Our Program

European Experience

During the European component of the program, you will be based in Lugano, Switzerland.  Lugano is located in Canton Ticino, the only Italian-speaking canton in Switzerland.  You'll live at the Montarina Hostel, rated in a Washington Post article as one of the 8 top youth hostels in the world.  For 9 weeks, you'll take classes from Virginia Tech professors and have the weekends to explore the surrounding areas of Europe. You'll be required to visit at least the following cities:  Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, and Munich.




You will receive 18 credits:

  • Marketing, society, and the public interest (MKTG 4644, 3 credits)

  • International development (UAP 4764, 3 credits)

  • Topics in Public Communication (COMM 4244, 3 credits)

  • Field study (MKTG 4964, 6 credits)

  • Study abroad (MKTG 3954, 3 credits)

African Experience

You will spend 4 weeks participating in a service learning project in Ethiopia or Rwanda. 


Your project will depend on the needs of our non-profit partner organizations in Africa.  Students will collaborate with local schools to develop and implement curricula in areas such as:

  • ESL (English as a second language)

  • Basic computer skills

  • US culture

  • Professional development

You will also go on an excursion and a weekend reflection retreat. 



Costs for Virginia Tech Students*


*Students at other universities, please contact us for pricing.

Tuition and Fees (2019-2020 rates)

  • In-state: $5,035

  • Out-of-state: $12405

  • Global Education Office fee: $100


Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs

  • Passport: $145

  • Immunizations: $200

  • Books/supplies: $200

  • Travel expenses: $1400

  • Personal expenses: $2000


Program Costs

  • Program fee: $2900

  • Airfare (Europe): $1100

  • Lodging/meals (Europe): $3200

    • 4 dinners/week

  • EuroRail pass: $700

  • Airfare (Africa): $1200

  • Lodging/meals (Africa): $1700

    • 3 meals/day

  • Visas: $100

  • Medical insurance: $120



In-state student TOTAL: $20,100

Out-of-state student TOTAL: $27550


Only about $3000 more than a semester on campus for the experience of a lifetime!


Note:  Virginia Tech reserves the right to make cancellations, date and cost adjustments, and other necessary changes in the program. Prices may change due to global economic conditions.

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