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Short-Term Programs Abroad

The core of the University’s study abroad portfolio is the Office of International Education’s comprehensive array of semester and academic year exchanges, complemented by a smaller number of summer abroad programs offered by the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

In addition, numerous academic departments and other offices at Richmond also offer shorter programs abroad, typically lasting from one to three weeks. These are referred to as short-term programs. Most take place during one of the breaks during the academic year. Short-term programs provide the opportunity of an international experience to students whose academic, athletic, family, or other commitments make it difficult to be abroad for several months or a full semester, and they provide a structured introduction to international travel for those who may feel apprehensive about it.

Procedures for participating in or initiating a short term program abroad

  • For students: If you are (a) registered for a course, (b) in an SSIR program, or (c) on an athletic team that will be taking a short term trip abroad, you will receive all the necessary registration details from your professor or coach, or directly from the Office of International Education. 
  • For program leaders (faculty or staff): Any class or activity that takes Richmond students abroad for any purpose needs to be registered with the Office of International Education (OIE) and reviewed by the International Education Committee (IEC) several months prior to departure. Program leaders should review the information provided about taking students abroad and then contact Patrick Schweiger, study abroad manager, for details on the process. All of the examples of short-term programs listed below require registration with the OIE and review by the IEC.

Types of short-term programs

  • Short-term abroad as part of an academic course
    Some short-term programs are linked to credit-bearing courses and provide real-world illustrations of points made in class. An example would be the annual spring break visit to financial houses in London, an experience that is part of an Accounting course. Students would apply to take part in the trip by registering for the class.
  • Short-term abroad for research or field work
    Professors sometimes invite students to accompany them abroad to assist with research or field work, usually on a non-credit basis. An example would be a summer archeological dig in Turkey.  Students would apply to take part by speaking with the faculty member in charge.
  • Short-term abroad with an organization or group
    Each year, many non-academic departments organize enriching short-term programs abroad, for example, the basketball teams’ exhibition games abroad and concert tours by the University’s many musical groups. Eligibility to take part in many of these experiences depends on one’s membership in a team or a group, but some are open for application from the entire student body, such as the Chaplaincy’s multi-faith trip to the middle east. 
  • Individual activities abroad
    Funding to support approved international activities by individual students is offered by the Office of International Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the School of Arts and Sciences, the Jepson School of Leadership, the Robins School of Business and other University offices and departments. Students typically use this funding to do research or provide volunteer service abroad in the summer, or to support participation in international conferences at any time of the year. Students’ use of these grants contributes to the richness of the University’s international education profile; in recent years, students have used such funding in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Israel, Vietnam, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania, Turkey and Zambia. Each source of funding has its own application process and criteria; interested students should inquire with the offices in charge at least one semester before they hope to travel abroad. Click here for details.