VMI highly encourages cadets to take part in international educational experiences, and the Institute has numerous study abroad opportunities around the globe, both at civilian and military institutions.
Because cadets are not permitted to study abroad during their first two semesters at VMI, the summer following the Rat year presents cadets with their first opportunity to study abroad. Cadets may study abroad one semester during their cadetship and as many summers as they like. Complementing the semester programs are many faculty-led summer programs that do not conflict with duties during the year, such as ROTC training, intercollegiate athletics, or other duties within the Corps.
Students from international military academies study at VMI through exchange programs, and it is not unusual to see cadets on Post in the uniforms of their respective nations.
Several scholarship funds have been established specifically to aid cadets wishing to study abroad: Rocco Conte Fund, Ruth Miller Lanford Fund, and Burress Fund. In addition, the Office of International Programs assists cadets with applications to many prestigious national scholarships, including the Fulbright, Olmsted, and Boren Scholarships and all aspects of planning study abroad programs.