By: Contributor On: February 17, 2021 In: Study Abroad Comments: 0

When students start their college career, people often tell them to take advantage of all the opportunities universities offer. Free gym access and educational clubs are great, but many students also become curious about learning in a different country. And it turns out, there are several virtual study abroad options available to students who want the benefit of an international education, but aren’t able to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Check out a few of these colleges and organizations that connect students with incredible learning opportunities. You’ll still get all the benefits of studying abroad, but you’ll stay safe at home until you can travel again.

1. London School of Economics

England has an extensive history that attracts international tourists every year. If it’s on your bucket list, you should look into the London School of Economics.

They offer a summer program to study abroad virtually and gain an economics certificate to advance your career.

It’s perfect for undergraduates and people who want to continue their education without enrolling in a university.

2. Center for International Studies (CIS)

Many students turn to the Center for International Studies (CIS) to enroll in courses outside their university. Since 2000, CIS has sent over 15,000 participants abroad, but they also have virtual study abroad courses.

Anyone in the humanities, arts, and sciences can continue their education with summer, fall, or spring classes and even pair their studies with virtual internships if they want to bulk up their resume before graduation.

3. Academic Programs International (API)

Did you know that fewer than 10% of American students study abroad in college?

You might have thought the pandemic would make that statistic even lower, but anyone can participate in virtual study abroad classes through Academic Programs International (API) — whether you’re a full-time student or you take classes at your local community college.

International instructors offer numerous courses, but students can sign up for just one if they have busy schedules.

Mix and match your options from universities in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ireland, Spain, and more. You can learn about everything from new languages to finances to theatre arts without ever leaving home.  

4. Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)

Electives can sometimes fall by the wayside while you fly through your main college courses. If you need a few electives to fulfill graduation requirements, the Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) program might be your best option.

Students can enroll in up to two courses to earn academic credit for business, communication, and psychology degrees.

Check out the pricing and scheduling to determine what’s best for your educational career.

5. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Enrolling in an international university may seem intimidating because you don’t speak that country’s language. The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona teaches nearly every class in English, except for their Spanish language courses.

Take a quick placement exam and they’ll show you which virtual study abroad classes you could take. Many students have praised the university’s virtual experiences, so read their reviews to decide if it’s something you’d enjoy. 

6. China Educational Tours (CET) Academic Programs

Anyone studying Jordanian, Chinese, or Japanese languages might want to look into the China Educational Tours (CET) academic programs.

These virtual study abroad courses give students an intensive immersion into the languages at every level. Live lectures allow for back-and-forth dialogue practice while you earn academic credit hours.

The best part may be that some classes are limited to four students each, so you can get as much time with your instructor as you need.

7. International Studies Abroad (ISA)

The International Studies Abroad (ISA) program features remote learning opportunities for students interested in the Korean language, as well as general classes in countries like Costa Rica, Italy, and Spain.

Anyone pursuing a degree in business, marketing, math, psychology, and even the performing arts will find courses that count towards their degree.

Other courses also support numerous different degrees, so browse available classes and see what you can take during your upcoming semester.

Virtual Study Abroad Options

You’ll get to see the world when it’s safe to travel and COVID-19 is no longer an immediate threat. Until then, these virtual study abroad options can introduce you to new cultures and fit your budget.

See how you can learn marketing strategies, study different languages, and participate in electives that train you for your dream career. It all depends on what you want for your future and how much time you can dedicate to online learning.


About Ginger Abbot: Ginger Abbot writes on a variety of educational topics, including international study and career planning. She also serves as Editor-in-Chief for the learning publication Classrooms, where you can read more of her work.

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