Welcome to VMI Education Abroad
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. We invite you to take advantage of the education abroad opportunities and add an international dimension to your VMI education!
This website offers guidance and resources to help make your education abroad experience a success. Follow these simple steps to identify your interests and needs, take into account policies and procedures, explore program options, and find the right match!
The first step in preparing to study abroad is to watch the Education Abroad Workshop. The Workshop is a 15-minute, moderated presentation (please turn on the sound on your computer!). It outlines:
- Program options available
- Education Abroad eligibility criteria and other policies
- Education Abroad advising process
- Financial aid and other sources of funding available
- Step-by-step instructions on completing an Education Abroad application
After you have viewed the workshop, you must pass the brief quiz before you can access the online application or make an appointment with a Study Abroad Adviser. Remember that the Office of International Programs is ready to assist you in every step of your journey.
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