We recognize that some cadets are unable to study abroad during a semester for a variety of reasons. Cadets can also study abroad in the summer with one of our study abroad providers, in a military exchange program or with one of our faculty-led summer programs.

Dates: May 30 to June 17, 2022 at University College Dublin
Cost: TBD
Eligibility: Cadets in Good Standing

The program allows students to take two three-credit hour VMI Biology courses: Epidemics in Society (BI-245X) and Biological Agents in Warfare and Terrorism (BI-240). These courses can fulfill the Science Electives for Humanities Majors. BI 245X also fulfills a cadet’s civilizations and cultures (X) requirement.

A $250 non-refundable deposit is due on January 28, 2022. The final payment is due no later than February 28, 2022.

Room and Board:
Students will be housed in comfortable apartments at UCD. These apartments are equipped with a private bath and full kitchen. Transportation throughout Dublin is included. Two open weekends are included in the program to travel in Ireland.

Program Directors:
Col. Bell is a Biology professor and Department Head in VMI’s Department of Biology. Col. Bryant is an adjunct professor in the Biology Department. For more information about the content of the program, contact either Col. Bell ( or Col. Bryant (

Dates: Depart US on June 26, 2022 (arriving June 27), and return to the US on July 27, 2022
Cost: Approx. $4,995 plus airfare (Fees subject to BOV approval)

A $250 non-refundable deposit is due on January 21, 2022.
The final payment is due no later than February 18, 2022.

Fees include tuition for two courses, hotel accommodation, breakfasts, train tickets, museum tickets, insurance, and internet (Wi-Fi).
International airfare costs are not included.

General Overview
Students will be immersed in Italian culture and mathematical study during a five-week intensive course of study although no experience with the Italian language is expected. Students will earn six credits from two VMI courses: MA311: Differential Equations and MA331X: History of Mathematics in Europe. Both courses are taught in English and for those students who have completed a course in Differential Equations, there are opportunities to replace this course with an independent study (on a case-by-case basis).

The program also includes travel to Pisa and Florence to see historical sites like the Leaning Tower, the Statue of David, and the Sistine Chapel, and museums such as the Galileo Museum. Students will earn a total of six credit hours. For VMI cadets majoring in Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics, these courses fit naturally into the curriculum as MA311 is required and MA331X can be used as a cultures and civilization course (X course), a math elective, and toward the mathematics minor.

Any VMI cadet or current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. The Differential Equations course has Calculus 2 as a prerequisite.

Room and Board
Students will be housed together in an authentic Tuscan hotel: Residence Le Santucce and breakfast is included. Some other meals such as welcome and departure dinners will be included as well.

Program Directors and Course Instructors
COL/Dr. Troy Siemers earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He has been a professor at VMI since 1999 and department head since 2013. He has led previous study abroad trips to Lithuania, France, and Germany. His interests include ultrarunning, football (soccer) and all sorts of gaming.

MAJ/Dr. Blain Patterson earned his PhD from North Carolina State University. He joined VMI in 2019 and is excited to help led his first study abroad program. His academic interests include improving teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. Blain is avid board gamer who plays tabletop, role-playing, and trading card games.

MAJ/Dr. Sarah Patterson is a professor at VMI in the Applied Mathematics Department. She earned her Ph. D. from Duke University in 2019. Her interests include mathematical modeling, pedagogy of mathematics and computation science, and hiking with her two dogs.

Flyer - Mathematics Study Abroad in Tuscany, Italy

VMI, in partnership with John Cabot University, is pleased to present a summer four-week program in Rome, Italy.

Dates: June 30 - August 6, 2022
Cost: $4,900, excluding airfare (Subject to BOV approval)

Fees include tuition, books, accommodation in John Cabot University apartments, two meals/day Meal Plan, public transportation (pass for the subway, trams, and buses), cultural sightseeing tours (e.g., Roman, Colosseum, Roman Public Baths, Roman Catacombs, Pantheon, etc…), museum entrance fees and airport pick-up and drop-off service. International airfare is not included.

Program Director: Col. Jon-Michael Hardin, Professor, and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering.

Deadlines: Cadets must have completed the application process and provided a $250 non-refundable deposit by 28 January, 2022. Committed cadets must have paid program in full or signed promissory note by February 28, 2022.

Room and Board
Students will be living in a John Cabot University designated apartment. Cadets will have a two-meal a day Meal Plan at the John Cabot University Café.

No foreign language requirement.
Col. Michael Hardin will be teaching two Mechanical Engineering Courses.
ME 302 – Dynamics (transfer credit)
ME360X - Global Engineering (VMI Credit)

List of excursions, meetings and events in conjunction with the Global Engineering class:
Leonardo Da Vinci Museum
Italian Space Agency
European Space Agency
Manufacturing company that produces space launchers
Italian company that produces military vehicles and systems
Excursion to and a meeting with the Italian Corps of Engineers
Dinner with Roma Tre engineering doctoral students
Lecture and Excursion to Aqueduct Park
Lectures and presentations by Italian Engineers

Academic Facilities
The engineering classroom is located at John Cabot University – Guarini Campus.

The Virginia Program at Oxford is a six-week summer program in British history and literature run jointly by VMI and five other schools. Cadets from any major and any class are welcome to apply. You will earn 6 hours of credit and take courses on a pass/fail basis. The cost is approximately $7900, but financial aid is available from several sources, including the VPO itself. The cost includes a room of your own, all meals, and trips to London and Stratford-on-Avon.

For more information see flyer below, visit the program website, or contact Dr. Duncan Richter (

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Don’t miss out on this opportunity to go with a VMI faculty member, to potentially gain VMI credit and to share an experience abroad with a fellow brother rat. 

If you are interested in participating in one of the VMI faculty-led programs or in a third-party provider program, start your adventure here:

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1. Watch the introductory video Education Abroad Workshop

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2. Conduct a search in our study abroad management system, Terra Dotta

Terra Dotta lets you research where you may want to go. You have the option of studying abroad with one of our approved study abroad providers or studying abroad as part of a military exchange. Terra Dotta will provide you with hundreds of results no matter where you want to go!

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3. Start an online application in Terra Dotta

To start an application, and since Terra Dotta is not connected with the VMI network, choose: “I do not have login credentials to this site” then follow the prompts.

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4. Connect with VMI's Study Abroad Advisor

Make an appointment with the study abroad advisor using our calendar. Click on your desired date and time, then log into the VMI portal to sign up for your appointment.


Francisco de Goya outside of El Prado in Madrid, Spain with (from left to right) Cadets Dahm, Schlussel, Armbruster, Welsh

Living independently in a different part of the world changed my perspective on what I am capable of doing alone