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Asia Pacific: Internship and Study Semester

Asia Pacific
Students in Asia Pacific

Dates: January 3-31, 2021


This program combines a spring academic semester with an international internship.  Spend the first eight weeks in transferrable courses in Sydney, Australia, then finish up with an eight week internship.  You will choose your courses from a preapproved transfer list.  You will have your choice of internship destinations:  Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Hong Kong or Singapore.  Asia-Pacific is an excellent place to study and intern because it is a fast-growing, dynamic region for international business.

4 classes abroad + CEIP course through VT Career and Professional Development Office

Courses offered (Choose four)   

  • Global Marketing = MKTG 4704 International Marketing
  • Global Management = MGT 4314 International Management
  • Essentials of Organizational Behavior = MGT 3324 Organizational Behavior
  • Essentials of Information Systems = BIT 3414 Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Global Finance = FIN 4144 International Finance
  • Essentials of Finance =FIN 3104 Introduction to Finance
  • All other courses transfer as VT 3XXX Free Elective

The semester program combines business courses in Sydney, Australia - one of Asia Pacific’s most well known business hubs; and the opportunity for students to expand their career horizons with an intensive internship in one of four important locations in Asia Pacific: Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Singapore; or Hong Kong, China.

Hong Kong has one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region, closely followed by Singapore. Hong Kong and Singapore are two of the world’s leading financial centers, and are known for their free trade agreements.

Australia is consistently ranked in the world’s top ten countries for quality of life (Australia was ranked 10th in the world in 2017), environmental quality, jobs, earnings, education and skills.  Sydney is also ranked as the thirteenth most popular city in the world for international students.

New Zealand was recently ranked by World Bank as one of the easiest places in the world to start a business, and one of the easiest countries to conduct business. With a robust economy and flexible labor markets, employment rates are high and the future outlook for New Zealand is strong.

Asia Pacific Bookmark.pdf

Cost Summary

Cost Summary (estimated)  
Pre-trip Personal Costs:  In-State   Out-of-State 
VT GEO Application fee $150 $150
Airfare (estimated) $2,400 $2,400
Visas - varies by location $350 $350
Passport  $145  $145
GAV billing: $17,795 $17,795
Lodging   Included   Included 
VT Tuition for career service course $75 $75
Funds required during program:  
Books & Materials $500 $500
Meals not provided $1,500 $1,500
Personal Expenses $800 $800
Personal Travel $600 $600
Total Estimated Costs $24,315 $24,315


Virginia Tech reserves the right to make cancellations, date and cost adjustments, and other necessary changes in the program. Prices may change due to global economic conditions.

Optional pre-program available to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef for $795 plus transport.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Contact the VT Financial Aid office for assistance.

You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University FInancial Aid Office. In addition, you must submit the study abroad cost documentation form to the study abroad office at the International Afffairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131. The form can be found on the Global Education Office Financial Aid page.

More information on financial aid and scholarships is available at Scholarships and Financial Aid page on the Education Abroad website. You must submit a FAFSA to receive one of these scholarships.

All scholarships require the completion of a FAFSA. Even if you don't quality for financial aid on campus, you might qualify in study abroad. You won't know unless you complete the FAFSA.

Meet with Dr. Clevenger.

Tentative Travel:

  • January 3rd: Depart USA for Sydney, Australia
  • January 4th: In flight
  • January 5th: Arrival in Sydney, check into accommodation and take part in orientation. Group welcome dinner in the evening. 
  • Weeks 1-8: Monday to Friday Morning: Classes every weekday.  Some weekends have cultural activities included, other are free weekends.
  • Week 9: Work at your internship location.  9:00am – 5:30pm Students undertake their internships (office hours can vary).
  • Depart May 1: Students check out of accommodation and head to the airport to depart for the USA. A group transfer will be provided for those travelling in the pre-determined departure window.

Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport at the Acceptance Facility in Squires Student Center, the Blacksburg Post Office (540-552-2751) at the University Mall with appointment or at the Montgomery County Clerk's Office at the Christiansburg Courthouse (540-382-5760), no appointment required. You can get passport photos at most local pharmacies.

All students will require student visas for studying abroad in Australia and an additional visa for working through the internship country. GAV will provide all necessary information and assist you in completing the paperwork; however, students must submit the paperwork and visa fees individually. Students will need to obtain their visas as early as possible and in a timely manner. Please be aware that visas may take longer to obtain following the COVID-19 crisis, so complete the appropriate documents as soon as GAV provides them to you.

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