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  • Locations: Multiple cities, Argentina; Multiple cities, Australia; Multiple cities, Chile; Multiple cities, China; Multiple cities, Ecuador; Multiple cities, Germany; Multiple cities, Ireland; Multiple cities, Italy; Multiple cities, Morocco; Multiple cities, New Zealand; Multiple cities, Peru; Multiple cities, South Africa; Multiple cities, Spain; Multiple cities, Switzerland; Multiple cities, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring (embedded)
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: VT faculty-led Areas of Study: Engineering
College Sponsor: COE
Program Description:
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Program Flyer 

Additional Information

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (3 cr. ENGE 1644: Global STEM Practice offered Spring Semester)




Global STEM Practice 
Multiple Locations
Spring Course (May travel immediately following the end of the Spring Semester)

Rising Sophomore Abroad Program 

The Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP) combines a Spring course with a 1 week to 2 week international module abroad in May immediately following the end of the Spring Semester. By giving students a taste of an international experience and increasing their comfort level with global travel, the program promotes additional, more extended international academic experiences such as internships, study abroad programs, or faculty-led programs. RSAP also allows students the opportunity to make initial contact with a company or university in another country to further their student experience or career prospects.


First-year or transfer undergraduate students in engineering may apply. Prerequisite: ENGE 1215. Co-requisite: ENGE 1216. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.


Spring Course:  ENGE 1644: Global STEM Practice
Accepted students will be registered for this course in the spring semester. The class is designed to introduce students to global engineering and science, emphasizes the importance of cultural competency for engineers and scientists, and focuses on how differences in cultural, social, and economic contexts influence engineering and science. 

The program then culminates with travel to one of eight two-week international tracks. Travel will take
place very shortly after Spring semester final exams. Below is the the list of the nine tracks
offered. You will be asked to rank your preference for these tracks in the application.

1. Italy, Switzerland, and Germany
2. China 
3. United Kingdom and Ireland 
4. South Africa
5. New Zealand and Australia
6. Ecuador and Peru
7. Chile and Argentina
8. Spain and Morocco

Prerequisite: ENGE1215; Co-requisite: ENGE1216

For more information about ENGE1644, please contact Dr. David Knight (

Before you begin your online application, you may want to have a look at the full application and make a plan for how you will fill it out.  Here’s a PDF version of the application and online application guide for planning purposes: RSAP Application Guide.pdf.


Cost of the program varies by international track. Costs include the program fee, airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, company visits, admission fees to major attractions,
guided tours, and some group meals (see program descriptions for more details on what is
included for each track). Not included in this fee is the cost of most lunches and dinners and
personal expenses. Program costs for 2019 are expected to range from $4,000 to $4,500.

Financial support is available to students on the basis of financial need. Applicants will be
considered for such financial support at a later date, so we encourage you to apply.
The fee does not include personal expenses or tuition.

University Tuition & Fees

Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term:

Financial Aid Information:

College of Engineering International Programs:
Global Education Office:
Additional information may also be found through the VT Financial Aid office:


Click the "Apply Now " button at the top or bottom of the page and follow the instructions. There are a few steps in the process.

Final selection of participants will be based on applications, fall academic performance (with
continued good academic standing in the spring), and continued good standing with respect
to student conduct and honor code.

Contact Information

Dr. David Knight
(540) 231-2563

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

Dates / Deadlines:

The above program is not currently accepting applications. It is likely that the application cycle has yet to launch for the upcoming year. Please inquire with the Global Education Office about the program offering.

This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.