Students can participate in study abroad programs in more than 20 countries around the world. Courses in all programs are for college credit, and scholarships to help with program costs are available for those who qualify.
Study abroad programs provide life-changing academic experiences. Every program enables students to immerse themselves in another culture while visiting sites of cultural and historical importance that connect directly to the course material. Study abroad programs range from 1-3 weeks and take place over spring break and throughout the summer. Some programs include students and faculty from across Tennessee. Others are Vol State faculty-led programs with only VSCC students. The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) administers both types of programs for Vol State.
Vol State Study Abroad Locations
In 2021, Vol State faculty are helping to lead programs in all these exciting locations. Click on the links for a virtual introduction to each destination.
- Brazil - Explore Paraty, Brazil
- China - Hike the Great Wall of China
- Cuba - Explore the City of Havana, Cuba
- England - Take a Stroll Through Buckingham Palace in London, England
- Grand European Capitals (includes Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris) - Climb the Eiffel Tower
- Ireland - Explore the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
- Japan - Tour Japan's Scenery
- South Africa - Meet the Penguins at Boulders Beach in South Africa
- Turkey - View Istanbul’s Eclectic Architecture
Plus, there are many more programs available through the TnCIS consortium.
How to Apply
Students who are interested in study abroad should start by reviewing available program options at TnCIS.org and attending an information session.
Application deadlines will vary by program. Be sure to follow all deadlines posted on the program pages within the TnCIS website.
- Complete the TnCIS online application.
- Ask one of your Vol State professors to be your reference before you submit his or her name to TnCIS. This recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline.
- Submit your nonrefundable $100 application fee to the Vol State Business Office.
- Request an official transcript from the Vol State’s Records & Registration Office and have it mailed to TnCIS at least two-weeks before the application deadline.
If accepted, you must register for your study abroad courses through the Vol State student portal during the normal registration period and attend the mandatory student orientation session for your program.
Unless otherwise stated in specific program requirements, students eligible for study abroad scholarships from the International Education fee:
- are currently enrolled at Vol State
- have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and award date
- are in “good standing” at the time of application and award date – this includes academic and disciplinary matters
- have completed a minimum of 12 college level credit hours by the start of the program
- will be 18 years old by the start of the program
- have completed the program application by the posted deadline
To apply for a Vol State study abroad travel scholarship:
- Submit this scholarship application.
- Ask a Vol State professor or a work supervisor to submit this online recommendation form.
- Participation in a personal interview (to be scheduled after the scholarship application).
Study abroad scholarships will be based on available funds, number of applicants per program, applicant eligibility, and strength of the recommendation and interview.
Students may become disqualified from participation and lose their scholarship if they fail to secure a passport, complete all required documentation, satisfy payment deadlines, or meet all posted eligibility requirements.
Due to the complexity of financial aid regulations, individual students are responsible for consulting with the Vol State office of Financial Aid regarding the impact of study abroad registration, costs, and/or scholarships awarded.
In addition to the study abroad program fee, all students enrolled in Vol State faculty-led study abroad programs pay a minimum of tuition and applicable mandatory fees for the course they register for.
Vol State will not collect tuition for students enrolled in TnCIS consortium-model study abroad programs.
Information sessions about study abroad programs and scholarships are held during the academic year. Check here for available sessions.