Summer Study Abroad

Students who study abroad during the summer may enroll in programs in a wide array of disciplines. It is possible to take courses that will count toward a student’s major or minor requirements. VWU partners with reputable program providers to offer study abroad opportunities around the world.

Summer study abroad students are eligible to apply for Virginia Wesleyan’s Summer High Impact Practice Program (SHIPP). SHIPP provides grants to assist with program/course fees.

Students interested in studying abroad in the summer should make an appointment with the Director of Global Engagement, Brooke Novkovic (

Summer Study Abroad Partners

Virginia Wesleyan University partners with the following institutions to offer direct-enroll study abroad programs during the Summer Term.

Alexia Vassiliadis '18 (Mathematics) at the Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy, January 28, 2017. Photograph by Amanda Browder.

Florence University of the Arts (FUA), Italy

Florence University of the Arts allows students to experience Italy by living like a local. Students are able to take courses in a wide variety of disciplines including art, business, communication, biology, chemistry, mathematics, sociology, and history. FUA study abroad features experiential learning opportunities, such as community service, field trips to regional sites, and extracurricular activities.

Location: Florence, Italy
Language of Instruction: English and Italian

Visit FUA's website

Harlaxton College - June 2022

Harlaxton College, United Kingdom

At Harlaxton College, students study in the quaint area of Harlaxton, England. The University offers a wide array courses in disciplines such as British studies, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, education, and English. Harlaxton College also offers opportunities to take part in many unique clubs and sports. Students live and study in an English manor along with faculty. 

Location: Harlaxton, England, United Kingdom
Language of Instruction: English

Visit Harlaxton College's website

Melissa Fisher ‘19 (English) in front of the Fontana delle Tartarughe in Rome, Italy, March 2018. Anonymous photographer.

John Cabot University, Italy

Located in the Eternal City of Rome, John Cabot University’s Rome Program offers a wide array of courses in business, communication, political science, English, history, art history, psychology, philosophy, and archeology. All courses are taught in English except an Italian language requirement. Students live in dormitories or apartments with other American, international, and Italian students, which creates a vibrant international community.

Location: Rome, Italy
Language of Instruction: English

Visit John Cabot University's website

Water Temple, Taipei, Taiwan by SG from Pixabay

National Chengchi University (NCCU) International Summer School, Taiwan

Students are able to travel to Taipei, Taiwan and take courses in History, Political Science, Economics, and Communication. They also have the opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese. The NCCU Summer program includes several social and cultural field trips including a food tour and visiting a tea sommelier.

Location:Taipei, Taiwan
Language of Instruction: English

Visit National Chengchi University's website

Thomas Reinhold '20 practicing traditional Japanese drums at Rikkyo University, January 2019. Anonymous photographer.

Rikkyo University, Japan

Rikkyo University offers students the opportunity to take part in an intensive language and culture program during January Term and Summer Session. Students earn four VWU credits and take part in numerous field trips and cultural activities.

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Language of Instruction: English

Visit Rikkyo University's website

Additional Summer Study Abroad Partners

Rachel Fuller '19 (Biology) with elephants in Khun Chai Tong, Thailand, July 2018. Anonymous photographer.Virginia Wesleyan also recommends the following program providers for summer study abroad. These providers offer numerous opportunities around the world in most academic disciplines.