The Office of International Programs advises and assists individual cadets in the identification and selection of appropriate academic programs at foreign universities and colleges. At the beginning of each semester, informational meetings are held each week, during Dean's Training Time. All cadets with a minimum GPA of 2.5 may undertake one semester abroad during their cadetship. There are suitable programs for all majors with only minor limitations for those majoring in the hard sciences and engineering.
The US Department of State maintains a website for US citizen students who are, or will be, studying abroad. It may be found at www.studentsabroad.state.gov and addresses the following subject areas:
The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control both provide information for international travelers. We recommend you review these websites and discuss with your family and/or healthcare provider.
Civilizations and Cultures Placement Credit:
A cadet who studies abroad may earn placement credit (but not semester-hour credit) for one of the two required Civilizations and Cultures courses, if he/she meets the following two conditions:
- Completion of a semester or summer study abroad program or participation in a pre-approved or VMI-sponsored experience abroad. Pre-approval by Major Youngdahl and the Civilizations & Cultures Oversight Committee is required for non-credit bearing programs.
- Completion of the Office of International Programs study abroad evaluation for the study-abroad or other overseas experience.
“The whole experience was great in my opinion. Granted there were some downs such as being away from home for so long and living somewhere that was entirely foreign but the good that came along far outweighed any of this to the point that it became negligible. I had never before been out of the U.S., excluding Canada, so I had not really seen any part of the world out of my backyard. Morocco was definitely a whole new land and being there allowed me to really get a taste of how people all over the world live. The language barrier was fun to work with as well as around. The whole experience was awesome in both my advancement in education as well as my life experiences.” - Connor Downs '12