The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Global Programs office challenges students from all backgrounds and disciplines to explore, learn, and engage with other cultures through study abroad, international research, and outreach opportunities.

Explore these opportunities to travel the world and discover your passions — while gaining valuable skills and making progress towards your degree.  

Contact us for more information about study abroad options!

Selected Programs

Summer 2020

This three-credit course is open to all majors and is part of a bilateral exchange with Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM). Through this course you will learn about brewery engineering, dispense and draught technology, brewhouse quality control standards, brewhouse evaluation standards, beer filling and packaging technology, and hygienic designand cleaning of equipment. Students graduating in May 2020 are still eliglible for this course. Click here for more information.

Travel to Ecuador this summer to participate in this 2 or 6 week program. Homestays and classes in Cumbayá, near Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Health placements will be based on program and student selection. Excursions include visits to Otavalo, a cloud forest, and Lake Quilotoa. Contact Renee Eaton,, for more information.

Upcoming Courses - Winter 2021

  • Winter Study Abroad in South India - Water, Agriculture and Society

Experience issues surrounding water, agriculture, and associated issues in an extremely dynamic and diverse physical, climatic, and sociological region.  Students will visit leading agricultural and engineering universities, government officials, nonprofits, ongoing projects in the field, and—most importantly—farmers, livestock operations, fishers, and aquaculturalists in the region.   

  •  Winter Study Abroad in Australia – The Australian Cattle Industries – Health, Management and Marketing

This is a unique, intense three-week study abroad experience in Australia. Students will study natural resource, market and regulatory constraints and opportunities in the dairy, sheep and beef industries in Australia. Additionally, students will compare farm management; animal health and environmental concerns; and training and management of farm labor in the U. S. to that in Australia, and explore the cultures and people of Australia. Pre-requisites for this three-credit course are: AAEC 1006 or ECON 2006, AND APSC 1454 or DASC 2474 or AAEC 2434 or CSES 3114 or CSES 3134.

  • Winter Study Abroad in South Africa - A focus on Food Security, Wildlife, and Conservation

South Africa has a dual agricultural economy – well-developed commercial farming and substance-based production in the rural areas. This two-week study abroad program through the Stellenbosch University will explore food security issues. The course will focus on food production, distribution and utilization as well as the potential wildlife contributions to food security in South Africa. This three-credit course is open to all majors. 

Past Programs

This program is open to all Virginia Tech students, particularly those who are interested in global agriculture, food, the environment, and related challenges and issues.  It will also appeal to anyone interested in learning more about a country which is almost as large as the United States, but where winter is summer and summer is winter (we’ll be there during their summer). For APSC students: this program is a possible capstone experience. Applications are being accepted at the Global Education Office website.

Travel to a variety of rural, and urban settings to learn about water management, ecotourism, agribusiness, biology, forestry, and renewable materials issues. The course balances different teaching methods to increase the learning process to reflect on past, present, and future of natural resources in a developing country and their relationship to other geographies such as United States. This three-credit course is open to all majors. For more information or to apply please visit the Global Education Office website.

  • Visit Tech's Global Education Office to explore opportunities in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, South Korea, and other countries around the world.  

A group of students from the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences spent two weeks in Ecuador trekking in the Amazon, scaling the Andes, and exploring the Galapagos to learn how they could use agriculture as a means to help the world.

International Week at Virginia Tech
The Parade of Flags on campus kicks off International Week at Virginia Tech.


Tom Thompson
Associate Dean and Director of Global Programs
104E Hutcheson Hall