Studying Abroad Opportunities

Where Can I Go?

UVa-Wise offers six (7) sister institutions with locations in Spain (2), Austria, Germany, United Kingdom and Luxembourg. In cooperation with our study abroad program providers, UVa-Wise also gives students the opportunity to study at over 400 universities in 65 different countries including most of Europe and Latin America, and Australia, Brazil, Ghana, South Africa, Japan, China, South Korea, and many others. For more information stop by Smiddy 255 today to learn what opportunities are available for you!

Short Trips Being Offered

International 3

2017

  • Chile (Jan 1-15): CLOSED
  • Rome (Feb. 22- March 4): CLOSED
  • London (May 7 – 14)
  • Spain (May 7- 21)
  • Austria (May 7 – 18)
  • Luxembourg (May 22 – 29)
  • World War l (October-6-14th 2017)

2015
Europe  -World War II (May 18 – June 2)
Spain (May 15- 28)
Italy – Florenece (Spring Break) – full
London-Paris (May 18 – 27) cancelled
Luxemburg (June 2-8) – full
Ireland (Fall Break) – full
Spain (May 15 – 28) cancelled

Where Can I Go?

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Semester/Year Trips

Sister Institutions
You will be exempt from any tuition at the sister institution, and they will help you arrange accommodations and economical issues.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
The student will pay UVA Wise tuition, room and board and meal plan. There is an application fee $345 ISEP-Direct: Pay ISEP Host school fees cost vary, check with our office.

Academic Programs International (API)
You will pay program fees to API instead of UVA-Wise. Cost dependent on institution of choice. All costs (tuition, program costs, housing, etc) are included save plane ticket and passport/visa fees. Must be enrolled in at least one UVA-Wise course to be eligible. **Meals & laundry may be included. Check with our office for details.

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler)
You will pay program fees to IFSA-Butler instead of UVA-Wise. Cost dependent on institution of choice. All costs (tuition, program costs, housing, etc) are included save plane ticket and passport/visa fees. Must be enrolled in at least one UVA-Wise course to be eligible.

Globalinks
You will pay program fees to Australearn or other. All costs (tuition, program costs, housing, etc) are included save plane ticket and passport/visa fees. Must be enrolled in at least one UVA-Wise course to be eligible.

Semester at Sea
Travel around the world on a cruise ship owned by the University of Virginia and operated by Semester at Sea.  You will pay program fees to Australearn or other. All costs (tuition, program costs, housing, etc) are included save plane ticket and passport/visa fees. Must be enrolled in at least one UVA-Wise course to be eligible.

Internships

Students can either earn money through an international internship or volunteer their efforts by working abroad with a humanitarian organization.

Global Experiences – International Internships

Global Experiences – Summer Programs

TEFL International – Teaching English abroad

Global Experiences – Volunteer Programs

Peace Corps – International Volunteer Programs

Working Overseas

Appalachians Abroad Teach in China

For more information and to apply: www.international.uvawise.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do Study Abroad programs last?

Study Abroad programs can range from a semester to a year. Also, one month programs, in which course credits are earned, are available to those who may be hesitant about leaving home for a long period of time. These trips serve as a great opportunity for engaging the interest of a student, acclimating him/her to the study abroad process, and offering a short look into what a longer program might provide. Fall and Spring Break trips are also available.

Will the courses transfer?

The UVa-Wise Summer programs are actual UVa-Wise courses in which students earn grades. Other UVa-Wise study abroad programs will receive transfer credit.

Will I be able to receive financial aid to help with costs?

If you are a full-time student abroad (12-18 credit hours), you are entitled to the same financial aid package as you would receive taking courses on campus. Additional scholarships are available to those who demonstrate financial need. Visit the Financial Aid Office located in Crockett Hall to get information on your specific case.

Are the Study Abroad programs expensive?

The average cost of living and studying abroad is approximately same as the College’s current cost of living and tuition expenses. The only extraneous expense would be your plane ticket. Other additional expenses might include passport and visa fees and insurance. If studying at one of our sister institutions, your tuition is covered by your payment to UVa-Wise. Foreign tuition fees are waived. Living expenses in many foreign countries are actually lower than here in the US.

How do I apply for a Study Abroad program?

  • Stop by the International Programs Office (Darden Hall) or apply online
  • Choose a program
  • Meet with your academic adviser
  • Determine appropriate coursework, equivalent courses abroad
  • Complete the Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval Form

Do I need to know a foreign language to study abroad?

Many programs are offered in English, although some do require competency in a foreign language. Be sure to review the information regarding each program carefully to determine if competency in a foreign language is required.

May I take courses that will count towards my major/minor?

Yes, you may.

Do I need a certain GPA to participate in these programs?

Yes, you must have obtained a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to study abroad for the semester and year-long programs and a GPA of 2.5 for the summer programs and short trips over breaks. Select destinations and universities require a GPA of 3.0 or higher due to competitiveness.  Examples of this are Oxford and Cambridge.

How will my accommodations be arranged?

We are working closely with our partners to help you with all accommodations and lodging. Some programs offer the options of living with a family, living in an apartment with other international students, or living on the campus itself in one of their residence halls. Certain programs include weekend excursions with a U.S. on-site director. Some also include a cell phone to use while studying abroad.