Virginia Tech Rising Sophomore Abroad Program


The Virginia Tech Rising Sophomore Abroad Program combines a Spring course with a 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. The program 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.


First-year or transfer undergraduate students in engineering may apply.

Spring Course:  Global STEM Practice (ENGE 1644)

Accepted students will be registered for this course in the spring semester. The class is designed to introduce students to global engineering and science, emphasizes the importance of cultural competency for engineers and scientists, and focuses on how differences in cultural, social and economic contexts influence engineering and science in practice.

Application Details

Before you begin your online application, you may want to have a look at the full application and make a plan for how you will fill it out.  Click on the link below for a PDF version of the application for planning purposes.

Ready to apply?

Applications are open until September 28!

2020 International Tracks

Go to our program page at the Virginia Tech Global Education Office website to apply.

Application deadline is on September 28, 2019!

For more information about the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program, please contact Dr. Michelle Soledad (

For more information about ENGE 1644, Please contact Dr. Homero Murzi (

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