In our interconnected and interdependent world, it is important to understand other cultures and develop mutually beneficial relationships beyond the homefront. Employers are seeking talent with the capacity to work internationally. Researchers are looking to solve transnational problems. It is time to go global! Within Virginia Tech and outside there are a multitude of avenues that allow undergraduate students to participate in International Undergraduate Research. 

Opportunities . . .


EuroScholars is a prestigious study abroad program designed for talented and highly-motivated undergraduate students looking to participate in international research. Participants identify an on-going project and join a research team at one of the nine renowned European research universities which make up the EuroScholars Consortium. Once accepted into a project, students work with their home and host universities to develop a "learning agreement" for their time abroad, which gives each student the opportunity to create a program that is tailored to their unique experience, interests, and degree requirements.

Interested in learning more? Join us for an information session:

Wednesday, February 1st
2:30 PM
Hillcrest Study Hall

(If you can't make it but would like to learn more, fill out the survey. We will send you information.)


The International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program is hosted by the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech in partnership with the University of Nottingham, U.K. and supports international research experiences for Virginia Tech engineering students.

The IRES program will provide eligible VT engineering students  with the unique opportunity to work on collaborative research. Students will investigate the critical research areas of next generation electrical power systems. This will involve developing environmentally-friendly transport systems and the human factors issues that accompany their use and adoption.

Following the overseas experience, students will present their research findings at a student research symposium or professional conference.

Complete List of Engineering Abroad Programs


In keeping with Virginia Tech's ongoing efforts to optimize the preparedness and safety of Hokies traveling abroad, President Sands and the University Safety and Security Policy Committee recently approved substantial revisions to the university's Global Travel Policy 1070, which can be accessed at

This policy requires that all Hokies traveling outside the United States for university-supported purposes follow established procedures to accurately register their travel before their expected departure date, and that they carry international medical and emergency assistance insurance (CISI - Cultural Insurance Services International).

Global Education Office activities related to supporting Hokie travelers according to policy 1070's recommendations and requirements are gathered under the umbrella term of Hokie Sentinel.

The Global Education Office must receive notification of all Hokies traveling abroad well in advance of their departure (deadlines are specified in policy 1070 and the Hokie Sentinel Global Travel Assessment).

The Hokie Sentinel Global Travel Assessment is used for all travel involving students and is designed to minimize the effort it takes for faculty, staff, and students to be confident of their compliance with the university's travel-related policies. This document collects all trip and traveler information required by the university**, at the same time guiding travelers through the necessary due diligence and providing them with useful resources as they prepare to travel abroad.

**Note that faculty- or staff-led group travel programs require students to complete a limited number of additional forms, for use by the program leader.

As mentioned, all student travel requires the submission of a Global Travel Assessment, which can be found here: For any group (two or more students) led by a university employee, the program leader must submit a single Hokie Sentinel Global Travel Assessment for the group. Such groups fall into two categories, each with its own distinct Hokie Sentinel Global Travel Assessment worksheet:

*  Group travel not for academic credit (e.g. conferences, competitions, research, service-learning, etc.) submitted to VT Engage

* Faculty-led study abroad for academic credit

Individual students on university-supported travel who are not part of a Virginia Tech group (e.g. individuals studying abroad through third-party providers or through direct enrollment at a foreign institution, research, internships, conferences, etc.) must submit their own Hokie Sentinel Global Travel Assessment.

Employees traveling without students are not required to submit the Hokie Sentinel Global Travel Assessment. Those whose Travel Authorizations are approved at least one month before departure will automatically be contacted by Randy Penson, the Global Education Office's assistant director for global safety and risk management, with guidance prior to their travel; those who make their travel plans less than one month in advance should contact Randy Penson as soon as they are aware that they will be traveling abroad.

Training on Global Travel Policy 1070 and related procedures is forthcoming; if you have questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Virginia Tech's Assistant Director for Global Safety and Risk Management, Randy Penson, at for individual students and credit-bearing group programs, Associate Director of Global Engage, Eliza Wethey at for non-credit group programs or the Office of Risk Management for employees traveling for non-study abroad business purposes.

This notice can be found on the Virginia Tech website:

Travel Abroad Information + Training