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.  

Selected Programs

Winter 2018 - 2019

The core of this unique experience is a two-week trip to Ecuador that explores that country’s incredibly diverse ecosystems and introduces students to its agriculture and its people.  It includes visits to cities and universities, jungles, tropical islands, and mountains, and focuses on research and outreach efforts that will engage students in a multicultural perspective focused on the interaction of South American culture, environmental issues, and human health. This three-credit course is open to all majors.

Summer 2019

In collaboration with TUM-Weihenstephan faculty and staff, Virginia Tech's Department of Food Science and Technology is pleased to offer an exemplary course for students at the prestigious Weihenstephan Brewing Research institution. This three-credit course is offered as part of a bilateral student exchange with Technische Universität München and will be taught in English by the TUM-Weihenstephan faculty. Visit the 2018 TUM student blogs about experiential craft brewing in the U.S.

This new course is planned for the summer of 2019. This two-week trip to Thailand explores food, culture, and agriculture across several ecological regions.  While in Thailand, we will visit cultural and historical sites, universities. We will learn about local food, cook with the locals and experience their “food culture”. Furthermore, through the service learning experiences, we will explore the contributions from smallholder farmers to food security, as they are the majority and at the forefront in terms of food production and agriculture. 

This course is planned again for the summer of 2019. Spend 10 days in Cusco with 5 mornings of medical shadowing at Hospital Regional del Cusco.  We will discuss various conditions and treatments seen in Cusco.  In the afternoon, we will have Spanish lessons and activities such as cooking classes. We will tour the city when we arrive, and then tour the Sacred Valley and visit Farmacia Ancestral Inca during our last two days.  Students will be immersed in language and culture through shadowing, language classes, and a homestay. 

Coming Soon

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

The 2019 session is full, but look for this program again for the winter of 2020! 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.

  • Winter Study Abroad in Australia and New Zealand - Animal Science and Industry

This new course planned for the winter of 2019-2020 will compare management systems, policies, and societal views of animals in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.

  • Winter Study Abroad in Costa Rica - Global Issues in Sustainability

Look for this program again for the winter of 2020! 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.

  • 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