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Find incredible opportunities to broaden your academic and personal horizons, while gaining an unparalleled understanding of real-world construction methods and standards.

Our study abroad programs blend cultural immersion, hands-on and service learning, and unique construction site experiences, allowing you to connect theory with practice in a cultural setting.

From studying infrastructure resilience across Europe to building playgrounds and immersing in local culture in Costa Rica and so much more, our faculty-led and exchange programs offer hands-on global and regional experiences connecting construction education to real-world projects.

VT Faculty-Led: Global Design & Construction in Virginia

This service learning project is focused on revitalizing homes in the communities of St. Paul, Dante, Coeburn, and Norton through floor repairs, ceiling insulation, drywall hanging, deck refurbishment, and accessible ramp construction. Offering in-depth planning, materials, tools, and safety training, it provides participants with hands-on construction skills while significantly improving the living conditions within these communities.

Location: Dickenson County, Virginia
Duration: Three days
Dates: Sep. 15 - 17, 2023

Students work on a build project outside of a home.

VT Faculty-Led: Service-Learning Project in Costa Rica

In this Myers-Lawson-School-of-Construction-hosted study abroad program, you'll apply classroom-learned construction management skills to a real-world project: building a playground in Costa Rica. This unique experience blends academics, cultural immersion, and tangible community impact, giving you a hands-on global education that extends far beyond the classroom.

Location: Cimarrón, Costa Rica
Duration: Two weeks

Students and faculty work on a project in Costa Rica.

Study Abroad Program Options

Browse all construction-related study abroad trips and exchanges via the Global Education Office's program search.

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