Virtual Programs

student with vr glasses during a virtual field trip

The Center for Education Abroad in conjunction with our international partners, is excited to offer several virtual global opportunities for students! These virtual opportunities are not meant to take the place of a physical abroad experience however they offer valuable academic and intercultural experiences and exposure to cross-cultural competencies. Explore the following opportunities and contact an education abroad advisor with any questions.

Please note: The $375 Summer Study Abroad Fee has been waived for all virtual programs.

WUN Virtual Education Abroad Program (online course availability for Fall 2021)

Take an online course through the Worldwide University Network (WUN). The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down many student exchange programs and opportunities for in-person study abroad. WUN has responded to this by launching a Virtual Education Abroad Program to enable students in member universities to connect with university life in another country (Rochester joined WUN in 2011).  This course is not intended to substitute or replace in-person courses at Rochester.

Rochester students are able to choose one course from a handful of courses offered online through Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), to offer pathways to understanding the life and culture of the host country, and/or international engagement generally. There is no charge for enrolling these courses and students will need to seek approval from a faculty member from the authorized approval list in order to use a course to count for major, minor, or cluster.

If you are interested in taking an online course, please contact Mr. Theodore Pagano, Associate Director, Center for Education Abroad, by Wednesday, September 8. 

Cost: no cost to student

Calendar: Most courses begin on or after October 20 and continue into February 2022


Absolute Internships

About the program

This is a project-based internship experience that can be done from a remote location, without the need to be physically present at the office during office hours. You'll be completing your work without a commute and directly from your own laptop!

Remote internships will allow you to market yourself to future employers, prove your worth remotely at no travel cost, and kick-start an international career from anywhere.

When completing a remote internship program, many of the same aspects of an in-person internship will remain, including meetings with your supervisor and teammates, mentoring, virtual career speakers and career development workshops, growing your network and realize your potential.

Length of program: 4-16 weeks starting May 24
Credits: N/A
Cost: $2,000 (scholarships available)
Deadline: Rolling deadline, 6-8 weeks before the intended start date

Arcadia University Global Studies

About the program

Join Arcadia faculty in London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Granada, Athens, or Rome for a range of fascinating online courses and internships to earn up to nine credits in eight weeks. Choose one course per session and add on an internship if you wish. Virtual internship placements* are with employers in London, Rome and Athens.

This innovative program will enable you to have a version of study abroad, joining an online community of students taught by Arcadia faculty overseas who are eager to bring you into the world of their course and of their location. Let’s make the most of summer!

*Placements are on a first come, first served basis so early application is recommended.

Length of program: June 7 to July 15
Credits: 3 credits
Cost: $1,500 per course
Deadline: May 15

College Year in Athens (CYA)

About the program

CYA has been overseeing students in volunteer placements and internships in Greece for over twenty-five years. Students have interned in many of the amazing spaces this country has to offer, ranging from sectors that connect to Greece’s ancient heritage, to contemporary economic and social issues, to business, the arts, and many many more.

CYA utilizes this experience and its strong network of contacts in Athens to offer you a virtual international internship designed to match your own interests. Greece has been undergoing dynamic changes in recent years, and students have been able to learn directly from the professionals who are behind those changes.

Length of program: 12 Weeks (dates can be arranged to your schedule)
Credits: credit eligible
Cost: $1,250 per course
Deadline: May 15, 2021

Institute For American Universities

About the program

This 6-week virtual program will draw on the Institute for American University's expertise in experiential-based learning while taking advantage of their wide network of professional contacts in France, Spain, Morocco, and beyond. Students will choose from academic courses, global internships, consulting projects, and social impact practicum's/experiential learning projects to customize their summer virtual experience.

Length of program: May 21 to July 16
Credits: 3-6 units
Cost: $1,200 - $1,800
Deadline: April 14

The Intern Group

About the program

The Intern Group remote internships provide students with the opportunity to realize their potential.

Gain invaluable professional experience, grow your network and make your resume shine, wherever you are. The Intern Group offer virtual internships in all career fields, within 3,000+ leading organizations around the world. They have partnered with some of the most prestigious organizations in the world, through to small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial startups. Flexibility is key to our remote internship program; do a virtual internship full-time or part-time alongside your studies, career or other responsibilities—the choice is yours.

Length of program: 4–24 weeks
Credits: credit eligible
Cost: $2,990 (financial aid and discounts available)
Deadline: 2 months before desired start date (rolling admission)

University of Auckland—International Research Program

About the program

This program will provide a high quality virtual study abroad opportunity for Undergraduate students who are seeking research experience in culture, media, public policy and social sciences.

Students are expected to work closely with our academics in their selected project and earn academic credits from the University of Auckland.

Length of program: June 21 (6 or 8 week program)
Credits: 3 units
Cost: $3,237.50 NZD
Deadline: May 2

University of Leeds

About the program

Study at a world top 100 university and earn academic credit. Leeds International Summer School also includes a virtual social and cultural program.

You'll choose one or two modules from a diverse range of subject areas, and earn up to six credits. You'll be taught in online classes by University of Leeds teaching staff, and you'll work individually and with others. Classes will be a combination of synchronous (live) teaching and asynchronous learning. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practice your skills and deepen your knowledge.

This is a full-time course. Live online teaching will normally take place between 8:30–10 a.m. or 5–6:30 p.m. British Summer Time (BST) Monday through Thursday. You can choose a module, or modules, with live teaching which suits your time zone.

Length of program: 4 week program
Credits: Up to 3 credits
Cost: $173 (2 weeks), $345 (4 weeks)
Deadline: May 31, 2021