, this upcoming summer, Carrier stated in an email.

“Everyone’s learned to be more flexible and take things as they come which is also a good life lesson,” Carrier stated. “But we are hopeful that we can send some more students this fall.”

Allie Oberoi, assistant director of the Global Education Office at Blacksburg-based Virginia Tech, said COVID-19′s impact on higher education is the understatement of the year.

“International learning experiences have had significant impacts because of border closures, concerns for individual student health, public health safeties and other aspects of risk mitigations,” Oberoi stated in an email.

Tech does not allow students to travel to locations where the CDC and State Department have issued a travel health notice level 3 or higher. However, students that want to travel to those countries can pitch their travel abroad plans. A committee then evaluates and reviews if the individual will be successful and safe abroad.

Tech asked students and faculty abroad to return home during the 2020 spring semester as countries dealt with the pandemic. All travel programs were cancelled for the summer and fall of 2020.

Tech student Amanda Riddle was set last summer to study children’s literature abroad in the United Kingdom, but the trip was ultimately cancelled. Riddle said she’s upset she will not have a study abroad experience. She plans to graduate next year and will not reapply for the study abroad program again, she said.

“Study abroad was an experience I knew I wanted when I came into college,” Riddle said in an email. “COVID-19 has made it so it’ll never happen.”

However, study abroad policies are different for other universities such as the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

Jose Sainz, director of the UMW Center for International Education, said that although the university’s summer travel abroad programs are cancelled, students are allowed to independently study abroad. Students may choose to study abroad by partnering with individual companies or the university’s providers.

“Should their travel destination be within the travel guidelines of the Department of State and the CDC’s, students are free to travel as they please,” Sainz said. “We do have a number of students that are very interested.”

The biggest challenges when the pandemic first started was coordinating with overseas partners, making course rearrangements and finding enough housing for all students, according to Sainz.

“As you can imagine [the students] were in a large variety of locations,” Sainz said. “That went on for several months until everybody was able to return.”

Most, if not all, students studying abroad had their academic plans altered when their respective programs were canceled. Those courses were rearranged to be taken on campus at UMW, according to Sainz.

“That took a lot of work across different departments to try and accommodate the different courses they needed to take,” Sainz said. “It was academically and financially challenging.”

UMW also had to find housing for international students studying abroad on its campus who were unable to return to their home countries, Sainz said.

Despite the chaos, the university is “cautiously optimistic” about fall 2021 being the “rebirth of travel,” Sainz stated in an email.

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