Study 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. 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  The link to the application is located under the Academics/Study Abroad tab.

Summer Abroad Programs

Cadets 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 at the 100, 200, or 300 level, which can be counted toward fulfilling their VMI language requirement.

This program is aimed at those fulfilling a language requirement (either 2 or 3 year requirement) and French majors and minors.

Details for Paris Summer 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 cadets 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. 

Details for Summer Program at Oxford

Belize Marine TREC is an organization dedicated to research, education, and conservation. Cadets will experience an intense hands-on field course where they will study marine life by snorkeling coral reefs and coastal mangroves.

Additional field experience will include seining sea grass beds and observing and identifying species in sandy and rocky shore habitats. Cadets will also have the opportunity to travel to the mainland of Belize to experience and explore Mayan culture.

Details for Summer Program in Belize


No foreign language requirement

Two Mechanical Engineering Courses: ME 302 - Dynamics and ME487X - 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

Details for Berlin Summer Study Abroad

Participants will be enrolled in 6 credit hours of international studies or history seminars related to Central European Politics and Security.  At application, cadets will be asked to rank order their course preferences between The Economic Transition, Central European History, War and memory and Transatlantic Security.  Those courses with sufficient cadet interest will run. 

Courses will examine the dynamic political and security situation in modern day Central Europe and its roots in the region’s unique historical context.  Coursework and lectures will be supplemented by visits to historical sites and museums.  

Courses Available:

  • EC 450: The Economics of Transition and Institutional Development in Central and Southeastern Europe (Satisfies EC 306 Requirement for IS Majors)
  • HI 370: Central European History
  • HI 491: War and Memory in Modern Central Europe
  • IS 427: Transatlantic Security

Details for Summer Program in Hungary, Austria, and Slovenia

Instructor: Col. Gray, USA(R) & Program Director: Col Looney, USMC (Ret)

  • 22 May – 22 June 2017 
    • Overseas portion 3-19 June
  • $4775 (Including airfare)
    • Scholarships are available
  • 3 credit hours in History
  • Approved Civilizations & Cultures “X” course

  • Interactive experiential course that explores the evolution of warfare & leadership styles during the period of mass warfare from 1861 – 1945.  Specific battles Gettysburg, Belleau Wood, Meuse-Argonne & Normandy Invasion.

Great Battles and Leaders Study Abroad Information

 If interested $250 non-refundable deposit due February 3, 2017.

May 28, 2017 - June 29, 2017

  • 9 Academic Credits in Spanish Language and Culture/History
  • Stay with a Host Family (Full room and board)
  • Excursions and Field Trips
  • Madrid Transportation pass and Airport Transfer
  • Tuition
  • Medical insurance

$4500 (not including airfare)

Details on Study Abroad to Spain

VMI Summer Program in Shanghai 2017
Dr. Lunpeng Ma

  • May 19 – June 22, 2017
  • $4900 (airfare not included)
  • 6 transfer credits of Chinese Language
  • Weekend excursions to World Heritage Sites

Details on Summer in shanghai