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Education Abroad

Affiliate and Alternative Programs

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Students seeking alternatives to VCU Faculty-Led Programs, ISEP, and exchanges may consider Affiliate or Alternative Programs. 

Students may wish to consider an Affiliate Program, a program provider with whom VCU Education Abroad has an established agreement. These agreements have been reached with program providers whose programs and services we particularly trust. A list of the affiliate program providers is below.

Alternative Programs are for students who wish to study in a country or subject area not covered by any of VCU's study abroad options. Guidance on identifying a suitable Alternative Program is below.

VCU Education abroad will assist you with registering, maintaining VCU status while you're away, and securing financial aid. In order to receive academic credit, pre-approval of courses must be secured before studying abroad. For all Affiliate and Alternative programs, you must request that the host institution or program provider send an official transcript to the Education Abroad office.

VCU Affiliate Program Providers

For your consideration, VCU Education Abroad has established affiliation agreements with several program providers whose programs are all approved and may carry with them special scholarships and pricing for VCU students.

Academic Programs International (API)

Academic Programs International (API)

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • United Arab Emirates

 

 

 

API provides scholarship funding to VCU to be awarded to students participating in API programs of up to $500 for a summer term or $1,000 for a semester or year.

 

CAPA International Education (CAPA)

  • Buenos Aires
  • Dublin
  • Florence
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Sydney

 

 

 

CAPA provides a $300 scholarship to VCU students on a CAPA summer program, $600 scholarship on a CAPA semester program, and $400 on a CAPA quarter program.

 

CEA Study Abroad (CEA)

CEA Study Abroad

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Spain

 

CEA provides travel grants to VCU students participating on CEA programs of $1000 for a year program, $500 for a semester program, and $250 for a short-term or summer program. In addition to student travel grants, CEA provides scholarship funds to VCU to award to students participating in CEA programs.

 

CET Academic Programs (CET)

  • Brazil
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Vietnam

 

   

Center for International Studies (CIS Abroad)

CISAbroad

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Thailand

 

CISabroad provides VCU students with a program discount of $250 for a semester program and $100 for a short-term or intern program.

 

International Studies Abroad (ISA) 

 

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • England
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Thailand

ISA provides VCU students with a $200 discount on ISA programs.  


SAI PROGRAMS

SAI Programs

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  • Barcelona
  • Florence
  • London
  • Milan
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Siena
  • Sorrento

 

SAI provides VCU students with a $300 discount for semester programs and a $100 discount for summer programs. Additionally, VCU students are eligible for SAI scholarships and fellowships which range from $300 - $5,000.


University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

USAC Affiliate
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Turkey

 

 

Alternative Programs

Alternative Programs are for students who wish to study in a country or subject area not covered by any of VCU's study abroad options.  Thousands of study abroad programs exist, so make sure to look only at alternative programs that offer credit from an accredited university. Language schools are not acceptable unless they are able to issue a transcript through an accredited university.

  • U.S. universities
    You may go through another U.S. university’s study abroad program. Universities with large study abroad departments often recruit students from around the country. Additionally, we recommend that you begin your search by considering programs sponsored by other universities in your home state as the cost may be based on in-state rates.
  • Foreign universities
    Applying directly to a foreign university is also an option if you have an interest in a specific area of study or a particular region of a country. Directly enrolling in a university overseas is certainly a bold step, but nonetheless, a fantastic way for some students to study abroad.
  • Independent study abroad program provider 
    You may also go through a study abroad program provider. Many of them include on-site staff, multiple excursions, medical and life insurance, cell phones, student services, transcripts and much more. This is a great option for beginner-level language students and students who need extra support. 

 

The following websites can be used to search for education abroad programs:

Search engines:

Program review sites:

 

Consider the following Alternative Programs in which other VCU students have participated:

CIEE Study Abroad (CIEE)

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Bonaire
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates 

 

The School for Field Studies

  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • Costa Rica
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Tanzania
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

 

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • England
  • Ecuador
  • European Union
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Turkey

 

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

AIFS

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Turkey

 AIFS provides all VCU students with an automatic grant of $400/semester and $200/summer.


School for International Training

SIT
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • Chile
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Madagascar
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Zanzibar

 

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