The Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP) combines a Spring course with a 1 week to 2 week international module abroad in May immediately following the end of the Spring Semester. By giving students a taste of an international experience and increasing their comfort level with global travel, the program promotes additional, more extended international academic experiences such as internships, study abroad programs, or faculty-led programs. RSAP also allows students the opportunity to make initial contact with a company or university in another country to further their student experience or career prospects.

Eligibility: First-year undergraduate students in engineering may apply.

Spring Course:  ENGE 1644: Global Engineering Practice
Accepted students will be registered for this course in the spring semester. The class is designed to introduce students to global engineering, emphasizes the importance of cultural competency for engineers, and focuses on how differences in cultural, social and economic contexts influences engineering. This course will meet once per week.

Prerequisite: ENGE1215; Co-requisite: ENGE1216

For more information about ENGE 1644, please contact Dr. David Knight ( and follow us on Twitter (@vtrsap).