Study Abroad

Study abroad allows you to grow academically and professionally while gaining a global perspective. Talk with your advisor about opportunities available through the School of Education and Human Development. Also set up a time to meet with personnel in the International Studies Office (208 Minor Hall). There are many details you need to consider when selecting when and where you want to study. Two options are described below, but the possibilities are endless!

Earning Undergraduate Credit for Study Abroad:

You must have completed at least one full-time semester at the University of Virginia, possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing prior to applying to study abroad. You are also expected to meet with your advisor to plan a program of study. Before opening an application you must complete the online Education Abroad Workshop, and after doing so you may also meet with an Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office. 

Coursework must be approved prior to enrolling in an institution outside of the U.S. Note that credit granted for courses taken abroad cannot exceed credits awarded for comparable University courses.* If enrolling abroad during a fall or spring semester, you are expected to complete at least 12 credits of coursework.

To ensure you receive credit toward your degree:

  • Submit a completed Study Aroad Transfer Credit Form (obtained from the International Studies Office) to Ryan Sherman, 102 Ridley Hall; and
  • Send official transcripts immediately after completing transfer coursework to Ryan Sherman, P.O. Box 400261, Charlottesville, VA  22904.

Requests for transfer credit from international students returning to their home countries to study in the summer will be treated like those from U.S. students who will be studying at U.S. institutions for transfer credit.

*UVA applies the general guidelines for awarding credit recommended by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Student Credentials and the national Association for Foreign Student Affairs.  Students receive credit for courses taken at recognized foreign tertiary-level educational institutions.  Those that are chartered and authorized by their respective national governments (generally through ministries of education) are considered 'recognized.'

Communication Disorders in Belgium & the Netherlands

The University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development Program in Ghent, Belgium and Nijmegen, the Netherlands is a six-week study abroad program organized through UVa’s International Studies Office  that allows students to engage in an international research project. To be eligible,, students need to have taken EDHS 3050:Speech and Hearing Sciences at UVa.

Students will work during three weeks at the University College Ghent (Belgium) with Dr. Paul Corthals, an expert on acoustic phonetics and research methodology. Students will provide spoken sound samples that will be analyzed with phonetic software, entered in a database that will be used to test hypotheses about cultural and clinical speech characteristics.

The following three weeks, the students will go to Radboud University in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) where they will work with Dr. Judith Stoep, who is specialized in alternative forms of communication by individuals with limited speech abilities. Students will videotape communicative behavior and analyze the patterns of production.

Students will also visit schools, a hospital, a service center, and a manufacturer of communication aids.

At the end of the six-weeks, the students will present their research at a conference in Nijmegen. If completed successfully, participating students earn 6 credits.

This is also a great international experience. Both Ghent and Nijmegen have a rich cultural and historic heritage. Ghent and Nijmegen are located on short distances from major European cultural centers. Ghent is less than two hours away from Bruges, Brussels, London, and Paris. Nijmegen is one hour away from Amsterdam and Cologne. From Nijmegen you can walk across the border into Germany in an hour.

This program integrates undergraduate research, international cultural experience, and pre-professional learning.


Students will stay in local hostels.

Program Contact

Filip Loncke is an associate professor in the Communication Disorders program at the School of Education and Human Development. He has worked and conducted research both in Europe and in the United States. His research interests include typical and atypical communication, augmentative communication and psycholinguistic processes.

  • Filip Loncke
    Associate Professor
    School of Education and Human Development
    PO Box 400400
    University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, VA 22904

Teaching Experience in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Please note: These experiences are offered only at the undergraduate level for a semester abroad. We do not currently offer student teaching placements outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The opportunities and challenges confronted in an international learning experience enrich a teacher's approach to working with all children. The School of Education and Human Development has partnered with the Stranmillis University College of Education of Queens University, Belfast and is proud to offer a program of study and practice teaching that can be integrated with the Master of Teaching degree offered at University of Virginia.

Program Information

Credits earned during this program are transfer credits. Please see the course equivalency matrix below to determine which course would transfer back for credit toward the School of Education and Human Development requirements. This program is not limited to students in the School of Education and Human Development--any student with an interest in education may apply, however, it is the student's responsibility to ensure credit transfer with his/her school of enrollment.


Stranmillis is a college of Queen's University, Belfast. Stranmillis was founded in 1922 to provide state-funded teacher education in the northern portion of the partitioned island. The Northern Ireland government decided to open its own non-denominational College and purchased Stranmillis House, with its very attractive and historic campus of 18 hectares only three kilometres from the centre of Belfast.

Belfast is the capital of and largest city in Northern Ireland. It is the seat of devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly. The city of Belfast has a population of 267,500 and lies at the heart of the Belfast urban area, which has a population of 483,418.  Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education and business, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of disruption, conflict, and destruction, called the Troubles, but recently has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth. Belfast city centre has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years, notably around Victoria Square.


The experience of living in Halls provides a basis for personal and professional development in the company of other Stranmillis students and students from other faculties of Queen's University and University of Ulster.  Due to their layout - the single study bedrooms are grouped in self-contained flats - thus providing the opportunity for both privacy and community contact.

The Halls are close enough to the city centre to enable residents to enjoy Belfast's amenities - shops, theatres, and cinemas. The accommodation is in single study standard bedrooms with their own wash basin and shared bathrooms with common rooms on all floors.  The accommodation blocks offer internet access and a coin operated laundry facility is provided.  The catered accommodation is offered on the basis of breakfast and evening meal being served seven days each week in 'Chatz' dining room and coffee shop.  A versatile self-service restaurant offers wide screen television and a wireless connection throughout the restaurant.