It is difficult to predict where our graduates will work during their lifetimes, but one thing is certain - political, environmental, social and economic issues have become global. There is a growing need in education, government and industry for individuals with intercultural experience, fluency in a second language, and the skills required to manage change and be open to new approaches.

"Education Abroad" allow students to earn credits towards their program at VIU while they study in another country. VIU supports these programs as a way to enrich a student’s classroom education and graduate attributes. VIU Faculty members can get involved by engaging in Intercultural Teaching & Learning Professional Development opportunities, seeking funding through Global Engagement Grants, or working with Education Abroad to support the development and facilitation of faculty-led programs.

Faculty-led Programs (field schools, field trips, practica)

Faculty-led Programs (field schools, field trips, practica)

Field schools - A field school is organized by one or two faculty members for students from their department(s). The overseas portion of this educational program is generally 2 to 5 weeks in length. Field school programs require between 3 and 9 credit hours of study and the academic courses are generally taught by the VIU faculty representative. 

Field trips - Field trips are similar to field schools, however they are non-credit programs and the overseas trip is shorter in duration, often between 5 days and 2 weeks.

International practica - Departments may grant permission for individuals in their program to do their practicum placement abroad or a faculty member may organize the overseas placement in a similar format to a field school. Financial assistance may be available: Practicum Support Policy

How to get started

Contact Jennifer Sills, Education Abroad Manager, for more information on how to establish an overseas program for your students. Email or call local 6312.

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